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10 December 2016 Choosing soil for edible snail farming

In theory: The best soil is healthy, slightly basic (calcium-rich) soil. If the natural environment we are planning to use for farming parks is too sandy and acidic, it should be enriched with humus and made more fertile with natural calcium (take care not to use calcium fertilizers containing ingredients lethal to snails). If the […]

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28 November 2016 Farming (breeding) conditions – observed and important

In addition to appropriate feeding and nutrition, the most important conditions of correct and intensive reproduction are complementary: temperature, humidity and light intensity, namely length of the day. […]

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18 August 2016 Threats to edible snail farming – Diseases

The biggest threat is posed by Salmonella and Aeromonas bacteria. Their growth may cause dirt and contaminations in the environment of the snails, as well as draw the presence of rodents, flies and other insects. Bacteria pose a hazard mainly during the breeding period, to the reproducing snails, and during hatching. Long standing soil left […]

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13 August 2016 Fencing the farming park

During our first farming season, we used the Helitex mesh as fencing of our farming park at the Mokry Dwór Farm. It is a specialised mesh intended for commercial farming, used worldwide, with very small openings (preventing both little snails and large snails from escaping). As the photographs show, the mesh is provided with a […]

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21 July 2016 Sprinkling system at a farming park – is it necessary?

A sprinkling system providing water dispersed as very fine droplets is installed inside a park in order to maintain the appropriate humidity and moisture levels. Water must reach each and every corner of the park. […]

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14 June 2016 What should I use to make pastures?

Wood is a snail-friendly material, and the best one to make pastures of. We should remember that the wood has to be organic, raw, without any impregnate treatment. Of course, the pasture material selection is a fully individual matter. Some people use ceramic roof tiles or plastics for the purpose, and although any such material […]

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13 June 2016 Why do we need pastures?

Pastures, belt-makers, the names are many. First and foremost, they are a necessary element of equipment of every farming pen. The snails need them, virtually require them, but why? They provide shelter from sun and wind (as shown in the photo) during the day. In the evening, they are used for feedstock. The feedstock is […]

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10 May 2016 Beware of the rodents

Caution: Parks must be specially prepared and well protected with a fence preventing the snails from escaping. Particular attention should be paid to insects living in the soil (small snails are consumed by practically any insect, bug, frogs, fireflies, etc. Mature snails are eaten mainly by rats, voles and forest animals.

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Baby snails

1 May 2016 Cuvette hygiene or what to do after hatching

Here are a few hints regarding cocoons and hatched little snails in the cuvettes: -the cocoons should be carefully collected using a plastic spoon from the hatching pods to cuvettes filled with soil up to ca. 1 cm. -the soil may not be too dry and too wet, as it will eventually grow mould in […]

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Baby snails

30 April 2016 Little snail hatching

African snail eggs during hatching. They change their colour from white to light brown, mocca colour. This is a normal change, indicating everything goes according to the plan. Here are little snails of edible species in a cuvette, freshly hatched. Some of the eggs can still be seen before their transformation, as they do not […]

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