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29 April 2016 Baby snails from the “Mokry Dwór” Snail Farm

These are our little Helix Aspersa Muller snails. We use cuvettes specially prepared for edible snails farming at our farm. The cuvettes are very practical, made of sturdy plastic with small openings drilled in the sides. The top part of the cuvette is placed on the bottom part, it is stable. Of course, other containers […]

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26 April 2016 Damaged snail shell

Mechanical damage usually occur when a snail falls or is dropped from height onto a solid surface. Such damage is usually not too dangerous and the animal is able to rebuild the lost part of the shell. If the damage is excessive, though, the snail will die.  The photo presents a snail with damaged shell […]

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Baby snails

16 April 2016 Water quality in snail farming

Water quality is a decisive factor in farming, especially during the reproduction period which takes place indoors. Water with poor parameters should be chemically treated and/or in an installation of appropriate filters. Basic quality parameters of water used in farming:     pH: 6.5-8.5 hardness up to 200 mval/dcm3 ammonia up to 5 mg N/dcm3 […]

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Reproduction

12 April 2016 Reproduction tables – simple, wooden and cheap

Our reproduction tables are hand-made, of wooden planks. The bottom of the table is draped with a thick plastic mesh (small openings), and an electric fence is installed in the top part of the table, along its perimeter. Feedstock panels are placed within the top part, with hatching cups located between the panels. We wash […]

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Baby snails

10 April 2016 Little snails – practical things what to do and what not to do

– Do not sprinkle little snails with water – Do not pour feedstock onto little snails (as they stick and die) – The bottom part of the cuvette should be changed every day (excrements and residues of feedstock should be removed) – Do not touch little snails, do not move them around with fingers, etc. […]

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Baby snails

7 April 2016 Density of snails / little snails at a farming park

Snails should not be present too densely within farming parks. […]

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Baby snails

27 March 2016 Little snail feeding after the hatching

Little Helix Aspersa Maxima and Muller snails are left without feeding for three days. They use up their foetal residues and feed on soil. […]

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Breeding

21 March 2016 Plants for edible snails Helix Aspersa Muller and Maxima

What should we plant and sow in the field intended for snail farming? The biggest mistake is to sow grass in the field. Dense grass is even harmful to edible snails. Of course, if it grows during the season, we will not exterminate it by any means, but we should try and plant and sow […]

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Baby snails

21 March 2016 Baby snail hatching and temperature

1oC of temperature difference results in a one day of hatching time difference […]

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Reproduction

3 March 2016 Hatching pod, or a breeding pod

This is the very place where the cups with burrowed snails are placed. We initially used plastic boxes for the purpose, currently we are using an independent rack lined with a mesh. It is important to protect the hatching pod such that the snails may not escape. Once the snail lays eggs, it will get […]

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