Basic Snail Farming Tools and Equipment’s

Basic Snail Farming Tools and Equipment’s

Besides the customary gardening tools (shovel, hoe, rake, cutlass, broom), the following equipment and tools are needed in successful snail farming: Small weighing scale, for weighing snails and feed. Measuring tape, for measuring pens and snails Hand trowel, for digging in and cleaning out the pens. Water container and watering can, for keeping the soil moist and refilling water troughs. 5. Water and feeding troughs or dishes. Most important: a notebook, for carefully recording inputs (e.g. labor, materials and feed) and output of the snail farming venture.

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Predators, Parasites and Diseases of Snail

Predators, Parasites and Diseases of Snail

Snail farmers must be aware of several predators, parasites and diseases if mortality rates are to be kept to a minimum. Snails have many natural predators, including members of all major vertebrate groups, carnivorous snails, ground beetles, leeches and even predatory caterpillars. Humans also pose great dangers to snails in the wild. Pollution and destruction of habitats have caused the extinction of some snail species in recent years. Human poachers pose a great danger to farm grown snails as well! Predators The major predators a snail farmer may have to…

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Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

As in any livestock farming operation, good management practices are the key to success. Most research on farming GALS has been carried out in West Africa. Seasonal activities, as described below, follow the march of the seasons of West Africa, with breeding and egg laying in March through July. Note that domesticated snails may continue laying during the dry season as well (Omole, et al. 2007). Snail breeders in other parts of the (sub)humid tropics should adapt the management cycle to local conditions. In semi-intensive or intensive snail farming, farmers…

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