As a snail farmer, you may have been wondering what to do with the snail eggs knowing they can further increase your stock and even have an hatchery. There’s good news: you can hatch snail eggs with ease!
Snails can produce up to 400 eggs at a time and they do this two times in a year. An interesting fact that makes them highly profitable. However, if you can not hatch the eggs, then the eggs, which are potential snails go to waste.
Hatching snail eggs in Snail Farming is amazingly easier than you can imagine and we would show you how with this article! Read through this article and learn how to hatch snail eggs like an expert.
Setting up an incubator for snail eggs, how to care for the eggs and how to document the hatching process are all contained in this article so you do not want to miss any part.
Snail Reproduction Process
Snails are hermaphrodites, that means they have both male and female reproductive organs. Despite this, they have to mate with each other in other produce eggs.
Snail mating is usually an interesting one. The snails envelope each other as if they want to swallow themselves. After mating though, each snail would lay its own eggs in what is referred to as clutches and bury them in the sand.
Snails are very intelligent creatures. They select the most suitable soil to incubate their eggs! And just like they say, we can not all be the same, some snails just lay their eggs out there in the open. It is therefore necessary to monitor the snails and take the eggs and incubate them in a separate pen assigned for this.
If you are wondering why you need to take care of the eggs yourself, just know that the chances of having more snail eggs hatched increases by about 95% than when you leave them to themselves.
Hatching Snail Eggs
Hatching snail eggs can be done by virtually anyone patient and careful enough. The process to hatch snail eggs is a very simple. Here are the steps:
Prepare An Incubator For Hatching The Snail Eggs
Snail incubator is not like the conventional electrical machine used in other livestock farming auch as poultry. It is simply a prepared soil mixture in a separate snail pen. From scientific studies, it is observed that a correct mixture of soil and water plays a significant role in how much yield you get when hatching snail eggs. The proportion of water to soil to hatch snail eggs is about 15% and placed in airtight containers to reduce evaporation as the soil has to be kept moist.
Farm to Table Snail farmers can make use of Tupperware containers with perforated lid for aeration to hatch snail eggs. Commercial farmers on the other hand can get a different pen dedicated to hatching snail eggs with a depth of about 20cm soil fillings. The soil must be loose before incubating the snail eggs for easy movement of the new snail hatchlings.
And that’s all, your incubator is ready for the snail eggs!
Collect The Snail Eggs Carefully With A Spoon From The Snail Pen.
When your snails are ready to lay eggs, there is need to monitor them everyday and pick the laid eggs. Please note that the eggs are not to be picked with bare hands to avoid reducing their chances of survival. A plastic spoon and tray can be used to pick and separate the eggs before placing them in the incubator. Some snails may begin laying their eggs after the initial collection so it is imperative that you check in on them to know if there are new eggs at least twice in a week.
Place The Snail Eggs In The Snail Egg Incubator
To begin the hatching process, open up the soil in the snail egg incubator to about 2inches deep and wide enough to contain the snails. Place the snail eggs into the hole using a plastic spoon and cover the snail eggs loosely with soil. Its over to nature as the process can now begin!
Monitor And Keep Track Of The Hatching Progress Of The Snail Eggs
Even though its over to nature, it is important to not leave anything to chance and keep track of the hatching progress. Get a notepad and write out the date as well as the number of eggs placed in a hole. This is important for subsequent hatching process, duration of incubation and the yield. To hatch Snail Eggs, incubation period is stated at 21-40days. Therefore from the 21st day after burying the eggs, new snail hatchlings should be making their way up to the surface and help out the ones still covered in the soil.
Carefully use a plastic spoon to open up the soil to pick out the hatched snails eggs, record the number of hatched snails against the number put in the hole to know how much eggs are left. Cover the remaining eggs with a thin layer os soil for another 15days. If there’s any unhatched eggs after 15days, simply discard them because they are not viable. Record the number of new hatchlings again and note the day.
This record will make you prepare for the new hatchlings, their feeding as well as have an idea of what to expect when you want to hatch snail eggs subsequently. It will also give you an idea of your revenue and total stock.
Provide Adequate Care For The Snail Eggs During Incubation
As stated earlier that you don’t leave anything to chance when you want to hatch snail eggs, here are notable tips on how to care for the snail eggs while they are in incubation for purpose of emphasis, some would be repeated:
- Do not pick the snail eggs with bare hands.
- Carefully dig out the snail eggs to avoid crushing them.
- Check in with the Snails twice each week to pick up new eggs.
- A hand sprayer can be used to wet the soil lightly to maintain soil moisture especially in hot regions. Too much water will disrupt the hatching process.
- The humidity and temperature in the incubator must be the same all through the incubation period.
- The soil to cover the eggs must be light since the hole is just about 2inches deep. Too much heat and excessive soil weight will kill the new snail hatchlings.
- A plastic spoon is most suitable to open the soil, place the eggs in the hole and remove all the new snail hatchlings to avoid crushing them in the case of an metal spoon.
Harvest The New Snail Hatchlings
Upon harvesting the new snail hatchlings or baby snails with a plastic spoon, place them in a new separate snail pen. Feed them with some organic snail food and include calcium (can be gotten from crushed snail shells). Remember to keep their pen moist and well aerated.
Without reasonable doubt, to hatch snail eggs can be easy with high yield recorded if carefully done. A snail farm can increase its stock if the hatching process is properly carried out, and this invariably increases the revenue generated. Snail eggs hatching can also be a side source of income for anyone looking to venture into agribusiness with ease.
We hope you have learnt from this article. Kindly leave comment below! Best wishes as you hatch your snail eggs yourself!