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Best Snail Feeds For Effective Growth in Nigeria – Snail Farming Business
|Best Snail Feeds For Effective Growth in Nigeria – Snail Farming Business by Editor: 12:00 am On September 22, 2017|
Snail farming is a very lucrative business in Nigeria and all over the world. As a result of increased awareness on the profitability of snail farming, many entrepreneurs are beginning to delve into the business of snail rearing, processing and export. Sometime ago I wrote an article titled “ processing and marketing ofsnail meat for export”, where I explained how to process and package snail meat for local and international market. You can click the link to read for yourself. However, this article will not be talking about snail meat processing, rather it will be discussing snail feeds and feeding.
If you are thinking of establishing a snail farm, or you already have one, this article will be very beneficial to you. Based on the premise that says “You are what you eat”, snail feeds and feeding must be given topmost priority in any snail farm venture for maximum performance. The snails should be fed properly as and at when due if you really want them to do very well. This is because the quality of your snails will depend on the quality of their feed.
SNAIL FEED CATEGORIES
Leaves and Vegetables: Some leaves eaten by snails includeleaves of paw-paw, cocoyam, banana, sweet potato and cassava.Snails eat a lot of vegetables too. Some of their best vegetables includepumpkin, cabbage, lettuce, okra, water leaf, spinach, garden egg plant, amaranthus and all green vegetables that can be eaten by man.
Fruits: Snails also eat fruits, some of which includebreadfruit, cucumber, green beans, nectarine melon, peach, plums, paw-paw, banana, plantain, orange, apple, pineapple, grape, tomatoes, ripe pear, avocado and all edible fruits.
Tubers:Snails also eat tuber crops likeyam, sweet potato, cocoyam and cassava when cooked.
Cereals: dried and processed maize, groundnut cake, soybean meal, and sorghum.
Supplements: feed supplements likefishmeal and blood meal are also good for snails.
Concentrates: this include poultry waste and feed, fish feed.
Minerals: limestone, wood ash, fish meal, bone meal and chalk. Snails also need a lot of calcium in-take for growth and shell formation. Calcium or mineral supplement can also be derived from ground eggshell, oyster shell, bone meal or even soil.
WHY YOU SHOULD FEED YOUR SNAILS PROPERLY
If active snails are starved of food, they will shade 2 – 5% of their body weight in 24 hrs. Snails are basically fed twice in a day i.e in the evenings between 5pm – 7pm and early in the morning, between 7am-9am. Snails are nocturnal animals i.e they are more active at night. The feed items should be distributed evenly within the snailery to enhance equal feeding opportunity for all the snails. Avoidsaltand salty foods since snails do not survive high salt intake.
FACTORS THAT INCREASE FEED CONSUMPTION IN SNAILS
LIST OF ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED IN YOUR SNAIL FARM
Always remember that the performance of your snails depends solely on the type of feeds they are fed with. So feed your snails well for better performance and increased returns.
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