Originally Posted by perchie.girl
Ok I want Muscovy and Runners.... Muscovy for eggs and meat.... Runners because they are so dang cute...... Beaker 1, Beaker 2, Beaker 3... they are also good egg layers.
Each require minimal water.... face wash place and a bit for cooling off in the summer. and I can grow duck weed for em in with the Tilapia.
Housing will work in my new layout too.
Originally Posted by bruceha2000
I hate to break the news but the only thing that changes as the get older is the SIZE of the poop!
Perhaps "Poop de Grass" would be a better screen name
Too dang cute!!! And proof that it works for ducklings as well as it does for chicks.
Um who gave you that BA egg? Someone doing weird BA/NN crosses or something? Echo had WAY more neck feathers on her AFTER the fox almost took her.
Tilapia? We had that for dinner last night! I want Tilapia!!!!
Of course DD1 wouldn't abide us eating them either, not if we raised them here. Same as any other creature.
Originally Posted by perchie.girl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilapia
I am afraid they are warm water fish..... dont do well below 75 degrees.... You can raise em though in a water tote 250 gallons or so and they will get large enough to harvest for dinner. They are also vegetarians pretty much and you can raise them with fresh water shrimp. Cray fish too but Cray fish are pretty aggressive and need to get out of the water occasionally.
The nice part about Tilapia is they are mouth brooders. Female lays her eggs on a rock or strata Male firtilizes them then the female scoops em up to protect them till they hatch. Then they continue to provide a safe home for them till they dont fit any more....
I have a 110 gallon tank to raise up the breeders, It should hold four to six of them. They will stay in the house and hatch out the fry. That I can keep temperature controlled with an aquarium water heater. All that tank needs is a room where the temperature doesnt fluctuate. You can remove the fry when they are ready with either a Fry Trap or a fine net. You feed Daphnia or fine fish food till they get bigger. Daphnia are live food very very small crustaceans..... They will come in on the duck weed Win Win Win.
Two or three of those totes and I should have enough fish for the year. They grow to harvest size under ideal conditions in about 240 days or around eight months, for a one pound fish. the extras can be sold as fingerilings.... or fed to the chickens. or processed into dog food.
There will be no waste.
Originally Posted by lazy gardener
And I want Muscovy for meat, and Khaki Campbell for eggs. And I want a tilapia tank in my green house. Get all that going, along with my garden, chickens, orchard. Perhaps add a goat or two, and I can tell Uncle Sam to take a flying hike.
Given my northern climate, Perch or trout might be a better option. But I like that tilapia are tolerant of low O2. Bet it wouldn't take much of a heater to keep the stock tanks warm enough in the green house. That would keep the plants warm and provide good fertilizer for the plants as well. WIN, WIN, WIN. Fried fish and baby greens salad for supper.
This Tilapia thing sure sounds interesting. I never even thought about raising fish before. Of course, but probably requires a lot of money and work, but still. I never really eat fish much and kinda hate it (but I think I just haven't had it cooked right, found some new recipes), so for me it probably makes more sense to just go buy fish occasionally but eventually I want to move somewhere and have a little farm or something so if and when I do that I can probably do this. I probably could now too given it really doesn't take up any room or look bad but like I said, not really a need right now. We live in Massachusetts and near the ocean and beach too as opposed to more inland so lots of good seafood. Not sure there's much freshwater fish but lots of striper (striped bass), bluefish, tuna, cod, etc etc. And salmon but assuming that doesn't come from here. I used to LOVE fish but now not so much. Have always hated other seafood. Clams, oysters, quahog, shrimp, lobster, sushi, etc. Etc. Which is a shame because like I said, we live right on the coast and New England seafood is like almost famous I feel lol kinda funny i live here and hate seafood but ah well.
Anyhow, eventually it'd be cool to try growing fish. Those tanks seem expensive though? All I could find when I Googled was the white water takes with the cage? Unless you meant stock tanks? Everything I was finding was like $250 for one 275 one. Of course, that's new. There were a few used ones for pretty cheap. I'm trying to eat healthier so need to eat more fish and this year we're trying vegetables. Kinda went overboard buying seeds though lol do you have to do water tests or changes or are they pretty tolerant? Cause I remember I had a Betta and I hated doing water tests and changes but I also put the tank in a bad spot.