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|2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 7:51pm On Jun 29, 2017|
I will be using this thread to journal my personal journey to becoming a millionaire snail farmer
The method I used cost me practically nothing to start!!!!
I'll be updating this thread as much as possible but please I urge everyone who'll be following to bear with me as I'll be resuming school at Veritas University, Abuja by September and may have to wait until the holidays before making new posts.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 7:55pm On Jun 29, 2017|
The image attached is a snail egg hatching.
Had to show you that because I know you have never seen it
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by Jephz(m): 8:27pm On Jun 29, 2017|
I'm with you...
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 11:25pm On Jun 30, 2017|
One of the questions to which I could not find a good answer while I was doing my research is snail predators.
Yes, I got the usual rats, lizards, ants, snakes, etc but I couldn't imagine any of these things posing a serious challenge to my investment (except the soldier-ants, that is).
So I decided to closely monitor my snails and find out what led to the death of a snail (if it happens). I'm happy to announce that 3 months and almost 300 snails later, not one snail has died.
P.S the last sentence does not include the snail hatchling (I'll write about that soon).
We've a small plantain farm at the backyard and that's where I ventured in my bid to find snail predators.
[Enter Predator Snails] * I think I coined this name
One thing that came close to making sense to me as per the natural enemies of snails is the Assassin snail. Only problem was I had never seen it in my life (and I've lived on this planet a long time). After trying and failing to see any mention of it locally (as in Africa) I assumed it was only Europe - since it was only them that mentioned it.
But a few days ago I found a green snail. It was longer than usual and on closer examination I found that the mouth area was also different. The first time I saw this snail I was actually fascinated (I was even thinking I might have discovered a new specie of snail). After taking a couple of pictures I killed the damn thing (my guts told me it was no good but now I'm thinking it was the typical African man mentality of being scared of unfamiliar stuff).
Then yesterday I chanced upon the green snail again and this time I saw it eating a small achatina achatina. (I didn't have my camera then, so no picture).
So, dear snail farmer or aspiring snail farmer, kill the (green) predator snail anywhere you see it!!!! It's a sacred duty that you owe other snail farmers.
** snail shell remains in the last picture is what was left of the snail eaten by the small green predator snail.
** I just found out that these things can be lethal. Good thing they're easy to spot.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by Hiberry: 3:13pm On Jul 02, 2017|
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by Jephz(m): 1:13pm On Jul 03, 2017|
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 8:02pm On Jul 05, 2017|
[/color] *** I've reported a few posts here and I think I should spell it out in order to save myself the stress of reporting anymore posts and save YOU the trouble of wasting your time **
1. No useless/off-topic comments. If you want to make useless comments, I recommend you create an account on twitter or instagram.
2. Absolutely no advertising or promotion of any product or service; digital, physical.
Thank you for being a civilised human being. [color=#990000]
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 8:40pm On Jul 05, 2017|
I'm an ardent believer in starting small and scaling up, no matter how much resources at your disposal. Of course, small is relative: 1k can be small for me but for you it's 100k. Just start with something that in the case of a drastic failure due to unforseen circumstances (trust me, there's always one at the corner) you'd be able to laugh at your folly and become wiser.
Like most people who have ventured into snail farming, l was flabbergasted when I saw the projections. I kept wondering why we're not all turning millionaires through this venture. The numbers are simply amazing.
If you are reading this then you've most likely seen or heard something like;
Buy 500 breeder snails @ 200,000 (400 a piece)
They'll lay 100 eggs or more in a years.
You'll have 500 x 100 = 50,000 snails in one year
Sell them at 250 a piece and make 250 x 50,000 = 12,500,000 per annum.
At this point, you should be like me and use a trowel to collect the salt you'd be taking the above information with.
Truth is: that scenario is very possible but...
Let's just say it's easier to grow your twitter followers to 12.5 million.
The important thing to note is that if you are not passionate about it, stick to doing it for fun.
Don't turn snail farming into Nairabet or Merry bet, the odds are on you being disappointed.
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 8:46pm On Jul 05, 2017|
Meanwhile I don't know this person and I strongly suggest you don't buy snail breeders from him.
I'm not saying he's a scam o, I don't know.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by pdozie: 1:17pm On Jul 06, 2017|
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by pdozie: 1:28pm On Jul 06, 2017|
1. Topic says 2 years challenge: Are you referring to challenges you will face in 2 years time? Or you intend sharing the experience you had for 2 years already in snail farming [ I ask because somewhere you noted that you haven't lost a snail in 3 months. So I assume you started 3 months ago?]
2. Can you share the experience with the pen construction? What is the size of the pen accommodating your 300 snails.
3. have you had any reasons to sell? If yes, would you mind sharing how you cornered the market.
NB: I just assembled few snails (about 30 of them) in a bucket. Created holes underneath to pass excess water. Poured sand inside (like 10ck depth) And covered the top with net. Feed them with fruits and leaves (for about 2 weeks now). No death recorded too.
I want to construct a low cost pen for them so I need your input/experience.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 7:33pm On Jul 06, 2017|
1. By "2 years challenge" I mean I'm going to work on this project for the next 2 years.
I've set some targets for myself and I understand that I'll need to undergo a learning curve of say 6 months. If you add the between 13 - 18 months that a snail takes to go from egg to table-size, you'll get roughly 2 years.
After that I'd be able to measure how much success I've been able to achieve.
** I'll address your other questions in a subsequent post.
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by kunlesufyan(m): 11:46am On Jul 07, 2017|
Good one, I like this idea. Tried snail farming years ago, had to stop when I was leaving for service.
I started with 115, at first they kept dying( I concluded it was because I got them from the marker, poor creatures were already stressed out).
A few of them died and later it stopped.
I like your idea of updating us on the progress of your farm, I will follow this thread and see how you run things. Hopefully, it will be a forum where we can share tips to enhance snail growth and reduce mortality.
What specie are you dealing with?
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 9:48am On Jul 09, 2017|
I picked one AM and put it into an old electric kettle filled with loamy soil. The idea was to observe it (stuff it eats, how long it can stay without water, if it will get lonely and die etc) while I think about my life and the 3.5 million Naira quotation one snail farming "guru" on Nairaland gave me. ** I still have the kettle and I removed about 15 juvenile snails from the kettle a few days ago**
After I convinced myself that selling off a plot of my land and handing over the money to some "guru" for "consultancy" and pen construction is not why I'm such a smart person , I decided I'll try doing as much of the work myself as possible and then pay someone to do anything I couldn't do.
** A little background info for perspective; I was already looking at buyers for one of the undeveloped land I got because I wanted to travel abroad. My mum was against it until finally I accepted to not travel again. Instead I decided to start a business with the money instead but I didn't have a business in mind since it was not my original plan. Then I saw a company that produces snail while I was reading something about how the economy of Greece is beginning to look up after a lot of her young people went back to farming. **
[/b] My First Snail Pen[b]
I found some old wooden windows we had taken out when my dad renovated some houses (the guy stores everything) and I used for of them to make my pen by placing them together to form a square. Found a mosquito net structure removed from another building and used it to cover my pen. It didn't fit perfectly but I made required adjustments. I clean out the soil and replaced it with loamy soil from the bush.
I went snail hunting that night and gathered about 20 snails. I put them in the cage and started feeding them with tye leaves and fruit the kettle snail ate. 100 snails later, they seemed to be doing fine but I decided to build a bigger pen. Details in another post I'll call "do it yourself snail pen construction".
P.S I still have my converted wooden window pen but I also have a much bigger pen I constructed that's much more the first one ( the only money I spent was the N850 or so that I paid for 6 yards of mosquito net). I also have another pen housing about 200 juvenile snails and a converted big paint bucket containing about 100 juveniles.
All the juveniles were born in the "window pen".
** I'll update with pictures when I buy data, my data remain only small now.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by OfficialVpOsinb: 10:04am On Jul 09, 2017|
Does anyone know how to plant watermelon?
I want to grow them to feed my snail, seems the juveniles especially love it.
I've planted twice now (of course in my trademark experimental style) and on both occasions they withered about a week after germination.
I don't know if I'm not planting them deep enough; the first set died after 5 days or so and the second set which I dug deeper holes for lived for maybe another four days.
I've planted a new set today and I made the holes almost 7-inches deep.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by Adrianoad: 3:13pm On Jul 26, 2017|
Hi, am a new snail farmer, or should I say I just began snail farming about a week ago. I have been reading thoroughly on how to improve my lots. I have presently about 25 snail I pick around the small bush behind my house.
I have built 2 pen quickly, a wooden and a glass pen since I have the materials readily available to construct the pen. My glass pen is about 1m squared and the wooden is about 2ft squared.
Pls how many snail can each of my pen take to allow steady growth and reproduction?
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by IamUmason(m): 8:06am On Sep 21, 2018|
Thanks op so how far have you gone now and pls let's have pictures of the pen you are using now.
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by iamwalexab(m): 12:44pm On Sep 21, 2018|
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by ssolaoye: 11:33am On Jan 29, 2019|
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by akinsmail51: 8:13am On Aug 02, 2019|
How far now? How far have you gone in the business?
|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by NaijaPress: 3:04pm On Sep 27, 2019|
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|Re: 2 Years Snail Farming Challenge: My Experience by pabon(m): 10:03am On Nov 20, 2019|
OfficialVpOsinb:What became of your snail pen?
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