Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Start of Something Good - Blue Tilapia and Chicks

The Moose and I have begun the next phase of our "mini-farming" endeavour.  We've purchased 100 fingerling Blue Tilapia for our pond.   In around 4-6 months they should be large enough to process and eat, and will have also started to populate the pond with future generations.  It's just another phase of self sufficiency.  I have to say I was shocked at how small they are;  no more than 3/4 to 1" in length, and cost a buck a piece.  We're hoping they'll help keep the pond clean.  We may also be in the market for some small catfish, to keep the bottom clean.  I'm not a southern girl, don't care for the taste, and won't be eating the catfish.  Maybe, down the road,  I can trade them for something I do need.

We took another leap of faith and purchased an egg incubator.  We have our first 20 eggs rotating as we speak.  B-Day is March 20th.  Of course there are plenty of variables, most of which is;  were the eggs fertilized to begin with, then temperature and humidity control. 

I'll keep you posted.


  1. Incubating eggs is a ton of fun. Can't wait to see what you get. I have another week to wait to see if my silkie girl manages to hatch her ducklings. She is working very hard.

  2. I can't wait to see them either! We were at a local farm store today and they had ducklings. I fell in love, so we'll see if getting them is in the "stars". We'd like to wait until our first hatch on the 20th, and raise them together, so there's one mess at home at one time.


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