The rearing

There are different methods for rearing snails. Usually in France, reproduction and nursery take places indoor, in climatized areas, and fattening outdoor, in pens. March to October in countries with a the rearing winter and a not too hot and dry summer, as mine, in the North of France.

September to May in countries with a wet and cool winter and a very hot and dry summer, as some Mediterranean regions. 7 kg of lettuce would be necessary for the same result ! But we can also simply use a greenhouse. Three weeks later, about 100 new hatched snails appear under the lid. Usually, we can expect a yield of 70 young snails per breeder for 2 months.

3 to 4 weeks later, these young snails are brought outdoor. Outdoor pens : I advise to stock them with no more than 300 Petit-Gris or 150 Gros-Gris per square meter, in order to have a really good growing. We have to protect them against rodents and shrews, for example with a grid in the ground. With a mosquito net as lid we both protect snails against birds and prevent escaping.

Some days later, we can begin to pick themĀ : do not forget to keep the best specimens for the next breeding season. Hibernation: only future breeders are placed in hibernation, in wooden boxes, well dried, and out of frost. Note: indicated growing tax is observed in my pens, but it might be different in other environmental conditions, or with other strains. Now you have to adapt this information to your own situation. So snail rearing is very interesting. Please forward this error screen to sharedip-1071805128. Information presented here has been provided by human foster mothers, veterinary staff and cat shelter workers.

Many hand-rearing articles are aimed at breeders or contain veterinary terms. I have helped in supplementary feeding or emergency care of kittens. There is a great deal of information on the web about hand-rearing kittens and some details vary according to the writer’s experiences. In some of the links and resources you will find diagrams of how to tube-feed kittens and how to stimulate elimination.

I have included specific information regarding problem cases e. Some of the information here can be found in “Nursing and Hand Rearing Newborn Kittens” by Betty Bloomfield which is an invaluable source of information. Ms Bloomfield has a vast amount of experience with newborn kittens and puppies. Many thanks to Jodi Olesen for the use of the “Kitten in Hand” photos.

Newborn kittens are tiny and helpless. They are deaf, blind and totally dependent on their mother for food, warmth and protection. Normally they are cared for by their mother. 7 to care for them and her milk changes as they grow. When confronted with orphaned kittens first try to find a surrogate feline mother. Do not raise kittens simply because you feel sorry for them. Only attempt to rear them if you plan to keep them, or they have a decent chance of finding homes and they have a good quality of life.

There are various reasons for hand-rearing kittens either from birth or during development. Sometimes you need to assist a mother in rearing her kittens i. Note: Kittens have sometimes been successfully raised by small nursing bitches or a non-nursing bitch has helped with the cleaning, elimination and keeping warm aspects of kitten care. This is the exception not the rule. If you do have such a dog, you will already know her reaction to kittens and the extent to which she helps. There are some cases where a kitten or kittens should be euthanized at birth. The following list is not exhaustive.

In some cases the decision is difficult. Feline overpopulation means the kitten has little chance of finding a home. Major hernia or missing abdominal wall. Nervous or first time mothers may reject or abandon some or all kittens. In large litters, some kittens may be pushed out, become chilled and be ignored by the mother. Some mothers reject weak kittens which cannot compete against stronger, more active siblings.