Are the gills in your hood stunted and if so what can you do about it? I have stated on many ocations but dont remember having done so here. read the following page and let me know if you can come up with a posible solution. http://web2.msue.msu.edu/...lletin/PDF/E1776.pdf
I wasnt planning on letting nature take over. I will be harvesting the gills on a gegular basis. since I am planting them already at eating size (8 inches) selective harvest will be easy. plant 300 the first year and harvest 200 the first year plant 300 the second year and harvest 200 the second year plant 300 the third year and harvest 200 the third year plant 200 on the forth year and harvest 200 the forth year by the fith year I should only have to plant and harvest 100 per year. by this time I shold have 14 inch gills. (maybe bigger!) a 14 inch gill is dinner for two or two dinners. I figure by planting and harvesting the new plants for the first three years I can maintain a healthy population of 300 gills in the pond and on the 4th year I wont have to eat the fresh plants, I can start harvesting from the higher range gills. my hopes are to get all males but I will have to keep a wachfull eye come spring and pull out any femails with eggs. the last thing I want is a natural breading population. that would be devistating to economical and ecological balance I hope to achieve.
HEY DAVE , IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN THE MICHIGAN STATE BLUEGILL RECORD IS A GILL THAT WAS COUGHT AT MICHIGAN MEMORIAL CEMITARY BY A BLIND KID . THEY OPENED THE POND UP FOR A DISABLED YOUTH OUTING , IT'S NEVER BEEN FISHED BEFORE THAT EVENT (HEALTH CODE ) . SEEMS TO ME NATURE WOULD BALANCE THE FISH OUT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME . A LOT OF THESE SMALL PONDS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY HOLD SOME MASSIVE GILLS , FED BY HOPPERS AND OTHER BUGS THAT GET A LITTLE CARELESS . BUT KNOWING HOW MUCH YOU LOVE A GOOD GILL DINNER , YOU MIGHT NEED A SECOND POND !
then in that case those are interesting results. thanks for sharing. perhaps the fish and game programs could take heed in experimenting the same way and implementing the results.
it was a private pond i dumped them into.
i hope your not too serious unless its your private pond your planting fish into. bucket biology is a major problem in our neck of the woods.
LOL, I'll catch your dinner. Since I'm a vegetarian, I'll have to pick my dinner off the trees and vines.
It is actualy going to be a kitchen farm producing more than I can posibly use. one thing for certain, if you drop by you would have to catch your own dinner
Haha! That's a good one! Fish roosting and chickens swimming. Never thought about that before. Is this gonna be a hobby farm when you get moved? Or you gonna be a supplier? And are you gonna throw in some crawfish? Seems like you've got things thought out quite well. I wish you the best of luck. And, if I happen to get down that way, mind if I toss a line in?
thanks, that is pretty much my line of thinking. (under water chickens) I will be starting with a clean pond. tho nothing as big as what they are calling for. more like a 50X50 foot pond. airated hand fed daily live minnows added on ocations to make them taist sweeter. deffenatly I would go with hybrid gills. with the longer growing season Tennesee can provide I am thinking I will have a well controlled environment. and if I realy need a preditor I will use a trout or two insted of a bass. they have a faster growing rate compared to a bass and will provide better table fare. I can get away with a half dozen trout per year compaired to the 50 bass the last report is calling for. I dont plan on planting as many gills as they are sugesting eather. I figured 200 per year plant and I can get them half grown (about 8 inches) so I dont have to worie much about unwanted kills. the fish farm I found stated tho their hybrids are not steril they said that the probability of them reproducing in not good. but should that happen my trout would clean them up A'sap. as well as would the gills. I imagin I would have to plant eather a turtle or hope one wonders in or plant a pair of male catfish to clean up the road kills from the bottom of the pond. Just have to make sure I dont mix the chicken feed with the fish feed. I would hate to have to gather my eggs from under water and find my gills roosting in the trees.
Here's an article in pdf format that might interest you: http://www.uaex.edu/...ToPondManagement.pdf
I my self had another therie, and that was to harvest gills at spawning time. by removing stunted gill with eggs and males of the same sturnted size and age, I beleive that I could take the place of the preditor fish with planned harvest. I plan on building my own pond just for hybred gills. they dont make good breaders but do grow well. I figured by planting X number of gills per year I would have gills reaching their maximum size in no time. do you think this plan is feasable?
i had the same problem. So what i did was i went to a pond up in north jersey and cought a couple of nice sized pike, pickeral, and muskies and i threw them in there. Guess what the next year i had some nice sized pike pickeral and muskies and the sunnies that did survive were huge i got some out of that pond that were 1.5 lbs.hey it worked for me why not you?
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