Frog growing involves the rearing of frogs and this could be a hobby or you could raise them to sell them on a commercial basis. A number of frog species are edible and are considered to be luxurious food. There are those such as the bullfrog which are considered to have the potential for culture.
Getting started with the process of growing frogs requires acquiring equipment for frog growing. Most of the frog farms are located near naturally occurring marshy areas such as swamps or ponds. Some people even go ahead and harvest them from the wild.
Ponds as a natural habitat
You will need a pond since most frogs like being around wet areas. This should have the following attributes for it to be well-suited for frog growing:
- 2-12 inches’ deep
- Doesn’t have fish
- Clean water
It doesn’t have to be a big or large one as compared to those which you would use for fish production. The size of the pond you need should have a sufficient depth of about 2-12 inches deep. One main cause for concern is during the winter season as you have to make sure that the water doesn’t freeze to a solid.
The pond should also have a shoreline which is very important for the hunting preservation. The best scenario is having dense grass growing on their banks. However, having a high density of frogs may lead to disease related problems and even cannibalism.
The pond should also be free from fish. This is because they may prey on the eggs and tadpoles which will hinder the growth of your frogs. Install a 4-6-foot-high fence or have a wire mesh around it and you may add an electrified strand at the top. This will protect your frogs and keep away predators such as snakes.
The pond should have unpolluted water. This way, the plants growing around the pond will be healthy and they can be food for the growing tadpoles. You may need to weed out ding plants since they can cause oxygen depletion. So, it is important to have enough oxygen although tadpoles get their oxygen via their gills just like fish.
This is an important part for the frog growing process. Inadequate supply of food may cause the frogs to be susceptible to disease which may have the end result of the adult frogs starting to eat the tadpoles, affecting the overall output. The tadpoles mainly feed on vegetation so growing algae around the pond becomes important.
The location of the pond should be near suitable food like insects. Adult frogs don’t eat artificial feeds, they just prefer to eat moving and live prey. You could also opt to put decaying meat in the area so as to attract insects if you’re not located in a suitable area. Another way is to strategically illuminate the show line so as to attract insects, especially at night.
It is best to incorporate more than one method when it comes to frog growing. This is because one may not be enough to provide sufficient food. The process takes time since the main issue in this entire process is the provision of live food.