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Yabby Breeding Sheet

Discussion in 'Diet and Feeding' started by Gaz, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    The Ultimate Yabbie Farm


    I have decided to share my secret yabbie farming techniques, as designed by me! I have used this for quite a few years, always with good success. It is cheap to build, doesn't require the expense & room of an extra tank & basically looks after itself.

    Do you really need any more convincing?



    Materials Required;
    • 1 Used car tyre.
    • 1 Breeding pair of yabbies. (minimum)
    • 1 Sheet of plastic. (more than twice the lenght of the tyre)
    • 3 or 4 Bricks.
    • Sand.
    • Water.
    Sexing Yabbies;
    To keep this simple for everyone, I will show the basics only.

    Google sexing yabbies for more detailed pics.
    • Flip them over on their backs
    • Look at their rear legs
    • Male & female differences are quite obvious if you look closely at where their legs join the body.
    • Males have an extra bit
    • Females have the corresponding place for the extra bit to go.
    • If they look different, you have a pair.
    • If they look the same, they won't breed

    Building Method;
    • Select a suitable, quiet position out of direct sunlight.
    • Spread plastic sheet out on the ground.
    • Place the tyre on one end of the plastic.
    • Cover the plastic in the center of the tyre with a generous mound of sand.
    • Fill the inside of the tyre with water.
    • Dampen the sand.
    Farming Method;
    • Place yabbies on the inside of the tyre.
    • Keep the sand moist, not wet, at all times.
    • Keep the tyre topped up with fresh water.
    • Feed vegetable scraps reqularly, not meat as they don't eat meat!
    • Cover with the other end of the plastic.
    • Allow good ventilation at all times.
    • Anchor the plastic down with the bricks.
    Hint's & Tips;
    • During the colder months, the yabbies hibernate by digging into the sand
    • Make sure the plastic is firmly attached during this time to protect them from frosts, rains, etc. They will also appreciate the extra warmth.
    • Once established, the farm will supply you with a steady supply of yabbies.
    • Remove any uneaten food after 1 week, to prevent bacteria build up.
    • Yabbies will bury themselves in the sand, you will have to dig!
    • Build a second farm & alternate where you harvest from.
    Finally, if you need more info, just ask.
    Happy farming!
    Gaz
     

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  2. mimirami

    mimirami Senior Turtle

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    Hey cool!

    Thanks Gaz! I will have to put this into practice at some stage...

    Miranda
     
  3. benk

    benk Adult Turtle

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    Wow thanks Gaz!! :yay:
    That is awesome! :D
    (:goodone)

    Cheers for this!
    Ben.
     
  4. leon_m28

    leon_m28 Juvenile Turtle

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    Thanks Gaz,

    That's ingenious! :D

    Now I wonder if my dad's ford needs its spare tyre..... ;)
     
  5. Aqua

    Aqua Juvenile Turtle

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    How heavy a grade of plastic, & clear I'm assuming? And how big a tyre?
     
  6. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    Hi Aqua,
    I use the orange stuff that is used under concrete, only because I have it.
    You could use off cut pond liner, weed mat, clear, etc, etc.
    Whatever is cheap & readily available.
    It is really only to keep weeds from growing in, yabbies from digging out, stop bird/cat attacks & for a minimal amount of insulation in winter.
    It's design is not to keep water in, that's what the tyre is for.
    Gaz
     
  7. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    I will have to post it on Saturday, as my farms are down the side of the house.
    It is dark & pics just don't work with any detail/success on my camera.
    Gaz
     
  8. Brian Mercer

    Brian Mercer Adult Turtle

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    Hmmm Gaz, sounds interesting. I managed to keep some of my baby yabbies alive from last season. I did find they are breeding in the pond. Found a small yabbie in there one day. Smaller than any I had purchased and many months after I put the last lot in.

    Would they bury themselves in the sand here in Qld. We are not as cold as Sydney. Even the turtles don't hibernate.
     
  9. Aqua

    Aqua Juvenile Turtle

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    Thanks Gaz, I'm going to give it a go. Off to the wreckers I trot tomorrow for an old tyre. Got the perfect tree lined up & have a roll of black plastic already that should work. Yabbies are on sale at my favorite pet shop too.
     
  10. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    If you go to a tyre seller (Tyre power, Beaurepairs, K-mart Tyre & Auto, etc.) They will give you a tyre for free! It costs them to get rid of old tyres.
    This is a good way of breeding food for your turtles & being "green" to go with it.
    Recycle as much as possible as it costs nothing!
    Gaz
     
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  11. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    Sorry Brian, I missed your question.
    I am not sure if they would hibernate in Qld??? There is a good chance that they wouldn't.
    In Melbourne it is a definite that they hibernate.
    If you go to your local yabbying spot, would you catch them at the moment?
    Still put the sand in though, as the little guys bury in it all year round, it gives them places to hide. If they have no where to hide, they will eat each other & you will only end up with a couple instead of heaps.
    Gaz
     
  12. Deb

    Deb Senior Turtle

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    Thanks Gaz, I have been thinking for ages about breeding yabbies but didn't know how to go about it. Now I am all inspired and will be busy building this weekend (if the weather holds out here in cold old Melbourne). About when do you think they will come out hibernation so that I can go catch some? Deb
     
  13. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    Hi Deb,
    That is a good question!
    About the most accurate that I can be is when the weather warms up a bit.
    Not trying to be smart, it's just the seasons here in Melbourne are not what they used to be. I would suggest spring for a season, start of next month, but probably closer to the end of next month.
    Gaz
     
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    carkat Juvenile Turtle

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    Yes, they will hiberate here in Queensland. If you want to get them in the winter, you often have to dig down into the sand or mud in a dam or pond to find them. Recently in my classroom at school, 'someone' tipped a large amount of feed into my fish/yabby tank. My yabby died, so I contacted one of my ex-students who lives on a property locally and he went yabbying to get us replacements. He found a couple of tiny yabbies in their dam, but went digging and found a couple of big ones buried deep in the mud. I'm glad he loves doing this! So now I have a good sized "mother-to-be' yabby and a couple of little ones.
     
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    tburjan Hatchling Turtle

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    Breeding numbers

    Gday folks,

    Been thinking of this yabbie farm all day and have decided to hit up the tyre yard tomorrow and then start building!!!!

    I called the pet shop today and they said they only have baby yabbies but they are going to order me in a breeding pair on Monday...

    How much offspring approx do you think 2 yabbies will have over a season?
    I heard the breeding season is between September and February...


    Tyson
     
  16. carkat

    carkat Juvenile Turtle

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    Gaz,
    I'm hanging out to see these pictures of your set-up. It sounds too simple to be true! Like others, I'm ready to go and get my 'old tyre' and my thick plastic is ready to lay down. Only problem will be our chooks when we let them out into our backyard- I think they would love to get into that tyre and find a tasty meal of young yabbies. I'll have to much sure, its covered well.
     
  17. Brian Mercer

    Brian Mercer Adult Turtle

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    If there is a population explosion of Yabbies, its your fault Gaz. :laugh:
    You sure have sparked some interest in this project. Well Done.
     
  18. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    I will be taking some pics in the morning & posting the clearest ones so everyone can have a good look. I had a bit of a look around in them tonight with my torch, but I can't find any yabbies out & about. Little wonder though as it was 4degrees this morning & quite cool right now! Tyson, to answer your question, a female can lay literally hundreds of eggs at one time, some don't hatch & some are destined as food from the start. I have not stripped one of my farms down to count them all, but as a guesstimate, I would say there would be a couple of hundred in there at any time. They can lay eggs a couple of times a year. That is the best thing about farming yabbies this way, it really is that easy. They survive when you all but neglect them.
    Gaz
     
  19. Brian Mercer

    Brian Mercer Adult Turtle

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    Gaz I have mine in tanks. Now should I switch to the tyre method?
     
  20. Gaz

    Gaz Adult Turtle

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    If it works for you Brian, keep going. The reason that I posted this method is there are a lot of new members just getting started, trying to feed their turtles. This is a great way to provide them with a great food source, with little or no outlay (as against a dedicated tank, filter, air supply, etc, etc) It also is very space concious. Nearly everyone has a "dead" corner in their yard, enough room for at least one farm. It is so easy to maintain, put food in on a regular basis, keep covered to prevent unwanted animals feeding. If it starts to get smelly, just grab the garden hose & flush the old water out of the tyre.
    If you want to give it a go Brian, why not. The worst that could happen is you end up with too many yabbies & you send me nasty messages! lol
    Gaz