How to Farm Frogs
Many people all over the world engage in frog farming. This kind of activity can be a start of business venture.
Raising and selling the frogs can make huge profit.
Starting a frog farm is feasible as long as you have an ideal habitat for frogs. Running a frog farm can be a profitable venture as testified by successful frog farmers. If you are raising frogs you can be a distributor of tadpoles, adult frogs and frog eggs to some food establishments that offer exotic foods. In raising a frog farm you need to take into account the necessary factors in the life of a frog.
Life Cycle and Growth
Bullfrogs usually lay eggs during spring in shallow standing water and temperate climates. A female frog can lay about 10,000 to 25,000 eggs that can be hatch within 3 weeks and eventually will turn out as tadpoles. The bullfrog tadpoles are vegetarians and spend most of the time looking for bottom algae and microscopic plants. However, you should keep in mind that frogs are cold blooded animals and grows slowly. This means that this trait is not ideal for farming because the growth rate depends on the climate and food supply. It would take you about 2 to three years to harvest a mature bullfrog.
One of the critical processes of culturing frogs is the feeding. If the frogs are not given enough foods they can be susceptible to disease. This would reduce the harvestable population. Nevertheless, if you are raising frogs outdoors they can get natural foods but for cultured frogs supplemental feeding should be given. Aside from soft plants, you can also feed tadpoles with boiled potatoes, chicken viscera and other meat scraps. Be careful in feeding frog scraps as it may transmit disease. On the other hand, feeding the adult frogs is more difficult as you should feed them with small insects. The bad point about feeding adult frogs is that they would not accept non-moving food. That is why some frog farmers use motorized trays with silkworm that simulate moving animals. In this sense, many frog producers find difficulties in feeding adult frogs because of the inadequacy of live foods.
Another consideration in raising frogs is the pond design. You can design a round or square ponds with shallow bays, numerous islands and coves. Likewise, constructing a series of narrow ditches is also a good idea in developing frog habitat. Make sure that the depth of the water is enough to protect the tadpoles and adult frogs from extreme temperatures. However, frogs can thrive in shallow water as they normally feed and rest in shallow waters. In addition, you should ensure that the quality of the water is suitable to grow frogs. Otherwise, you will not be successful in your frog farm.