When you have a dam on your property there is nothing better than wandering down to
your waterhole, often with a coldie
in one hand a net or two in the
other returning with a feed of
delicious blue claw yabbies
Ensuring a continued supply of these delicious critters depends on the stocking density you started with, bearing in mind it wont only
be you snacking on these delicious morsels.
Water rats, eels, cormorants, herons, turtles, carp etc also have the humble yabby on the top of their menu
How Many Yabbies do I need?
The number of yabbies you will need is based on a number
of factors such as m2 size of dam, existing fish eels etc,
feed ie vegetation, bird life etc.
Adding 1 female and 1 male to a 1000me dam is
pointless as they will never likely meet up.
1. Rule of thumb
We recommend a minimum of 1 yabby per 10m2
or 100 whichever number is greater this ensures
a sufficient mix of male and females
to build a sustainable population.
Yabbies are not a schooling critter like fish.
For this reason for dams less than
200m2 we recommend you call
us for advice.
2. Food availability in the dam
Yabbies are able to metabolise meat and vegetable protein, so reeds, plants grass are all ideal food sources.
For newly dug dams you will need to add food such
as lucerne hay as soon as practical.
Hay is used by most commercial yabby farmers as a base food source. Lucerne hay is best however any hay is sufficient.
Chicken / pig pellets and lupins are also
a good supplementary food
For small hay bales stake bale in dam until water logged them cut the ties and spread through out. Hay should be added at a minimum of 6 small bales per year per 1000m2.
If you have fish/eels in your dam you should double
the Rule of Thumb number of yabbies.
4. Harvest Expectations
Stocking density also depends on how many and how
often you want to feed on these delicious critters.
If your idea is to have them as a main course rather than a garnish for a rib eye or scotch fillet we recommend double the minimum.
To give you an idea, commercially we stock our ponds
at 5 or 6 yabbies per square metre.
Remember if you stock at a greater density you will need to increase feeding rates accordingly.
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