The incubation process lasts an average of 20 days (at an air temperature of 20 °C in the incubator).
The optimum temperature in the incubator is exactly 20 °C. In this case, the hatching of the baby snails takes place within 20 days, which is considered the golden standard for the entire cycle of snail farming. The first batch of baby snails will appear a few days after the transfer of boxes with caviar to the incubator. If the temperature is 25 °C, the baby snails will hatch in 10 days. If it is less than 20 °C, hatching will take more than 20 days.
Thermoboxes with collected caviar should be placed in an incubator. It may be adjacent to the nursery, which should have its own heating, ventilation and humidification. It should be equipped with wooden or plastic racks for caviar maturation (baby snail hatching).
It is necessary to speak separately about the trays (thermoboxes, koreks) for maturing of caviar. Special trays can be ordered in Poland. You can also use foam lunch boxes, but it is better that the caviar is placed in airtight and transparent trays.
The incubator must meet the following parameters:
- Air humidity:
- 75-85% (so that there is dew on the lid of the tray / thermobox). To do this, install a humidifier and recuperator in the incubator.
- Heating. The air temperature should be between 15 and 25 °C. The warmer, the faster the maturation of caviar (eggs). For example, at a temperature of 15 °C caviar matures in 25 days, 25 °C - in 15 days. + 1 °C = -1 day of maturation!
The incubator must be equipped with a thermometer and hygrometer, because the speed of maturation of snail eggs depends on the temperature and humidity in the room. To maintain a sufficient level of humidity in the caviar boxes, you should periodically spray their lid inside with water. It is better to install a household humidifier and recuperator in the incubator so that the air in it is of a uniform temperature.
When the caviar becomes dark in color, the baby snail hatch and climb to the top lid of the thermobox. After that, they can be relocated to the field.
It is undesirable to keep the baby snails in thermoboxes. If they stay there for more than 2 weeks, they will start to die. In general, a week is the best time to collect a batch for relocating the baby snails in the field.
Snail breeders, who are just starting their business, should understand that the process of snail reproduction is quite complex and resource-demanding. It requires daily hard work, increased control and the availability of nursery, incubators, equipment.
Therefore, it is more expedient to start this business by purchasing ready baby snails from large snail farms, which will be relocated to the field in May. We offer our partners to buy babies on favorable terms.