Lesson 3:
Setup of Sectors and Placement of Shields in the Field
 
Setting Up the Space
Before relocating the baby snails to the field, it is important to properly set up the space in which the snails will grow. After the land has been leveled with a cultivator and sown with perko, care should be taken to fence the field and divide it into sectors.
The field should have a fence of agrofabric or a special net. The net or fabric should be dense lest small snails crawl through their holes. The height of this fencing above the ground should be 70 cm. Important: the fence should be dug into the ground to a depth of 30 cm. It will serve as a barrier for snails to prevent them from spreading out of the field. In addition, a fence should be installed along the perimeter of the field. Its depth into the ground is 40-50 cm, the foundation is 10 cm. It is a protection against rodents.
Next Stage
The next stage is the division of the field into sectors. This is done to make feeding and caring for snails more convenient and easier. The field should be divided into equal sector. It is convenient for them to be an even number.
An additional barrier should be created around the perimeter of the sectors for snails to prevent them from spreading. It can be a salt barrier or a special electric shepherd. Snails are afraid of both salt and electricity, so they will not spread between sectors


Maintaining Cleanness
It is important to keep the field clean: to weed the plants on the paths and timely remove remnants of forage. All this must be done lest the snail is confused with extra plants (then the workers may overlook it and trample on it), run away from the field or get sick (when food mixes with water and ferments, it creates favorable environment for the development of bacteria).
To make fattening and raising of the snails in the field as productive as possible, you need to prepare for them places for feeding and shelter from the wind and sun. They are special pallets. The pallets must meet the following requirements:
made of hardwood: beech, alder, linden, birch, hornbeam, ash
to be 0.8 m / 1.2 m (0.96 m2) in size;
be installed with a slope to the ground (one side of the pallet on the ground, the other - 20-30 cm higher).
Pallet Preparation
800-1200 snails are placed on 1 shield. Shields should cover at least 40, ideally 50% of the field area. In the sectors, the pallets are placed one after the other, in rows, according to the following principle: 2 pallets in a row next to each other, the distance between them is 60 cm, then the path on which the workers will walk, then again 2 pallets next to each other, and so on until the end of the row. The distance between these pairs of pallets in a row is 1.2 m, while the width of the paths in the sector is 60 cm, the rest is the area for perko. The distance between the rows of pallets is 30 cm. The width of the tracks between the sectors is 4 m.
Pallets as Protection and Feeder
Under the pallet, the snail will find shelter during the day: from the wind and the sun. Therefore, the pallets should be placed so that the wind blows on them from the sloping side (when one part of the pallet is down on the ground and the other - on 30-cm pegs). Ideally, if both the wind and the most scorching sun are on the same side of the field, then the snail under the pallet will find reliable protection against both of these problems. If you have to choose, you need to know: the snail suffers from the wind more than from the sun. So it is from the wind that the pallets must protect the most.
The pallets aren't only the protection, but also the snail feeders. It is on them that the feed is poured in equal portions. Number of pallets per 1 ha - 3864 pcs.
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