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  1. Around $20.00 per pound. Rarely trout sold under 4 lbs. Another species the bluegill (Lepomis macrochiris) gets double or more than that because it weighs much less. Also less overhead than the trout.
  2. Thanks for the kind words. Tiger Trout: Cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout. All trout sell for too much to eat! Minimum of $40.00 U.S. dollars each! Average is twice that by next fall.
  3. Wow! During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America
  4. As some of you know I hatch, feed train, and grow out gamefish to trophy size for the taxidermy and replica fish industry and I'm a fish taxidermist myself. I've done everything but beat fish farmers over the head to show them this is a viable sideline for their fish to no avail. Finally decided I had to do it myself about a decade a go. One type of customer is the taxidermist that needs large natural specimens to mount for state, national, and world competitions. As those of us that are anglers know you can't just go out anytime and catch a trophy fish in public waters unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere where that is common place. The following two fish won first place at the national level. The very latest is this brook trout raised in my trout pond and mounted by Mickey Bowman of Oklahoma. This brown was also a first place fish a few years ago and mounted by Frank Kotula of Pennsylvannia, USA. Needless to say I have a waiting list for large trout and run out of them very quickly.
  5. Osprey never came back. Maybe he will show up at the next solar eclipse here in 2024 if he's still alive. LOL
  6. New bird showed up at the peak of the solar eclipse. Osprey aka Fish Hawk. Hopefully passing through as I did not see it at all today.
  7. Thanks. I will look into that for next year. In actuality it would not have to be over the entire pond. Just out a few feet from the edges and out over the water would work as these birds do not land in the water but wade in. That said it would have to be set up where they can't stand on the netting to fish over the edge. So perhaps it would be better and easier to just cover the pond. I had a bird one night in another pond standing on an extension cord to a night light that was used to attract yellow perch fry for feed training. These birds are really amazingly intelligent!
  8. I've thought of that. How difficult would it be to get it really taunt over the pond without it falling into the water? The pond is 59 by 85 feet. I'd actually prefer to do that if it was effective vs. killing them.
  9. Form 37 is on it's way to apply toward a state permit and then the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Permit. Will be running off the birds for couple more weeks. If I could just have a man to bird talk with them to tell them my patience is running out and things could get dicy for them...
  10. I figured at 700 trout if I sell them all at $40.00 minimum (they usually go for more) I've got $28,000 worth of fish in that 1/10th acre pond. I will be moving most of them this fall into a much larger pond. So much for "I hear you don't do much in aquaculture." Got a couple of Great Blue Herons hanging around the pond even with running them off with bottle rockets and staked lines around the pond. I saw one with a trout in his mouth as I ran him off. I hate killing things but I've done everything non-lethally possible to discourage them. Looks like a permit from U.S. Fish & Wildlife for $100.00 to take a couple out is my last option. What a shame but I have to protect my investment. The profit will be my new pole building in a year or two.
  11. Well their teats are pink. Maybe they start out as strawberry? :-)
  12. On a funny note was doing a presentation several years ago when I was president of my state aquaculture association. One guy from Purdue made the comment, "We heard you don't do much in aquaculture." Kind of insulting but I'm sure it originally came from one of the academics there. Ironically my fish prices are second only to high end koi farms in Japan. I may not have the numbers but I get at least $40.00 each for my fish going up to $250.00. I run out of trout in a few weeks.
  13. There is some amazing work out there but a lot of stuff that makes one cringe when one sees it. I do a fair amount of repainting of other's work that is pretty dismal.
  14. I'm surprised it's not higher. We have people here that are too lazy to learn or know the facts. They're in their own little world. Knowledge of world geography outside of their county is even more dismal. You can't blame it on the educational system. These people are willfully ignorant.
  15. Btw a friend of mine married a girl from Harrisville.
  16. I'm familiar with Harrisville. Did my first Rock N Roll gig (Garage band) there as a lead singer back in 1977 I believe it was. Graduated from ACC up the road in Alpena in 1978. Are you familiar with the Cedar Brook Trout Farm there run by Jerry Kahn?
  17. Oops! I guess I wasn't paying attention!
  18. But I refuse to pay $400.00 a year to hotlink my pictures on websites. I'm in the process of finding another site I can use. I have no problem paying a fee to do so, just won't be held at ransom and pay $400.00 with only a couple days notice. If you're not sure what I'm talking about: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/01/photobucket-just-broke-billions-photos-embedded-web/
  19. Crappies stopped feeding in the floating cage. No idea why. No morts. Have released them free into the same holding pond along with a some bluegill in the same size range. It's hoped they will feed along with the bluegills on the surface of the pond. I've seen some bluegills feeding on the pellets but no crappies yet. I noticed some small toad tadpoles in the cage. Could have started feeding on those?
  20. Penair Aquatic Ecoystems has them too. Pentair is worldwide. http://pentairaes.com/?gclid=CP_zjtfz3dQCFZCLswodImoNkg
  21. A brown from the same pond: Caught, weighed, and released more trout from the pond in an attempt to get an average weight to determine feeding amounts. Came up with an average weight of 3.48 oz and 152.25 pounds. Turns out I have actually been feeding less than the prescribed amount or I have less numbers than I thought.
  22. They are running 7 to 9 inches. Went down to the pond with a fly rod and caught 4 brook trout (Savelinus fontinalis) and 2 tiger trout (Salmo trutta X Salvelinus fontinalis) to check on growth. I have about 700 in the pond that are feeding like gangbusters twice a day. There are brown trout present but didn't catch any. Probably because it was a bright sunny day and brown trout are notorious for preferring low light conditions. Also more difficult to catch than the aforementioned species. That means the largest ones are growing about 1.5 inches a month which is max growth for trout according to one text I have. That means I could have 15 inch trout by fall and not even a year old yet. no doubt my water temp is a big factor as it tops out in the upper 50's to very low 60's which is at the top end of trout metabolism. A diffuser I use keeps the water temp the same from top to bottom in the 10 to 12 feet of water maximum depth. I have however been warned by one hatchery manager not to push them to hard, and that if I feed them more than they need I run into the danger of fatty livers which makes them sensitive to any environmental issues or handling and could expire easily. Going to get an average weight and with the numbers I believe I have start following feeding chart guidelines. Will be adding either paprika or astaxanthin to their feed to start coloring them up. Here's a tiger trout: And one of the brook trout:
  23. Was in the state of Massachusetts, USA recently on vacation. It's considered a "liberal" state and has lots of "democrats" vs. "republicans." I do know it has no shortage of regulations. That said, i saw free roaming chickens (no roosters) within city limits in a town that was near the lake cottage I was on. And this was a very upscale town with high valve property. If Massachusetts can do it maybe Texas can?
  24. I saw an episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe was helping with rounding up chickens in the city limits of some Florida town. They were basically strays and the roosters were waking people up at the crack of dawn among other things. Probably not popular with folks that work odd hours. Gary if you haven't heard of this series its' where a guy name Mike Rowe goes out and helps do jobs that the average person would not want any part of. It can be quite comical.