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Fish Are The New Chickens

By: Everett S

Chicken FishWe left our chickens at the old place since the buyer wanted them and we figured we could always get more (and we will).

But for right now we are learning that, in terms of scrap food disposal, fish are our new chickens…

As you can see in the video, our little pond has an active fish population. It includes some rather large catfish (channel cat, I think), smallmouth bass up to a foot long, and some fat little bluegill.

A view from across the pond with chestnut tree in front of house.I’ve never had a pond before but have always wanted to explore aquaculture. Stay tuned for some posts about how we manage this valuable – and fun – farm resource. For instance, the first thing I’m going to do (besides aerate it) is rent a small excavator to dig out several decades worth of silt and debris. Then this winter I’ll wait until the pond freezes over so I can spread out about 2-3 ” of sand evenly on top of the ice. When the ice melts the sand will drop down in place to form a carpet over the bottom to keep down the mud, make swimming more pleasant and clear up the pond.

I also plan on fishing out the catfish and replacing them with sterile grass carp. They don’t make good food like the catfish, but they don’t stir up the mud either, and are great for keeping down aquatic weeds. I’ll probably leave a few catfish in, but they seem to outnumber the bass right now and I’d rather have it the other way around.

Water for irrigation. Food for the table. A beautiful landscape feature to look at. And a cool place to swim in the summertime. WE LOVE OUR POND!

Category: Animals, Food, Funny, The Transplants, Videos

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  1. Randall says:

    Color me jealous over that pond. As for eating carp, well . . . http://going-country.blogspot.com/2011/07/because-you-never-know-until-you-try.html (Not my site, but one I read often.)

  2. Everett says:

    Randall,

    Thanks for the link! A lot of cultures around the world eat carp, but most bake it. I think it has to do with the bone issue.

    By the way, I reckon just about anything “soaked in buttermilk, rolled it in flour, cornmeal, and pepper, and fried it in tallow” would taste good. Mmmmm…

  3. shari says:

    Love your blog. And I would love to see your pond freeze over this SUMMER (?). That would be a site to see! :-)

  4. Everett says:

    Sari good catch. I changed it to winter. ;-P

    Laurel yep it has been a very interesting – and productive – conversation. Waylon actually slept for 8 hours last night!!! We’ve been implementing some of the suggestions and a lot of them really are working. Thanks everyone!

    PS: He “cried it out” for an hour before falling asleep for 8 hours. Then he ate and went back to sleep for another couple of hours. YAY!!

  5. tommyfreerange says:

    Fish Fry!

  6. I second Tommy’s comment!! Although I suppose those catfish might be pretty “muddy” tasting…

    Congrats on a full night’s sleep!

  7. Tess says:

    Very cool, very great.

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