Big Profits in Back Yard FROG Raising (May, 1934)

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Big Profits in Back Yard FROG Raising

A back yard is large enough to start the thriving business of frog raising. How to build up a big income with a very small investment is told in the following article. The white meat, with a taste similar to a tender, juicy squab, is greatly in demand.

by S. L. SCHUTT

WHEN Charlie, of the De Luxe Cafe, told me that he would have to discontinue serving frog leg dinners because his wholesaler couldn’t supply the frogs, I became vitally interested in an industry that has proven to be more profitable, entertaining, and healthful than any other I have ever known.

No frog farmer need search for a market, his crop is virtually all sold before it is raised. I could sell one hundred times my present production in a single week, and am expanding my ponds so, eventually, I expect to have 1000 acres utilized solely for giant bullfrog culture. I sell tadpoles at five to ten cents each by the hundred. They are used to stock farms and for aquarium purposes.

Frog Meat Is Delicious

Bullfrogs, that cost me less than one cent per year to feed, wholesale at $3.00 per dozen in large quantities. Smaller frogs, of which only the legs are used, sell for as high as seventy cents per pound. Each frog gives a pound of delicious white meat that has a taste similar to a tender, juicy squab. The whole frog is used, the front quarter being just as delicious as the legs.

Just one pair of breeders lay over 10,000

eggs each season; usually over seventy per cent hatch and develop into small frogs.

The advantage of frog farming is the fact that you can start practically anywhere and expand gradually as your profits mount. A vacant city lot, an old orchard or even a back yard can be utilized. Due to the cannibalistic nature of adult frogs, the frog farmer needs three separate ponds, segregating the breeders, tadpoles, and small frogs.

I have found a pond, 20×20 feet, water area, with bank space of six feet on all sides, to be capable of keeping six pairs of breeders. The water depth should not exceed 18 inches except for a pit in the center of the pond where the frogs hibernate in the winter time.

Confine With Poultry Wire

Ordinary one-inch mesh poultry wire four feet high with burlap sewed on the inside to prevent injury and to confine the smaller frogs, is the most sensible fence a frog farmer can use both for breeders and small frogs. Frogs breed from April until August.

At this time, the frog farmer must have a small pond about 10×15 feet planted with arrowheads, water moss and other aquatic plants, in readiness. The pond should be not less than three feet deep to take care of the thousands of tadpoles.

The egg mass must be immediately transferred to the small pond, using a scoop to handle them. In five days, each cluster becomes a wiggling, living mass of tadpoles. Tadpoles are scavengers, eating anything from table scraps to water moss.

In six to eight months, the tadpole begins to develop legs and in a short time is a small frog. At this time, its diet changes from that of a scavenger to being satisfied only with a live or moving food.

The growing pond for the offspring of six pairs should embrace about two acres, including shore line. Water in the two acre tract should cover not more than one-half of the entire area.

Feeding the Frogs

I have raised frogs on liver and other domestic meat but I found it impractical to consider this method of feeding on a large scale.

Small bullfrogs can be supplied with an abundance of insects, especially flies, by simply concealing several fish heads in the vegetation along shore. Common crabs, found in most any ditch or stream, and good food for frogs, can be placed directly into the growing pond where they will reproduce in enormous quantities.

When ready for marketing, the frogs are caught at night by blinding them with a search light. When the catcher gets a frog he puts it into a burlap sack with others. They are then put into small pens awaiting the dresser who grabs them by their rear legs and pierces the head with a nail by a downward stroke of the hand. The entrails are removed and the frog is ready for shipment in barrels of cracked ice. .

30 comments
  1. jayessell says: January 3, 20085:43 am

    Charley, the cover illustration looks like the Roton Rotary Rocket, but with folded reentry rotors.

  2. Charlie says: January 3, 20089:47 am

    It does look a lot like that, here is the article:
    http://blog.modernmecha…

  3. Stannous says: January 3, 200812:19 pm

    Yeah, I want to live next door to this farm.

  4. Tim Giachetti says: January 4, 20085:50 am

    Is this like a student exchange with french kids?

  5. nlpnt says: January 4, 20088:11 pm

    Yet another one that would’ve made a great Honeymooners episode!

  6. Mike Ferreira says: January 28, 20094:25 am

    i’m trying to find a customer who i can supply frogs too?. ilive in africa and want to start a frog farm

  7. henry says: January 28, 20099:09 pm

    (frog farm africa)I’m researcing the same thing and came accross your question. I don’t think it would be too difficult to find buyers in europe. A bit of footwork around billingsgate market would be a good start for london, my home town. What country do you live in? I have been looking at uganda.

  8. mohamed says: April 20, 200910:15 am
  9. Babatunde Agunbiade says: July 27, 20098:39 pm

    the information was helpful. This confirms my view that frog farming is economically viable and feasible anywhere in the world.Is a species of bullfrog exportable to Nigeria as a breed stock. Can it survive in a tropical country, and if possible at what cost. Thanks

  10. john says: August 5, 20098:34 pm
  11. babatunde says: September 5, 20097:47 pm

    kindly someone should answer my question of exportability of Bullfrog as breed stock and its survival a tropical country.

  12. John says: September 6, 200911:15 am

    They ship well, overnite, I’ve even shipped tadpoles 3-4 day and they’ve done fine. They thrive well in tropics. Contact me at Johnsfrogfarm.com and I’ll assist you all I can.

  13. katrina says: December 22, 200912:07 am

    i am interested in farming frogs, i would like to know if anyone knows of this being done in australia and if i can use cane toads?

  14. John says: December 23, 20099:07 pm

    Can you eat Cane toad legs?

  15. Firebrand38 says: December 23, 200910:13 pm

    John: Technically you could eat them but the jury is out on whether you’d survive. They’re rather poisonous beasts.

  16. John says: December 23, 200911:30 pm

    Yikes!

  17. Firebrand38 says: December 24, 200912:41 am

    John: Apparently there is documented evidence of people dying after eating cane toads. See:
    http://www.issg.org/dat… which references this book
    http://www.books-by-isb…

    And yeah, Wikipedia has some stuff on the toxins http://en.wikipedia.org…

    Actually though Cane Toads are in Florida as far north as Tampa http://en.wikipedia.org…

  18. ndegwa mbuthia says: December 24, 20093:59 pm
  19. Manjit Rup Bikram Brahma says: January 15, 201012:59 am

    There are plenty of frogs here in Assam,India, but plenty of frog eaters too.Any easy recipes anyone?

  20. john says: January 16, 20108:01 pm

    Put a cup of flour, teaspoon salt, teaspoon black pepper in a paper bag. Drop skinned legs in bag, shake, then deep fry em in lard, just like fish. Make some hush puppies, then invite me over.

  21. Firebrand38 says: January 17, 201012:34 am

    Try looking here

  22. Barb says: February 23, 20105:26 pm

    I am considering Frog Farming. Can anyone tell me where i can get stock and info on diesases, habatat, etc. I live in Ontario Canada.
    Thanks

  23. jypsye says: May 11, 201012:01 pm

    I am curious about whether you have to have a liscense to sell frogs and these plants…what kind of liscense do I have to have to sell koi or frogs…is it ok to sell plants? What about international of just continental?

  24. Gayecesor B Sleh says: February 2, 20112:19 pm

    I am interested in frog farming. Can anyone help me learn how to start.

  25. George Nandy says: March 5, 20116:04 am

    I am interested it frog farming, kindly assist me, u can contact me Mobile No 09836276662, 09836275552 or send me booklets Address is 15 Rajendra Avenue, 3rd Lane, Uttarpara-Hooghly, WestBengal-India Pin – 712258

  26. Julio Solano says: June 1, 20117:02 pm
  27. S.Jayachandran says: August 9, 20111:51 am

    I am interested in frog farming. Can you pl. help me to learn how to start. I am having 5 cents of land to start with .
    Your yearly reply is highly appresiated
    Regards

    S.Jayachandran

  28. Amit says: August 11, 20112:37 am

    I am interested in Frog farming along with shrimp, crab and fresh water fishes. Which species will be best in North Indian Conditions with good export potential.

  29. Amit says: August 11, 20112:45 am

    Frog farming will the best solution to save frogs in the wild. Please continue this mission.

  30. Robert says: December 5, 201112:21 am

    I am from Philippines, where weather is suitable for frog raising. I am interested of raising frogs for survival.

    Please give me more info on how to start with.

    Thanks.

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