Hatching & Early Rearing

Successful hatching and early-rearing is key to the long-term growth and survival of your fish throughout the life cycle. This begins by utilizing high-quality eggs from a trusted, reliable supplier. The production of good quality, disease-free eggs is a specialized activity requiring a high degree of skill and management. Once you have made the decision to utilize high-quality eggs, your focus then must turn to optimizing the hatchery conditions and handling for maximum hatch-out rates, growth, and survivability.
Hatchery manager Tom Elliott shows off beautiful eyed eggs just prior to packaging.

Receiving & Counting Eggs

When the eggs arrive at your farm, there are a number of critical steps that must be taken in order to optimize the hatching and early-rearing stages of development...

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Future broodstock are hatched in upwelling jars at Troutlodge's hatchery facility near Soap Lake, Washington.

Egg Incubation

Once you have taken an accurate count of the eggs received, it is time to introduce them into your incubation units. Multiple incubation systems exist, and finding one that best fits your resources and needs is important. The three most common types of incubation set-ups are...

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Rainbow trout alevins 4 days post-hatch.

Early Rearing

Once the eggs hatch, the sac fry ("alevins") will remain on the bottom while absorbing their yolk sac for nutrition.  At which time this is complete, the fry will "swim-up" and begin accepting a commercial trout diet....

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Troutlodge employee Meysi Zetino confirming an order with a customer. This is just a small part of the personalized service that is given to all customers of Troutlodge.

Claims

Troutlodge is proud of the quality of the eggs that it sells. We guarantee a hatch-out rate of 90% on all eggs shipped, though most customers experience 95% or higher. We will replace any eggs lost in excess of the 90% hatch-out guarantee...

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