At Hush Valley we have a trout farm. Kevin told us that this place is where trout began in Costa Rica. He said that some body brought the fish from OREGON, USA a long time ago, and now lots of people have trout here.
There are seven ponds on the property, and there are two hatchery tanks where the babies stay,
The babies are called fingerlings ( I think because they are about the size of my finger). Right now, we have fish in five ponds. Fingerlings in the Hatchery pond. Fingerlings in the Cedro pond. Medium sized fish in the pond behind the house, and large fish in the pond by the chicken coop. We also have a pond way over by the casita ( guests house). They are all different sizes. My mom and dad call this the sacrificial pond because it is not protected by an electric fence and the animals come and eat the fish at night.
Animals that eat the fish are otters, herons, and raccoons. Raccoons are called mapache in Costa Rica. Otters are called Nutria, even though in Oregon Nutria are different creatures. There are nutria that live here, and my friend says they are called agua raton. That means water rat. The animal books say its called a Coypu.
We have an electric fence that comes on at night to keep the animals out of the ponds. It will zap you if you touch it. My mom got zapped once. It was so funny but I felt bad for her.
We have a customer that orders fish every Monday. My dad and our friends Martin and Johnathon, catch the fish and clean the guts out. We put the guts on the river bank and the Vultures come and eat them. Vultures are scavengers, but they are very big and beautiful birds.
I really like catching the fish but it makes me a little sad to kill them. You have to conk them on the head with a big stick. I used to like to eat trout, but I dont eat them now.
I asked my dad if I could have my own pond for my own fish that wont have to die.
He said he is thinking about it.