Koi Spawning Season is Here!

The weather has finally stabilized, and one of our favorite times of the year has finally arrived…spawning season.

This is the time of year when we spend long, tiring days bringing in all of our brood stock from the mud ponds, pairing the males and females for spawning, and eventually putting the fertilized eggs out to hatch. These next few weeks will produce all of our one-year old stock for next year.

Check out the pictures below for a peek behind the scenes…

live koi broodstock blue ridge fish hatchery

Co-owner and Production Manager Rick Brown, along with his daughter Kirsten, displays three prized Kujaku breeder. These koi are sedated, and can be held easily. Don’t try this at home!

live koi fish brood stock injection

Rick injects an aquatic hormone into a sedated breeder in order to facilitate ovulation.

live Showa koi fish breeder

Kirsten displays a female Showa breeder weighing in at 22 3/4 pounds. Our largest standard fin breeder this season.

Have questions about the breeding process? Post them below and we will be happy to answer!

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8 Responses to Koi Spawning Season is Here!

  1. Anonymous August 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    how old do they have to be to start breeding? or should i say how big do they have to be to start breeding?

    • Casey August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      1-2 years and 10-12 inches.

  2. tiffany goodrich August 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    how big or old do they have to be to breed?

  3. Anonymous September 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    What do you feed the fry thry are 5days old?

    • Casey September 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      We feed Purina fingerling powder.

  4. Gerhard March 15, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Then is koi spawning season ?

  5. Gerhard March 15, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    When is the Kois spaning season?

  6. Anonymous April 28, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    koi spawning season is in june is when they start