Friday, March 5, 2021

Hand Feeding Your Koi

Start hand feeding your Koi when you first get them.

Koi are very interesting because they enjoy human contact, and have little fear of humans. Koi learn quickly that if you are not going to harm them that they want to get to know you as well, and if you are the one to feed them they are very trainable. Hand feeding your Koi can be fun and entertaining.

Koi are not aggressive fish. If you hand feed your Koi they will not bite you because they do not have teeth. Involving your children in feeding the Koi will be a cinch because the fish do not bite. Children love the Koi’s colors and gentle nature.

At first, you may notice your Koi are a bit shy or afraid of you when you first start working with them. In nature, they would be afraid so to they can stay alive, once they get use to you this fear will pass. Koi have to trust you this will take time and patience. Hand feeding will take training so don’t expect them to eat from your hand overnight.

Koi are plant and meat eaters, meaning they are omnivores. You can provide them a variety in their diet because they are omnivores. Be very cautious of what you put in your pond because your Koi will eat anything. Koi owners must be very selective in what goes in the pond because the Koi will eat anything regardless if it good or bad for them. Treats are great for training with you Koi, but Koi can overeat just like any other pet, so be cautious of what and how much you offer the fish. Koi can have weight issues just like other pets so be very cautious to provide them a very nutritional diet. Koi should eat natural food like worms, and pellets, but the occasion treat of bread or fruit is a nice addition to their diet. Like humans, Koi cannot digest food like corn or beans because they have outer casing. If you do want to give, your Koi foods with casings make sure to remove the casing before feeding the item to the Koi.

Start training your fish to eat from your hand slowly. You Koi can become scared if you make sudden movements, which will slow their trust building thus slowing your hand feeding training. Training your Koi will be much easier if you start when you get your Koi. Start your training by putting pellets in your hand and putting your hand under the water. Release the food slowly into the water. The Koi may seem to be aloof, but they are paying attention and taking notice of what that hand is dropping, FOOD! Follow this procedure for a few days.
Koi learn quick and will start taking the food from your hand a few days after you have hand dropped the food into the pond. If you really are interested in having your Koi eat from your hand, you may have to refuse them food for a day if they do not take the food from your hand. Dropping the food by hand in the pond will not scare the Koi. They will learn quickly if they want to eat, they will need to get the food from your hand. You should follow this procedure daily so the fish become comfortable with hand feeding.

The next step is to train the Koi to take food from your fingers; they will do this shortly after learning how to eat from your hand. As you, train the Koi to eat from your fingers you might have to refuse them food for a day if they refuse to eat from your fingers. Like all animals, Koi are motivated by food, so they will eventually eat from your hand, they will not starve themselves.

Don’t always feed your Koi from your hand, change up the process between hand feeding and dropping the pellets into the water. Hand feeding takes time, so if you are rushed just drop the food in the water. It can be fun to get your visitors involved in hand feeding but always use caution if you do this. Safety is necessary for both your Koi and the feeders, so make sure you offer supervision so the fish are not scared and the feeders feed the fish the appropriate food.

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2 Responses to “Hand Feeding Your Koi”
  1. Talal says:

    For how long should i stop feeding my koi ????

  2. Anan says:

    no, I had a small pond and I didn’t use a filter but I did use a pump so the water wasn’t sintitg still. The fish need the oxygen anyways. I also put water hyacinths in the pond. If there are plants then the algae doesn’t grow

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