Seafood lovers out there, put your hands up! We know you can’t resist the sweet juicy taste of shrimp, oysters, and crabs. Our crustaceans friends may take up a fight to open, but our seafood crabs are worth every struggle. Crab meat can be served in every kind of form, from cooking it with warm fried rice or eating it alone with some sweet and sour sauce on the side.
For these irresistible delicacies, most food establishments would choose a specific type of crab called Mangrove Crabs. Due to their high demands in the majority of seafood establishments, most people have opt to breed their own Mangrove Crab farm. Despite its seemingly costly investment, most breeders are able to profit from said farm well and faster than one may think. All breeders have to do is simply learn and understand what is best for their farms in order to raise good and strong Mangrove Crabs.
So, if you’re looking to raise said farm of your own, be sure to read through these articles on an introduction to breeding Mangrove Crabs!
1. Proper Feeding Schedule
When raising your own mangrove crabs, especially for breeding and selling purposes, be sure to assign them a proper feeding schedule. This will ensure that they are not overfed nor underfed – as both turn of events may cost them their health. Though every farm requires different needs in terms of feed, the general rule of thumb suggests breeders to feed their farm for about 3 times a day (morning, noon, and the afternoon). If you’re unsure on what you farm requires, be sure to consult medical professionals and do more prior research on this field.
2. Portion Control Per Feed
On the same vein of the previous point, another thing you should consider is the portion control for every feed. This, again, is to ensure that your farm is not being underfed nor overfed. Consult medical professionals and do more prior research in this field, because there are no uniformed rules to this. In a rhetorical case, some breeders who are raising unhealthy Mangrove Crabs may require bigger portions of food per crab to regain their energy and health than a healthier farm.
To foster this habit for your farm to adjust, commit to this routine daily for months. Eventually your farm will catch on with the portion control and will not demand or reject the tailored amount of food that is beneficial for their health. However, most breeders would gradually increase the portion of their feed by every month for nutritional requirement. Despite so, there is no uniformed rule to this and prior research is heavily advised.
3. Vitamin Intake
Some breeders would provide extra vitamins and supplements for their farm to feed on. This is done to ensure that their farm is being fed with the right nutrients and receive the daily required vitamin intake. Extra supplements could be in the form of many types such as prescribed over-the-counter pellets or several super-foods that is packed with vitamins.
Regardless of their different forms, it is heavily advised that the breeders do prior research or have them prescribed by medical professionals. Feeding your farm the wrong amount and type of benefits could turn into a bigger loss in the future. Breeders should also consider their own circumstances – particularly financially – in choosing the types of extra supplements they’d want to invest on.
4. Prescribed Antibiotics
Especially for farms that leans over to an unhealthy overall health, it is wise that breeders prescribe their farms with antibiotics. These prescribed medicine is utilise to prevent any harmful bacterias and potential illnesses that could be in the way of these crabs to grow healthily.
When breeders sense that one of their crabs from their farms are unwell, breeders should remain calm. At this early stage, most breeders do not need to isolate the sick from the rest, but just simply feed every individual crab n the farm the right amount of antibiotics. This uniformed prescription is done to kill said bacterias and any unknowing fostering illnesses that could have been already caught by the rest.
5. Separation and Organisation
After raising your farm at some time, it is important that breeders separate and organise their crabs at some point. Breeders would separate each individual crab by their weight, overall health, appetite, and quality. This is done to separate the crabs worthy of harvest from those who may require a little more time to raise. For the healthier and bigger crabs, breeders could immediately start making plans on marketing them to establishments.
As for their unhealthy counterparts, breeders could start their prior research and focus on how they could grow into a healthier bunch. As previously discussed, some breeders invest on extra vitamin supplements for a boost of nutrients. Prescribing this unhealthy group with antibiotics is also another option, but it is advised that you consult a medical professional first before taking action.
Another thing you should consider, when you’re raising your own Mangrove Crab farm, is when they spawn. Unlike most mammals or other conventional animals, male Mangrove Crabs do not have to be separated from the female. Keeping them together leaves no harm, as they would not attack each other.
However, once they start to spawn, breeders should be able to provide enough space for these smaller crabs to move and grow in. This is just one of the few thing breeders may need to pay close attention; other than that, Mangrove Crabs do not require as much attention when they spawn.
7. Post Birth Care
The other thing breeders should consider is separating the eggs from the adults after birth. This is to ensure that any other adult crabs do not harm the smaller eggs, and that they have sufficient room to grow. It is also advised that breeders keep an eye out and note the progress of their growth – to avoid harvesting these crabs too soon.
Two week old crabs also generally require a boost of vitamins and nutrients. This is when breeders can start prescribing them with the right supplements – and once they’ve grown big and health enough, breeders can start weighing them and marketing them to establishments. Monitor their health, and know when they are fit enough to be sold to the market.
So there you have it, a brief introduction to breeding Mangrove Crabs. Despite their restrictions and rules, breeding Mangrove Crabs have been proven to be profitable due to their high demand in the market. However, in terms of their exact costs and investment may vary for every market, so it is advised that breeders consult medical professionals and do their prior research to know whats best for their farm.