You’ve heard of urban farming for vegetables, fish, chickens and honey—but you’ve probably never heard of crab farming in Singapore! This Singaporean farmer dabbles in just that: he’s converted a series of storage drawers into his very own “crab condo”, where he farms crabs for people to buy and eat or keep as pets!
What’s special about this “crab condo” is that unlike commercial crabs that you buy at supermarkets, the crabs farmed here are giant, growing to a size of at least 1.5kg-1.8kg or even more, depending on how long they’re grown for.
Want to buy a giant crab for yourself? All you have to do is make a one-time payment of $28-$37 to purchase a crab for a boarding period of 2 years. Your crab will then be given a “unit” at the “crab condo” where they’ll be taken care of and fed for 2 years until it reaches a weight of at least 1.5kg. If for some reason your crab is under 1.5kg by the end of 2 years when you want to take it home, you get to pick additional crabs to make up for the weight.
After which you can choose to bring it home or leave it for a little longer to grow even more. Should you choose to leave your crab(s) for longer than the minimum 2-year occupancy period, you just have to pay an additional $12-$17 a year. However, do note that crabs have a maximum lifespan of about 8 years, so you won’t be able to leave your crab(s) at the “condo” indefinitely.
How are the crabs grown? Baby mud crabs are placed in a drawer unit filled with water that acts like a “burrow”, similar to crab burrows in the wild. The drawers also contain algae to oxygenate the water. The crabs are then fed live clams or mussels every week. The clams/mussels help to clean the water the crabs are placed in, while the entire “condo” is connected to the main pond so water flows through from top to bottom 24/7—so you can rest assured that your crabs are in good hands.
If you think this “crab condo” sounds too good to be true, you’re not the only one. But we assure you, it’s very much legit. We’re told that there’s even quite a high demand for crabs at the “condo”, with customers looking to grow crabs for special occasions or parties, sometimes even in bulk.
If you’re interested in buying a giant crab for yourself, or want to leave your own crabs from other sources at the “condo” to be cared for, simply contact Shannon at 9862 7310 for more details. You can also contact him for a tour of the “crab condo” or the rest of the farm if you wish.