I need all kinds of help. I am pitifully ignorant........ But!.... I live on the WATER in Eden Isles. Call me at home 985-646-1314 or at work 504-323-2522 or leave YOUR number (best choice) and I will call you tomorrow (12-29-06) during the day. (If you leave your number, suggest the best time)
I have 5 crabs in captivity right now.... They are so cold that they can hardly move. I need to get them out of the canal and into a heated environment.... They seem to be all males.
You sound like me 4 or 5 months ago. And I asked all kind of questions and I finally got how to do it. Its easy and a lot of fun once you shed a couple of crabs.
As far as your 5 crabs the first thing is to make sure they are red liners, they probably aren't (if not fire up your boiling pot)
2nd separate the crabs
3rd hope for the best I think our water temp is 50- 60's and crabs need around 70---as people have told me and have learned, crabs that shed in cold water usually hang-up and die or just get a busted shell then die.
4th heating a tank is not worth the price of a set-up or cost to run
5th An aquarium might be you best bet for a heated environment if you just want to shed a few crabs during the winter.
Call me best time 530-600 and or post any questions------good luck -Jeff