Farming Redclaw crayfish in Thailand
Our stock of fascinating Redclaw crayfish (also known as Yabbies & Crawfish) are one of the most prized assets we have here on the farm.
Originating from Australia, the Cherax Quadricarinatus is a fast-growing species of freshwater crayfish.
Males can reach an impressive maximum weight of around 600 grams, & females around 400 grams.
Redclaw crayfish are classed as a non-native species of Thailand & potentially invasive to the Thai waterways.
Because of this, you require a licence if you intend to grow Redclaws in Thailand.
Once we had acquired the required permission from our local Department of Fisheries, we ordered our first 1,500 baby crayfish.
This initial stock was introduced into our cement block tank.
Tank set up
We also stocked a handful of guppies in with them. These brightly coloured little fish are formidable hunters.
They make short work of any mosquito larvae that inevitably hatch out in the tank.
A few snails, small glass shrimp & aquatic plants make up the rest of the tank's inhabitants.
Everything seems to be flourishing with the help of a few air-stones for oxygen & plastic egg trays & bits of pipework for the Crayfish to hide under.
The next phase
It hasn't taken very long for our Redclaws to outgrow their temporary home.
We are now busy preparing an impenetrable barrier around a sizeable outside pond. Here the adult crayfish will be stocked to grow on to an ideal marketing size of around 70-200 grams.
Pregnant (berried) females will be transferred back to cement tanks to hatch out their young before being returned to the pond.
And so the cycle will hopefully continue for years to come.
We aim to substantially increase our stock numbers & size of our crayfish operation over the next few years.
Once ready, we will be offering a delivery service throughout Thailand. Orders will be packed with ice packs to ensure our product reaches you in tip-top condition.
Of course, there will be plenty of big Yabbies available for evening BBQs here on the farm!
If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.