Affordable LARGE shells?

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Affordable LARGE shells?

Post by hprmom » Sun May 12, 2019 11:00 pm

Found one of our larger turbos abandoned in the shell shop and measured the opening at 1 3/16”. This is alarming because it seems we suddenly have at least 3 crabs in shell openings larger than 1 1/8”. They tend to hold on to their shells FOREVER so I didn’t notice the collective growth spurt. I picked a crab up the other day to get a quick estimate on his shell opening (I thought he was one of my mediums) and we BOTH freaked out when he was unable to draw completely back into his shell! :lol: This is baaaaad... I need big shells asap!

Taking a quick look at the shops on the resource list, the ones that list shells with openings greater than 1 1/4” have prices between $12-$18 PER SHELL (hello, Naples). Yikes! Until now the most I’ve spent on a shell is $4-6 so that’s double and triple the cost. The shops that seem to have affordable prices only list shell size by length, not opening. I took a look at the length/opening ratio chart and there’s a wide spread. I’m afraid to drop a bunch of money and then get shells that don’t fit our crabs’ needs.

What’s reasonable price for shells with openings say 1” to 1 3/4”? What shops are reliable for usable shells in this range?

I live about 1.5 hours from Richards, if I can’t find something to order in the next few days I may grab my kid and my calipers and take a road trip to hand-pick. Tough week with end-of-school-year activities, but I’m afraid to let our crabs go much longer without a good shell selection, especially with what looks like a recent attack, and about half our guys currently under...

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Re: Affordable LARGE shells?

Post by curlysister » Sun May 12, 2019 11:44 pm

I too was a bit shocked at the price of big shells! I ordered from Naples, and considered ordering from Richard's. His big ones aren't much cheaper than Naples tho!
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Re: Affordable LARGE shells?

Post by Motörcrab » Mon May 13, 2019 2:47 am

I found some larger shells from MyGann either on Etsy or eBay. I purchased larger shells for starting at around $9 for sizes above 1-1/2" openings. Not a huge savings but some. Link in my profile.

@soilentgringa was also trying to sell some larger shells she had a month or so ago. She posted an add in the classified section not sure if they are still available.

Everytime I search I seem to have a difficult time finding shells with openings between 1-1/4 and 1-1/2.
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Re: Affordable LARGE shells?

Post by hprmom » Thu May 16, 2019 12:17 pm

Just made it to Richards. If either of you need something specific I can pick up
and mail you, lmk. I’ll be here probably until 3pm EST (it’s Thursday May 16).


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