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Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by Stephen2342, Jul 30, 2008.

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  1. Stephen2342

    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    What's a good base diet for hermies? Or do you guys even feed you hermies a "base diet"? I give them fresh fruits, veggies and/or meats at night and take them out in the morning while I have commercially made Hermit Crab Bites in there during the day. It actually has fairly good ingredients surprisingly. They're flakes, is that okay? Should I crush them into dust? Thanks!! Everyone here is so helpful ...
     
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    You should ditch the commercial stuff. More then likely there's ingredients in there that are harmful to hermit crabs. Another thing is companies don't have to list every ingredient, so there's no telling what is all in there.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    You can have dandelion leaves, maple leaves, sunflower seeds, or even flack or mullet seeds. Dried River shrimp or krill is good as well.

    If you want to see your crabs go nuts, put in some popcorn - plain with no butter or salt. I have noticed that once it goes stale, they are not interested so don't pop too much at one time.

    Check the safe food list

    Flowers can be air dried & cut up.
     
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    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Thank you so much for the help, Cheryl & Vicki! I'll try some millet seeds since I have my millet spray for my birds as a treat. (you meant millet, not mullet, right?) And I've added the safe foods list to my favorites.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yeah - millet and flax. Spell check didn't catch those.
     
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    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    For tonight, I put in some rolled oats and millet seeds in one dish and a grape chopped into 4 pieces in the other.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    They should like the grape !
     
  8. Aseret

    Aseret Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Do you guys use organic grapes? Or ordinary grapes? I was wondering if it is safe to use the ordinary grapes (and I rarely have access to organic ones) because grapes are one of the food crops most heavily sprayed with pesticies and fungicides. No problems so far? If so, I'd like to give some to mine. Raisins, too.
     
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    List Of Demands "First Molt In Progress"

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    i don't think mine have every touched a grape i've put in they're food bowl for them.
     
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    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Mine LOVED raisins, but aren't too thrilled with the grapes, surprisingly.
     
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    nu_butnotso_nu "Never Molted"

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    Aseret, I'd probably try to avoid giving them any heavily pesticide ridden foods. Since herimes are farely closely related to the insects those sprays are trying to kill, I would be scared to risk it.

    That and I'm sure the harm is more latent than immediate.

    Try online stores like the addiction, and other organic food sites to get a good variety of dried foods, which is a good alternative.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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