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Essential food?

Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by psychicXXspies, Aug 1, 2008.

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  1. psychicXXspies

    psychicXXspies "Never Molted"

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    What foods do my crabs need? They always have dried shrimp and dried bloodworms. Are there any other things that they should have all the time?
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Cuttle bone or egg shell

    So they can get their calcium
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Here's more:
    Copper-Rich Foods:
    Cereals, especially wheat and rye
    Chickpeas and other legumes such as beans
    Fish
    Liver
    Meat
    Most nuts (especially brazil and cashew nuts, pecans and peanuts)
    Oysters
    Peaches
    Raisins
    Seeds (especially poppy and sunflower)

    Zinc Rich Foods:
    Corn
    Cucumber
    Egg yolk
    Haddock
    Lamb
    Legumes
    Lentils
    Lettuce
    Nuts
    Olive Oil
    Peas
    Pork chops
    Sardines
    Spinach
    Tuna
    Whole grains

    Calcium - Sardines is good for that.
     
  4. psychicXXspies

    psychicXXspies "Never Molted"

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    What kind of cereal can they have? I have Lucky Charms, Cheerios, and Honey Bunches of Oats.
     
  5. List Of Demands

    List Of Demands "First Molt In Progress"

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    i had no idea they could have lamb, would you give it to them raw or cooked or does it matter? because my dads been on a kick and buys lamb for him when we cook out, i could take a little piece for them whenever he gets it.

    and for the cereal question; i give mine cheerios, they like the fruity ones a lot, but they usually only eat the red ones? haha, just one of them will eat a whole little cheerio by themselves. i would just not give them anything that has a lot of sugar and things added to it
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yeah - Lucky charms is out - but Cherrios is good. So is regular (not instant) oatmeal uncooked. My guys love that.
    Any meats must be unseasoned... so put some on the side if dad seasons it. I have been cooking the meat before giving it to my crabs.
     
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    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Thanks for that list, Wiz!
     
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    List Of Demands "First Molt In Progress"

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    yea he likes to put some sauce stuff he makes on it, so i'll have to get some away before next time he has it. and i give mine raw hamburger meat because they won't eat it cooked, and i've heard to give them raw fish but idk about the lamb? haha, i could cook it for them if they'll eat it that way.
     
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    krackersmom2 (Large Crab)

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    Check the ingredient list for Cheerios and make sure they do not contain salt or preservatives....Most all commercially made cereals have some level of sodium....check the "sodium" content. Definitely do not feed the "Lucky Charms". Hermit crabs cannot be fed foods that contain table salt and it is in most comercially prepared foods. Salts help enhance flavors. Even honey needs to be raw...as well as peanut butter. All nuts should be raw and salt free. Try the bulk bins at your local health food store (Whole Foods etc.). I get raw unsalted shelled sunflower seeds and other raw products. Watch out for sulphur dioxide a preservative in dried fruits as well. You can buy your own fruits and vegetables and dehydrate them in the oven on the lowest temp. setting.
     
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    chermo "Second Molt In Progress"

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    How would one dehydrate fruits and vegetables in the oven, how long does it take on the lowest setting? I would love to do this.
     
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    Stephen2342 "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Isn't fresh better than dehydrated anyway?
     
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    chermo "Second Molt In Progress"

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    I am sure fresh is better except dehydrated foods is basically fresh, I am thinking if I dehydrated it I could eat it later too. I can share with my crabs too. I love dehydrated foods. I was going to buy a dehydrater but if I can do it in the oven then I would rather do that, besides dehydrated foods last longer. I only go grocery shoppig 1 time per month besides the staples and fresh fruits I only buy on a full grocery trip.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Dehydrated foods last longer than fresh and is a good option other than freezing.

    You can re-hydrate the foods if you wish using some dechlorinated water. Just a few drops will do it.
     
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    chermo "Second Molt In Progress"

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    Well does anyone know how long to bake it for on low in the oven? I am trying to find out. Thanks in advance.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Each food has different water content so it would be hard to give a number.
    I would check every ten minutes. Then for each food, write down the exact time it took.

    For some things, you can just leave them to air dry. I do this with flowers and leaves.
     
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    chermo "Second Molt In Progress"

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    Ok thanks, I was not sure. Maybe I will google each fruit I want to dehydrate.
     
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