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Discussion in 'Nutrition & Water' started by CrabsRus, Aug 6, 2012.

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  1. CrabsRus

    CrabsRus Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hello everyone :hermez2:

    This is my first post, but have been reading for a few days...there is so much good information here! My family gave me two crabs for my birthday in December and I have been head over heels for these little boogers. So I rescued 3 more when I was on vacation in FL from the souvenir shops.

    I was wondering about herbs that I can give the crabbies. I have an herb garden with lavender, oregano, chives, sage, rosemary, dill and basil. Is there a general rule of thumb for picking vegetation that is safe? I also have a vegetable garden, can they have tomato plant leaves, pepper plant leaves?

    I've also seen pictures on here of crabitats with lots of plants planted. Is it safe to plant most plants?

    Thanks!
     
  2. vckums

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    Here is the list of safe foods. You can find the list on here, but there is a site for the list and there's also recipes(Yes some of us cook for our crabs lol) Here's the website.
    http://www.epicurean-hermit.com/index.php


    Acorns (crush and soak overnight in salt water then drain before serving)
    Alfalfa
    Almonds, crushed
    Amaranth (Ancient grain)
    Anchovy oil
    Apple and natural, unsweetened apple sauce
    Apricot
    Arame
    Artichokes
    Asparagus
    Avocado
    Bamboo (live plants make wonderful tank toys and grazing)
    Banana
    Barley
    Beans, yellow wax
    Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green or purple)
    Bee pollen
    Beets
    Bilberries/Huckleberries
    Blackberry leaves
    Blackberry
    Blackstrap molasses (unsulfured) - amazingly high in nutrients such as calcium and potassium; 1-2 times monthly
    Bladderwrack
    Bloodworms (alive or dead)
    Blueberries
    Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)
    Broccoli and leaves
    Brown rice
    Brussels sprouts
    Cabbage (all varieties)
    Calcium carbonate powder, plain
    Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as "pot marigolds"
    Camellia (Camellia japonica)
    Canteloupe
    Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)
    Carrots
    Carrot tops
    Cauliflower and leaves
    Celery leaves
    Cereal; Brown rice, soy, wheat or 7 grain, muesli
    Chamomile flowers
    Chard
    Cheese (be sure to get all natural varieties, serve as occasional treat)
    Cherimoya
    Cherry
    Chestnuts
    Chicken bones
    Chicken, cooked and unseasoned (smash the bone for marrow access)
    Chickweed
    Cholla wood
    Cilantro
    Citrus (all fruits)
    Clams
    Clover blossoms and leaves
    Coconut and coconut oil
    Cod liver oil
    Collards
    Cork bark
    Corn (on the cob, too)
    Cornmeal
    Cranberries (dehydrated)
    Crickets
    Crustaceans (any and all crustacea including crayfish, lobster, shrimp and other crabs)
    Cucumber
    Currants
    Cuttlefish bone, powdered
    Dairy products (milk, cheese, live-culture yogurt) **
    Daisies (Bellis perennis)
    Dandelion flowers, leaves and roots (Taraxacum officinale)
    Day lilies (Hemerocallis)
    Egg, scrambled or soft boiled
    Eggplant
    Eggshells
    Elderberries
    Elderberry flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
    Extra-virgin olive oil
    Fig (ripe fruit only)
    Fish flakes w/out chemical preservatives
    Fish Oil
    Flax seeds/Linseeds (crushed)
    Flax seed oil (small amounts infrequently)
    Frozen fish food (esp. algae, krill and brine shrimp)
    Garbanzos
    Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
    Gooseberry (ripe or overripe)
    Grape Leaf
    Grapes
    Grapevine (vines and root)
    Green and red leaf lettuce (not iceburg; dark green)
    Green Beans
    Hazel leaves
    Hempseed Meal
    Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
    Hikari products: brine shrimp, krill, crab cuisine, sea plankton (no preservatives)
    Hollyhock flowers
    Honey (organic, or at least locally produced, for anti-microbials)
    Honeybush
    Honeydew Melon
    Honeysuckle flowers (Japanese Lonicera japonica)
    Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
    Irish Moss
    Japanese red maple leaves, dried (Acer palmatum)
    Jasmine flowers (Jasmine officinale)
    Johnny-Jump-Up flowers--(Viola tricolor)
    Kamut
    Kelp
    Kiwi
    Lentils
    Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
    Lima Beans
    Lobster with crushed exoskeleton
    Locusts (dead)
    Lychee fruit (fresh; no kernel)
    Macadamia nuts
    Madrona wood
    Mango
    Mangrove (small live trees can be obtained on eBay, use in water basin)
    Maple leaves
    Maple syrup
    Marion Berries
    Milk thistle flowers (Silybum marianum)
    Mint (but not peppermint!)
    Most organic baby foods
    Muscadine (grapes)
    Mushrooms
    Mussels
    Nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum majus)
    Nectarine
    Nettle (wilted)
    Nettle, stinging (pour boiling water over leaves first)
    Oak Leaves and bark
    Octopus
    Okra
    Olive and olive oil (extra virgin)
    Oranges
    Oysters
    Pansy flowers and leaves (Viola X Wittrockiana)
    Papaya
    Parsley
    Parsnip
    Passionflowers (Passifloraceae - passion flower family)
    Passionfruit
    Peaches
    Peanut butter (avoid sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils)
    Peanuts
    Pears
    Peas
    Pecans
    Pecan bark
    Persimmon
    Petunia blossoms
    Pineapple
    Pistachio nuts
    Plum
    Pomegranate
    Popcorn (unseasoned, unflavored, unbuttered)
    Potato (no green parts, including eyes)
    Psyllium & husks
    Pumpkin
    Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
    Quinoa (New World grain)
    Raisins (no sulphur dioxide)
    Raspberry
    Red raspberry leaves (highest bioavailable calcium source + vit. C and trace minerals)
    Rolled Oats
    Rooibus (or rooibos)
    Roquette (Eruca vesicaria)
    Rose petals (Rosa spp)
    Rose hips
    Royal Jelly
    Russian Olive leaves (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
    Sage blossoms (Salvia officinalis)
    Salmon
    Sand dollars
    Sardines
    Scallops
    Sea biscuits
    Sea fan (red or black)
    Sea grasses
    Sea salt
    Sea Sponges
    Semolina
    Sesame seeds (crushed)
    Sesame oil (in tiny amounts as appetite stimulant)
    Shrimp and exoskeletons
    Snails (use human food grade only; not wild snails)
    Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
    Soy and soy products (human grade; miso, tofu, etc.)
    Spelt
    Spinach
    Spirulina (complete protein and chlorophyll source; highest in beta carotene)
    Sprouts (flax, wheat, bean, alfalfa, etc.)
    Squid
    Squash (and squash blossom)
    Star fruit (carambola)
    Strawberry and tops
    Sugar cane
    Sunflower Seeds (crushed), flowers and leaves (Helianthus)
    Swamp cypress wood (false cypress, taxodium sp.)
    Sweet potato
    Sycamore leaf
    Tahini (no garlic variety)
    Tamarillo
    Tangerine
    Timothy hay
    Tomato
    Tree Fern
    Triticale
    Tulip flowers (Tulipa spp.)
    Tuna
    Turnip greens
    Viola flowers
    Violet flowers (Viola odorata)
    Walnuts
    Wasa All-Natural Crispbread (Oat flavor)
    Watercress
    Watermelon
    Wheat grass
    Wheat
    Wheat germ
    Whitefish
    Whole Wheat Couscous
    Wild rice
    Zucchini (and zucchini flowers)*
     
  3. CrabsRus

    CrabsRus Hi, I'm New Here!

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    WOW!! That is awesome, thank you so much for posting...I have quite a few of these items growing in my yard. I do not use any pesticides, so I am thinking they are safe.

    For the grains (quinoa, rice, barley), should those be soaked or cooked before serving?

    :thanks:
     
  4. Klabelle

    Klabelle "Second Molt In Progress"

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    I know I personally don't prep anything before giving it to my crabs, sometimes I soak stuff in olive oil for them though
     
  5. timebandit

    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    I don't want to offend anybody but we have most of a steer in our deep freeze and left over venison from hunting season so the crabs are a little spoiled. I mix it with the balanced basics from the store and they eat every bit of it. They say hermit crabs wont eat the same thing for days well mine don't seem to want any other main course.Tomarrow I am going to try beef liver.
     
  6. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Hopefully they'll like liver a lot more than I do. :tuna:
    Let us know how they like it.
     
  7. CrabsRus

    CrabsRus Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Sounds like they are spoiled Trixie. I bought some beef from the Addiction Store and they carried it off into the sunset.

    We don't eat liver around here, so if it's a hit mine may be deprived. LOL Would love to hear how they take to it though, maybe I could muster up the guts to dehydrate some for them.
     
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    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    Looks like the liver is a big hit. I think they have taken to red meat. I have tried giving them Bass,Trout,salmon,Crappie,chicken and other meats but the red meat is always a big hit.
     
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