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Discussion in 'What's Cooking? - Not Poison!' started by Laughs O Lot, Mar 8, 2009.

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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Hi! My hermit crabs usually eat: fruit like bananas, apples, pears, raspberries, [FONT=&quot]cantaloupe[/FONT]; and carrots sometimes. I would feed them veggies, but my mom usually puts tablesalt on them. I told her to put sea salt for next time, which doesn't contain iodize. Soon I'm going to get Gerbert's organic meat baby food. Should my hermit crabs eat anything else? I used to feed them commercial food, but now I know why it's bad so I stopped. Which ingredient is bad in it?
     
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    haleye1997 (Small Crab)

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    it is just the prservatives that are bad.

    print out a copy of the safe food list i keep one in my kitchen.
    whatever food my mom buys i usually give them the only food i use MY money to buy is baby food because my mom wont buy that.
    i usually fo by food groups.
    veggies
    fruits
    protien
    so on
    calcium i give them a calcium block they LOVE it i have never seen them go so crazy over food!
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Do eggs have to be organic for them to eat? What's a calcium block and where can you get it. Thanks!
     
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    haleye1997 (Small Crab)

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    haleye1997 (Small Crab)

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    they are pretty cheap like 2 or 3 dollars
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    It looks cool! do you know if its in petgoods?
     
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    what is petgoods?
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    It's a pet store. Can I sprinkle sea salt on the food (it doesn't contain iodize), because Ocean will molt soon and she needs a lot of salt to burst out of the exoskeleton.
     
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    i do that! maake sure she gets lots of calcium though. have u gotten the proper substrate
     
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    If you're just starting out, here's a great article on going natural.

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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I don't know about those calcium blocks for crabs but I know that Vicki has some cuttle bone that's great and I use the things for parrots that are about $1 at Walmart or wherever in the bird section. I have this large petsmart and Petco near me and they both have the smallest selection of crab stuff ever. They don't even have those. I don't use any crab stuff any more exept sponges and shells. No food for crabs or painted shells for crabs or anything. I have almost jumbo crabs but for those who may have smaller ones I find nice shells on the beach all the time.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Can I possibly put milk in the water bowl for calcium?
     
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    They can ocassionally have organic milk as a treat. Like once every couple months.

    You can find cuttlebone at any pet store in the bird section. It's like $1-2.
     
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    You can boil an egg and chop up a little and put it in their food dish. Crush up some of the egg shell and put in the dish also. Eggs don't have to be organic. :)
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    They don't? Oh well I use organic ones any way. Make sure the meat is not salted or anything if you give it to them too. I have not been giving my crabs egg shells crushed because they do it on their own but it sounds fun to go crush something so I'll go do it now.:)
     
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    Organic is always better, especially for eggs. But it doesn't necessarily NEED to be organic.
    A fellow crabber sent me a bag of oyster flour, which is ground up oyster shells. The hermies love it and it's a great source of calcium. But other than that I use the old standby: cuttlebone.
     
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    what you guys are saying is that i can go right now and make an non organic hard boiled egg and give them the white part. i dont want to do the egg shell because e-coli
     
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    NotaMallard "First Molt, A Success"

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    The shell is the only part that offers calcium, but the rest is a good protein snack for the hermies anyways.
     
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    what about e-coli in the egg which is touching the shell?
     
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    You won't get ecoli from eggs or thier shells.
    Food poisoning caused by E. coli are usually associated with eating unwashed vegetables and meat contaminated post-slaughter.

    Salmonella on the other hand IF the egg was raw
    Raws eggs from Salmonella-infected fowl (the Salmonella can be on the eggshell as well as in the egg mass).

    However as the other members mentioned boiling an egg, hence NOT raw.
     
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