Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Sept 10, 2011 0:56:05 GMT -5
The following shows how to prepare a pre-scored coconut in a way that preserves both the 'meat' and the shells for later use.[/b]
I bought a pre-scored coconut.
I placed a screwdriver against the score & tapped the screwdriver handle with my metal ice cream scoop. You could obviously use a mallet or hammer, I just used my scoop, hh. I tapped it until it split & I was able to slide the top half of the shell right off the coconut 'meat'.
I then started cutting the coconut up into strips & then smaller pieces after I pulled off the other shell half.
Dicing the pieces this small makes for easy feeding pieces later. These are now ready to freeze.
So now to prep the shell pieces for later use. I put them in a pan with water & a TON of salt. You can use regular salt for this since it's to retard the growth of mold & will cook into the coconut, so there's no worry of the crabs getting it in it's salt water form.
I'd normally use a bigger pan, but I was in a hurry. I just kept using tongs to turn and move the shells to be sure the whole thing was soaked & boiled.
After a while, I took them out of the water & onto a pizza pan.
I bake at 350* until I can start to really smell the woody coconut smell in the air, about 15-30 mins, depending on the coconut.
Take them out, & you have 2 new hides.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
this is mine...... Hi there! This is how to make a coconut hut for your hermit crabs!
You will need: coconut hammer Philips head screwdriver Sandpaper Oven Spoon
How to pick a coconut
1. Look the coconut over carefully. Do not pick one that has any leakage out of the three black eyes at the top. 2. Pick up the coconut with one hand. It should be fairly heavy for its size. 3. Heft the coconut up and down with your hand to see if you can feel the liquid (the coconut juice or water) sloshing around. 4. Compare coconuts for differences in weight and amount of liquid.
Pick a heavy coconut with lots of juice, also a bigger coconut means more room for the crabbies
Step 1- Using the Philips head screwdriver,press down into each eye, soon you will find the weak eye and it will go right through
Press down hard.....
It should look like this......
Step 2- You will need to drain he juice out, to do this shke the coconut over a bowl to allow all the juice to come out
Draining the juice....
Step 3- Get your hammer....
Now go outside, place the coconut on your drive wave or patio, take your hammer and bang it really hard
It should split....
Step 4- Using your hammer hit 2 doors or entry ways into the hut depending on your crabs sizes
Step 5- Le your coconut sit outside in the sun for 2-7 days
Step 6- 1. Preheat your oven to 350 2. Put the 2 halfs in the oven 3. Bake for 25 minutes 4. Take then out and let it sit for 20 minutes
Step 7- Using a spoon scoop out the insides
Step 8- Use sand paper to sand down the doors so its smooth
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