Yum Yum.....was watching this one new pp I got today (rescue) and he sat in the food bowl for 1 1/2 hrs eating every last piece of the 7 grain cereal I put in...now he moved to the pile of red rice I ground up and he's feasting on that.....the other new one chose the leaves I had in there and was feasting on them....wow, have had so much fun watching them enjoy a variety of foods.....bet I have some molting little pp's in a few days (:
I'm drying some beets this year, leaves stems and bulb....can't wait to see if that's a hit, but hope to get some nice coloring if crabbies like it.....also have some deep red leaf lettuce, so far the straws love that fresh lettuce.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Nov 12, 2012 18:08:38 GMT -5
That's funny! I've seen crabs do that too. I also like when they rock the shell back so they can sit with their legs off the ground while they eat But yup, they sure like the natural stuff & the other night, I put in a dish with some Crabby staple (the one HCP sells from Co Critter Co) on one side and some of your Red Quinoa on the other & holy shell! They pigged & pigged & shoved & butted & pigged ALL DAY! I fed them while the baby was down (so like 230ish in the afternoon) and there was crabs on that dish the whole rest of the day & night & the next morning. When I put the foods in, the crabs were stampeding to the front before I even had the lids all the way on! (I put lots of your stuff in, Qdinky) Gamera was loving it so much he kept pushing other crabs away (I actually had to move him twice because he just wouldn't quit being a hog even when you could tell he was so stuffed he could barely move!) and one of the magpie guys was even trying to shove Gamera out of the way! Eventually, Gamera literally lumbered off like a bear in November, lmso. He then tried to get in the tree from the front (he knows he can't, but he was too lazy to go around), couldn't, so plopped on his side with just his head & legs in the hole & his shell out of it
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Well let me tell you what all three of my tats thought about beets! Straws, haven't been eating much, but they passed up everything else and nibbled on 1/2 of the beets I put in.....couldn't believe they didn't eat the chicken, they love that......same in E tat only #1 up, but 1/2 of what I put in was gone.....now the pp's are going to be some purple little monsters, because they ate them up! So beets is definitly on the menu (: Sach I love the variety of leaves I got this year, made a sub mix tonight (only put a few of the sw gum as they are so strong as far as smell) then even amounts of red oak, pecan, rosebud, popcorn tree leaves and a few maple I had and then sunflower and grape....what a smell! some of the leaves crumble so easily i just like them crunched and sprinkled over the sub. I used some whole leaves on my new 2nd story and they just keep pitching them down as they move around, so going to cut them into a little smaller pieces to put up there then put sub mix on top of that.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Nov 12, 2012 19:31:51 GMT -5
Heheh Gamera is a character. That's good to know how they feel about beets. I can get some from my grandmother if she has any left. If not this year than next year. I keep gathering the grainy like grasses and they have been loving those. I have a job interview tomorrow and I have to walk so I may walk back the train tracks on the way back so I can grab some more grassy grains. Will they eat lambs ear? I picked two pieces, but I wasn't sure about them.
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I think Lambs ear is on the list...my crabs don't like the oak leaves we have here with a fuzzy back, but they like pecan leaves and the one kind of pecan leaves has hairy back of leaf, so I'd try it, but believe it's kind of fuzzy....if they don't eat much, try it dried as some of that fuzzyness will fall off when you dry it. I think if you bought some beets and cut them paper thin and hung them to dry maybe take needle and string them on cord to hang and dry I think they would dry well, they would just have to be pretty thin. Because they do bleed when cut you could put them on cookie sheet and set in warm oven (like after you cook supper and turn oven off) and let that dry some of the juice in....would be worth a try (:
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Nov 12, 2012 21:42:04 GMT -5
I'm glad you reminded me about those little fuzzy grain grasses, Ookamimeggle! I have those here still & my daughter picks them all the time. I'm trying to remember what I put in there of yours that night, Qdinky but I did do some pecan sticks (I put them between the cholla & shell shop, poked through the holes to make a mini 'bridge') & bark. (haven't seen anyone go for them but doesn't mean they aren't), the sub mix (immediate attention ), the sg leaves, red bud leaves (Jap maple in the exotics), & mini suns.
I've done whole sweet gum leaves (fresh) and they do nibble them, it just takes a long time for crabbies to eat a whole leaf
Meg, I did the lambs ears in my PP tank & I think I've seen some nibble it (it's hard to tell when I have so much stuff all over), but they may have been eating the murex (saw them do that too) & the leaf is all soft & wilted still in that corner so I don't know. Could be one of those nutrients-at-the-time things But yeah, who knew Gamera had so much personality?!
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
What species of gum do the sweet gum leaves come from. By gum are you meaning eucalyptus like we have here in Australia?
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No, Sweet gum is totally different from that. The old timers use to use the bark to chew on like gum, they are a beautiful shade tree that sometimes you have to look at twice to see if it's gum or a maple.
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