This morning I went outside and along my property line is a couple oak trees with MANY fallen leafs; I gathers a bunch up then went through them and picked the ones out that looked best to me and washed them. Then, I ripped them up a little bit and put them in a ziplock after drying them off. I know it's okay to feed them these things, but my problem is; how do you get the bark off the tree!? I tried to pry it off with a sharp tool, but it definetly wasn't going to work. Do I have to use a saw? I don't want t literally harm the tree I just want to take some bark without seriously damaging the "oxygen-filled" tree.
Your best bet is to find a dead or dying tree to remove the bark from. Bark can be stubborn and if you truly don't want to hurt the tree, you should probably do a little research to see how you can go about getting bark from a living tree without condemning it.
I found this little article on a quick search, but I'm sure you can find even more and maybe you'll just figure out the best way to go about getting bark from what you have.
Well, that article alone makes me feel as if I shouldn't try it at all. Have you ever given your hermies oak bark did you find a dying tree? I put together a chart of what foods i want to put together for each "meal" I feed them.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Mar 30, 2013 9:15:38 GMT -5
I usually get mine off of the ground if has already fallen off or from fallen/dead trees. It is much easier and not damaging to the tree that way. There is also the chance that someone who has a bunch or know where to get some might be willing to swap you for something else. We are in the process of moving still or I would check my stash of bark to see if I have any.
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The oak bark I get does come off of some dead scrub oaks down here, the best way is to look for an old tree in the woods that is either dead or sometimes an older oak will split it's bark near the base. Branches are ok, but mine never seem to eat that young bark as much, don't know if it doesn't have as much of the molicule "tannin" in it or why. If your serious about bark you almost have to be a hiker that likes to go out and stomp through the woods.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Mar 31, 2013 9:04:14 GMT -5
I'm noticing too that in terms of woods, I think they may like some wood after it has "seasoned" longer. @qdinky, the pecan sticks? Not one antenna of interest this whole time. Until this week, now they are almost fighting over them in the PP tank. Same for some of the bark I have had in there for months.
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You all are so helpful; shows how dedicated you all are to helping others hermit crabs! So, if anyone says otherwise ill beg to differ! LOL I'd definetly hike through the woods to find some! If my hermies will enjoy it; It'll be worth it. I also, have drift wood, but nothing that they could "snack" on.. because drift wood is usually really hard and no way could hermit crabs claw a piece off. I'm going to have to hick through the woods sometime after today! Thank you all
I also, have drift wood, but nothing that they could "snack" on.. because drift wood is usually really hard and no way could hermit crabs claw a piece off.
Oh, you'd be surprised Remember after all, they can get through coconut shells My crabs' crabsolute favorite wood in the world (at least the PPs') is grape branch & ESPECIALLY the bark, though they keep nibbling it down whiter & whiter Just found a piece today that's gonna be perfect because it had twined through a chain link fence & then died & snapped off so it's got parts already exposing the white but with lots of bark. It's also at least an inch thick through the middle; it looks even bigger than the one they've been working on since summer.
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I agree sach I think that's why taking bark off of a dead oak instead of one that someone just chopped down does make a difference. The pecan sticks....mine never touched ): but had to try it. Hollyhocks are up and looking beautiful....the leaves are edible so I'm drying some to see how those go.
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