I am looking for suggestions of foods that the crabs will get a whiff of and come out for right away. I feed a huge variety of foods all the time from HCP as well as their treats, some of which do disappear faster than others.
But knowing that their sense of smell is very good, I'd love to find something that I could put in that they would come out (other than the middle of the night) for so I can actually SEE them eating.
I have tried: salmon and chicken, both fresh and canned, other fish, overripe banana, fresh coconut, peanut butter, and many other things.
Can anyone recommend a food that gets 'em running for the food bowl?
Post by aldebaron0626 on Dec 11, 2014 18:11:14 GMT -5
Every crab is different. For my Es grapes, prickly pear or rose petals will entice them out every time. My PPs were crazy about raw ground beef. Also, typically, the food does sit for a while before they approach, I've noticed. They seem to like food on the second day more than fresh food (except the Es and fruit).
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Dec 15, 2014 2:39:52 GMT -5
Actually aldebaron0626 we have a list of safe foods on the left side of every page. We don't refer to the EH list because it is seriously outdated & no longer accurate.
My crabs like the fibers on orange peel but don't eat the peel itself.
dgarrou one thing that gets all of my species running is pop corn or any dry thing like cereal (cheerios are big favorites) or crackers. Other than dried leaves & flowers the one thing the PPs go for first is the worm castings (the Es & straws don't seem as big of fans). Mine all LOVE corn on the cob and snapped meat bones (so they can get at the marrow), the tops to celery & the PPs love dried crickets.
I have a lot of foods in the SCP store that the people who've bought them & reviewed them say their crabs went nuts for them; you can always look there.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
Thanks for all the suggestions Sach. Yes the worm castings always go, as does anything popcorn (but not on the cob) and crackers are also always gone in the AM. But nothing gets them running on first smell!
Like when you have a cat that normally eats dry food and he is sort of like "meh" but eats it, versus you open a can of tuna and he can smell it from the other end of the house. I thought there might be something "smelly" that crabs would come for; maybe I am just not going "smelly" enough, LOL. I have not tried the marrow bones though so when next I have meat will try it.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Dec 16, 2014 13:40:27 GMT -5
aldebaron0626 you can access the site directly through your browser instead of using TapaTalk & then you should be able to see everything
dgarrou it also depends on how "new" to you your crabs are (I have some I have had for years that still don't come out till late), how high your humidity is (they can smell better in high humidity), what nutrients they need in the moment and also whether you have established a routine of feeding at the same time (yes, they will eventually be waiting in the feeding spot if you consistently feed at the same time). Last night I fed all 3 tanks the same thing; scattered Rose of Sharon & organic pink roses & shell plates with castings, spirulina flakes, fruit treat & Tasty Grubs. The Es ate a bit of everything, the main PP tank looks like they walked through everything but munched on the roses I scattered & the tank that has 2/4 straws (up) and 4 PPs, I can see absolutely no trace of the spirulina or the fruit treat.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
My lot love teabags!! Break the bags and spread the tea leaves! My lot also adore my mango and banana skin.
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Last night I had grilled salmon; today I heated the leftover and smashed up some of it and put in, and a moment ago I caught a very embarrassed E at the dish-during daylight hours! Now mind you they had nothing to do with canned salmon..I guess I have a bunch of little divas.
Post by aussieJJDude on Dec 28, 2014 20:20:19 GMT -5
One thing that I seen my hermies eat - during the daytime - is a prawn head. I literally put it in & already a crab was running over with the antennae going wild! It's the first time that I actually observed my hermies being interested in their food.
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