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How can my little brother help?

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:48 pm
by Jamison
So as some as you may know one of my crabs has recently passed. I am getting two new ones. One is technically going to be my brothers but i have to do most the worm. What aare some ways he can hel out. He is 6.

Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:36 pm
by Overmountain1
What a good sibling you are!
You can def teach him which fresh foods he can prepare for the crabbies and how- that doesn’t have to involve sharp objects- and make it his job to... idk, maybe keep a record of the daily temp and humidity readings (I’m sure you know how to make this sound as important as you can) and it’s good for him in a lot of ways. Hmm. It is up to you and your crabbies how interactive to be or not be, so I can’t advise you there, but that’s a couple things that are easy and will be fun for him- at least for a while and until some of the new wears off.
I keep a log of what I feed mine and when, and anything unusual that happens, like Pat being adopted!
Good luck!


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Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:43 am
by Jamison
We are getting the crabs tonight. I have this really strong feeling he will lose interest fast.

Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:14 am
by aussieJJDude
If your parents dont mind him being around 'chemicals', he could also help with dechlorinating the water or adding salt to make salt water?

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Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:05 am
by Overmountain1
Jamison wrote:We are getting the crabs tonight. I have this really strong feeling he will lose interest fast.
You are most likely exactly correct about that. Image Patience, grasshopper.


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Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:47 am
by soilentgringa
Have had hermit crabs since my son was that age. He’s always helped spot clean the tank, fed them, helped with water changes, washed shells, etc.

Also 6 years old is not too young to learn kitchen skills, with supervision.


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Re: How can my little brother help?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:24 pm
by angelbear122189
Like mentioned before:

He could check the temp and humidity every morning/evening and record the numbers, you can even show him what to do if the reading is too high or low, such as misting, or covering the lid with a damp towel ect.....

He can empty and rinse the food and water dishes as needed. You can always have water prepared declorinated fresh and salt he can use to refil.

He can replace food, and help record what was offered, and what was eaten.

He can help spot clean and or wipe down the tank walls decorations and sand rinse shells out or replace as needed.

He can help make notes about who is up, and who is under and record the dates so you know how long. Shell changes ect...

You could always make a simple schedule for him of his chores. You can use pictures from clip art to help him read it.

Something like

Daily:
Remove uneaten food / rinse dish / offer fresh
Top off water
Record temperature
Record humidity
Count the crabs
Write down any changes

Weekly
Rinse out and replace water in the pools
Rinse out shells and rotate
Pick through the sand

Monthly
Wipe down walls of tank with freshwater
check the substrate to see if is drying out
Fix any decorations

This is something similar to what I did with the school age children when each room was required to have a pet, and they elected to get hermit crabs. It gave just enough to make them feel like they were doing something, and feel important. We would take pictures of the crabs when they changed shell and have their name next to it so we could keep track of who was who. Now you would still have to over see his help but it would give him something to do.