What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

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What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by bbcraft22 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:08 pm

You're probably thinking "Help! My hermit crab doesn't seem to be eating!" Well, there is a way that he/she will eat.
What you have to do is hand feeding. You could feed them whatever they like, preferably apples, raisins or coconut chunks.

What you need to do is to hold them in the air, but near the ground. Hold the soft food near their claws. Be patient. It will take them a while. If they still won't eat the food, bring them closer to the floor.


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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by Cortnilin » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:18 pm

In most situation the crabs are actually eating and they just may not eat enough to be noticeable to us. I'm sure there are times that hand feeding is appropriate, perhaps when they lose their feeder claw, when they are sick, or with hermit crabs that are not fearful of humans. However, it is not something to do simply bc they don't appear to put a dent in their food on any given day. Doing so would likely stress the crab out unnecessarily....


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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by bbcraft22 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:59 pm

Cortnilin wrote: Doing so would likely stress the crab out unnecessarily....
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ok. Thanks for the feedback! But I meant when they have a serious injury.
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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by Jedi Sena » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:20 pm

A great way to see if they're eating on the sneaks (because they often prefer privacy) is to smooth out the substrate around the dish and then check for footprints in the morning. Also, sometimes they're eating substrate and tank decorations instead of the foods you're offering.
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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by PinchersAndShells » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:36 am

Another thing I've noticed is they get a lot of sand on the food in my tank. :lol:
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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by bbcraft22 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:46 am

Jedi Sena wrote:A great way to see if they're eating on the sneaks (because they often prefer privacy) is to smooth out the substrate around the dish and then check for footprints in the morning. Also, sometimes they're eating substrate and tank decorations instead of the foods you're offering.
That is true. I have seen them eat wood, substrate, and drift wood.
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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by Skymall007 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:36 pm

Jedi Sena wrote:A great way to see if they're eating on the sneaks (because they often prefer privacy) is to smooth out the substrate around the dish and then check for footprints in the morning. Also, sometimes they're eating substrate and tank decorations instead of the foods you're offering.
This^ you work hard to provide food of all sorts and you walk in the room and find one of them snacking on dirt.

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Re: What to do if your hermit crab isn't eating

Post by soilentgringa » Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:12 am

bbcraft22 wrote:You're probably thinking "Help! My hermit crab doesn't seem to be eating!" Well, there is a way that he/she will eat.
What you have to do is hand feeding. You could feed them whatever they like, preferably apples, raisins or coconut chunks.

What you need to do is to hold them in the air, but near the ground. Hold the soft food near their claws. Be patient. It will take them a while. If they still won't eat the food, bring them closer to the floor.


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Handling hermit crabs is stressful to them and imo, shouldn't be done more than absolutely necessary.

They should be allowed to eat and drink as they see fit. It is not necessary to handle and attempt to force feed them. They eat small amounts and will eat when they are hungry.



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