Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

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Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by Joshua183 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:50 am

Hi their, my hermit crab had a cricket yesterday and they enjoyed it. Is it normal to feed them crickets everyday or just like every 3-4 days. Will hermit crabs get harmed from everyday crickets.

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Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:03 am

As long as its pesticide free and you supplement it with other food sources, I dont see the harm.

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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by Joshua183 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:12 am

aussieJJDude wrote:As long as its pesticide free and you supplement it with other food sources, I dont see the harm.

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Oh alright i got them from my pet store in NSW so i think theres no pesticides.

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Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:35 am

Joshua183 wrote:
aussieJJDude wrote:As long as its pesticide free and you supplement it with other food sources, I dont see the harm.

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Oh alright i got them from my pet store in NSW so i think theres no pesticides.
If its from the store, it would be fine.

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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by AwesomeHermit » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:32 am

I would personally not, for if you feed a meal too much, the crabs will not eat it as much, even if it used to be their favorite food.
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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by Motörcrab » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:16 pm

I try to mix up all of their food at least every other day. On occasion I may add crickets twice in a row but then will try to keep them off the menu for a week. I try to think of their food like our leftovers. The original meal is great. Lunch the next day isn't bad. Dinner the following night, good it's about gone. Lunch the next day, what else is there to eat? I'm sure the crabs are the same way!
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Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:44 pm

AwesomeHermit wrote:I would personally not, for if you feed a meal too much, the crabs will not eat it as much, even if it used to be their favorite food.
Eventually they may stop eating it, but offering it daily won't be negative... crabs seem to know what they need, so as long as you feed a variety, they will be fine.

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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by BettaCrew » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:57 pm

I'm new to the hermie scene still.... are the crickets live or dead when you offer them to the hermies? It seems like a dumb question... but I've been wondering.

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Post by Motörcrab » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:38 pm

I believe everyone here gives their crabs dried crickets and pretty much all other proteins such as meal worms, fish, shrimp, and meats. It's much easier to offer them 2-3 dried crickets then having to keep live ones too.

Some of us have live Isopods in our tanks to help eat waste and scattered food. I heard of people seeing their crabs hunt them to eat but I have never see it. I believe live cricket's are safe but would probably get annoying if they start chirping at night.
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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by JoeHermits » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:41 am

I’m not sure I’d offer live crickets. They’re considerably faster than isopods or hermit crabs—and can bite.


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Re: Should hermit crabs have crickets everyday

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:25 pm

Hello :) Definitely don't offer live crickets. They can get out of hand very quickly. (As can isopods)

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