It works like a charm every time. Dried shrimp are like a crack cocaine for Zack and Mack. Let me explain. The boys are finicky eaters. They always have been since day one. No common turtle food will pass through their two beaks. The first week we actually fed them baby food with a tiny syringe; slowly squeezing the pudding-like consistency protein into their little gullets.
We then found out that canned meal worms sent them to heaven. So meal worms it was. Canned, then live. I used to break the poor little meal worms in two so the boys could eat them. For several years they ate meal worms interspersed with occasional cooked chicken.
But from time to time, they would revolt and refuse to eat…So, it was time for the secret weapon…Dried Shrimp! Works every time. Kinda like marsh mellows for dogs. They can’t get enough.
So tonight, we had to resort to the dried shrimp. They went off the fish so, its now time to go back to the super-duper meal worms.
I know, I know, we spoil the boys. But quite frankly they loathe anything “green.” We tried it all and they just turn up their noses. Se tried offering an alternative diet for several days in a row, but no…the little meal tyrants would rather starve then let turtle food pass their lips… After three or four days, I usually give in and give them what they crave….petulant little guys, Zack and Mack.