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#11599 - 11/07/03 12:36 PM Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade
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Does anyone feed their gliders these things? I like to try new things & I've seen stuff like this on glider sites, but being somewhat of a newbie glider mom I'm not sure what the benefit of feeding your gliders stuff like this is, or if it's just nice to have as a treat?

My main concern is keeping w/in the safe zone when feeding him new things.

Any experience or opinions on these would be greatly appreciated <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#11600 - 11/07/03 04:04 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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From what you've said in another post, it sounds like your guy is a healthy eater and is doing well. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> It's nice to add treats, but the benefits aren't really known, and sometimes too much variety makes them picky!

Acacia gum... some debate about feeding it, since gliders are gumnivores and sapsuckers. However, we don't know the exact species of acacia gum that gliders eat, so the source of your gum would be somewhat iffy. And I don't know how much would be a treat, without throwing off diet ratios.

Bee pollen is supposed to be a really healthy supplement for people, but I wouldn't give it to my gliders, because they already get supplements in their diet currently. Gliders eat flower pollen in the wild and not bee pollen, anyway.

Gliderade is a treat that a lot of glider owners feed. It's a sugary treat, so I wouldn't give it often. I think it has some vitamins and such in it, but it's not really a diet supplement by itself. Mix it one part Gliderade with five parts water. It's good to encourage dehydrated gliders to drink, although juice works just as well. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I think Gliderade is an expensive "nectar" to give gliders, but a lot of gliders love it. Hence why it has to be given in moderation so they don't fill up on it. I hope that helps!

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#11601 - 11/07/03 04:18 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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Ya know you've got a really good point .. He is a good eater ~ quite the "dragon" LOL

I think I will propably just not bother since were already on a good schedual w/ his food ~ thanks for your opinion! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#11602 - 11/07/03 06:48 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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My gliders love gliderade i have 3 bags of it we got confused when ordering it. It says they can have it once a week but I give it about once every 2 weeks they really enjoy it. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#11603 - 11/07/03 07:13 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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Just be careful when giving *new* and exciting foods...even gliderade. Two of mine have become soooooo picky, because I served the Grand Buffet when they were younger. I do know if I give gliderade, they won't touch anything else.

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#11604 - 11/07/03 07:57 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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yea ~ I think I'll just stay w/ what I'm already feeding him lol

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#11605 - 11/07/03 10:31 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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You know, I did the same thing when I first got gliders. I wanted to give them everything under the sun that I thought they would like. I ordered the acacia gum, the gliderade, even some raw sugar cane sticks I saw on a site. And guess where it all went?! You got it! Right in ye ol' trash bin with about 90% of the exotic fruits and other expensive munchies <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> I still do try some different things now and then, and sometimes I hit on a good one like the cherimoyas fruit. But all in all the basics are good and I've made mine such picky eaters, I could just kick myself. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Although, today I bought a thing about the size of a kiwi called a pineapple guava. It was a buck and a half, they had better eat it.......... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wave.gif" alt="" />

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#11606 - 11/07/03 10:35 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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You know, I did the same thing when I first got gliders. I wanted to give them everything under the sun that I thought they would like. I ordered the acacia gum, the gliderade, even some raw sugar cane sticks I saw on a site. And guess where it all went?! You got it! Right in ye ol' trash bin with about 90% of the exotic fruits and other expensive munchies <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> I still do try some different things now and then, and sometimes I hit on a good one like the cherimoyas fruit. But all in all the basics are good and I've made mine such picky eaters, I could just kick myself. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Although, today I bought a thing about the size of a kiwi called a pineapple guava. It was a buck and a half, they had better eat it <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/worried2.gif" alt="" /> Also something else I learned is that not everything you see advertised for suggies is healthy for them, so be careful and thankful that you have a good eater! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wave.gif" alt="" />

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#11607 - 11/08/03 08:30 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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LOL man am I glad I started this thread or else I propably would of done exactly as you have .. I soooo love spoiling this guy that I sometimes have to take a step back and ask "juls is this rediculous or will he really like it" and I usually respond back say "this is rediculous, lets get it anyway!!" lol

But I think I will refrain this time <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

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#11608 - 11/10/03 11:10 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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I've put Bee Pollen in Wombaroo, which they like. The Gliderade is liked. And Acacia Gum?! HAH! They won't touch it with a ten foot poll.

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#11609 - 11/15/03 10:48 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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I sprinkle a little Gliderade on veggies mine aren't terribly fond of. The Gliderade is supposed to be berry flavored to entice them. Otherwise it's pretty expensive bribe food. Are we at the beckon call fo these critters or what??? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#11610 - 11/17/03 12:51 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: ]
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HA HA HA!
I just ordered all this stuff today, figured I would try it and I had to order some more staple food so I went ahead and ordered some fun stuff too, I hope they like it but a few things being lost to the trash is nothing new..... those little buggers are so darn picky anyway, you know!

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#11611 - 11/17/03 08:07 PM Re: Acacia gum, bee pollen, gliderade [Re: Holly1221]
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I feed acacia gum to my gliders. My vet said it was a good idea, and they eat it fine. I just mix it with their regular vitamins and sprinkle it on top of their food.

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