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#1246211 - 04/06/12 11:43 AM My (UK) diet
Helen88uk Offline
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Just wanted to see what the general opinion was of this. It's not an 'approved diet' as such, but has been used for roughly 15 years in the UK with good results.

This week, I've made a fruit/veg mix using:
-1 and a half Papaya
-1 Mango
-1 Apple
-1 Box of raspberries
-1 Sweet Potato
-Half a Butternut Squash

This gave me a total ratio of 2.2:1. I cut them all up into pieces and blend them into a 'smoothie' using a hand blender. I then put 2 tablespoons of Linseed into a bowl with about 8 tablespoons of boiling water and leave to soak for a few minutes until the seeds absorb the water and become 'oily'.

To the fruit/veg mix I then add:
-3 Tablespoons of wheatgerm
-1 Teaspoon of Bee Pollen
-Half a teaspoon of acacia gum
-2 Tablespoons of low fat natural yogurt
-Soaked Linseed
-Vitamin suppliment as normal (half teaspoon of Glider Booster per pound of fruit/veg)
-Half a cup of fruit juice (normally Cranberry)

I pour this into ice cube trays and freeze, my gliders get 2/3 cubes per night each. 2 normally in summer, in winter I give 3 every other day as I like them to carry a LITTLE extra weight when it gets cold.

For protein (where UK differs from US)...
On every other night I feed either an omelette or scrambled egg (1 egg between the 3 adults).

On the nights I don't feed egg, I give 5/6 Iams 1+ cat kibble per glider so that they get abit of crunch in their diet which I PERSONALLY feel is important in maintaining their teeth.

I also have Gumivore Fare (which is basically acacia gum, pineapple, peach, blueberry, mango, apple and papaya in a jar). That will be fed maybe twice a week, stuffed into branches in their cage as a kind of enrichment as well as a treat.

This batch normally feeds 3 suggies for about 9 days. I vary the fruits and veg each time I make a new batch, keeping roughly to the 2:1 ratio.

Just wondered what you guys thought of it. I've had great results so far, I rehomed a 2yr old male that had terrible fur seperation, within 3 months he has a gorgeous, tight coat. That's enough proof to me that this 'works' as a diet, but I am always open to suggestions for improvement. I personally don't believe ANY OF US have the 'perfect' glider diet. With so many different proven ones it's hard to know which is the best. But just thought i'd put myself on the line (yes I am already expecting criticism for the cat kibble but UK Iams is much higher quality than US and I do believe some hard food is important as mine will only eat fruits/veg that are blended).

I also realise honey does have health benefits, it's the just the amount of honey in some diets that I don't like. But twice a week I will mix some pure acacia gum with honey and stuff into branches, so they are getting a little. Any feedback is welcome, I don't think ANY diet is perfect, including mine, so i'm always up for improvements x

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#1246275 - 04/06/12 03:22 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Meg_n_Von Offline
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Your fruit and veggie choices definitely sound good, it's the protein that I'm worried about. When I run out of my staple diet, I feed eggs, chicken or turkey, but that only lasts for a few days and I always try to give an added calcium source. But... if this is something that's working for you and has been working, then there isn't much I can say about it.

If you're worried about the diet not being enough, you can always order any of the 3 HPW varieties from Peggy, I'm 95% sure she ships overseas. There's also BML. You can find pretty much all the BML ingredients in your local market. :O)
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#1246296 - 04/06/12 05:03 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Helen88uk Offline
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Their fruit veg is supplimented with Bee Pollen, thats high in protein. The kibble is high protein and I thought eggs were too. As for calcium, they get natural yogurt mixed into their fruit/veg mush, calcium powder added twice a week and the fruits/veg ratio is roundabouts 2:1 in every fruit/veg batch.

I'm not keen on BML, or anything that used Reptile Calcium. D3 is harmful for suggies frown It also contains far too much iron, or so i've heard.

Any of you tried feeding shrimp for protein?x

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#1246520 - 04/07/12 03:03 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Meg_n_Von Offline
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You sound like you have a really good diet down, especially for not using one of the popular diets. I mean, if your gliders are happy and healthy, why not.

As far as shrimp goes, it's safe and pretty healthy for them. I've offered shrimp to my gliders, but it wasn't a very big hit.
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#1246580 - 04/07/12 10:01 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
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Shrimp may be OK for a treat but it is very high in phosphorus so you might not want to make that the only protein you feed for your gliders' dinner.
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#1246614 - 04/08/12 04:39 AM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
JillMarie Offline
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Interesting diet.

Personally I have no problem with the kibble either.
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#1246704 - 04/08/12 03:48 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Meg_n_Von Offline
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I've given dry cat food as an occasional treat. Some days my gliders go nuts for it and some days they don't. Strange little buggers... :O)
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#1246740 - 04/08/12 05:58 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Helen88uk Offline
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Just about to order some Wambaroo High Ptotein as a replacement for the Glider Booster, see how they go with that. And I've never tried shrimp, I always wondered about fish as it's good in other ways aswell as protein. But mine normally only get eggs, they don't really like much else protein wise x

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#1247278 - 04/10/12 02:58 PM Re: My (UK) diet [Re: Helen88uk]
Meg_n_Von Offline
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Wombaroo is a good protein source. Are you going to me making the HPW recipe?

I can't remember if anyone fed any other kind of seafood. The only thing that I can for sure remember is shrimp. I'm sure you've probably tried chicken and turkey, but have you ever tried them ground? I know there are a couple people that have given it that way before.
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