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#509562 - 03/21/08 01:44 AM Acacia Gum as a treat?
Serastes
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I was on the Exotic Nutrition website earlier, and saw their pure Acacia Gum for gliders. Has anyone here ever given it to their gliders, and if so, did they like/dislike it?

Just wondering! smile



Edited by Serastes (03/21/08 04:12 AM)

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#509578 - 03/21/08 03:46 AM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
TammyH
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I bought some and mixed it with the water like they said on the pkg and the gliders wouldn't touch it. I also sprinkled it on some fruit- they wouldn't eat the fruit. Mine are picky anyway, but was surprised they didn't like it.

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#509605 - 03/21/08 07:24 AM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
GliderGuy93 Offline
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Mine LOVE it. If I put it on their food, they lick it off before they eat it.
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#509609 - 03/21/08 07:30 AM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: GliderGuy93]
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None of mine will touch it. I tried in the water, tried making the 'paste' (man is that stuff sticky) and sprinkled it on food (they wouldn't even eat the mealies when I tried sprinkling it on them!! OMG!!) I guess my little buggers are spoiled and know how to 'work' me to get what they want! lol
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#509615 - 03/21/08 07:46 AM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: pappy1264]
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Mine never particularly liked it either when I mixed it up with water. Never tried just adding it to the food. I have tried adding a little to the PML mix. Note: A little goes a LONG way. I once added 1 tsp to a batch and turned the whole thing to silly putty.

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#509855 - 03/21/08 01:08 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: blockamon]
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I mix it into a paste and put it in holes drilled in branches. The top dries, so they chew at it to get to the paste. Mine have always liked it. dunno
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#509893 - 03/21/08 01:52 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: sugarlope]
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Mine LOVE it!

I buy straws, cut them into 2-inch pieces, slit them open on one side, them smear some acacia gum "paste" into them. Then I freeze them in a freezer bag and hand them out as treats. The next day I'll find the straws licked clean in the bottom of the cage, lol.
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#509899 - 03/21/08 01:57 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: Guerita135]
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I wonder if putting it in the straws would make a difference (I would just put it on the tray and as I said, very sticky! lol) May have to order more and see....
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#509910 - 03/21/08 02:07 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: pappy1264]
Guerita135 Offline
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I think it does make a difference because my gliders LOVE straws so by putting it in straws it's gauranteed to catch their interest. Also, mine normally like to stick their tongues in straws too, so now when they stick their tongue inside they'll find the treat. smile
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#509925 - 03/21/08 02:20 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: pappy1264]
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Sometimes I mix it in with a bit of cooked pasta...their dishes end up empty...so yeah...they like it...lol.
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#510005 - 03/21/08 03:18 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: Guerita135]
Soh
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I want to try this! I got acacia gum and they won't touch it... I've even dusted it on mealies and they try to shake the mealies clean before eating them.

They don't hurt themselves on the straw edges? When you slit the straws open do you cut a strip out so the edges don't touch or is it just a single cut? I've gotten papercuts from straws before, I'm worried they'd get their toes or tongues cut up on straws. Or am I being a total worrywart?

How much acacia gum to water to make a paste? It always goes clumpy when I add it to water, how do you get it smooth/mixed fully?

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#510077 - 03/21/08 04:53 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
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I use the cheap, thin straws, not the thick, tough ones. That way they won't snap shut on the gliders' tongue or toe, lol. When I slit the straws, rather then closing back together, one side tends to fold over the other.

My gliders will lick as much as they can, then pull open the slit with both "hands" and lick out the inside. I've never had any problems. wink

I put just enough water so that it mixes with all the powder and it forms a thick paste, like playdough almost. It's less sticky that way and easier to handle. I get a good-sized dab on my finger, open the straw, then smear it inside. smile
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#510093 - 03/21/08 05:16 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: Guerita135]
Soh
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Thank you! I've got a package of these thin, clear straws and I just tested one, they do overlap at the edges when they're split. Am trying this tonight. smile

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#511949 - 03/24/08 11:53 AM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
kodopodo
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mine love it! i mix mine in their applesauce or yogurt. mine are on pricillas and i sometimes mix some into a portion of their meal before i freeze em into cubes. they eat all...the bowls are licked clean.

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#511991 - 03/24/08 12:57 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
Soh
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Well, Mishka's indifferent to the acacia gum straws, but Crichton LOVES them. He grabs them all and goes to hide and chew on them, and glares and runs off if anyone gets too close, as if we're going to try to steal them for ourselves. thanks Happy, happy suggie here.

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#512084 - 03/24/08 02:51 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: ]
Guerita135 Offline
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Here's some pics of mine enjoying their acacia straws:

Faith trying to suck out the gum


Spice guarding his straw

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#512122 - 03/24/08 03:34 PM Re: Acacia Gum as a treat? [Re: Guerita135]
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LOL....I looked at that first pic and all I could think was 'glider with dart gun'........very cute!
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