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#616049 - 08/19/08 12:44 PM I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT!
Elijahy227
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i dont want him to develop health problems and im not sure if hes overweight or anything because hes only 10 weeks old but how do you tell if your gliders fat is there like any rules in telling. do you analyze anything or is it just obvious

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#616054 - 08/19/08 12:51 PM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: ]
glidergrl1513 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 5725
Loc: Upstate NY
Well, it'll be visibly overweight. If he has rolls or he waddles when he walks, that's usually a pretty good indication. However, it's difficult for a 10 week OOP joey to be overweight unless he's been fed a poor diet. If you post a picture, we can help you out.

Just remember that some gliders are bigger than others.

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#616060 - 08/19/08 12:56 PM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: glidergrl1513]
sugarlope Offline
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I learned this at the SGGA ( smile ) Feel the patagium, up near/under their arm pit, and if you feel fat deposits there (not the skin on skin feel that you would normally feel) then they are carrying excess body fat. I hope I explained that correctly.
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#616131 - 08/19/08 01:51 PM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: sugarlope]
pappy1264 Offline
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I think it would be pretty tough to be overweight already at only 10 weeks (some are bigger than others, so I am thinking that is what you mean?)

Yes, when I got Roo, it felt like her patagium was filled with jelly. It was pretty nasty, actually, to know someone let her get that way! She is down from well over 200 grams to under 140 and although she needs a 'body tuck' for all the loose skin, she looks great and her patagium is more normal now (although still a little thicker then my other gliders).
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#616741 - 08/20/08 12:38 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: pappy1264]
Elijahy227
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i think im just being paranoid because this is my first glider and im just trying to make sure hes in perfect condition

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#616752 - 08/20/08 12:50 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: pappy1264]
SugarBlossoms Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
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Originally Posted By: pappy1264
It was pretty nasty, actually, to know someone let her get that way!


I love you to pieces girl but gotta mention this. smile

Some gliders are huge due to health issues not related to diet. There are thyroid issues, diabetes, etc. I wanted to mention this because we have a couple that fall under this category. I didn't "allow" them to get this way.

Some gliders are pretty big just because, like people. smile
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#616846 - 08/20/08 06:53 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: SugarBlossoms]
pappy1264 Offline
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No, this was diet. She lived on parrot seed only for almost three years! And in a tiny hamster cage with no toys, not even a wheel! (I was just referring to her.) I have some 'fluffy' ones myself...lol But she was not fluffy, she was obese and there is a difference.


Edited by pappy1264 (08/20/08 06:54 AM)
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#616892 - 08/20/08 08:23 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: pappy1264]
SugarBlossoms Offline
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Poor glider frown I can't for the life of me understand anyone feeding parrot seed to a glider! They are sap suckers! Hamster cage? UGH!!
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Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#616896 - 08/20/08 08:29 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: SugarBlossoms]
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I can't for the life of me understand anyone feeding parrot seed to a glider!


Misinformed and Lack of Education. upset
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#616925 - 08/20/08 09:19 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: Srlb]
pappy1264 Offline
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Yes, and then the person they sold them to (who I got her from) was told to feed her the same way (and never bothered to check online to see if that was a good diet for her.) She was so weak from lack of protein in her diet, it was awful. She also was never handled, and I was amazed how sweet she was, all things considered!
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#617024 - 08/20/08 11:29 AM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: pappy1264]
minkasmom Offline
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The GOOD news, Elijah, is that your baby is only 10 weeks old...she can be put on an "activity schedule" that'll be fun AND keep her "buff" if you will.

You'll need a regular wheel (you pick whichever one, doesn't matter), some fleece strips about 1" wide (however long you want to make them is your choice), and a feather "teaser" (peacock feathers are GREAT for this).

Braid the fleece strips, hang them up & down (on a doorframe, shower or curtain rod, wherever) and teach little girl how to CLIMB up & down them in "hand over hand" fashion. The first few times, you may need to put a treat in front of her to INSPIRE her to move...be sure to REWARD her when she does what you want after a COUPLE TIMES.

Next, put her in her wheel & slowly start turning it...she'll start walking, then hopefully running! Encourage her with an excited voice "Go baby, go!" Pretty soon she'll start using the wheel all by herself!

Get her acquainted with the feather teaser...after she's overcome her "fear", she'll start POUNCING on it like a kitten!

Last "exercise" tip: Find a doorway with the trim on it; let her get a firm grip with 2 feet, then step back a couple steps. Hold out your hands & wiggle your fingers, again encouraging her to "come here, baby!" Eventually she'll either GLIDE TO YOU or crawl down the door trim (either one is exercise...but gliding is BETTER!)

The challenge for us humans is that she needs to be exercised EVERY NIGHT...despite whatever you had to do before playtime, she NEEDS it nightly!

Have fun, be patient, and be PERSISTENT. She'll catch on!
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#617080 - 08/20/08 12:19 PM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: minkasmom]
Elijahy227
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okay thanks ill do that ive actually seen jables running on the wheel but i think its to small so im gonna get a bigger one and he plays with a rope i have he chases it and grabs it so ill keep doing that plus try what you mentioned thanks

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#617231 - 08/20/08 03:43 PM Re: I THINK MY GLIDERS FAT! [Re: ]
Mayetze
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Joanne fabrics is soo awesome. The different colors of fleece, its so much fun picking out stuff for suggies!

smile

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