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#96543 - 04/21/06 05:38 PM Question on diet for mating pairs

I'm getting fairly annoyed now...neither of my females are showing any sign of having joeys IP...they both went through a "heat" in January, it was like a little love fest in those cages, and I witnessed the breeding many, many times. This went thru February, they calmed down, and I watched and waited. Here it is, April 21, and I see nothing. I've had them all on the wombaroo diet since December (I switched diets and like the difference in them I see with this new diet), plenty of extra protein (mealworms, egg), fruit veggies etc and they are all extremely healthy looking and acting. But for both to not have any babies, something has got to be affecting them. I hate to switch their diet again so soon, but I'm not sure what else to try. I had them on BML before, and I occasionally give them a tsp each of insectivorefare during the day for munchies. They are in my bedroom, get plenty of attention, and otherwise everything is absolutely great with them. They've all been vet-checked within the last 6 months.
Previously, I had a trio together (2 females, 1 male) but the females were stealing each others babies. I confirmed this and now I have 2 pairs in 2 separate cages (since November).
Is there anything else I could be doing? Does anyone have any suggestions on something to try? I have the cages stacked on a rack, would separating them have any effect? Help me please!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nixweiss.gif" alt="" />

#96544 - 04/21/06 05:58 PM Re: Question on diet for mating pairs [Re: ]

Are the cages close by each other?

Some gliders do take a while to get pregnant. One of my wfb pairs took 1 1/2 years. It seemed like the more I checked on her to see if she had joeys yet the longer she made me wait. I finally thought that they weren't going to breed (which is fine with me) and quit checking on her (belly...I still played with them lol) And before I knew it they were expecting.

Also some gliders just are cut out to be parents. No matter what diet you feed. I have only fed the BML diet and all my gliders breed (some back to back). So it isn't the bml.

They could feel threatened by eachother still.. and "stealing" their own joeys before the other girl can get to them. You might want to try putting them in seperate rooms or even on opposite sides of the room.

#96545 - 04/21/06 07:36 PM Re: Question on diet for mating pairs [Re: RSXTC]
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[:"green"]I came to the same conclusion as Elisabeth... I don't think it's diet related at this point but more situational. I would separate the cages if at all possible. Since gliders are colonial in nature, they may feel that the "other pair" is too close for comfort.
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