As a relatively new glider owner, I too have been confused about all the different information about what to feed. I got my 2 gliders from someone who was unable to care for them anymore--they are about 8 months and 11 months old. The previous owner was feeding Vitasmart pellets, organic baby food, with some fresh fruit. I researched multiple diets
and have been making my own fresh food trying to balance out their diets
with the proper calcium to phosphorus ratios, BUT these 2 gliders are super picky so they aren't eating the proper mix. Add to that, I'm struggling with a combination of contradictory feeding recommendations, and it's completely confusing.
I try to feed a variety of about 3-4 different foods per meal in small quantities.
They will NOT eat these fresh fruits--honeydew or most melons, rarely a bite or two of cantaloupe, kiwi, apple, papaya, pineapple, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, lime, lemon, mango, oranges, tangerines, bananas
They will NOT eat these fresh vegetables--carrots (diced, shredded, mini--cooked or raw), celery, zucchini (cooked or raw), squash (butternut, acorn), sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corn, green beans,buok choy, spinach, basil, bell peppers (any color)
I have tried mixing no salt sunflower seed spread with honey, but they turned that down too. Also tried tofu and eggs (scrambled and hard boiled, no shell), but those were a no. Diced/shredded chicken and turkey meat - only sometimes. I've tried multiple types of baby foods in pouches
and jars, but most of those are ignored. Homemade smoothies-ignored.
They will eat: grapes, blueberries, dried shredded coconut, dried figs, dried apricots, peas (hit or miss), avocado, sometimes yogurt if i mix in honey, kefir is hit/miss. They also like honey, freeze dried mealworms and crickets, almonds (although this was limited to 1-2 slivers in a week). This is not a balanced diet
Honey - raw or not raw....I have read advice to only feed raw honey and to never feed raw honey. Which is it?
Since they are so picky, I know they aren't getting the best nutrition because they are passing up their balanced diet
. I make their food fresh and give it to them as they are waking up, so it's fresh.
I'm not sure if it's connected, but sometimes I wonder how well these 2 gliders can see. They are happy to see me, run up and down me like a racetrack, sometimes come when I call them, but they do bite. It seems more of confusion as to what is food--almost like they can't see. I've tried regular indoor lighting, low lighting, no lighting, flashlight lighting, night light lighting.....no difference. If food is in my flat, open hand, they'll bite me next to where the food is--or randomly on my arm, leg or back as they are hanging out. Again, not sure if this is related or not.
Thanks for any insight or ideas.