Australia's Healesville Sanctuary Diet for Sugar Gliders
Jan 24 2009
diximouseStarting Member1 Posts
I see many posts about diet,
I have done alot of research on what would be best to feed them and have decided that the famous "Healesville Sanctuary" would be the best source to base what i feed my sugar gliders. All their diets for all the animals they keep, have been carefully designed.
SUPPLEMENT: 5 Pollen grains – once per week. 3 Sultanas – 3-4 times per week. 2 Sunflower seeds – once per week. 1g Pet Health Food (small cube) – once per week. 1 Almonds - once per week. Insects – 3-4 times per week (eg. moths). Acacia, eucalypts, other blossoms as available.
NECTAR MIX - To Make up: Nectar Mix 2 Litres 4 Litres 6 Litres 8 Litres Honey 700 ml 1.4 Litres 2.1 Litres 2.8 Litres Hot Water 1.0 Litre 2.0 Litres 3.0 Litres 4.0 Litres Eggs 3 6 9 12 Soluvet 20 g 40 g 60 g 80 g Calcivet 20 ml 40 ml 60 ml 80 ml Cold Water 250 ml 500 ml 750 ml 1.0 Litre Cereal 70 g 140 g 210 g 280 g Dissolve the honey in the hot water. Blend together: Eggs – hard boiled – shelled. Soluvet Calcivet Cold water Once blended, add mix to the honey and water, together with High Protein Baby Cereal. It is essential that the vitamin supplements are thoroughly mixed to ensure even distribution throughout the mix. This mix needs to be made fresh on a daily basis. Remaining contents of each day to be discarded. The mix can be made up last thing each afternoon and placed in the fridge.
Sprouted Seed Mix Composition (as specified on Diet Sheet) 40 % Fine seed mix 40 % Wheat 10% Sunflower seed 10% Mung Beans Method 1) Place required amount of seed into container, and cover with water and Aviclens (5ml Aviclens to 10L of water). 2) Soak for 24 hours. 3) Then place the empty soaked seed into seedling trays to a maximum depth of 2cm and rinse thoroughly using shower spray. 4) Place onto heat pad in Autumn, Winter and Spring until sprouted (usually 24 hours to 48 hours ) additional rinses may be required if conditions are particularly dry. 5) When sprouted remove from seed trays and place in refrigerator. 6) Thoroughly clean all equipment. Scrub with detergent, then rinse in sodium hypochlorite at (3ml/L of water). Plastic lids will need to be used only when conditions are Dry and or Cold to maintain warmth and humidity . Use in warm humid weather will promote mould growth, please use own judgement. Hygiene 1) Conditions required to sprout seeds are also ideal conditions for the propagation of a wide range of fungus and moulds, some of which are highly toxic. 2) For this reason it is vitally important that all equipment is kept clean, scrubbing of all equipment needs to be carried out at completion of every cycle. 3) If any mould is detected (black spots, grey filaments, mouldy odour), discard the whole batch and clean trays thoroughly with sodium hypochlorite (3ml per litre of water). The Heat Pad 1) Use of the heat pad will need to be adjusted according to the conditions. 2) In autumn, winter and spring only turn the heat pad on at night. 3) Leave the heat pad off in summer unless the temperature falls below 13oC. 4) The seed raising mix should not get warmer than 23-25oC, as he heat pad raises the temperature on the mix approximately 10oC above the ambient temperature it not required at ambient temperatures above 15oC or it will promote growth of contaminants. Healesville Sanctuary Diets August 2006 This document in under constant review and is modified continuously. 170 5) To assist with decision making a max/min thermometer should be kept at the seed sprouting station. 6) Please refer to the adjacent sheet from the manufacturer for full instructions.
Yes, it may seem complicated. I do not plan on following this word for word as somethings may not be easy to aquire. I think i'll probably go for more of an adaption between this and other peoples recipes.
The dog chow advance. Is that refering tp Purina Dog Chow? I hope not. its a horrible unhealthy food. If that what it recomends I would dump the whole diet. Plus it recomends corn dsily? corn is very high in Phosphorus (cant spell) and will suck away the calcium.
No it's not Purina nor is it as the link suggests Eukanuba. There are quite a few flaws actually in that diet analysis on that link as it wasn't scientifically researched and was calculated by a layman who did not know some of the products in the diet.
The chow used by Healesville Sanctuary is Advance as it says.