Hey, So I know they can't live on pellets, but are there any that are good to give them as a part of their diet?
I'm interested in putting some in every night with their regular food just so they have something to nibble on if they get to feeling peckish and have finished their fruits and veggies.
I have several diets that I'm about to start mixing so I can ensure their health and nutritional balance, going to the organic grocer in town. ('cause fruits and vegetables are better when they don't come off a factory belt in China...)
Just curious as to if anything's good and how much they should be left if I do. I'm getting rid of the Glide-r-chow they came with. (No I didn't get PP, I rescued.)
StellaAnLunaFuzzy Wuzzy1063 Posts
May 20 2012 : 12:38:40 PM
I would'nt put pellets when there main dish. Some people leave very few pellets in the day, just in case glider's get up they have some to munch on, and take it out around feeding time, but I don't see the need to leave pellets, because glider's should be sleeping in the day, I don't own glider's but that's my opionion.
TheHomermommaFuzzy Wuzzy1328 Posts
May 20 2012 : 01:03:39 PM
Can I ask what you mean by <b>"I have several diets that I'm about to start mixing so I can ensure their health and nutritional balance"</b>? What diets are you mixing?
TJones09Fuzzy Wuzzy1991 Posts
May 20 2012 : 01:27:54 PM
I use pellets (my gliders LOVE!!!) as foraging treats. I scatter them about in different hides & toys, and know they will find them. I make sure they have their adequate diet (I use Original HPW w/f&v) in the evening and have begun to eat it before I place the pellets about, usually I do it right before I go to bed or in the am after play times. Typically it's like this, I put their main meal in, when they wake up they begin to eat, run around a little, go potty. Then I &/or my husband let them out for some play time (usually in the same room w/cage), letting them jump from us to chairs and so forth (very supervised). Then they go back to cage, eat some more and before I go to bed for the night, that's when I'll drop some around, &/or occasionally the next morning after am playtime, when they still act hungry and the "wambaroo" and most of their f/v are gone.
Just a suggestion for use of pellets if your gliders really like them. Mine love theirs and I like using them better than cheerios and yogurt drops, however I do give them fruit blended yogurt (no aspartame) on a spoon for a licky treat a few days a week.
May 20 2012 : 04:28:53 PM
HA... never mind the diets. My real point is, when they eat all of the food I give them, which is plenty for two hungry ones to have all night, should I add more food, or no. I know they drag food around their cage and hide it too some.
JazzNZoeysmomZippy GlidershortsUSA5349 Posts
May 20 2012 : 04:47:50 PM
I use Happy Glider.... this is where I purchased from. She had/has a variety pack with all the flavors...that is what I got so I could see what they liked.
I have also heard the Mazuri brand is excellent. I do have the Mazuri brand Monkey biscuits.
Like TJ mentioned, I do not use them as part of their daily diet...I use them more as a foraging treat. I can hide some in their ball pits and not worry about spoilage.
ResaJaneFace Hugger409 Posts
May 20 2012 : 06:11:17 PM
I have two kinds I use as mid day munches...SunCoast pellets and the complete pellet from Exotic Nutrition. I also give some insectivore fare as a forager.
GliderMommySuper Glider298 Posts
May 20 2012 : 06:57:57 PM
I always have pellets available, and make fresh dishes for my boys every night. I actually use 'Happy Glider' which I got from the same place that JazzNZoeysmom provided a link for. I ordered the Rainbow Pack which gave me quite the variety. I then mixed a little from each flavor and combined that into a small ziplock baggie and then I dust that with their vitamin/repcal/milk replacer powder mix. I put a couple tablespoons worth in a dish for each of my boys and freshen it up every couple days. Some nights they may eat a little, and other nights it seems like the level hasn't changed a bit. As long as they eat all their fresh foods though, I don't worry about it.
fox0rFace HuggerUSA496 Posts
May 20 2012 : 11:52:56 PM
I leave kibble in the cage all of the time. I use Wholesome Balance from Suncoast, but Happy Glider from Pet Pro is also good!
fazioliFace Hugger906 Posts
May 21 2012 : 12:05:50 AM
I put the Mazuri Insectivore in a separate bowl in all cages and leave in their cages all the time. My gliders really do seem to like it and it helps to simulate an insectivores diet.
MorikoFace HuggerAL, USA943 Posts
May 21 2012 : 01:02:10 AM
If your gliders are on a good diet, they shouldn't need pellets. Although gliders do love pellets, mostly because the main ingredient is usually corn, which gliders love the taste of. I just think of it this way, which would you rather fill the stomachs of your gliders, good nutritious food or tasty pellets?
angelmomFuzzy WuzzyUSA1971 Posts
May 21 2012 : 01:59:46 AM
Most pellets are the equivalent of potato chips. Sure, they're great to snack on but are they nutritional? No, not really (generally speaking). Your gliders, your choice. Personally my gliders get three pieces of EVO kibble once a week for tooth maintenance and that's as far as hard food goes.
TJones09Fuzzy Wuzzy1991 Posts
May 21 2012 : 10:14:08 AM
Ok, I agree that the gliders don't need pellets, but equivalent of potato chips, really? They do contain some nutrients, sure maybe not large amounts, but they are no worse than cheerios, and btw I have read the ingredients of yogurt drops and also came across this (sorry I can't link, doing copy & paste)
So why not say feeding gliders yogurt drops is probably equivalent to pop tarts, maybe actually worse.
I forgot about mealworms, other than protein, they have no nutritional value and are fattening, not the healthiest treat source either. So you really can't say pellets are not good to use for treats while advocating all the other "treats" mentioned. If
Edited by - TJones09 on May 21 2012 10:21:21 AM
GliderMommySuper Glider298 Posts
May 21 2012 : 10:42:45 AM
My boys neglecting their fresh food for pellets has never been an issue for me. Not Ever! I offer a variety of fresh items nightly freshly prepared moments before it is served. (I also do not do yogurt drops or any other sugary 'treat' that provides little to no nutritional value, and fattens them up.)
Their fur is exceptionally soft and shiny, and neither of them are chunky. In fact they are very active and happy little boys. I follow the same regime passed on to me by the woman I got my boys from and all of her babies are enjoying long happy healthy lives. I am not in the habit of messing with something if it is working.
May 21 2012 : 10:51:20 AM
I use Happy Glider & put it in a Hanging cup at the top of their cage. They LOVE it. They come & snack throughout the day & if they eat all their food at night they will eat some. It lasts forever too because you don't have to change it everyday. Due to it being high in the cage near the top they can't pee or poo on it either.