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Switched to Original HPW & they barely eat F&V anymore....
Switched to Original HPW & they barely eat F&V anymore....
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Jun 08 2018
11:56:17 PM
I've had my 2 twin boys (they are now 9 months) for about 3 months and they were on Happy Glider Supreme pellets, Wambaroo HPS (mixed with water), some chicken occasionally, and a few berries a night. The breeder has 27 very handle-able healthy gliders and my boys were very healthy at the 1st vet check when I got them neutred.

I began decreasing the pellets to a few and adding a variety of fresh F&V as soon as I got them in addition to the HPS. They seem to enjoy veggies more than fruits and stopped eating the HPS even if I mixed it in. Because of all of this I was nervous that they weren't getting a balanced diet so I made a batch of the original HPW and they love it ! Unfortunately they barely eat anything else now. It's been a month since I switched them and I even tried reducing the amount of F&V to see if maybe the TBSP of each looked like too much but I'm still tossing a lot out each morning. They have each gained 10g (they are now 84g and 94g) in the last 6 weeks and seem to be thriving. Should I be worried? Is this just because it's a new diet? Will they start to eat their F&V again? I'm starting to think about going back to AWD but I'm worried about their nutrition. Just looking for advice/experiences before I switch back.
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Jun 09 2018
11:16:23 AM
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I feed ours OPHW with fruits and veggies. We have some that are average weight and some that are bigger.
85 to 95 grams seems like they are on the small size, but that is not bad.

We have gotten several rehomed gliders over the years, we switch them to the OHPW diet and they usually take a LONG time to switch over to eating F&V, but love the OHPW. also, with critterlove I think it is 1 tablespoon per glider, with OHPW it is 1 Tablespoon for 2 gliders. so if you are giving them to much OHPW they could be filling up on that.
It took some of ours up to 2 months to start eating the F&V. they go for corn first, then eat lots of the peas, then the green beans. the fruits are not eaten as much, I do see them take some out and eat it, but I usually throw out alot of uneaten fruits.
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Jun 09 2018
11:36:25 AM
ChipandDalesMom Joey 11 Posts
The last 2 nights I didn't add the OHPW and they seemed to eat more of the Veggies and a little fruit. Unfortunately they ate all of the pellets for the 1st time since I got them. I only leave about a dozen pellets so I'm not too worried. They are only 9 months old so my vet said not to worry too much about their weight until they are a year or older and they are very healthy right now. I give 1 1/2 tsps per glider of OHPW and a TBSP each of F&V per glider and put their food in 2 separate dishes since I have a food hog who will actually sit in the bowl so his brother can't eat lol. I don't think their breeders diet was bad but there was definitely room for improvement. I made concessions for it because they are handled from day one of OOP and came to me so easy to manage (for a sugar glider that is). Thanks for the reply. Just looking for some opinions from more experienced parents and I appreciate the wisdom. Hopefully they remember that they like the F&V and start eating them again. I really don't want to switch them since their fur looks so good and they are adjusting to a set routine, playtime, diet etc. It's really a lot of trial and error with them it seems.

Edited by - ChipandDalesMom on Jun 09 2018 11:38:42 AM
Switched to Original HPW & they barely eat F&V anymore....

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Switched to Original HPW & they barely eat F&V anymore....