BML stands for Bourbon's Modified Leadbeater's diet. It is an outdated modification of Ruth's prior Modified Leadbeaters Mix recipe that was based on the Leadbeaters Diet mix used by the experts at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Bourbon's earliest known public posting of her diet modification was on 25 Nov 1998.

BML strictly used Rep-Cal brand as a general vitamin supplement which is known to use Menadione as a source for Vitamin K (K3 actually). Menadione has been banned for human consumption by the FDA as well as in use with any animals consumed by humans. Yet, it is still widely used in various pet food products including supplements, canned food, dry kibble food, and so forth.

The BML diet has not been updated since it's debut and while it is still widely used there are modern successor diets that take into consideration the issues of Hypervitaminosis and Menadione poisoning associated with the BML diet plan.


  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Egg (hard boiled, scrambled, or microwaved, no shell)
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Juice

Blend well, then add the following:
  • One 4oz Bottle Premixed Gerber Juice with Mixed Fruit Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Rep-Cal Herpivite Vitamin Supplement [blue label] (No Substitutions)

Blend well, then add the following:
  • 2 Teaspoons Rep-Cal Calcium Supplement Non-Phosphorous with Vitamin D3 [pink label] (No Substitutions)
  • Two 2 1/2 oz. Jars of Chicken Baby Food (Chicken with Broth or Chicken with Gravy)
  • 1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 1/2 Cup Dry Baby Cereal (Mixed or Oatmeal)

Blend well again. Pour the BML Diet mixture into freezer safe containers or ice cube trays and freeze. The mixture freezes to a soft consistency that is easily scooped nightly.

Nightly feeding per sugar glider:
  • 1 Tablespoon of BML mix
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mixed Fruit
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mixed Vegetables

Unlike most nectar replacement mixtures the BML Mix is high in Calcium compared to Phosphorus and should not be fed with fruits, vegetables, and relishes high in Calcium.

Nutritional Analysis:



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Last Edited November 1, 2012