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PostSubject: Diet Help   Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:55 pm

I need diet help please.

One duo was from PP so they were started on pellets and apples, then HPW Complete. Other duo was from local breeder and came to me on Priscilla's diet. I switched PP babies to Priscilla's.

My question is what do you do when one cage eats great but the other cage hardly touches it?  They like different f/v.  I have tried a couple other diets like the Suggie Soup, and even resorted back to some HPW Complete leftover powder I had in the freezer.  All would eat the Complete but their hunger didn't seem satisfied and they got cracked fur.  Please note* I'm not saying it is the diet.. just stating what I noticed. 

I prefer the Priscilla diet because I can easily buy ingredients locally, it fits us and is affordable.   I don't want to diet "hop" but it is stressing me out bad that my PP babies are not eating much.  One is a big chunky monkey and the other is a very teeny tiny little girl.  I weigh often and I pay attention to uneaten food.  I've even measured it!  Most recent experiment yesterday was to finely chop f/v in a processor and add into batch.  Previously I served f/v separately. This morning the PP hadn't eaten enough of it  IMO and the twins nearly ate it ALL!  Do I still need to offer fresh/frozen f/v when they are in the mix?  Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:21 pm

I moved your post for you, so you'd get more help.

How long have you been feeding the diet?  It sounds like it has only been one night, but I want to be sure.  When there is a change it can take several days for the babies to start enjoying a new diet.

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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:03 am

They will eat what they want.  Stop stressing over it so much.  YOU don't dictate how much they need to eat, THEY do. 

Some gliders, just like some people, eat more than others.  For example, I have one cage of 4 gliders that I feed for 6 gliders each night and they eat every bit of it.  Another cage of 4 gliders, I feed for 3 gliders and they don't finish it all.  They are eating what they need, so I don't worry. 

If they aren't loosing weight and if they are checking out well on your wellness checks, then you should not stress that they are light eaters.  That is just part of their unique personality and body chemistry.  Try not to have hard set rules in your head about what they have to do or not do.  Let your gliders be who they are.  Your concern is their overall health, not that they follow every "rule" or guideline.  You say they aren't eating "enough"  in your opinion.  Well, they ARE eating and if they were still hungry, the food is there for them.  So.... they are fine.   Plain and simple, some gliders just don't eat as much as other gliders.  That is OK.  It is normal.

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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:07 pm

I was a food stresser...I would make up different dishes every night for one cage of gliders and then stress because they did not eat it. There are eating it and honestly I found that by changing all the fruits and veggies every night would make them pick more and more. I have found that by offering one or two different items every few days for this cage was what worked for them. It seems like they did not have time to "TRY" new things if I did not offer them then for a few days. I offer the same Staple every night. 
SO try one or two new items at a time and then change out to something new. Offer a variety and they will eat it if they are hungry, a healthy glider will not starve to death they are tway too smart for that!
Agree with Val some cages eat more then others. Put 3 cages in a room with 3 gliders in it put equal amounts of then same food in each and in the morning every dish will have a different amount's left over and some may have carrots left and some may leave green beans.

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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:26 pm

You've been given some great advice that I have to agree with.  I have 1 cage of 4 that I can guarantee will have plenty of food left the next morning and yet, they are all healthy and happy.  It really used to worry me a lot about the amount of food left over, but I know that they eat what they need and want and it is there if they need more.  Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:20 pm

Update: Thank you all so very much. I still feed the Priscilla Price diet and it all worked out. I have since combined both cages and they are a quad. My tiniest glider is the first one to a dish to eat! I used to go crazy about her weight... I know she eats well so it is what it is.... Thank you again.
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PostSubject: Re: Diet Help   Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:55 pm

So glad to hear it!
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