Post by nycgerbillover on Sept 7, 2020 16:24:51 GMT -8
Two out of three of my gals are overweight. They weigh around 100 grams and I’d like to get them down to 90 or fewer without depriving them. Does anyone know how much food a gerbil should get each day? I am clearly overfeeding my babies. Thank you.
To help them reduce in weight it would be cutting out the more fatty things for starters - perhaps start treating with something fresh like some kale or a tiny brocolli floret instead of nuts and seeds.
Alternatively, take all of the sunflowers and peanuts out of your main food and use THEM as treats - so they are getting the same food, but having to beg for it!
Making sure they have a wheel can help - I find they don't all use them - but those suspended from the top of side of the enclosure (ie they are never stationary and need to be jumped into) are most used with my lot. If they are one the ground they just get chewed to pieces or filled with substrate?
An alternative to a suspended wheel is one placed on a raised platform to keep it clear of the bedding, like this , you can just about see the platform .
Btw, I'm finding my babies are turning their noses up at the greens I was feeding them (raspberry and blackberry leaves from my garden), they love Dandelion leaves but I don't want to feed them too much of that.
Guess I'll need to buy some Kale and Broccoli, they'll be eating more healthily than me! lol
Btw2, I've seen it mentioned that 8-12g/Gerbil per day for their food, but I guess that'll vary with the food and Gerbils, I choose 10g as a mid way point. Mine are growing though and it's early days so I don't know how that'll be in the long run.
Post by LilyandDaisy on Sept 8, 2020 14:57:42 GMT -8
Have you tried each vegetable more than once? I find gerbils usually reject things the first time they come across them but by presenting the same thing repeatedly they usually give in. I've been offering Storm mealworms for over 4 months and only yesterday did he finally eat one.
I have a theory that when a gerbil has seen a food multiple times, even if they haven't actually eaten it, the familiarity tricks them into thinking they've eaten it before, therefore it must be safe. That's just my theory though, not sure how accurate it is.