There has been a lot of concern
regarding diets, are we feeding our gliders the right things? Is it healthy
for them? Well, this issue may be debated for many more years to come.
What we have done is compiled, as complete a list as possible, for the
different commercial feeds on the market that is in use, as well as the
Leadbeaters Diet that is used in Australia. We have also compiled a list
of ingredients for each feed as we get it. Not, that the ingredients mean
much to most of us, but they can be taken to your vet as to what you are
actually feeding them. If you do know of anything, we may have missed,
feel free to let us know. Each Link will take you to a place that you can
order the commercial feed, The Leadbeaters recipe is also the ingredients.
*NOTE* If you just acquired a glider or are thinking of getting one, Find out what the breeder or the last owner was feeding it. Whether it is healthy or not, continue feeding the same diet to them, adding the diet you wish to switch to in the cage with it. Gliders do not handle stress well at all. A total change of diets is very stressful on a glider. IF you do decide to switch diets , do it gradually, to avoid any added stress.
There are many different diets
and just as many controversial issues regarding their diet. If you wish
to use one of these diet plans, consult with the person who has the diet
plan. These diets have been used for years by long time breeders. Don't
deviate from what they suggest regarding their ENTIRE diet.
(BML)Bourbon's Modified Leadbeaters
Caroline MacPherson's Simplified Diet Plan
Cynthia's Diet Plan
Their basic captive diet is believed to consists of fresh fruits and vegetables and proteins, which also include live bugs. the percentage is be at least 33% proteins 67% fresh fruits and vegetables. not to exceed 50% proteins
ATTENTION Pre-set Diet users,
that DO NOT feed a commercial diet, as a sole diet....CAUTION::: If you
use any of these diets, and you feed other things with it ..be sure you
maintain the balance of at least 33% proteins 67% fruits and veggies.
If you use My Modified Leadbeaters Recipe(BML), the fruit juice with added yogurt is highly recommended. The High Protein baby cereal is not available here in the states, therefore; I have already added an extra jar of Chicken, to accommodate the missing proteins in my recipe.
Some people are feeding added fruits and veggies with Briskys Accufeed but not adding extra protein to balance it out.
The balance used to be 25/75 however, I have been told that in actuality it should be 33/67, so my next example will be based on the low side of what many are doing now.
IF you add lets say 10 % more fruits and veggies and no added proteins, with the any of the preset diets , you have changed the low balance from 25/75 to 15/85 and the protein level is far too low to be healthy. The results of this could lead to deaths, loss of joeys still in the pouch, and serious illness.
ANY modifications made in ANY recipe should be balanced with added proteins as well as the fruits and veggies.
"Mazuri Omnivore feed" "Zupreem Omnivore Feed" "Briskys" and the "make at home feed" of "Leadbeaters" The Leadbeaters is Ruth's modified version of the "Taronga Zoo Diet " Which can be found on Ruth's Page
There are other things that are
used for supplements like
"Gliderade" " Glider Booster" "Nutri-Glider" "Nekton-Lory" and "Lory Life Nectar"
The multitude of fruits and vegetables that are out on the market. Try it see if they like it. Chicken or turkey is suggested for the proteins. Be sure the pieces are cut up about the size of your nail on your pinkie finger. We have found it is easier to eat for them and they waste very little when they take their food and run with it.
Things I have found that are definitely no-no foods are..
NO Chocolate - It causes a toxic
chemical reaction in most animals
NO Cheese - May cause intestinal stoppage or "binding" leading to constipation
NO Iceberg lettuce - Non nutritional
NO Fats - you will want to watch the fat content
NO Refined sugar - pure sugar is too much for them
NO Fried Foods - again because of the grease and fat content
Items that should be watched closely and limited in their diets are :
salts, preservatives, additives,
phosphorus, any foods that high in fats,
Mazuri Omnivore Zoo , Zupreem Omnivore , Briskys AccuFeed
Chow , Gliderade
The controversy of a glider being lactose intolerant has been an issue for a very long time. Many times Sugar Gliders have been compared to their marsupial relatives as to their intolerance to lactose. Caroline MacPherson has done a wonderful study on the controversial subject of Are Sugar Gliders Lactose Intolerant?
The controversy of the use of
cat food, is said to cause intestinal blockages in Sugar Gliders. This
controversy is based on a research project done by the University of Michigan.
The reports of that research , I can not find. If anyone does find it please
let us know so we can post it here. Many long time breeders still use cat
food to this day, and have great success, however; NONE of them use it
as a sole diet, and NONE of them use anything but an expensive, good balanced
food. They will never advocate the use of a cheap brand of Cat food to
be placed in any of their gliders cages. Many of their responses to the
controversy were pretty much the same. They too wish to see the report.
They want to know what cat food was used, and what was given with it. ANY
dry food that is offered, could cause intestinal blockages if there isn't
enough moisture offered in the diet, and have plenty of Good, clean FRESH
water available. If you wish to use it, consult with a long time breeder
that has used it for years. Don't deviate from what they suggest regarding
their ENTIRE diet.
I have also been told by Cynthia, that her vet also said it may cause Renal (Kidney) Failure.
An article from Natural Health talks about the darksides of soy products
An article from Nexus fNexus is Based in Australia however; from the third annual soy symposium regarding the tragedy and the hype of soy products.
Calcium:Phosphorus levels - vegetables
Calcium:Phosphorus levels - fruit
USDA Nutrient DataBase for Research
Nutrition Analysis Tool 2.0
Naturally Occurring Toxins
Grubco's- *Please note, this is the analysis of THEIR feeds,
they may add supplements to them..
We do not endorse any one feed on this page. These
links are here for the sole purpose of making it easier for someone to
find it if they are looking for it.