There are several ways to feed the BML plan. The one thing
that is consistant, is that, it is designed to be fed with fruits, veggies,
The rule of thumb per glider is..
1 Tablespoon of the BML basic mix,
1 Tablespoon of fruits,
1 Tablespoon of veggies
If they eat it all the first night add a little more the next night till they leave only a little bit.
For Joeys that are under 8 weeks OOP, please use the JOEY BML. Ask the breeder how they age them, some large breeders age them upon emergence into the pouch. If that is how they age them, subtract 60 days from their age.
Young joeys up to 6 months oop, may not eat as many fruits and veggies, and eat more of the mix. This is NOT cause for concern, they are just not ready for it yet. You can introduce them by offering them as finger treats.
For nursing and lactating mothers. Stay with this plan, do not add or increase anything. They will eat more BML if needed, and less fruits and veggies. They also may want more insects, you can increase theirs by 1 or 2.
If your glider has never been introduced to insects, it may SEEM like they do not like it, that is NOT the case. Break a mealie in half, allow them to lick the guts, or squeeze it onto your finger and offer it as a licky treat. This can be started very young (mine start this at about 3-4 weeks oop, but only the insides.) If they are older (over 8 weeks OOP), you may try dipping the half in their favorite licky treat.
As for insects, the insects should always be part of their
diet. Depending on what you feed, and what size. I feed 3-4 Large (jumbo)
mealies per day (not superworms) small 8-10, medium 5-7, Large or jumbo
3-4, superworms 1-2. Some of the most popular insects are . Mealworms,
crickets, moths, june bugs. Do NOT feed roaches, or any insects found on
the floor or on the ground, which could have come in contact with pesticides,
either from your place, or someone elses. My gliders do not like to have
their mealies in the BML mix. I offer 4 to 5 mealworms or crickets
each morning. I may also offer them a few in the evening or offer them
moths, june bugs or Man'o'wars. If it is a bug.. Look out... If it
moves, try it. In the summer the fav is man'o wars or skeeter eaters..
whichever people call them they look like giant mesquitos, moths and june
Caution : DO NOT feed fireflys/lightening bugs.
Some people offer Mazori Omnivore, New World Primate or Zoofare Insectavore 24/7. If it works, fine, but only offer a few pieces. This is mainly used in cases when they get up during the day to eat. Do NOT offer Briskys with the BML. As it is a diet plan within itself, and could throw the balance off of both plans.
There are many ways to offer variety this is some of the
ways I feed mine...
After I spoon the BML mix into their bowl, I feed their veggies and fruits in various ways.
1.) Fold in a few frozen veggies.. corn, peas, carrots. etc. into the BML mix
2.) I will give them fruits and veggies during the day, for treats. 3.) In a side bowl.
4.) If I "ICE" the BML mix with applesauce or another fruit, I will reduce the amounts on the side. By Icing you take about 1/2 teaspoon of applesauce and spread it across the top of the BML mix, take the edge of a spoon and cut ridges into the BML mix.
Motts has snackpack flavored applesauce, try the different flavors to find out which ones your gliders like.