THE GLIDER DIET IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE A SAY ON. PLEASE ASK IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. NO, FRUIT AND VEGGIES ARE NOT ALL THEY NEED TO EAT AND PELLETS ARE NOT EITHER. I WILL LIST THE 3 DIETS AND YOU CAN TAKE YOUR TIME TO READ THEM AND CHOOSE ONE THAT YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE FIXING. ALL OF MY GLIDERS ARE ON THE ENSURE DIET W/HAPPY GLIDER PELLETS 24/7. NO HONEY IS ADDED TO THIS DIET SO I FEEL BETTER FEEDING IT.
The Ensure Diet
This diet has been used by Carolina sugar glider rescues and a growing number of individuals on a daily basis, some since 2012. Although it is not recommended by some groups, it is growing in acceptance. It is a nectar made up of 33% goat milk, 33% Ensure and 33% Coconut water. Plus veggies, fruit and other options on the side, plus a sprinkle of calcium on the nectar. The nectar alone is enough to provide many needed vitamins, minerals and protein, and gliders love the flavor! It’s easier than TPG, is less restrictive than most diets, and does not require purchasing anything on line. You can buy everything at Walmart or grocery store!
Original Ensure (Generic brands like Equate are OK) (No chocolate)
Goat milk [fresh (pasteurized recommended) or evaporated or powdered] (found next to evaporated cow milk)
Coconut Water (can or carton) (not coconut milk) (found next to sports drinks)
Vegetables (variety is recommended)
Fruit (fresh or frozen)
Powdered Calcium (Calcium Carbonate or Calcium Citrate) (found in larger pharmacies or health food stores)
Pellets (Pet-pro Happy Glider or other quality brand)
Options (anything glider safe*)
Nectar preparation: We recommend using powdered goat milk for small batches to reduce waste, caused by unused evaporated goat milk spoiling
Nectar preparation for small batches
Thoroughly blend 2 scoops of Meyenberg goat milk powder with 8 oz filtered water and 8 oz coconut water
Gently stir in 8 oz Ensure (do not use blender)
Pour into ice cube trays, or very small storage containers
Freeze (will freeze quite hard)
Nectar preparation for large batches
Prepare evaporated goat milk (equal parts evaporated milk and water) or fresh goat milk (24 oz total)
Gently stir in 24 oz coconut water
Gently stir in 24 oz (3 bottles) Ensure
Refrigerate for up to 3 days (will sour after that if not frozen)
Feeding (per glider): We feed once a night, soon after they wake. They may graze all night. 1 to 1.5 TBSP nectar in primary bowl(s)
Side-bowl(s) with the following: 1 to 1.5 TBSP mixed vegetables Up to 1 TBSP fresh or frozen fruit Up to 2 TBSP glider safe pellets (We recommend pet-pro.com pellets) left in cage 24/7 1 “drop” calcium (1/64 tsp, 78 mg, one shake from salt shaker) (double the amount if additional protein is offered)
Recommendations for side-bowl(s)
Classic “Mixed Vegetables” (corn/peas/greenbeans/carrots) has an amazing spectrum of vitamins/minerals Otherwise, try to use the stoplight method to choose veggies. (green/yellow/red) Most any fruits, according to taste. Remove all pits. Try to remove seeds and skin when possible
Protein mostly includes boiled chicken, turkey and egg
*Glider Safe Foods It’s very had to keep up with the long, long lists of what a sugar glider can eat. Honestly, Sugar gliders can eat nearly every healthy food that you and I eat, the same way we eat it. (Raw, cooked, pitted, skinned, etc)
It's much easier to list what they should not eat. The following are considered
TOXIC: Never feed anything from the onion/garlic family, No cocoa, No peppermint, No fresh, raw Lima beans, No alcohol, No caffeine, No honeycomb, No to most spices. The following is not healthy for them as it is not healthy for you. Limit salt and sugar. Nothing canned or oil fried. Stay away from "artificial" anything. (that eliminates much of the “junk food” we eat). Limit fruits and veggies that are acidic or cause gas. Otherwise, they eat any fresh, frozen or cooked vegetable or fruit you eat. Eggs, and lean meats too
Diet adjustments for overweight gliders
Reduce fat by buying non-fat goat milk powder from Amazon. Try mixing 1 scoop full fat and 1 scoop non-fat. Reduce carbs by staying away from peas, beans, sweet potato, Banana, Mango, pineapple and grapes, then feeding more Kale, mushrooms, spinach, and red bell peppers, melons, peach, berries and coconut
Diet adjustments for underweight gliders
Reduce the amount of water or coconut water to create a stronger nectar to build more health and energy. Increase carbs by staying away from Kale, mushrooms, spinach and red bell peppers, melons, peach, berries, coconut, then feeding more peas, beans, sweet potato, Banana, Mango, pineapple and grapes
HSG DIET (Highland Sugar Glider diet) was designed for us by Dr. Heidi Bissell, Exotic Animal Nutritionist to specifically address sugar glider needs. Purchase links for ingredients in this diet are listed at the bottom. Please note if you decide to switch your gliders to this diet you will need to wean them off of their old diet and onto HSG Diet by increasing the percentage of HSG Diet while lowering the percentage of their other diet by 10% per day. This staple diet can be made up in advance and frozen in ice cube trays and the cubes of staple stored in the freezer in a zip lock bag. Frozen staple is good for several months.
HSG with Mazuri Insectivore by Heidi Bissell, Ph.D
1/3 cup water
1 46 oz jar unsweetened applesauce
1 cup full fat plain greek style yogurt (Greek God)
2 cups quick style oatmeal (dry) 5 drops Vitamin E oil (link below)
1 1/2 tsp Flax seed oil (link below)
1 tbsp. soybean oil (Wesson cooling oil)
7 oz. boiled chicken breast (no spices or salt) processed fine in food processor
3 boiled eggs (shelled, processed fine in food processor)
3 tbsp Mazuri Insectivore meal (link below)
1/4 tsp Vionate vitamins (link below)
1/2 tsp Calcium Carbonate (link below)
2 tsp Taurine powder (link below)
2 tbsp Ensure powder, vanilla (for breeding moms)
Mix all together well. Feed 1 to 1.5 tblsp. nightly per glider with 1 to 2 teaspoons mixed vegtables. Try to not serve corn. Never feed leafy greens to marsupials as this can lead to iron storage problems. We feed 1/2 frozen sweet peas with other mixed vegetables. The water is added to thin the mixture to a consistency that is easy to spoon and is more palatable to the gliders, and can vary a bit without spoinling the recipe.
Flax seed oil will need to be refrigerated and used within 6 months.
Do not substiture reptile or other vitamins for the Vionate to avoid heavy metal contamination. Vionate is human grade vitamin/mineral supplement.
Diet is 25% protein, 18% with vegetables Ca:P is 1.6:1
I find shopping on Amazon a lot easier and have provided the links for you.
Vitamin E 100IU: www.amazon.com/Solgar-Vitamin-d-Alpha-Tocopherols-Softgels/dp/B00F416TJG/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1KA62GP1LHBIG&dchild=1&keywords=vitamin+e+100+iu&qid=1614366928&sprefix=vitamin+e+100%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-5
A lot of people have had a hard time figuring out how to mix the HSG Diet so I have taken step by step pictures and numbered them for you. I do hope this helps.
Alea’s Happy Glider Diet
•Always have two sources of fresh, filtered water per cage! This is critical! *Check the flow mechanism when taking food dishes out and putting food in.
•2 Tbsp Happy Glider kibble (Pet-pro.com) per glider per night. Throw out unused kibble from the previous night. *I feed the Chicken/Breeder flavor but my gliders will eat most of the flavors, but I do not prefer chicken 'n honey. Use “Alea” in the referral box for a discount when they ship your order.
•.5 to 1 Tbsp of a fresh fruit or vegetable per night. Such as, green beans, carrots, peas, kiwi, apple, tomato, citrus, spinach, bell pepper, avocado, berries, melon, bok choy, sweet potato, cucumber, broccoli, etc. The goal is to achieve a wide variety of produce, while not feeding so much produce that the gliders do not eat the kibble. Try to feed veggies slightly more often. Avoid onions or garlic.
•A generous serving of Flavored Greek yogurt once a week (Noosa or Greek Gods brand recommended)
•1 Tbsp- protein a couple times a month such as egg or ground turkey without butter or seasoning.
Hi Guardians! 🙂 As many of you know, I feed pet-pro.com kibble (I use the chicken/breeder flavor: http://www.pet-pro.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2...) as the main part of their diet. I made the switch from a widely-accepted homemade diet in 2016 for a variety of reasons. I did my own research and I just thought I would give it a try and see how it went regardless of what other glider owners thought about my choice. So far it has been going wonderfully and I have reason to believe my gliders are as healthy as they have ever been. Of course, if this changes, I'll be the first to let y'all know. We all want what is best for our gliders and I just wanted to step outside the box and try something different to see if I could have healthier gliders and a better glider ownership experience. My vet also fed the kibble when he had gliders and he was also satisfied with it. I feed a variety of other foods as well.
How I feed it: I feed fresh kibble every night. Whatever isn’t eaten is discarded. I feed about 2 tablespoons per glider, maybe a bit more. I estimate. In addition, I always feed it with one fruit or veggie, or occasionally a protein or yogurt, but usually a fruit or a veggie. The choice of fruit or veggie varies widely for the sake of variety. I feed about 75% kibble and just a little fruit or veggie. Not so much that they don’t eat the kibble. We want them to eat the pet-pro! Please also note that the gliders will need MORE WATER SOURCES! The pellets are dry. This is a critical point. If I have very young joeys or injured gliders, I put a bit of water on them so they soak up the moisture and become softer. If I know I won’t be using the kibble within about 6 weeks, I store what I won’t be using right away in the freezer in smaller bags, where it keeps very well. Everyone who uses my name (Alea Holladay) in the "referred by" box gets 10% off of all orders (discount will be applied on your paper receipt when your order is filled and your items are shipped/your card is charged). Also, any and all commissions that pet-pro sends my way will be donated to the diet study. I thought it was appropriate, and I truly believe in the diet study, so that we can all have a better understanding of what our gliders need nutritionally. The diet study is one of most worthy causes out there, and you can read more about it here: http://www.glidernursery.com/phase-ii.html. It also requires a lot of funding, and they are always accepting donations. You can donate via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that I am in no way saying that my choice of diet is better than any of the other diet choices out there. I am simply sharing my experiences, my choices, and my results. Each person needs to do what works for them, and I encourage you to think for yourself, think critically, and take the opinions of others with a grain of salt if they aren't experts, vets, etc. Also please note that the diet study is done by an independent researcher who has no affiliation with any sugar glider food maker and does not care where the money for the study comes from. She has been published in numerous journals for her scholarship and the diet study is also slated to be published. She is legit, she is excellent, and she has integrity.
We order all of our pellets from pet-pro.com and highly recommend them! We get the chicken/breeder formula.