Diet and feeding Tips:

Keep fresh water available to your glider at all times! Gliders can die very quickly if they become too dehydrated! A good way to check if your glider is dehydrated is to pinch the skin right behind your glider's head. If it snaps back into place quickly then he/she is fine. If it slowly sinks back into shape then you need to give him/her liquids quickly! Glider cereal should be offered daily. Check the bowl in the morning and give them approximately 1 tablespoon per two gliders. This will be snacked on throughout the day whenever your glider needs it. Every evening when they wake you should offer approximately 1 tsp (per glider) of the diet you choose. 

Some great recipes that have been gathered from other glider owners.

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The Pet Glider Diet
Alternate Diet
Judie’s version Leadbeaters
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Apple Crunch Ball
Easy Protein Source

 

This little Joey was rejected by her momma!  Hand Fed Baby.

The Pet Glider Diet         

Ingredients:
(all amounts are approximate, mixture can be altered to suit taste or to make it thinner or thicker.)

  1. Unsweetened applesauce (1/4 entire mixture should consist of this) approximately 2/3 cup
     
  2. Non-fat plain or flavored yogurt approximately 4oz
     
  3. Frozen orange juice concentrate (no water added) approximately 3oz
     
  4. Wheat germ or ground flax seed, refrigerate! Approximately 1 tbsp
     
  5. Raisins, but use moderately (if at all)
     
  6. Old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick oats); mix in the oats so your batch isn’t runny but do not make it too thick and pasty (it needs to be quite moist for the gliders’ little pallet) approximately 3/4 cup
     
  7. Use the above mixture as a base. Mix the rest of the different fruit or vegetables as followed separate and add to the mixture at the time you feed the glider. This will help give your glider a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Freeze this separate.
     
  8. Fresh or frozen vegetables: cucumbers, squash, green bell peppers, chopped carrots and/or sweet potatoes, lima beans, green beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli. 3/4 cup of 1-2 types of veggies
     
  9. Fresh or frozen fruit: papaya, oranges, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, mango, kiwi, peaches, honeydew melon, apple, pineapple, guava. 3/4 cup of 1-2 types of fruit 

Directions:

  1. Mix above in a blender or the food processor works well. Does not have to be puréed.
     
  2. Split mixture into 3 base portions 
         a. Portion one; add 3 small or medium eggs
         b. Portion two; add 3/4 lb. unseasoned, unsalted, broiled shredded chicken or turkey
         c. Portion three, leave this plain for the nights you feed mealworms or crickets.
     
  3. Offer the mixture fresh the first two nights.
     
  4. Freeze the rest of the mixture in ice cube trays
     
  5. This little recipe is for the gliders’ fruit and some vegetables. Extra vegetables could be served each night also, either fresh or mixed frozen (Wal-Mart mixed frozen veggies are the best). Do not use any mixtures that contain mostly corn. This recipe can be a stand-alone diet for the evening with no added frozen vegetables if you are out of the frozen veggies.

*Add broiled chicken, eggs, (no seasonings or salt), turkey or mealworms 4-5 nights a week. Live mealworms are a great protein treat but do not offer too many as they are fattening. If your glider tends to gain weight easily or be on the heavy side, give only a few. If your glider seems to stay thin, you can give more.

*Sprinkle with vitamin supplement before serving, use a dash of Multivitamins, Nectar, calcium, & Bee pollen.

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Alternate Diet

  • 1 egg scrambled or boiled and cubed

  • 1/4 cup of apple juice unsweetened 100% apple juice

  • 4oz nonfat fruit flavored yogurt
    Blend these items well

  • 5 oz broiled, plain chicken or turkey (do not use any seasoning as garlic, onion, or spices)

  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

  • 1/2 cup dry baby cereal rice or oatmeal
    Blend these items well

  • Use the above mixture as a base and the following as a separate mixture for variety.

  • 2-3 different steamed/fresh vegetable

  • 2-3 different fresh fruit

Gatorade may be given 3-4 times per week: change these liquids daily and use filtered water for the fresh water and to mix with your Gatorade. Use fruit flavored Gatorade, mix the granular kind to your glider likings. The flavored fruit mix encourages your glider to drink more liquid. It contains electrolytes, and also contains sucrose, which is a nectar substitute, both very important to him. Avoid feeding anything with preservatives, sugar or color additives. Gliders in the wild eat very low fat diets; in captivity they can become fat and develop health problems. Daily exercise is very important. Exercise helps the bones absorb calcium and stimulates bone thickening. A sizable cage, a running wheel and toys will promote good exercise and a stimulating atmosphere. In addition to these essentials, the best exercise is daily out of cage playtime.

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Judie’s version Leadbeaters            

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 ounces Gerber yogurt juice

  • 1 ounce of apple juice

  • 1 ounce of cranapple juice (crancherry or apple cherry, grape any fruit juice of your choice)

  • 1 small jar baby food sweet potato or carrots

  • 2 small jar of chicken, turkey, or veal in gravy

  • 1/2 cup mixed cereal (dry baby food)

  • 2 teaspoons repcal

  • 1 teaspoon herptivite

  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

  • 1 boiled egg

Mix all above ingredients into food processor.  Pour mixture into ice cube tray and freeze.  One large cube feeds two adult gliders.

Does not need to be thawed before serving.

This mixture add fresh/frozen fruit or vegetable each night.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies

  • 1 large potato peeled and boiled

  • 2 eggs
     

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*

  2. Mince meat in a food processor and place in a medium sized mixing bowl.

  3. Whip potato and add to chicken in the bowl.

  4. Mix in eggs and veggies.

  5. Stir until well mixed then drop by large spoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

  6. Bake for 45 minutes

  7. One pie is enough for one to two gliders. Break into pieces and sprinkle with vitamin/calcium supplement before serving.

  8. Serve no more than 1-2 times per week.

Makes about 2 dozen pies.

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Chicken Apple Crunch Ball

Ingredients:

  • 1 small diced apple

  • 1 cooked boneless, skinless, chicken breast

  • 1/3 cup applesauce

  • 1 1/2 cups cheerios (can substitute Oatmeal)

  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300*

  2. Shred Chicken in a food processor.

  3. Combine all ingredients in a medium size-mixing bowl.

  4. Using your hands forms into spoon-sized balls and drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

  5. Cook for 20 minutes.

  6. One ball is enough for one to two gliders.  Break the ball into pieces and sprinkle with a vitamin/calcium supplement before serving.  Serve no more than 1-2 times per week.

Makes about 2 dozen balls.

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Easy Protein Source

2 boiled eggs
2 cups dry human cereal high in protein (Special K, 19, Cheerios)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup apple juice

Crush the eggs and the cereal together, mix the honey in and then the apple juice, if too watery by chance add a little more cereal.

One tablespoon per 2 gliders.

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Baby Diet Recipe (this is a great recipe for the rejected joeys or young eaters)

1 boiled egg, shell removed
Blend well.  Add the following.
4 oz. bottle pre mixed Gerber Fruit Juice with Yogurt
4 oz. jar Chicken with Apples baby food (NO GARLIC OR ONION)
Blend well.
1/4 cup dry baby cereal (mixed, oatmeal, or rice with fruit bits)
2 teaspoons vitamin supplement we provide with extra supplement for Mom's.

Blend well, turn off blender, pour into ice cube trays and FREEZE.  It will be the consistency of ice cream.  One cube in ice cube tray is about 2 tablespoons.

 

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 Please,  always make sure to watch the calcium/phosphorus rate with the fruit and veggies when feeding your glider.  Do not forget that gliders need their vitamins daily.

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