So…a funny story. One morning, I went down to the glider room to gather food dishes. What I saw, made my heart drop to my knees, it was the scene from a horrific crime scene. Someone was dead, I was sure of it. I slowly opened the cage, afraid of what I would find. The blood was everywhere. All I could think was, “But why? They have all gotten along for SO long!! How could this happen?” Slowly, I open the mouth of their cube, ready to find the poor victim. And there, right in front of me…six, sleepy-eyed fuzzy faces, wondering why in the world I was making such a ruckus. LOL
Beets. I’d fed beets for the first time the night before. And clearly, they were a hit, because the “blood” was everywhere. I’m pretty sure a cry escaped, simply from the pure rush of adrenaline, thinking a massacre had surely happened some time during the night. But nope…it was just the beets.
Beets come in a variety of colors, but you’ll mainly find the dark reddish purple ones at the grocery. The vegetable and their greens are fine to feed and in fact, are packed full of vitamins and other essential nutrients. They are a chop and serve vegetable, no special serving or prepping requirements at all!
I won’t forget the Glider Massacre anytime soon LOL. But, I sure do feed beets often, that’s for sure, though without the morning after excitement, since I now know what to expect. Feed these wonderful vegetables. Your gliders will thank you.
What’s for dinner tonight? Pasta, you say? Don’t be greedy and keep it all to yourself…share with your gliders!
I’m not kidding. Gliders can have, and most love, pasta. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should give them a helping of your finished dish. No, no, no. That’s not what I mean. However, you can take out a few of those pieces of pasta – lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccini, linguini – whatever you’re eating, let it cool down, cut it into pieces and voilá, toss it in their dish and you’re done!
Pasta is not meant to be a staple in their diet, nor should it be fed daily. Everything in moderation and fed as a special treat or as part of their meal on “junk food” nights, they’ll think it’s simply delicious.
Totally nuts…pine nuts, that is! These are a most AMAZING snack for your gliders!
We alternate here between yoggies, mealworms, pine nuts and several other snacks. We cook with pine nuts, as well, so these are always in our pantry.
An excellent source of Vitamin E, pine nuts are full of other essential nutrients, and are high in yummy, buttery calories! Pine nuts are easy to find at your local market – right in the baking section! Or, if you have an all-natural section in your produce section, you can find them there!
Not sure about you, but we cook with basil all the time. This is something we have on hand at all times in our home. Most times, we use it up, but every so often, we’ve got a bit extra that needs to be used before it goes bad. The gliders get lucky on those nights!
Basil is ripe with anti-bacterial properties and flavonoids, even anti-inflammatory properties! If you don’t use this herb in your home, you should start. It’s just so amazing.
When looking for basil, always choose fresh over dried, whenever possible. Look for those that are bright green in color, without dark or greasy looking spots. Once you get it home, fresh basil can be stored in the fridge, by wrapping in a damp paper towel. You can also freeze it, whole or chopped, as long as it’s a freezer tight container. For soup and/or stew use, you can free it in ice cube trays covered with water or stock! Dried basil can be stored in a dark, dry, cool place for up to 6 months.
Short on time? Busy day? Need an alternative? Feed frozen foods! Your local frozen food section is a gold mine of fruits, vegetable and other foods that are safe and healthy for your gliders. We keep a constant supply of frozen foods on hand at all times. Sometimes, we do a mix of fresh and frozen, other nights we do all fresh and of course, some nights, when we’re low on time, we feed frozen! Since the vegetables are already cooked and then flash frozen, you can simply place them in the feeding dish and they’ll thaw. For the Steamfresh rice varieties, we always cook those first, according to the microwave instructions (3 minutes).
Your options are virtually endless! Watch this video and see!
How-To On Frozen Foods
Mealworms, as you know, are loved by most sugar gliders. However, these crunchy yummies aren’t always loved by the humans who have to feed them. I can’t tell you how many glider owners have said to me, “I know I should feed them, but I just can’t bring myself to touch them!”
My answer to this? DON’T!
Don’t deny your glider’s dreams and desires because you can’t touch them. Simply get yourself a pair of reptile feeding tongs/tweezers. They will keep the little squirmy wormies away from your fingers and still allow you to share the moment of love with your glider.
A standard ritual in your home should be cleaning your drop pans/cage bottoms and feeding dishes, and it should be done daily. I say this because old food can be problematic for a number of reasons:
- Food that has been out for a number of hours will begin to go rancid
- Rancid food can be dangerous to your gliders
- Rancid food will attract a host of pests – ants and fruit flies being the two most problematic
- Rancid food smells, and it smells bad! Cleaning old food daily will keep smell to a minimum
You can wash your glider’s feeding dishes right in the sink, with dish soap and water. Be sure to rinse very well, then let air dry. Depending on the heat level in your dishwasher, you may also be able to wash them there. Be careful, though, if it gets too hot, your dishes will melt!
Here’s just a small sample of the feeding dishes I wash on a daily basis. It’s important to get into the corners to make sure that nothing is missed!