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The Diet I Feed

Diet I Feed

The Glider Tree Diet

Fed by Mary Holcombe at the Glider Tree since 2000

and by Cora Holt at Coras Glider Tree (Formerly Coras Gliders) since 2009


I encourage you to do  your own research on the many diets being fed, talk with your vet and decide the diet that is right for your gliders and your lifestyle and of course the ingredients that are available to you! I would like to say Sugar gliders are sap suckers by design. They have a very long tongue to lick up sap and juices and to probe things. When eating other foods, they will often chew and chew to release the food matter into their saliva, and then they will spit out a dried husk of uneaten things. Dried fruit is counter to this concept and doesnt make much sense but ok for treats. Feeding Dry pellets also doesn't make much sense. I get mealworms from grubco.com and feed 4 a day. I get premier white morsels at the store (no chocolate, just the vanilla) cheaper than yoggies, I dont feed these every day , maybe 2 to 3 times a week in a tooth box or egg to make them work for it!

I feed approximately 1 tablespoons per glider of vanilla flavored Ensure, diluted with 1/2 tablespoon water, every night (Use only Bottled) Powdered Does not have same amount of nutrients, along with fresh , frozen fruits and veggies, or gerber step 2 baby food  (Approx. 2Tablespoons of each per glider).

Optional:     Occasionally I will replace the ensure with either Boiled chicken or Scrambled eggs (nothing added just the eggs) along with a teaspoon yogurt per glider plus dont forget the  fruits and veggies. The Yoplait yogurt, very cherry, blueberry, strawberry whips are some of my gliders favorites  (regular, not light).


Keep your calcium to phosphorus ratios 2:1. Corn is high in phosphorus. Collard greens, papaya, bok choy are high in calcium.


I like to feed different fruits every night so the gliders get a variety.

The ensure will last 24 hours in your fridge.

I give fresh water nightly in shallow dishes or bird feeders that come with the flight cages.

Pics of a few of my old plates I fed out of for years each plate has enough food for 2 gliders



So you get the idea without seeing all of the plates!    I then cover them with the covers they are perched on. All kitchens

have 2 holes in them so if a fight breaks out there is easy access OUT.....LOL

It does happen!  Also remember the diets say 1 tablespoon of this or that per glider. Gliders dont know this "tablespoon" thing so I always put a little more on the plates for more than one glider. The more gliders I am feeding the more food/plates!

Now for water I use either the bird  feeders that come with the cages I use or a sturdy shallow dish and change it daily.   I dont trust water bottles.

 



Safe Fruits and Veggies

Fruits:
Acerola
Apples
Apricots
Asian Pear
Avocado
Bananas
Blackberries
Blueberries
Breadfruit
Cantaloupe
Carambola
Carissa
Casaba Melon
Cherimoya
Cherries
Coconut
Concord Grapes
Crab Apples
Cranberries
Currant
Custard Apples
Dates
Elderberries
Figs
Gooseberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Ground Cherries
Guava
Honeydew
Jackfruit
Java Plum
Jujube
Kiwi
Kumquat
Lemon
Lemon Peel
Lime
Lime Peel
Longans
Loquats
Mammy Apple
Mandarin Oranges
Mango
Mulberries
Nectarine
Oheloberries
Orange Peel
Oranges
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Persimmon
Pineapple
Pitanga
Plantain
Plums
Pomegranate
Prickly Pear
Prunes
Pummelo
Quince
Raisins
Raspberries
Rose Apple
Roselle
Sapodilla
Sapote
Soursop
Strawberries
Sugar Apple
Tamarind
Tangerine
Tomato
Watermelon

Vegetables:
Acorn Squash
Alfalfa Sprouts
Amaranth
Artichoke
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoots
Beet Greens
Beets
Black-Eyed Peas
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Burdock Roots
Butternut Squash
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chayote
Chicory Greens
Chinese Cabbage
Collard Greens
Coriander
Corn
Cowpeas
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Dock
Eggplant
Endive
French Beans
Ginger Root
Green Beans
Green Pepper
Jew's Ear
Jicama
Jute
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce (Butterhead)
Lettuce (dark green leaf)
Lettuce (iceberg)
Lettuce (Red)
Lettuce (Romaine)
Lima Beans
Lupines
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Mustard Spinach
Nana Cabbage
Okra
Parsley
Parsnips
Peas
Potato
Pumpkin
Radish
Red Peppers
Rutabagas
Snow Peas
Soy Bean
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Summer Squash
Sweet Peppers (Green)
Sweet Peppers (Red)
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tofu
Turnip
Turnip Greens
Watercress
Winter Squash
Yams
Yellow Wax Beans
Zucchini
If biting occurs make a psssssst noise and get a feather or something to redirect their attention, repeat as necessary. A good bond takes time and patience and is so very worth it! Until you reach that bond play in a glider proofed area..............think toddlers on steroids!









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