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Old 05-15-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy My boyfriend is scared or well freaked out by meal worms

He had an experience when he was younger of them turning into the beetles and they got all over in his room now he tries to avoid them as much as possible. Are there any alternatives that we can use that hedgies like just as much. He is fine with crickets they look the same no matter how long you have them lol. I am fine with meal worms so if push comes to shove I will just be the one that handles them but I would like him to feel comfortable so if we can find a way to maybe make our own treats at home or something that would be fantastic.
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Default Re: My boyfriend is scared or well freaked out by meal worms

Meal worms and crickets are great for treats, but there are definitely other non-insect options.

Have you experimented with any fruits, veggies, or meats yet? I have an extremely picky hedgie when it comes to fruits and veggies. I've given him a lot, but the only ones he will eat on a consistent basis are watermelon and sweet corn. When it comes to meats, he pretty much loves everything. He goes absolutely nuts for unseasoned ground beef and chicken and will also eat hardboiled and scrambled eggs. When my boyfriend and I make any of these foods for ourselves, we usually cook Felix a little bit on the side and just make sure that it's all unseasoned. I gave him a bit of canned tuna once and loved it, but unfortunately it gave him EXTREMELY stinky poop so he hasn't gotten any of that again.

If your boyfriend can't get past the meal worm thing, (And I don't blame him. I'm not a big fan of them either. I pick them up with a spoon when I give them to Felix.), there are definitely other treats he can feed instead so that he doesn't feel left out. It's just a matter of experimenting and finding out what your hedgie likes.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tell your bf he needs to man up and grow a pair

ps the member above is right though, there are other ways to get protein into a hedgehogs diet.
My list from the best to worse in the protein department.
Strawberries- Almost a hole gram of protein per strawberry
Banana- About .50 protein per small slice
Apple- About .25-30 protein per slice
Watermelon- They love it but protein wise its like rice due to it having the lease amout of protein per slice

I got all my information from a simple fruit chart then did the math per slice because theres no way there eating hole fruits
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My list from the best to worse in the protein department.
Strawberries- Almost a hole gram of protein per strawberry
Banana- About .50 protein per small slice
Apple- About .25-30 protein per slice
Watermelon- They love it but protein wise its like rice due to it having the lease amout of protein per slice
Felix will occasionally nibble a little apple or strawberry, but it seems like he mostly does it to anoint. He doesn't seem to actually EAT much, he just loves making a mess with it. It figures that he'd choose the least nutritious fruit to devour. He's such a picky little butthead!
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^^^
My Pebbles is the same way, she loves to play with strawberries and apples=eats very little...she hates watermelon and usually trashes her bowl when its in there. I have noticed she really likes banana though

Shes a picky eater, found this out when she wouldn't eat mealworms or any insect. She did eat an ant outside I think one time
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Thanks for your advice lol and yes when I found out I laughed my ass of he then retaliated by putting a spider in a jar and keeping it out of my reach but in clear view. I am terrified of spiders it was cruel!
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