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Old 08-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am kind of grossed out about feeding bugs to my hedgie!! But I know that it is important and I have been looking at the local stores around me... Strangely enough in the bird food sections I found mealworms... and it says they are oven dried. It says they are preservative free and additive free. The ingredients are only dried mealworms.

I remember reading that you shouldn't get freeze dried ones because they can be hard to digest... since these are oven dried is it different? I think the process would be completely different but I'm not sure if they would be hard to digest still.

Any input would be appreciated!!
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not quite sure what the deference is. However generally in the reptile section you can find live meal worms or ask the store clerk. They're really not as gross as they may seem. You could always pick them up with a spoon or something of the sort.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I give Dexter the live ones cuz he I think it's more "fun" for him haha
They sell these tong things in the reptile section to grab them with but after a while I just gave up and got used to using my hands cuz I wasn't coordinated enough with the tongs. They're not slimy or anything... you can't even see their legs and since they're refrigerated they're all sleepy and they don't move around too much right when you get them out haha
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i learned from a few members here that chop sticks also do the trick.. i personally wont handle them with out my chop sticks just yet.. but my fiance grabs the worms up all the time.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I really hate bugs because they can jump on your face and suck your blood or jump into your mouth and poop (this has been a dramatization)!

But really, I have no problem picking up mealworms. I buy the small ones and keep them refrigerated. It's not bad.
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blahhhhh I guess I can suck it up and try live ones... do they smell? Like when I open the container should I prepare myself for some gross odor...bleck!!

I'm totally using a spoon, and I am glad their legs dont show cause that will freak me out!!

And Rainy...hahaha thank you so much for that awwwwful visual about bugs...makes me feel just so much better about it!
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I gave my hedeghog Sonic live ones cause hedgehogs like to hunt so it's more fun for him
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I would treat the oven dried ones just like freeze dried. Not give him very many at one time. But, yeah, if at all possible, the live ones (or ones that were live, that you froze) would be better.

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