Wont eat treats - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By nikki
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-11-2018, 08:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
EzraQuincyFitzgerald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
Default Wont eat treats

Hello! Im a new hedgie owner and ive been trying to do the positive reinforcement thing with treats when hes out of his cage and acting nice but he wont eat anything i give him, even mealworms. What can I do?
EzraQuincyFitzgerald is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-11-2018, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Yukidama's mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 815
Default

Are the mealworms canned / live or freeze dried? Have you tried to cut one in half maybe it will smell more and entice him . Sometimes they don't realise they are food especially if they don't have a strong smell. I recently tried canned caterpillars with my boy as he loves other insects and he didn't go for it when I had him out so I left it in his cage and it was gone by the morning ^^

Now I cut them in half and he'll eat them from me when he's out too perhaps try these methods and see if it works!
Yukidama's mama is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-11-2018, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
EzraQuincyFitzgerald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2
Default

I know that fresh is always better but im not a big fan of insects so i bought the freeze dried ones. Ill see if cutting it in half makes a difference! (:
EzraQuincyFitzgerald is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-12-2018, 02:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

Freeze dried insects are not a good choice. The freeze drying process makes it very hard for hedgehogs to digest the insects properly and this has cause issues with intestinal blockages in some hedgehogs. Canned would be a healthier choice.
Yukidama's mama likes this.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-12-2018, 03:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
autumnfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Posts: 225
Default

Nikki, if she soaked the freeze dried worms for 30 minutes, would that be better? Or does it not matter? I have been wanting to order freeze dried crickets myself, but have read about the issues.
autumnfox is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-12-2018, 07:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
Member
 
Yukidama's mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 815
Default

Autumnfox, do you have access to canned crickets there? I managed to get hold of the 'Can O...' range here in Japan and they'd be much better than freeze dried. Fried dried are zapped of any nutrients they once had so even soaking in water wouldn't benefit your hog much more... Canned ones still have some moisture in them at least. The can o range is a little pricey since they're imported products but you get so many in a can, you can freeze half of a can and defrost as and when needed ~ I always forget to do this and end up throwing half the can away >< but this would help make it more cost effective!

Yuki seems to like the can o...caterpillars, mini crickets and mealies. I also bought snails and jumbo grasshoppers but worried now how he will cope with the grasshoppers lol >.<
There's also flukers can range and you might find Korean products too. Probably in reptile feeding category...
Yukidama's mama is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-12-2018, 07:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 
autumnfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Posts: 225
Default

I believe freeze dried insects retain about 98% of the nutritional value if I am remembering correctly. Its just the impaction that I gotta worry about! And yea I have been trying to find the canned ones. I really want to get her canned silkworms, but Koreans actually eat that here, and I cant find any canned ones that dont have something added like soy sauce @,@ I might be able to get some imported, but Im pretty sure that will cost an arm and a leg, which just isnt worth it.
autumnfox is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-12-2018, 11:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

Soaking them wouldn't help, the freeze drying process destroys an enzyme that aids in digestion of chitin.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wont eat at all after medicine PabloYdAl Diet and Nutrition 5 11-04-2016 07:00 PM
quilliam wont eat! iamquilliam Diet and Nutrition 0 08-08-2012 11:06 PM
Wont eat Mealworms?! TeddysMommy Diet and Nutrition 3 04-26-2011 01:02 PM
New HedgeHog.. Wont eat? moxiesmom Diet and Nutrition 2 01-27-2010 07:18 PM
My Hedgie Wont eat? thagoods89 General Questions 8 12-03-2009 10:06 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:02 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum