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04-08-2019 05:01 AM
Ria
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Originally Posted by Hedgielover411 View Post
Hey! It’s not a good idea to give meal worms everyday, as some hedgehogs will refuse to eat their regular food and only want worms, and it’s probably not very good for them. I’d avoid everyday, since they’re supposed to be a treat and not a meal.
Hedgehogs can have mealworms everyday. They should have a wide verity of insects, and they dont need to eat loads of the cat food. They do need the cat food yes, but at least half their diet should be insects, and mealworms are included in this, the amount and how often they get the mealworms is dependant hedgehog, and how active and how much weight they gain. Hedgehogs are insectivores, cat food is like processed food for them, but its main reason for being there is to make sure the hedgehogs get all the right nutrients, and stop them for having a nutrition deficiency.
04-08-2019 12:44 AM
Hedgielover411 Hey! It’s not a good idea to give meal worms everyday, as some hedgehogs will refuse to eat their regular food and only want worms, and it’s probably not very good for them. I’d avoid everyday, since they’re supposed to be a treat and not a meal.
Hope this helps!

Good luck!!!
03-31-2019 08:52 AM
Ria Do it by how much your hedgehog weighs, how active they are, and easily they put on weight.

If I took Holly for example.
Shes always put weight on very easily, shes active for at least 4 hours a night (not including her hour and a half playtime outside her cage) so per week I'd only give 10

A differnt example of my friends hedgehog
He does put weight very easily, hes active for about 5 and half hours a night (not including the 2 hours free roam) per week he gets about 25.

I left out weights because I dont know how much my friends hedgehog weighs, and I cant find where I wrote Holly's weight
03-31-2019 08:22 AM
I Love Hedgy
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Originally Posted by Ria View Post
Size of the insects can have more or less, but it can also depend on how much and what they eat too. If your mealwrom eats loads (which from what I heard they tend to) then its potenitly going to be a bit more fatty but its hard to tell really

The dubia roach sounds a normal size though. They tend to be very big
So how many should I give per week?

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03-31-2019 03:08 AM
Ria Size of the insects can have more or less, but it can also depend on how much and what they eat too. If your mealwrom eats loads (which from what I heard they tend to) then its potenitly going to be a bit more fatty but its hard to tell really

The dubia roach sounds a normal size though. They tend to be very big
03-31-2019 01:10 AM
I Love Hedgy I have have giant mealworms, like GIANT 3 times the size of a normal mealworm. Does that make any difference? Plus, my dubia roaches are also super big, like the size of my thumbs nail.

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03-30-2019 03:08 AM
Ria APH do need a lot of insects, it should make at least half their diet. Actually the more insects make up of their diet the less their poo smells.

But APH dont have the abilty to store the fat, like other hedgehogs that do hibernate. So the APH will just gain weight, and become overweight where as a wild hedgehog will store it ready for when they hibernate in winter.

If we take how much each should weigh an APH should weigh 300g-600g to be healthy. Where as a wild hedgehog should be at least 600g especially before hibernation otherwise they die in hibernation.

So ideally hedgehogs need more low fat insects in their diet. The cat biscuit is mainly there to pick up neutrients they need to stop them becoming neutrient deficient.
03-30-2019 12:49 AM
Aj.t From my understanding, it has to do with hibernation. Since captive bred APH don’t hibernate, they don’t need to build up fat. Many species of wild hedgehogs will hibernate, at least for a short time, and the abundance of insects with fat will aid them in the nutrient process. There’s just not a need for APH to require a high insect diet, and it can be costly for people without easy access to captive bred insects to facilitate this.
03-29-2019 05:58 PM
belties The thing to remember is that the percent of protein is only part of the equation. A small insect with a high protein percent may not contain as much total protein as a large insect with a lower percent of protein. That is why when we calculate livestock feed rations we use total digestable nutrients instead of just protein contents. These little guys are designed to eat a lot of different things of which insects are a good thing to include as they are consumed in the wild as are any thing else tasty that they come across. In all reality a broad mixed diet is as good for them as for us. As for our little one she gets 2 mealies ,baked chicken at bonding time and free choice dry cat kibble in her pen ,and we moniter her weight and exercise .
03-29-2019 04:43 PM
Ria I think the biggest reason is probably to stop new owners giving their hog too many at first when they arent sure how active, or how fast they gain weight to be fair.
Also as most hedgehogs still need to get the hang of using a wheel for the first few weeks they arent getting as much exercise, and mealworms tend to be the first insect they are given - not always though of course.

This is only my take on it though because I've seen more expiernced owners feeding like 10 a night (depending on the hog) and then telling the new owners to only give 5-10 a week😂
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