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12-24-2012 10:52 PM
lilythehedgie
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

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Originally Posted by lilythehedgie
I get a little plastic container of from Petsmart and throw them in the freezer overnight. Then I use tweezers and just drop one in front of Lily's nose and she eats them. They eat the mealworms in seconds though.
You really ought to gutload them at least one feeding before you freeze them, especially ones from companies like Petsmart. Who knows how long they've really been in those containers? They've got nothing in their gut, and with feeding insects, what's in their stomach is just as important as the insect itself.
Sorry, I forgot to add the gutloading part . Totally slipped my mind! When I bring them home, I gutload them THEN throw them in the freezer. Sorry my brain was running on empty when I wrote that
12-24-2012 02:10 AM
eskye
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

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Originally Posted by Folly
Question: what's gutloading? O_O
Conveniently, I have just written a post for it in the nutrition section. It is feeding your insects with highly nutritious and vitamin packed food prior to feeding them to your animal to maximize the nutritious content received.
12-24-2012 02:04 AM
Folly
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

Question: what's gutloading? O_O
12-24-2012 01:27 AM
Avarris
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

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Originally Posted by eskye
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Originally Posted by lilythehedgie
I get a little plastic container of from Petsmart and throw them in the freezer overnight. Then I use tweezers and just drop one in front of Lily's nose and she eats them. They eat the mealworms in seconds though.
You really ought to gutload them at least one feeding before you freeze them, especially ones from companies like Petsmart. Who knows how long they've really been in those containers? They've got nothing in their gut, and with feeding insects, what's in their stomach is just as important as the insect itself.
:seconded!
12-24-2012 01:23 AM
eskye
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilythehedgie
I get a little plastic container of from Petsmart and throw them in the freezer overnight. Then I use tweezers and just drop one in front of Lily's nose and she eats them. They eat the mealworms in seconds though.
You really ought to gutload them at least one feeding before you freeze them, especially ones from companies like Petsmart. Who knows how long they've really been in those containers? They've got nothing in their gut, and with feeding insects, what's in their stomach is just as important as the insect itself.
12-24-2012 12:40 AM
Avarris
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

Most of the Petstores also carry feeding tongs for feeding crickets or mealies for reptiles. I have a pair. We picked up crickets today for our reptiles and I was curious how Pippin would react to a cricket.... So, caught my little cricket by the butt, and held it there in the tweezers in front of her bag. She came out for a sniff and the cricket moved its legs like it was trying to stand on Pippins nose and she backed off. She gave it another sniff and came out and tore its head off. It literally made a popping sound and she came back out to finish the cricket off. It shocked me how "viciously" she came after that cricket and made such short work of it. After the shock wore off we couldn't help but to sit there and laugh about it. I guess we'll be adding a few more crickets to our order, since she apparently likes them. Even if the eating part looks violent.
12-24-2012 12:28 AM
lilythehedgie
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

I get a little plastic container of from Petsmart and throw them in the freezer overnight. Then I use tweezers and just drop one in front of Lily's nose and she eats them. They eat the mealworms in seconds though.
12-23-2012 11:53 AM
eskye
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

You can order them online easily. But make sure that wherever you get them from, you gut-load them first. They're basically cardboard if you feed them straight from the pet store tin.
12-23-2012 10:10 AM
Sugargliderlove
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

Check your local pet store. i know petco and petsmart have them. I get superworms. there is a website you can order mealworms from alot of people in the ugar glider community get their mealies from her. http://vita-mealie.weebly.com/index.html
12-22-2012 11:40 PM
Jaylene
Re: How do I feed a meal worm to my Hedgehog?

Thanks everyone. I tried to find mealworms and had no luck. lol So i just bought some carrots and frozen strawberries and some cat moist treats.

Thanks
Jaylene
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