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Old 03-24-2016, 01:39 AM   #1
Twiglet
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Default Fresh food

I'm very new, so sorry if this is obvious!

How often should you feed hamsters fresh food? I've seen mixed advice from daily to only once or twice a week. What do you do?
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Fresh food

There is some confusing advice out there but I think daily veg is important, only small thumbnail size pieces & plenty of variety.
If the ham isn't used to fresh food then maybe once every few days to begin with is best.
Also something like a very small piece of plain cooked chicken once or twice a week is a good addition too.

ETA if you're not sure these are all safe

Safe veg, those marked * are relatively high in sugar so only feed to diabetes prone species as an occasional treat if at all.
Asparagus (mine have never liked this)
Basil
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Common or red clover
Cabbage, green or red
Carrot*
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Coriander
Courgette
Cress (not mustard & cress as commonly sold together)
Cucumber
Dandelion leaves & flowers
Endive/chicory
Green beans/runner beans
Kale
Pak choi/Bok choi
Parsley
Peas/mange tout/sugar snap/snow*
Peppers, any colour
Potato/sweet potato cooked only*
Radicchio
Spinach
Squash/pumpkin*
Swede
Sweet corn/baby corn*
Turnip
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: Fresh food

Perfect! Thank you.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:19 AM   #4
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Default Re: Fresh food

I've seen hamsters eating kiwi in pet shops, is this ok not heard of hammies eating this before
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:38 AM   #5
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Default Re: Fresh food

I wouldn't feed kiwi, P@H seemed to suddenly get a thing for giving it to hams a while back but it's too acidic, their digestion really isn't able to cope with things like that well.
They can eat small amounts of other fruits, I don't have a list of safe fruit to hand but it should be a very occasional treat rather than a daily thing like veg.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #6
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Default Re: Fresh food

The P@H at my bit still gives kiwi to the hamsters.
I give Twinkle veg daily and she gets fruit twice a week.
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:18 PM   #7
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Cress seems to have gone down very well! This pleased my little boy because he was growing some, but doesn't like eating it. He calls it Hamster Cress now.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:27 PM   #8
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That\s so sweet
I love growing things for my hams too!
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