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Old 08-28-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Default Refilling the bowl

Still doing research before Kalsoy arrives, but I've been wondering how often I should refill the food bowl? I can see that some people do it every day, while others do it every two to three days What would you guys recommend?
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Refilling the bowl

I would recommend every couple of days to help discourage selective feeding and encourage them to eat everything in their mix rather than just picking out their favourite pieces.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:23 PM   #3
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Great, that was also what I wanted to do, but I wasn't quite sure So I should just fill it up when it's completely empty?
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:48 PM   #4
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Well you don't want it to get fat... I fill mine up once a day with like 3/4 of a plastic spoon full. By the end of the day everything is eaten except for the shells and chaff. Just my opinion
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:53 PM   #5
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Actually,hamsters are relatively self regulating for the most part.As long as you're feeding a good diet,chances are they will not get "fat".Do keep in mind that hamsters will hoard food,so just because a bowl is empty doesn't mean that they have nothing to eat!
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Refilling the bowl

I refill bowls every three days or so, by then they're almost empty (but I know they still have some in their nests) - if I do it anymore frequently, they just eat their favourite bits
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:39 PM   #7
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Default Re: Refilling the bowl

It also depends on the hamster. My Syrian gets a scoop (About a tablespoon a day) in his bowl. Plus he gets 3 or 4 Harlan pieces of Teklad 2018 block food every other day.

My dwarf hamsters get scattered food (about a teaspoon). It keeps them busy and active foraging for food. They also get 2 small pieces of the Teklad blocks every other day.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:17 PM   #8
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Okay, thank you so much everyone I'll give it a go with every two days or so, and see how it goes
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