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Old 04-21-2020, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default Quantity of Fresh Food

How much fresh food should I feed my syrian hamster? Nutmeg is 3 months old. I've been giving him a piece about 2x the size of his ear twice this last week, and want to get into a regular schedule and quantity.
What amount is safe? Want to avoid any diarrhoea.

Also here is a picture he is so cute!
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Old 04-21-2020, 04:57 AM   #2
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That photo is soooo cute! He's gorgeous.
Most people say about a thumbnail size piece of veg daily but I've found mine never seem to overeat veg so don't worry too much.
Variety is important to so try give different things as often as you can.
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Old 04-21-2020, 09:38 AM   #3
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Nutmeg is so adorable. The picture of innocence.

I give my dwarves fresh veggies six nights a week, probably in too large a portion but I give a thumbnail sized piece of brocolli every night in addition to two or three of the following: a half-thumbnail sized piece of cauliflower, a half-thumbnail sized piece of cucumber, a half centimetre of green bean, a thin round slice of baby corn,a rice-grain sized piece of carrot or some cut up spinach or lettuce.

They usually finish 80% of what I dish up for them.
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Old 04-21-2020, 03:02 PM   #4
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I give the equivalent of 1cm cubed sized (doesn't actually have to be square!) - ie a cube of cucumber or carrot - a floret of broccoli about the same size. They can have that daily. It's about right for a syrian and about the same as thumbnail sized Just one piece a day. But varying what you give them is good so it's not the same veg every day. Or a single pea. A syrian will eat all of that and not hoard it (so it doesn't go off). On the rare occasions ours haven't eaten all of it, they leave the rest where you put it (ie put it on a separate little dish to the main hamster mix on the other side of the cage so they have to get some exercise to get it!). The rare occasions are usually something they don't like. The only dislike I've had from some hamsters is raw carrot! They seem to prefer the green veg - cucumber and broccoli although they do seem to like cooked carrot - but raw is better for their teeth.
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Old 04-22-2020, 01:18 AM   #5
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Super thank you everyone
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