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Old 04-26-2020, 02:49 AM   #1
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Default How to make sure veggies don't go bad?

I'm getting a new hamster this summer, and I was wondering how I make sure veggies have been eaten. I worry that if my future hammy takes the veggies to their nest I can't check whether they have been eaten or if they are going bad in the nest while I can't see them.
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Old 04-26-2020, 05:45 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to make sure veggies don't go bad?

That can be a tricky one depending on the hamster. My Syrian eats some but pouches most to eat later while in his nest. His nest is in his house which has a removable roof so i can carefully check his nest and hoard for any leftover fresh food when he's in his coconut outhouse or out freeroaming with another family member keeping an eye on him.

More difficult with the burrowing dwarfs. I cut their veg into tiny pieces so they dry up rather than rot if left uneaten and give them only very small amounts. I give them their fresh food when they are out and looking for them so they'll eat them there and then.

I used to be fairly relaxed about this but learned my lesson when i found a mouldy and damp (pee) patch and a fruit fly in my diabetic dwarf's cage probably caused by a burried piece of cucumber that had gone off. I am much more vigilant now to avoid this from happening again.
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Old 04-27-2020, 02:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: How to make sure veggies don't go bad?

It will depend on the individual hamster to some extent but I've never has a problem with them burying fresh or wet food in their burrows or hoard, all of mine have tended to eat what they want out in the cage & just leave what they don't want. I have had small pieces get lost in the substrate a few times but they do tend to just dry out so it hasn't been an issue.
If your ham does take veg into the burrow or nest you can just check it every few days to see if anything needs removing it shouldn't do any harm if it's in there for couple of days.
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