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Old 06-26-2022, 06:10 AM   #11
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Yes, that's the type of coconut flakes i give as a treat now and again.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:41 AM   #12
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For example, someone i know would never feed their hamster what i feed because they class Harry Hamster as an inferior food.
Is it really, though? It's all I can buy locally. For anything else (eg our robo's food) I have to order online. Dwarf Enigma seems to like Harry Hamster - although recently he's been turning his nose up at it - wonder if it's going stale as we get towards the bottom of the bag.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:21 AM   #13
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Is it really, though? It's all I can buy locally. For anything else (eg our robo's food) I have to order online. Dwarf Enigma seems to like Harry Hamster - although recently he's been turning his nose up at it - wonder if it's going stale as we get towards the bottom of the bag.
I think Harry Hamster is fine and my Syrians like it. This statement was only an example of how people's opinions can vary when it comes to food.

Yes, i've noticed that hamsters don't want it when it goes a bit stale. I chuck the bottom bit of the bag out. Same when it's been in the bowl for longer than a day or two. I chuck it out and refill with fresh. Just as well it's cheap enough to buy.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:34 AM   #14
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I'm in the UK so those aren't available to me, but when you say puffed grains, do you mean things like puffed brown rice, spelt, oats etc?
That's exactly what they'd be. I've also seen puffed quinoa online in the US at least!
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:37 AM   #15
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Is it really, though? It's all I can buy locally. For anything else (eg our robo's food) I have to order online. Dwarf Enigma seems to like Harry Hamster - although recently he's been turning his nose up at it - wonder if it's going stale as we get towards the bottom of the bag.
I don't believe food mix quality is subjective to be honest. Harry-hamster is classified as a low-grade food in comparison to other mixes because you can find mixes with greater variety E.G: Higgins Sunburst, or a mix with insect protein E.G: Bunny Nature Hamster Dream Expert, or even mixes that are organic and don't use preservatives or food colouring E.G: Rodipet organic. Harry hamster lacks alot of these qualities, so you can have a thriving, healthy and happy hamster who lives on Harry Hamster, but there diet won't necessarily be "superior" to all the other foods on the market.
I'd read the Hamingway's guide to organizing foods and check out their food database, or even read the Hamster hideout's guide to commercial mixes.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:38 AM   #16
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That's exactly what they'd be. I've also seen puffed quinoa online in the US at least!
Alright, thanks! I discovered alot of options doing a quick google search. Very helpful.
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Old 06-26-2022, 04:33 PM   #17
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Holland and Barrett is a good place to look for puffed or flaked grains, as well as seeds, to use as treats or in your hamster's diet. I bought some wheatgerm from them and mix it with a little water to make a kind of porridge. Wheatgerm is high in protein and various vitamins.

Otherwise I feed pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, mealworms, goji berries, oats, nuts etc. Cereals such as cheerios or cornflakes can be good treats though avoid any with added sugar. I buy commercial treats if they aren't too processed. For example I have some Beaphar dried apple pieces at the moment and I've found yoghurt drops with no added sugar in the past. Many of the Rosewood products are quite good. I tend to get them for special treats. For example for a gerbil's birthday the other month I got some berry treat sticks and the flower, fruit & veg bars.
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