High Protein Diet For Sugar Gliders

Sugar Glider

The sugar glider High Protein Wombaroo diet (HPW diet) was originally developed in Australia in the 1990s for fruit and nectar eating birds and animals, and became a popular food for pet sugar gliders in the USA. This diet is created around a powdered protein supplement and mixed with eggs, honey, and bee pollen.
 
While the earliest forms of the HPW diet were made with a product called Wombaroo High Protein Supplement, we have developed our own ZooPro High Protein Supplement which is made in the USA and has the exact same ingredients as the Australian supplement, at a fraction of the cost.
 

Exotic Nutrition's premixed version of the homemade HPW diet is called Instant-HPW (just add water), and the cooked version is called HPW Jar (cooked in a jar). You can also buy the separate ingredients for the HPW diet and make it at home using the recipe below.

HOMEMADE HPW DIET INGREDIENTS: (1 month supply for 2 gliders)

  • 1/4 cup ZooPro High Protein Supplement (increase to 1/2 cup if feeding to lactating female gliders)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 tablespoon Bee Pollen
  • 1/2 tablespoon Glider Booster
  • 1/2 tablespoon Glider-Cal
  • 3 cooked scrambled eggs

STEPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE HPW DIET:

  1. Scramble eggs until firm, set aside.
  2. In a blender, mix water and honey, blend until honey is dissolved.
  3. Add in ZooPro supplement, Bee Pollen, Glider Booster, Glider-Cal, and cooked eggs, blend for 2 mins.
  4. Pour into ice cube trays and put in freezer. HPW will freeze to consistency of ice cream.

FEEDING RECOMMENDATION: (Per glider, per day) Feed 1/2 tablespoon (1/2 ice cube) of HPW diet, plus 1 tablespoon of mixed fruits, plus 1 tablespoon of mixed vegetables. We also have Garden Fresh Re-Hydrate which offers high calcium dried fruits and vegetables. Vary the diet by replacing fruits/vegetables with insects, Gliderade, acacia gum, sugar cane, Insect-Eater Diet, eucalyptus branches, and eucalyptus leaves. Please click HERE to view our Recommendations for Sugar Glider Food & Basic Feeding Guide.

EXTRA ADVICE:

  • Serve fresh in the evening, close to the time your gliders wake up.
  • Remove food in the morning, so your gliders don't try to snack on the leftovers during the day (you don't want them eating fruits and vegetables that have been sitting out all night).
  • We suggest offer a dry food for the daytime, like Exotic Nutrition Glider Complete pellets or ZooPro Glider Essential kibble
  • You can cook the eggs in the microwave - it's faster and less clean up. Just make sure to use a tall ceramic cup and mix the eggs up really well. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they're done.
  • The final HPW Diet mixture will be runny and a bit foamy at the top, this is normal.
  • If using frozen fruits and vegetables, we recommend thawing them in the microwave, cutting them up into small pieces, then mixing the HPW mixture in with them. The HPW will thaw quickly when you mix it in.
  • HPW mixture does not need to be microwaved, thawing is best.
  • If you are doubling the amount of ZooPro High Protein Supplement for a nursing female, it is ok to have the other cage-mates eating the same batch with the increased amount of protein.

 

 

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