Homemade Diets

There are many reasons why you might want to consider making your own custom blend of gerbil food. There are a handful of great diets that are already sold and made for gerbils. We currently recommend:
 

  • Sunseed Sunscription Mouse, Rat and Gerbil

  • Brown's NATURAL Tropical Carnival Gourmet Food for Hamsters & Gerbils 

  • Higgins Sunburst Hamster and Gerbil

Home made diets are really in the realm of breeders, rescuers, and people who keep more than twenty gerbils. Custom diets are exceedingly expensive for just a single pair of gerbils. You will also need to consider how you will store unused food. Using a vacuum sealer is very helpful.

In order to decide how much to use of any ingredient you will need to do some fancy math. I use an excel spreadsheet to calculate the weight, protein, fat, and fiber of each ingredient that goes into my mix.

Example Recipe for Two, ~14% Protein, ~7% Fat

  • Half a box of store brand/Cheerios with 0g sugar

  • Half a box of store brand/FiberOne Bran Sticks with 0g sugar

  • 1 pound barley flakes

  • 1 pound rolled oatmeal

  • 1 pound millet

  • 1 pound Calf Manna Pro Pellets

  • Half pound sunflower seeds

  • Half pound flaked or split peas

  • Half pound pumpkin seeds

  • Half pound long grain rice

  • Half pound unsalted peanuts

  • Half pound lentils

Additionally you can add up to a half pound of other ingredients, use small amounts (1-2 oz) of raisins, cranberries, unsweetened banana chips, freeze-dried meal worms, dehydrated veggies (carrot, bell peppers, green beans), pasta, or other seeds, nuts or grains.

 

Straights

There are many ingredients that can be bought in bulk or straights. Whether you buy small amounts from your local grocer or you buy 50 pound bags from the feed store. This is just a list of ingredients I've used in the past. I do not list some ingredients like milo, sorghum, safflower seeds, corn, and timothy hay pellets. These aren't really eaten by gerbils and are wasted food. They will eat corn, but its not nutritious.

Grains
Seeds
Nuts
Proteins
Extras
Rolled Oats
Hemp Seeds
Pine Nuts
Manna Pro Calf Pellets
Raisens
Rolled Barley
Flax Seeds
Peanuts
Iams Original Cat Food
Dried Cranberries
Wheat
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts
Mealworms
Dehydrated Carrots
Rice
Chia Seeds
Almonds
Lentils
Dehydrated Bell Pepper
Millet
Canary Seed
Cashews
Alfalfa Pellets
Dehydrated Sweet Potato
Quinoa
Pumpkin Seed
Pistacios
Split Peas
Dehydrated Green Beans
Buckwheat
Hazelnuts
Unsweetened Banana Chips
Cereal w/ 0g sugar
Pecans
Dried Fruits