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Post by Kaelico on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 8:14 pm

This is the diet I've come up with so far for my future mice:

50-50 mix of Sunseed Sunscription Parakeet Formula and Supreme Petfoods Science Selective Rat Food. I'm planning on also supplementing their diet 3-4 times a week with different pastas, plain cereals, and cooked meats and possibly the occasional hard boiled egg (not a whole egg) and healthy dog biscuits as well. Does this sound like a rounded diet? I'm trying to figure everything out before I get the mice so I have a solid plan but researching mouse nutrition is kind of overwhelming! There's a LOT of information out there lol.

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Post by peas on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 4:25 am

If you post the ingredients people might have a better idea.

I like giving a good dog kibble just about every day.

Nutrition is important but don't drive yourself too crazy. Just make sure you limit the amount of "bad" stuff they are getting as much as possible.

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Post by CallaLily on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 8:21 am

Yes, this sounds good to me. I would also suggest adding small amounts of fruit/veg at least a couple times a week. Feeder insects (can be freeze dried or live) are a great natural treat/supplement to give a few times a week too. My mice love mealworms, crickets, and calciworms. I also occasionally give them freeze dried shrimp too.

It is overwhelming but it sounds like you're on the right path. Smile

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Post by Kaelico on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 12:47 pm

Thanks for the help. I'll add those insects to my diet plan. What kind of fruits and vegetables can mice have? I thought I read somewhere that most usually have too much water content but maybe I read something wrong.

Here's the ingredients in the Sunseed Sunscription Parakeet Formula:

Ingredients
White Millet, Oat Groats, Canary Grass Seed, Red Millet, Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Wheat Middlings, Golden German Millet, Steam-Rolled Oats, Corn Gluten Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Flax Seed, Calcium Carbonate, Ground Oat Groats, Safflower Seed, Dried Egg, Vegetable Oil, Dehydrated Carrots, Dehydrated Papaya, Dehydrated Parsley, Dried Mountain Ash Berry, Dried Chamomile Flowers, Dehydrated Coconut, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Algae Meal, Torula Dried Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Fructooligosaccharide, Zinc Methionine Complex, Manganese Methionine Complex, Copper Lysine Complex, Cobal, t Glucoheptonate, Dl-Methionine, Yeast Culture, Orange Oil Extract, Ground Rolled Oats, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Color Added (Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min): 13%, Crude Fat (min): 5%, Crude Fiber (max): 10%, Moisture (max): 12%, Calcium (min-max): 0.6%, Phosphorus (min): 0.3%


Supreme Petfoods Science Selective Rat Food:

COMPOSITION
Wheat, soybean meal, barley, oats, soya oil, dried apples, dried blackcurrants, wheat feed, limestone flour, salt.

NUTRITIONAL ADDITIVES/Kg
Vitamin A 15000 IU, Vitamin D³ 1500 IU, Ferrous sulphate monohydrate 152mg, Calcium iodate anhydrous 1.5 mg, Copper sulphate pentahydrate 20 mg, Manganese oxide 38 mg, Zinc oxide 62 mg, Sodium selenite 0.2 mg.

ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS
Protein 14.0%, Crude fibre 4.0%, Fat content 4.0%, Inorganic matter 5.0%, Calcium 0.6%, Phosphorus 0.4%.


My biggest worry is that protein is too low at only 13.5%. What can I add to raise it?

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Post by CallaLily on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 1:24 pm

The protein is perfect for the average pet mouse from untracked lines. If you're getting from a reputable breeder, ask them what their line does best with. If you do need to up the protein for whatever reason, feeder insects can really help there. Some will recommend dog food for this, and that's ok too. I just personally prefer the insects because it's more natural.

There's a safe list of foods stickied here in the nutrition section to get you started. You do want to go slowly introducing new foods to try to prevent yummy upsets. And as you probably know, fruits and veggies are just a healthy supplement to their main staple (a good seed mix), so just make sure they dont ever have so much of them that it keeps them from eating their food.

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