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Post by Joylion on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 6:01 pm

Hello!

I just adopted two mice and I can't use the mouse food that they were on before. It has peanuts in it and I can't have peanuts in the house. I was reading that parakeet food is best. I saw the diet sticky and noticed the parakeet foods listed have dyes in them. I figure dyes aren't the healthiest for the mice. I found a different parakeet food without dyes in it but it has a lot of wheat and corn. What do you all think of these trade offs? Thanks!

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 10:44 am

That food is ok. It’s a smidgen low on fat and doesn’t have much variety (only 4 whole ingredients), but it is very similar to one of the parakeet diets listed in the sticky.  Don’t quote me on this, but I believe Higgins is another brand that doesn’t use artificial dyes or flavorings and their Sunburst blend usually has pretty decent variety too. Or you could just look into adding to the mix you’ve linked to boost variety.

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Post by Joylion on Fri 06 Apr 2018, 2:36 pm

Thank you for your reply. In sort of a hurry I ended up buying the Vitakraft. I'm not sure how long that'll last but I figured it would be okay to go through a bag of it even with dyes. My new mice love it. I also gave them some carrot as a treat and they loved that too, even the more timid of the two came up to me.

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