When it comes to which food is best for gerbils it’s obviously debatable. Some say that pellets are best, and other say that certain seed mixes are better. I say that it deppends on how your gerbil is doing with that certain diet, if it likes the diet or not and if its getting fat/slim.
Why seed mixes?
Seed mixes are best if you have a few gerbils kept as pets and you don’t use them for breeding, so they don’t need any special aditions to their diet. You can find those mixes readily available in pet stores or buy them online. Pellets are a good adition to their overal diet, but some gerbil might not like pellets at all, so seed mixes are a good solution to that.
How to feed gerbils with seed mixes?
You can put the mix in a bowl on an elevated spot, because bedding could get in the bowl and you won’t know if your gerbils ate everything or not. Make sure that you add no more food to the bowl until its empty so your gerbils has all the needed nutrients to stay healthy. Try to check on that at least once a day, so your gerbils don’t run out of food.
But the best way to go is to spread the mix 1-2 times per day on their bedding. By that you wake their natural instinct to forage for food when hungry and prevent boredom kicking in.
I feed them by spreading the mix over the bedding, but also have a bowl with food on an elevated place just in case.
Which seed mix is the best?
There are seed mixes specially designed just for gerbils and their nutritional needs. That makes the feeding task easy.
Most owners had best experiences with Gerri Gerbil and Ecotrition mixed with pellets.
I’ve read that some recommend Kaytee’s mix and some say that it is not a really good mix.
The best way to know if your gerbils are doing well with that given diet is to watch if they even like it and eat it or leave half of the ingredients, and if they are getting slimmer or chubbier, or are doing great with it.
What if I don’t have that option?
Many seed mix brands are not completely well designed for gerbils, and those that are, are more expensive. There are also cases that a pet store doesn’t sell food for gerbils. In this case u can dilute a hamster mix by taking most of the sunflower seeds out and add high fibre pellets.
Some gerbils wont like those pellets at all, so you’ll have to take another option and buy specially designed mixes just for gerbils which are a bit more expensive.
Unfortunately not everyone has options to have everything perfect, so they have to buy what is available and make something out of it. But you can try to order online if that store ships to your country.
Downside of seed mixes.
Gerbils can be picky eaters and choose what they preffer first and leave the rest of a seed mix in the bowl not eaten. That’s why you can add pellets, beacuse they make it impossible for gerbils to pick out what they like and leave the rest so they’ll get all the nutritional benefits from eating them.
Do seed mixes have an expiration date?
Yes, they do. Make sure when buying a mix that it is fresh, because most ingredients lose their nutritional values and vitamins over time. So if you keep only a few gerbils as pets, this is the best way to go with feeding your gerbils. Be sure to check the date when the food was made so you don’t accidentaly buy it old or expired.