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How to feed, tame, and train a gerbil - 05/21/2013

Gerbils are natural seed eaters and do well on commercial gerbil food mixes that contain sunflower seeds among other things. These products are labeled for hamsters and gerbils since the two species have the same basic dietary requirements. When you feed your gerbil, separate out the sunflower seeds from a handful of food and put only the remaining mixture in the food dish. This food should be available to the gerbils at all times. The sunflower seeds will be set aside as treats. Tiny amounts of fresh vegetables such as shredded carrots should also be placed in the food dish once or twice a week. Crickets and mealworms are optional treats if you are comfortable with such things. Only offer sunflower seeds from your hand which is something I call "seed training." Lay an open hand containing a couple of sunflower seeds in the bottom of the cage and patiently wait for your gerbil to take the seeds. If it does not take the seeds, do not give the seeds to it "for free." He (or she) will quickly learn that tasty sunflower seeds come only from your hand. At first, your gerbil will take a seed and run, but the tamer he gets, he will start to eat the seeds while still on or near your hand. Gradually try new things like lifting your hand with him in it or stroking him with one finger as he eats. An actual "trick" to teach your gerbil is to first stand on his hind legs and later walk on his hind legs toward a treat (sunflower seeds seem to wo...

How to feed, tame, and train a gerbil

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