This diet is purchased as a powder mixture and meant to be mixed with water, treated honey, and scrambled eggs. Depending on the mixture, you may or may not need to add Australian Bee Pollen since some formulas come pre-made with it. The HPW mixture is then frozen and lasts about three to four months for one sugar glider.
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 cups treated honey
- 3 scrambled eggs
- 1/4 cup HPW powder (without bee pollen, and double the amount for nursing females)
- 1 tablespoon Australian bee pollen
Cook eggs (some people microwave them) and set aside for later. In a separate bowl, mix the water and honey until the honey is dissolved. Mix in HPW powder and mix well. Blend the eggs, bee pollen, and 1/2 to 1 cup of the HPW liquid mixture. Blend for 2 minutes and add in the rest of the HPW mixture. Blend for an additional 2 minutes. Put in a freezer-safe, airtight bowl and place in the freezer. You will get an ice cream consistency when frozen.
This diet is served alongside fruits and vegetables, mealworms, dried papaya, yogurt drops, boiled chicken, crickets, or hardboiled eggs with the shell on. Some people also offer a very small amount of sugar glider staple food (pelleted food from the pet store) as an afternoon snack. Any and all uneaten fruits and veggies should be removed the morning after feeding.
How Much to Feed Each Day
For each sugar glider, feed:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons HPW diet
- 1 tablespoon mixed fruits (offer fruits with a similar calcium to phosphorous ratio as the HPW diet)
- 1 tablespoon mixed vegetables (offer veggies with a similar calcium to phosphorous ratio as the HPW diet)
Calcium to Phosphorous Ratio
The HPW diet has a calcium to phosphorous ratio of 1.29:1. Sugar glider diets should always maintain a calcium:phosphorous ratio of 1.5-2 calcium:1 phosphorous. This is not to say you cannot feed anything that doesn't have this ratio but maintain the proper overall ratio with all the combined foods you feed.
In other words, balance out what you feed. If you feed something higher in phosphorous occasionally, make sure you balance it out with something higher in calcium to get the appropriate calcium: phosphorous ratio.