Sugar Gliders are small possums which have a skin membrane between their limbs that allows them to glide. They have an omnivorous diet which includes plant exudates like sap, gum, nectar & pollen. They also feed on insects and insect secretions (eg lerp, manna). In captivity, gliders are often fed large amounts of fruits & vegetables that may be deficient in essential protein, vitamins & minerals. To provide a balanced diet, these foods can be supplemented with Wombaroo High Protein Supplement or Small Carnivore Food. See under resources for feeding guidelines for captive Sugar Gliders. Being marsupials, Sugar Gliders are born extremely undeveloped and kept in the mother's pouch during early development. The young exit the pouch once fully-furred and continue to consume mother's milk until weaning on to solid foods. We recommend to use Wombaroo Possum Milk Replacer to hand rear young Sugar Gliders. Two different stages of Possum Milk Replacer are available to cater for the different nutritional needs of the developing joey.
Nectar Shake n Make
Wombaroo Nectar Shake 'N' Make is an easily prepared liquid food for nectar-eating birds and animals including lorikeets, honeyeaters & sugar gliders.
- Just add water and shake.
- Makes a liquid nectar that replicates the natural diet.
- Nectar can be stored frozen in ice-cube trays, and thawed-out as required.
Storage Suggestion: Freeze into ice cube trays and thaw out as required.
Sucrose, glucose, maltodextrin, whey protein isolate, hydrolysed casein, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, carotenoids (colour enhancers) vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.
Protein 12% Fat 5% Carbohydrate 76% Fibre 0.7% Calcium 0.7% Iron 40mg/kg Vitamin A 3000IU/kg Metabolisable Energy (ME) 17 MJ/kg
100g makes 500mL of nectar.
Also available as Wombaroo Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food in 300g, 1.5kg, 4.5kg & 9kg packs
To make 500mL: Half fill bottle with warm water and shake to disperse powder. Then fill bottle with more water and shake.
Store nectar in refrigerator for one day or freeze for upto one month. Freeze small portions in ice-cube trays and thaw-out as required. Do not re-freeze thawed nectar.
For added variety and flavour, make-up using half water and half fruit juice.
Feeding Captive Birds
Use Nectar Shake 'N' Make as a treat for captive lorikeets, lories & honeyeaters. Do not overfeed as this is wasteful and may cause obesity in captive birds. Birds should be offered fresh fruit and blossom daily.
Supplementing Wild Birds
Wombaroo Nectar Shake 'N' Make can be used as a supplement for attracting native birds into the garden. Set up an elevated feeding station on a pole or suspended from the branch of a tree. Provide the prepared food in a shallow, glazed bowl or feeding tube. Ration daily feed to no more than 10mL per lorikeet or 5mL per honeyeater. Always limit the amount of food offered to reduce dependence on the food. Remove the bowl after feeding and thoroughly clean it - disease transmission can be a problem at feed stations. Be aware that when you attract birds into your garden you may also be attracting predators, so steps may need to be taken to avoid this problem.
For larger volumes
If feeding larger volumes use the Wombaroo Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food, as this is available in more cost effective bulk sizes and made up at a higher concentration. This product also comes with suggested maintenance feed volumes per day.