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Scatter feeding & rotting food

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by Almond, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Almond

    Almond PetForums Newbie

    Nov 29, 2018
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    Hello! I am doing research on whether or not to scatter feed my gerbils food or feed them in a bowl. I know scatter feeding is more stimulating for the little ones, but doesn't that cause rotting food problems when they want to hide it away in their tunnels? Does their dry food rot that easily, or is it just the fresh stuff you have to worry about?
  2. Torin.

    Torin. PetForums VIP

    May 18, 2014
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    Moisture is needed for food to rot. So that puts fresh food at greater risk. Dry food will only rot in a standard set-up if you are incredibly overdue with the basic care of cleanouts to the degree that all the substrate is damp. If you're looking after them well there's no risk :)

    I usually scatter feed dry food, and put fresh food in a heap. And ideally work out asap what sort of amount of fresh food will be eaten straight away rather than cached at all.
    Tiggers likes this.
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