The Bourbon's Modified Leadbeater's sugar glider diet, or BML diet for short, is a version of the original Leadbeater's Diet, a well-known, nutritionally complete diet used to feed pet sugar gliders. It is a widely accepted, tried and true homemade diet for sugar gliders.
The BML diet for sugar gliders should not be used in conjunction with other formulated diets, such as Brisky's Sugar Glider food or Sunseed Sugar Glider Formula, and if any part of the recipe is changed or substituted your glider will probably not eat it (gliders can be picky).
After preparing a batch of the BML diet, you will have a real meal time saver on your hands since this recipe will create ready to serve cubes of food that you can feed to your sugar glider each day.
- 1/4 cup regular apple juice
- 1/2 cup regular honey (do not use raw or unfiltered)
- 1 hard-boiled egg with shell removed
- 4 oz. Premixed Mixed Fruit or Banana Yogurt Gerber Juice (2 oz. plain yogurt and 2 oz. mixed fruit juice can be substituted)
- 1 tsp. Rep-Cal Herpivite Vitamin Supplement (the one with the Blue Label)
- 2 tsp. Rep-Cal Calcium Supplement Non-Phosphorous with Vit. D3 (the one with the Pink Label)
- 2 - 2.5 oz. jars of chicken baby food
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup Gerber dry baby cereal (mixed or oatmeal but most sugar gliders prefer the rice with fruit flavors)
Blend the honey, egg, and apple juice in a blender until it is smooth. Turn off the blender and add the Gerber juice and Rep-cal Herpivite Vitamin Supplement. Blend the mixture until it is smooth and then turn off the blender again. Add the Rep-cal Calcium Supplement, the chicken baby food, wheat germ, and dry baby cereal. One last time, blend it until it is smooth and then pour it all into regular size ice cube trays, filling each compartment only halfway.
Then place the half filled ice cube trays in the freezer. Once the mixture is frozen, simply place one cube of the BML diet in your sugar glider's food dish a few hours earlier than feeding time (which is typically in the evening) to allow the cube to melt a bit. Remove it the following morning to avoid any food spoilage or attracting any unwanted insects.
The BML diet should be fed along with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables at each meal. If you are using frozen food items then you can place them in the food dish at the same time as the frozen cube of BML diet to allow everything to thaw together. By the time your sugar glider is ready to eat, their food will be soft.
A full ice cube equals about 2 Tbsp. and the BML diet should be served in 1 Tbsp. increments, along with 1 Tbsp. fresh or frozen fruit and 1 Tbsp. fresh or frozen vegetables each evening. This is why you only fill the ice cube tray compartments halfway with the BML diet when you are preparing it. Smaller ice cube trays that can be fully filled are also available if you'd prefer those.
Small snacks, such as mealworms, fresh fruit, or treats may be offered mid-day along with this diet if your sugar glider is extra hungry but the recipe for the BML diet itself should not be altered.
Sugar gliders have very specific dietary requirements that keep them healthy and happy. A diet lacking in calcium and appropriate vitamins, for example may contribute to your sugar glider developing metabolic bone disease (MBD), like reptiles commonly get, and make their legs more prone to fracturing.
Diets lacking in honey or sugary nectar (which they eat regularly in the wild and are named after) do not provide enough energy for sugar gliders who need it for all the jumping and gliding that they do so they may not be as active, mentally stimulated, and strong without it.