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    Question Wont eat leafy greens

    Recently my NR foxer female Maeve has begun turning her nose up to any leafy greens I offer. She used to eat her leafy greens after leaving them in her room for only an hour or two. She enjoys cauliflower and carrots, picks at broccoli, and will only eat leafy greens after they've shriveled up and dried out. How can I encourage her to eat her leafy greens with as much gusto as she used too?

    Her current feeding schedule consists of:
    7:00 AM - 1 HHB

    12:00 PM - 1 HHB + Fresh veggies (Usually leafy greens)

    3:00 PM - More fresh veggies (Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, ect.) + Nuts & fruit treats

    9:00 PM - Esbliac + heavy whipping cream (she has a hard time keeping her weight up, due to her condition and pickiness with food).

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    Default Re: Wont eat leafy greens

    Is your squirrel a juvenile, or an adult? Are you giving any source (block or nutritional ball) that provides a supplement of minerals and other nutrients with these foods?

    Once tree squirrels mature their need of both higher calories, and greens to balance grain and berry sources, decreases. Even so they should be offered specific green foods that contain higher levels of calcium, with lower levels of anti nutrients.

    Some of the best sources of calcium include the immature leaves of: Chicory, Escarole, Lettuces: (Romaine lettuce, Frise', oak leaf lettuce).

    Calcium rich goitrogenic greens low in calcium lowering anti-nutrients (Mizuna, Bok Choy, Pok Choy, Kale, arugula), feed baby immature leaves, and for cabbage, or cabbage like sources, blanch them for 4 minutes in boiling water, which disables most of these calcium lowering compounds, and reduces the gassiness, and bitterness some also.

    Add this source to the leaves, it is a healthy seed oil that gives greens a nutty aroma and taste, that dampens the typical bitterness of their flavor.

    https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Seed-...mpany++pumpkin

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    Default Re: Wont eat leafy greens

    Quote Originally Posted by Diggie's Friend View Post
    Is your squirrel a juvenile, or an adult? Are you giving any source (block or nutritional ball) that provides a supplement of minerals and other nutrients with these foods?

    Once tree squirrels mature their need of both higher calories, and greens to balance grain and berry sources, decreases. Even so they should be offered specific green foods that contain higher levels of calcium, with lower levels of anti nutrients.

    Some of the best sources of calcium include the immature leaves of: Chicory, Escarole, Lettuces: (Romaine lettuce, Frise', oak leaf lettuce).

    Calcium rich goitrogenic greens low in calcium lowering anti-nutrients (Mizuna, Bok Choy, Pok Choy, Kale, arugula), feed baby immature leaves, and for cabbage, or cabbage like sources, blanch them for 4 minutes in boiling water, which disables most of these calcium lowering compounds, and reduces the gassiness, and bitterness some also.

    Add this source to the leaves, it is a healthy seed oil that gives greens a nutty aroma and taste, that dampens the typical bitterness of their flavor.

    https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Seed-...mpany++pumpkin
    She is a juvenile, She is currently eating Henrys Healthy Block

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