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How to introduce a new food

Small animals aren’t big on adventure.  We get that: the world is a big place, and they are tiny.  They worry.  

 They are particularly cautious about what they eat, and since anything they swallow has to go through the whole system and come out the other end, we can’t blame them one bit.  (Food only goes one way through small animals, even if it is upsetting their tummies.)

 This means any new food or snack or supplement has to be introduced patiently.

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OMG WHAT IS THAT NEW THING??????

Start out by giving them a tablespoon per day. The first few days they might not touch the new things at all. Avoid putting their new snacks or supplements on top of greens, pellets, or mixing in to hay at first – we don’t want them to stop eating the things they already trust because this new stuff is all over it. Make a fuss about the new stuff, tell them how good it is. Give the experience a catchword or phrase, and repeat that each time.  “Do you want the special stuff?”  Do a little snack dance. They’ll get the idea, and work up their confidence, and soon they’ll try it.

 Then there will be no looking back. They will run up to you when they hear the bag, and look forward to their herbs and flowers with great anticipation.  Yup, leaping and begging and zooming. Maybe even some squeaking or chattering.  We encourage you to keep up the snack dancing, though, just because it is great to think of everyone out there dancing around with bags of herbs.  If it helps, we do the snack dance too.

Go grab a bog of herbs here and join the dance.

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