Chickens are a domesticated fowl and a subspecies of the red junglefowl.
They are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals with a population of more than 19 billion in 2011.
There are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird or domestic animal apparently.
Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.
Chicken is then eaten in a wide variety of ways in many different culinary dishes and is a staple food in many different countries, civilizations and cultures.
So can gerbils eat chicken at all?
They can’t unfortunately.
It contains too much fat for them to eat and is not a good food for them.
A food to avoid unfortunately.
Papadum is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food from the Indian subcontinent;
It is typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour (urad flour), fried or cooked with dry heat.
Flours made from other sources such as lentils, chickpeas, rice, tapioca, or potato can be used.
Papadums are typically served as an accompaniment to a meal in many different countries.
In certain parts of India, papadums which have been dried but not cooked are used in curries and vegetable dishes.
So can gerbils eat poppadoms at all?
Yes they are fine for them to eat as long as they don’t eat too many of them
. Also, make sure that they don’t have anything else added to them as they don’t handle the sauces and dips that go with poppadoms very well.
Toast is a well known breakfast food which is made by toasting bread. Usually spreads are added to the toast before eating.
Toast is commonly eaten with butter or margarine and sweetened toppings, such as jam or jelly.
Regionally, savory spreads, such as peanut butter or yeast extracts, may also be popular.
When buttered, toast may also be served as an accompaniment to savory dishes.
These dishes include soups or stews, or topped with heartier ingredients like eggs or baked beans as a light meal. (source wikipedia)
So can gerbils eat toast?
Yes they can eat as long as it doesn’t have any spreads on it and is just plain and dry.
It is best eaten in small amounts on an occasional basis only.
They will really enjoy it.
Tuna are loved and highly regarded as a delicacy in many different countries where they are exported to. They are prepared in culinary dishes in a number of different ways so as to achieve certain different flavors and textures.
It can be served as a steak, and when it is the meat of most species is known for its thickness and somewhat tough texture.
There are some species of tuna such as the bluefin that are also known for the large amount of blood they expel whilst they are being gutted.
So can gerbils eat tuna?
It is not the best food to give to gerbils due to what it contains. They are better off eating other foods as unfortunately it contains a lot of salt, which is not good for them at all.
Weetabix is the british version of the original Australian Weet-Bix and were both invented by the Australian Bennison Osborne.
Weetabix is made from whole grain wheat and the version sold in the United Kingdom has 3.8 g of fibre in a 37.5 g serving (2 biscuits). The product sold in North America has 4 grams of fibre in a 35 g serving. (source wikipedia)
So can gerbils eat weetabix at all?
Yes they can eat it in small amounts in a dry state. They will enjoy eating it.
Just make sure it isn’t served with milk as it will make them sick.
They also can’t eat any sweetened weetabix or that which is flavored.
Sultanas are white, oval seedless grapes and the originated in Asia. It is also the name given to the raisin made from it or from larger seedless grapes. They are larger than zante currants and differ from raisins. However in the united states, all dried grapes are called raisins.
The difference between the three dried fruits is that sultanas are seedless, large berried and light yellow fruits. They are larger than currants and smaller than raisins.
So can gerbils eat sultanas?
They are not the best for gerbils to eat as like raisins, sultanas are high in acidic content, sugar and fat. So they can eat one or two very occasionally. But anything more than that is not good for the gerbil.
They will eat as many as you give them, so do be careful with how much you feed them.
Oysters are a seafood that is eaten all around the world as a food.
They were an important food source in all coastal areas where they could be found, and oyster fisheries were an important industry where they were plentiful.
They are an excellent source of zinc, iron, calcium, and selenium, as well as vitamin A and vitamin B12.
So can gerbils eat oysters at all?
Unfortunately, they can’t eat them at all, as they are too full of salt for gerbils to eat. So there are plenty of other good foods for gerbils to eat.
Oregano is a perennial herb that grows from 20-80cm in height. It has opposite leaves that measure between 1-4cm in length. Oregano will grow in a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. It has purple flowers that measure between 3-4mm in length and have erect spkes. It is also called wild marjoram.
So can gerbils eat oregano?
Unfortunately they can’t eat it. It is too high in fat for gerbils to eat. There are much better foods for gerbils to eat.
See nutritional facts here
Tangerines are a well known citrus fruit that are eaten around the world as a snack fruit.
They are orange-colored and are closely related, or possibly a type of mandarin orange.
They are smaller and less rounded than common oranges and their taste is considered less sour but they are stronger and sweeter than oranges. They have a peel that is bitter and very thin which makes them much easier to peel than oranges. They are also easier to split into segments.
So can gerbils eat tangerines at all?
We take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 223 kJ (53 kcal)
Sugars 10.58 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(4%) 34 μg
(1%) 155 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.058 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.036 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.376 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.216 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.078 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Choline (2%) 10.2 mg
Vitamin C (32%) 26.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.2 mg
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (1%) 0.15 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.039 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 166 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
As you can see tangerines contain a hint of salt, a little phosphorus, calcium, quite a lot of acidic content and a lot of sugar.
This means that tangerines are not great for gerbils to eat. They contain too much sugar content for gerbils. They will also get stomach pains from the acidic content.
Turnips are a root vegetable that is commonly grown in temperate climates around the world, mainly for its white, bulbous taproot that is eaten in various ways, forms and using different methods.
So can gerbils eat turnips?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, phosphorus, and calcium content is of most importance as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Sugars 0.5 g
Dietary fiber 3.5 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(48%) 381 μg
(42%) 4575 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%) 118 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.4 mg
Vitamin E (13%) 1.88 mg
Vitamin K (350%) 368 μg
Calcium (14%) 137 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (4%) 203 mg
Sodium (2%) 29 mg
As you can see, turnips contain a little phosphorus, a hint of salt, fat and sugar, plus a lot of calcium and acidic content.
This means it is not a good for gerbils to eat.
It is just too full of acidic and calcium content and will make them sick if they eat it.
A food to avoid feeding gerbils unfortunately.