can gerbils eat barley

Can Gerbils Eat Barley?

Barley is a member of the grass family and is a major cereal grain. It is grown widely around the wold but was one of the first cultivated grains. It is a staple food in Tibetan cuisine and in many other countries. It has also been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and many distilled beverages such as beers and ales.

So can gerbils eat barley at all?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, we are interested in its calcium, sugar, phosphorus, acidic, water, fat, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,473 kJ (352 kcal)
Carbohydrates
77.7 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Dietary fiber 15.6 g
Fat
1.2 g
Protein
9.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 13 μg
160 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.191 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.114 mg
Niacin (B3) (31%) 4.604 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.282 mg
Vitamin B6 (20%) 0.26 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 23 μg
Choline (8%) 37.8 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 29 mg
Iron (19%) 2.5 mg
Magnesium (22%) 79 mg
Manganese (63%) 1.322 mg
Phosphorus (32%) 221 mg
Potassium (6%) 280 mg
Sodium (1%) 9 mg
Zinc (22%) 2.13 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see barley contains a lot of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, a lot of acidic content, and a hint of fat and sugar.

This means it is not the best food for gerbils.

If they nibble a little of it, they will be fine but it isn’t a food that should really be fed to them purposely.