Thank you to thefeldhamster who helped me out on flickr by giving me the basic composition of the diet that should be included,
and thank you to a user of a french hamster forum (SeriousMoonlight being her username, just in case) for her useful thread with ideas to add variety to a hamster diet.
All the ingredients added up to a total of around 25-30 euros for 5.5kg, so 6 euros per kg which is 1 euro cheaper than the best hamster mix available here in France.
The mix contains (in weight rather than percentage, easier when it comes to buying the ingredients):
- 1.5kg of cereal, both flakes and grain: oats (flakes), barley (grain), wheat (grain), rye (flakes).
- 1kg of small bird seeds: flat millet, canary, flax, rape, black sesame, hemp, clover.
- 1.5kg of freeze dried herbs, vegetables and flowers: milk thistle, alfalfa, wheat grass, dandelion, ginko leaves, carrot flakes, bell pepper (will be adding dried zuchinni and dried brocolli when I find them).
- 800g of freeze dried animal protein: mealworms, grass hoppers, gammarus (small shrimp), silkworm larvae.
- 500g of fatty seeds and nuts: walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- 200g of "treats": dried sweet pea flakes, rice flakes, dried fruit (banana, apple, papaya, cranberries).
All in good proportions for a balanced diet.
This is a diet made for Syrian hamsters, a diet for smaller species of hamsters should contain a majority of bird seeds instead of cereal, and less fruits.
Smaller hamsters should not have any flaked cereal in their diet either aparently, although I have not researched why since I don't own any dwarfs.
This isn't the cheapest or the easiest solution, but it's a more balanced and natural one (all products used are organic apart possibly the bird seeds and insects which were purchased in a pet store).
Compared to "Versele Laga Hamster Nature", top quality brand here in france:
I thought I'd share incase other users would like to make their own mix.
You can add in variety as long as you get the amounts right, it doesn't have to be the exact same ingredients.
Edited by MilkyFactory, 12 February 2012 - 06:55 PM.