Can Gerbils Eat Chives?

Can Gerbils Eat Chives?

Chives are a perennial plant that are the smallest species of the edible onion genus. They are native to North America, Europe and Asia.

Chives are often grown in home gardens and also found in supermarkets and grocery stores across the world.

They are usually diced and the flowerbuds are removed before they are added to different culinary dishes.

So can gerbils eat chives at all?

Before we can answer this question we need to look at all the nutritional facts surrounding this plant.

In particular we should be looking at the:

  • water content
  • acidic content
  • phosphorus content
  • salt content
  • fat content
  • sugar content
  • calcium content

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.35 g
Sugars 1.85 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Fat
0.73 g
Protein
3.27 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(27%) 218 μg
(24%) 2612 μg
323 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.115 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.647 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.324 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (26%) 105 μg
Vitamin C (70%) 58.1 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.21 mg
Vitamin K (203%) 212.7 μg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 92 mg
Iron (12%) 1.6 mg
Magnesium (12%) 42 mg
Manganese (18%) 0.373 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 58 mg
Potassium (6%) 296 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.56 mg

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see from the nutritional facts above this plant contains a lot of calcium, phosphorus and acidic content. Also a hint of sugar and fat.

Therefore what this means is that NO a gerbil cannot eat chives as they are toxic to them.

They are far too acidic and have high amounts of phosphorus content that would be bad for their health.

Make sure you avoid this food when it comes to feeding your gerbil.

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