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The new Harry Hamster actually has a newer and much nicer packaging than the one pictured in this review!
I have had my lovely long haired syrian for nearly 4 months now and he loves this food! Alongside others on the market, I found this to be a competitive price and of great quality!
Price and lasting
I buy this from my local pets at home store for just £2 per bag! When compared to others which are of equal price or higher priced (not including ones like tesco value, my hamster is worth more than that!), this so far has been my (and my hamsters) favourite choice!
For £2, this food comes in a 700g bag which doesn't sound a lot, but when considering how much hamsters actually eat, it does last a while! So far my first bag of this food last me around 2 months! I am almost at the end of my second bag and won't even be considering another brand.
That means to feed my hamster, it only costs me £1 per month! Nobody can complain at that.
The great thing about harry hamster food is the variation it provides. It has the usual hamster muesli which you'd find in any of the usual bags of hamster food alongside a range of nuts and seeds including the sunflower seed which has proven a favourite with my hamster named peanut!
I like to give my hamster treats like dried sweetcorn, but the great thing about this food is that it also has sweetcorn in it!
This hamster food provides a supplement towards the diet for hamsters, as the packaging states this food contains-
8% of their fibre
19% of their protein
34 calories per 10g
Which means they also need extra protein and fibre from other sources! Because of this I also make sure my hamster peanut gets plenty of treats, gnaw sticks and hamster extras for his cage!
Any hamster owner should know a hamster also does need a mineral block and salt lick in their cage, which is where they get their daily minerals from!
This food provides a range of sizes, many fit nice into my hamsters cheek pouches for him to carry around, and some perfect for him to hold and nibble on. In fact, most of the food I put in for peanut ends up being buried in the corner of his cage!
I change my hamsters food every other day, as by that time he has usually eaten (or hidden) all his favourites out of his bowl and left the greens at the bottom! Hamsters are just like kids in that way, he enjoys the fatty peanuts and sweetcorn but he knows to leave his greens haha! Because of this, every other day I chuck out the remaining bits and replace it with fresh food, to make sure he gets plenty to eat!
I would really recommend this to anyone with a hamster, whether its a syrian or dwarf hamster, it is fantastic!
For just £2 a bag which lasts me 2 months, I can't complain at the price, or the quality!
Thankyou for reading, I also post on Ciao!
When it comes to my hamsters I am more fussy than they are when it comes to their diet! Having bred my own litter and having a few of my furry friends die this year alone I now am down to my fab four Syrians....Trevor Arnold, Reginald Arthur, Englebert Humphrey and Winefred Agnes! We are members of our local hamster society (yes really lol) and I take my ownership of my lot very seriously and its a pastime which costs me absoloutely loads of dosh I don't mind admitting that!
Somerset Hamster Society recommend Harry hamster food but we have been more than happy with the food we get from Pets At Home however I have noticed a couple of mine are not all that keen on it and mainly eating the fresh fruit and vegetables that I put in their cages instead so I decided to try them on this (you have to mix foods for a good few days or you can upset their delicate tummies if your not very careful indeed), before totally replacing it.
I went for the Harry Hamster Supreme Hamster food thinking it sounded good and it comes in different sizes and I bought a 700g bag of it from Amazon for £1.92 (and almost £2.00 postage and packaging as well) though this is available in all good pet shops and so on.
It comes in a dark green bag with a picture of a hamster on the front of it and with a picture of the food and we are told what it is and who it is by, then on the back of the bag we are told a bit about the food, the nutritioanal composition of it is given as well as the ingredients used and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its not a resealable bag though I do have a food container for my lot and I suggest you get one really to store dry food in.
The Food Itself:
The dry food is varying in colour, shapes, size and texture and consists of alfalfa, maize, wheat, oats, beans, peas, peanuts, sunflower seeds, as well as soya and pellets so its a nice colour mix and certainly isn't 'dusty' which I hate.
My lot love the beans, peas and peanuts within this and thats their food usually of choice anyway. They avoid the pellets though and less appealing to them is the oats and wheat which they eat before ignoring the pellets...eventually so I'm glad this is packed with the stuff that they do like.
It sounds crunchy as they munch through it and of course this is vitamin, mineral and probiotic enriched as well as low in salt and sugar (particulary the sugar content is important to dwaf hamsters as they are so prone to diabetes) and I'm confident that this keeps their very sharp teeth down somewhat and sharp and healthy.
This is a little more than I'm used to paying for hamster food but for me I can rest assured this is good quality food an it looks nice and filling for them so for now, we'll be sticking with it!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Supreme Harry Hamster Food is an excellent dry mix that provides all of the nutrition your hamster needs! My little ones particularly enjoy the pumpkin seeds, peanuts still in the shell and sunflower seeds. As with most hamster foods, small pellets of alfalfa are included - these are not so popular!
Hamster teeth grow constantly and therefore it is important that they eat a dry mix to keep them in check. Because this mix has lots of goodies in it, it is important not to refill their food too often as they will just eat their favourite bits! Make sure your hamster eats the coloured chunks - they are hard and good for their teeth.
I would recommend Harry Hamster for all species of hamster but I find my little Roborovski girl much prefers a mix developed especially for dwarf hamsters. I supplement all of my hamsters' diets with fresh veg (once or twice a week) and a variety of baby foods (as an occasional treat)!
Harry mix is a good quality food for all types of hamster. It provides them with all the nutrients they need as a basic diet. Like all dry hamster mixes, it will need to be topped up with fresh foods for the ideal diet.
I am a breeder and exhibitor affiliated to the National Hamster Council, and all of my hamsters have this as the basis of their daily diet. We personally buy the mix in sacks and top it up with extra nuts, sunflower seeds, kitten food and porridge oats. We also feed the hamsters a variety of "extras" two or three times a week from: milky porridge, chicken, prawns, fruit and veg, dog biscuits, rusks, egg, pasta and onion/garlic-free baby food (not constantly, just to vary their diet and build them up nice and strong, particularly when they are pregnant or nursing). Harry Hamster on its own would keep a hamster from going hungry but the extras really help.
With a brand like Harry, you do need to remember not to overfeed them as there is a large selection of different foods within this brand and if you top up the food every day the hamster will simply pick out only the bits it likes (normally the nuts and sunflower seeds) and leave the bits it doesn't (yes, those alfalfa pellets, every time) thus not getting the benefit of a balanced diet.
Overall a good basic food though, which hamsters seem to enjoy.
This was the food i used for both my hamsters. I found that my hamsters both enjoyed the variety included in the pack although i did find that i had to augment the die with dog biscuits so they had more to chew as i felt they didnt have enough to gnaw within the selection. I also think it is important that although this is a super selection as a staple diet for a hamster they also need some fresh food for a healthy diet as they do not drink a lot of water but rather get moisture from foods if given the choice so it is important to provide this too. I chose this as it was approved by the National Hamster Council and my first hamster lived quite a long time on this diet - till he escaped....and it does provide a balanced diet for them though perhaps more whole peanuts in their shells would be a good addition to the pack to give them a challenge! a good value for money product.
We used to buy Wagg food for our hamsters, which looked a little like bird food, we were never really very impressed with it, but the other stuff was no better. And one day we went to a pet shop down the road which sold this at £2.40 a for a kilo, which was a little expensive as normally we pay around £1.50-£2.00, but when we opened the bag up, I was quite impressed, the pieces were nice and big and the food looked and smelled like it would be appreciated by our little hammys.
Harry Hamster Incudes: alfalfa, maize, wheat, naked oats, beans, peas and sunflower seeds, as well as soya extrusions and pellets which gives your hamster everything it needs in its diet.
As well as this, the food is the only hamster food to approved by the National Hamster Council...which means you know you can trust it to be a good nutritional meal for mr ham!
The mix of foods in Harry hamster is said to "encourage fouraging" as they dig around their bowl to find the right bits! :-)
Harry Hamster is loved by our hamsters, and although a little more expensive than some other hamster foods, it doesn't have terrible dusty bits at the bottom of the bag, and they all seem to eat it all up!
You can also buy Harry Hamster in 15kg bags if your a breeder, or just have a lot of hamsters to care for! This works out cheaper than buying individual bags, normally around £20 a bag! :-D
When I bought princess a couple of months ago the pet shop stressed the importance of feeding my hamster on Harry Hamster as this was the food she was used to. Instantly I though yeah yeah cleaver marketing ply to encourage us to spend more and bought Tesco value food instead. It's safe to say the food was left untouched and I started to worry. After a while I decided it was best to purchase some Harry Hamster food and Princess is as happy as ever.
Supreme Pet Foods provide a range of food for all small animals. Each product is given a name linked to the pet e.g. Harry Hamster.
The different type of food in the Supreme Pet Food Range is:
* Russell Rabbit - probably their most popular range providing nutritional food for rabbits from birth.
* Gerty Guinea Pig
* Reggie Rat
* Gerrie Gerbil
* Charlie Chinchilla
* Frankie Ferret
All foods claim to be healthy for the animal providing essential vitamins and nutrients for successful growth, digestion and tooth care.
Supreme Pet Foods also produce a syringe diet called Science-Recovery Diet for pets recovering from illness. The Recovery Diet includes high amounts of fibre so is useful for pets requiring a diet consisting of fibre. If your pet has been off food for a few days this will help then recuperate.
Harry Hamster food mix is supported by the National Hamster Council (I kid you not!). The Hamster council with a logo resembling something of Hogwarts can be found at http://www.hamsters-uk.org/. They are the "Oldest Hamster Club in the World" and advise that owners use the Hamster mix mainly because hamsters are usually fed this from birth and a change in diet can upset them and cause illness.
Harry Hamster provides all of the nutrients required for a balanced diet as well as keeping teeth healthy. Hamsters need hard substances in their diet to keep their teeth short. Long and sharp teeth can grow into the Hamsters gums causing cuts, which can easily become infected and stop the hamster eating completely.
Harry Hamster also contains essential proteins, vitamins and minerals required to keep hamsters healthy. Like humans hamsters need the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals to help bones and organs to function normally.
Like us hamsters need prebiotics to help with digestion and to improve the way their tummies work. Like humans hamsters can get bad wind if they are given too many Brussels sprouts, it is important that prebiotics are not replaced by greens. The raw oats and wheat in Harry Hamster provide the necessary prebiotics.
The pet treats from the Harry Hamster range are excellent. You can buy a variety of nibbles such as banana and Honey bars, wild fruit and nut bars and apple and cranberry bars (ideal for urinary infections).
Harry Hamster contains a mix of ingredients such as alfalfa, maize, peanuts (the peanuts are encased in a 'monkey nut' shell in which Princess loves to crack open and destroy although she leaves the nut) wheat, oats (described as naked), beans, peas and sunflower seeds, as well as soya extrusions and pellets (black twiggy ingredients my hamster likes to fire out of the cage).
The nutritional information is:
Protein - 17.1%, Fibre - 10.0%, Ash - 6.7%, Oil - 6.5%, Vitamin A - 14,000 iu/kg, Vitamin D3 - 2,000 iu/kg, Vitamin E - 60 mg/kg, and Copper - 17 mg/kg.
Princess loves her Harry Hamster food but likes to leave the woody ingredients and shows her disgust at the pellets by spitting them out of her cage. I first noticed this after 3 months and she has done this since.
Harry Hamster is reasonably priced for a large 1kg bag you can expect to pay around £1.20- £2.99. In many pet shops you can weigh your own Harry Hamster food and pay for the amount you get so the price could be as low as 20p. For the nutritional qualities and health benefits I am sure you would agree that this is a very good price. Although like most things these days even Harry Hamster is affected by the credit crunch and I have noticed rising prices in recent weeks.
Princess loves Harry Hamster in fact the hamsters I have had in the past have all loved Harry Hamster. If you decide to try this with your pet make sure you wean them onto it slowly as a sudden change in diet can make your little friend very ill. Supreme Pet Foods are very knowledgeable about small animals and choosing to feed your hamster Harry Hamster is a good one.
Harry Hamster mix is one of the very few branded hamster foods avaliable, if it is not the only one then it is definately the best and most well known around, as every pet shop I have ever been to stocks it, and it only. Harry Hamster is designed specifially for Hamsters but I believe that it can be eaten by most other rodents, although it would be best to check at your pet shop first. Most pet shops now sell it by the kilo loose and will set you back less than £2. Just recently they have also started to make them in seeled bags, this is brilliant for pet owners because it gives us a little bit more reassurence. It is plastic so we know that nothing can get in and out between the time it is at the factory and the time we get it home. This menas that contanination is at a minimum and shouldn't go stale in the air. This mix is designed to be a hamsters staple and therefore contains all the goodness and balance of a diet. It includes, peanuts (shelled and unshelled), sunflower seeds (with shell), flaked maize, various other small seeds and carrot and apple favoured dried shapes. There are of course the obligitary pellet things which are black, but as Sarah_louise points out there are alot less than in cheaper feeds. Generally the food is alot more reliable than other own brands, there are less seeds and more of the good things that hamsters like (peanuts and sunflower seeds) and there are less pellets which my hamsters have always left in the food bowl. Having had 4 hamsters I have fed 3 of them on Harry Hamster and they have all love it, my current hamster has dental problems which means he can't open shells, or harder things which is a disadvanage and means that he can not eat most of the mix.
If you've got fussy rodents that simply *will* not eat certain foods, then i'd highly recommend these "Supreme" foods. The "Harry Hamster" variety is simply the best food i've found when I had a hamster. Generally, like most hamsters i've known, my hamster (R.I.P) :( was a pretty fussy hamster. She *never* ate particular parts of hamster food. (Anyone who's had a hamster, or, for that matter, any other rodent will know about them short, dark brown coloured stick things you get in hamster food? Know what I mean? Well has anyone had a rodent that actually likes them? If you have please leave a comment to let me know! I've found that cheaper makes of food contain far higher numbers of these short brown stick things (sorry, not sure exactly what they are!) they look a bit like dry sugar beet cubes (assuming everyone has seen them!) I think they're alfalfa pellets of some description, although don't quote me on that! It is for this reason that it is much more sensible (and works out cheaper!) to feed your hamsters "Harry Hamster" mix. At an average price of around £1.10 for a small bag (not sure what the weight is) it is more expensive than most. The mix contains all the minerals and nutrients your hamster requires. Nutritional information is as follows: Protein - 17.1% Oil - 6.5% Fibre - 10.0% Ash - 6.7% Vitamin A - 14,000 iu/kg Vitamin D3 - 2,000 iu/kg Vitamin E - 60 mg/kg Copper - 17 mg/kg (Anyone know what "iu" stands for?!) As for what is actually *in* the food, i.e. bits we can see! Well we do have the traditional brown stick things (i'll assume they're alfalfa pellets!), but we also have the traditional wheat, flaked maize, linseed lozenges, peanuts, along with much more of which I have no idea what it is! However, unlike most cheaper varieties it also contains whole peanuts in
thier shells. Hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, infact any rodent you care to mention love these! Generally i'd highly recommend all the "Supreme" makes of rodent food. One further point I can add is that on the whole I've found that this make of food contains far lower probabilities of it having some sort of bugs in it. (Sounds horrid huh!). On the whole no food does, but it has been known that i've discovered small, wiggly, creatures in various rodent foods in the past, ranging from flea sized creatures to caterpillar sized things!