can chinchillas eat millet

Can Chinchillas eat Millet?

 

Millet is a seed whcih is grown in many different places.

It is a common ingredient in seeded bread.

Millets are also used as bird and animal feed.

So can chinchillas eat millet?

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

In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,582 kJ (378 kcal)
Carbohydrates
72.8 g
Dietary fiber 8.5 g
Fat
4.2 g
Saturated 0.7 g
Monounsaturated 0.8 g
Polyunsaturated
omega‑3
omega‑6
2.1 g
0.1 g
2.0 g
Protein
11.0 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (37%) 0.42 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (24%) 0.29 mg
Niacin (B3) (31%) 4.72 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (17%) 0.85 mg
Vitamin B6 (29%) 0.38 mg
Folate (B9) (21%) 85 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 0.9 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (23%) 3.0 mg
Magnesium (32%) 114 mg
Manganese (76%) 1.6 mg
Phosphorus (41%) 285 mg
Potassium (4%) 195 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (18%) 1.7 mg
Other constituents
Water 8.7 g
Copper 0.8 mg
Selenium 2.7 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see millet contains quite a bit of water, a huge amount of phosphorus and acidic content, a hint of calcium, plus a little fat.

This means that chinchillas can have a little bit of it, but it is not a food that they should be having large amounts.

This is duet to its acidic and phosphorus content.

If in doubt, don’t feed millet to them as there are better foods for chinchillas to eat.