can hamsters eat elderberries

Can Hamsters Eat Elderberries?

Elderberries are small, dark berries that grow in clusters on elder trees (also called elderberry bushes), and are very common throughout Europe and North America. They have a long history of human use, from food, to wine, and even for medicine. (source)

So can hamsters eat elderberries at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 305 kJ (73 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18.4 g
Dietary fiber 7 g
Fat
0.5 g
Protein
0.66 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (4%) 30 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.07 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.5 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.14 mg
Vitamin B6 (18%) 0.23 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 6 μg
Vitamin C (43%) 36 mg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 38 mg
Iron (12%) 1.6 mg
Magnesium (1%) 5 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 39 mg
Potassium (6%) 280 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.11 mg
Other constituents
Water 79.80 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, elderberries contain a lot of water and acidic content, quite a bit of phosphorus, and a little calcium.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat elderberries. They are not good for hamsters to eat as they contain too much water and acidic content for them to handle.

A food to avoid as far as all hamsters are concerned.