Amount of food for Djungarian Hamsters

On this page, we introduce the amount of food for the Djungarian hamster, complete with pictures. Even if you own a dwarf hamster other than a Djungarian hamster (such as a Campbell hamster, Chinese hamster, Roborovski hamster, etc.), we believe this information may be helpful.

We have compiled information that may be useful in determining the appropriate amount of food for those who ‘don’t have a measuring device at hand’, ‘are new to hamster ownership and unsure about the right amount of food’, or ‘have noticed their hamster gaining weight’ recently.

Please refer to the following article for information on the amount of food for Golden hamsters.

How to determine the amount of food

The amount of food is determined based on the weight of the hamster.
It is said that the appropriate amount of food to give per day is 5-10% of the hamster’s weight.

The average weight of a Djungarian hamster is about 20g to 45g. Therefore, the calculation suggests that an appropriate amount of food would be around “2g to 4.5g“.

The Reference images of the amount of food for a Djungarian hamster

In the following, I will provide an image that serves as a guideline for the amount of food for a typical Djungarian hamster.

In case of only providing pellets

First, I measured the daily amount of feed when only pellets are given.

The range of the amount of feed given in a day, 2 to 4.5g, is roughly this much.”

pellets of 2g
pellets of 4.5g

In case of providing mixed foods

I think there are many people who primarily feed their hamsters a ‘mixed food’ consisting of seeds, dried vegetables, and pellets, so I measured it.

Points to Note about Mixed Food

It is not very desirable to make mixed food the main diet, and it is recommended to primarily feed ‘pellets’. The reason is that hamsters are animals with strong preferences and tend to eat only what they like, leading to a skewed nutritional intake. Please consider switching to pellets, which are formulated with a balanced blend of nutrients necessary for hamsters.

mixed food of 2g
mixed food of 4.5g

In case of providing mixing pellets with treats

Here are the reference images for when you’re mixing pellets and other foods (treats).
It’s recommended to keep the proportion of non-pellet food around 10%.


Recommended to Measure Accurately

We have introduced a rough estimate of the amount of food, even for those who do not have a measuring instrument, but the amount of food introduced on this page is based on the average weight of a hamster. Therefore, the appropriate amount changes depending on the individual weight of each hamster.

For those who want their hamsters to stay healthy and live a long life, we highly recommend purchasing a measuring instrument.

A measuring device that can measure in detail down to 0.1g, and has a function to subtract the weight of the food container, is very useful for measuring the weight of hamsters and their food.


We have presented, with images, how much the typical amount of food, ‘2~4.5g’, given to a Djungarian hamster in a day looks like.

Were there many of you who thought, ‘The amount of food to give is surprisingly small!’? Overfeeding hamsters can lead to obesity and illness, so let’s manage their diet properly!

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