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Old 08-26-2008, 10:47 AM
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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere comes Chip! I got him 2 days ago. He had terrible diarrhea, but after I started him on Esbilac, gave him some Bene Bac, and de-wormed him, he's all normal now!

He's got quite some teeth on him already, but doesn't show any interest in solid foods yet. What do you (the rehabbers) use for your coonies to start eating? Like Cheerios and half grapes for squirrels lol. Does the trick every time!

And how old do you think Chip is? Is he ready to be outside or still better off inside?







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Old 08-26-2008, 12:10 PM
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He's Adorable!!! A cute name too.
I would guess his age at about 4-5 weeks old. Although he has a good set of sharp teeth he probably won't show any real interest in solid food for a few more weeks yet. Mine started playing with the food at about 6 weeks and didn't really start eating it until 7-8 weeks. I started putting a little bit of dry puppy food in with them every day at about 6 weeks. Remember they take longer to mature than a kitten(which is what I was used too and so I was kind of thinking their schedule of weaning which is why I brought this up). They don't wean until 12 weeks old so they won't start eating solid food until a little later.
Some rehabbers I have talked too use minature marshmellows and sweet cereals to get them started eating solids. I only offered dry puppy/dog food and small live fish until they were eating that well on their own. I didn't want them to decide that they didn't want to eat the dog food and I would be stuck buying $2-$3 boxes of cereal for them! Now mine get cereal, fruits, and sweets I find on the discount shelf in Walmart(their favorites are orange sweet rolls) along with their dog food.
He should definantly still be inside. Generally between 12 and 16 weeks should be the transition from inside to living outside permanantly. He would only be scared if you put him outside now. Think of him as a 2-3 week old kitten.
Hope some of this long winded post helps.
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:26 PM
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Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:40 AM
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Just came up with another question: do you eventually use gloves when the claws get harder and is there any way to keep him from crushing my finger while attempting to suckle on it? loool
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:30 AM
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No, I never used gloves because they don't really get you with the claws, more like a kitten.
Is he crushing your finger with his teeth (as in chewing on it) or is he just sucking really hard on it? If he is biting your finger you can teach him not to bite by telling him no very firmly and giving him a firm thump on the nose. If you have thumped hard enough he should let go. He is just like a puppy and should never be allowed to bite you at all, as he grows he needs to know that you are the leader.
If he is just sucking really hard on your finger (like until it goes numb ) there is nothing you can do other than not let him suck on your finger. They have very powerful suckle.
Oh something else I though might be of use. If a baby coon chokes one thing that works to help clear it airway is to put a blanket over its mouth and nose and suck the formula through the blanket out of the nose and mouth. I know it sounds gross but it really works and when your afraid the baby is going to die it doesn't really sound that bad either.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:33 PM
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Thank you sooo much, hun! These are the things you just can't learn out of a book!

So ya, oh heck ya, I'm good at being the packleader, I just have to feel myself into the mentality of the animal, so I can place it better...but if you say puppy, I can do puppy! He was crunching down hard with his back teeth, not suckling.

I'm trying to switch him from the small kitten bottle nipple to a human nipple...he does not want to have anything to do with it lol. Insists on that tiny nipple! But I guess as long as he gets something out of it, might as well.

OK, I'll be ready to suckle back if he needs it, even without a blanket!!!
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Awwwwww Coonies are soooooooo cute. lol
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What a cute little guy! Try not to let him bite your finger off, hehe.
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He's having 2 stories of this cage to climb in now, he loves it!
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I think Chip is almost ready to be outside. The squirrels and the opossums that are still in the enclosure need another week or 2 before I can release them, so we have to manage inside until then:

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