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Old 09-27-2008, 07:35 PM
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Hi, My name is Jeannie, and I spoke with someone on the phone about caring for 2 squirrels. They are victims of hurricane Ike. We live in The Woodlands, Texas and the tree that the nest was in fell on our house.
We have a boy and a girl and suspect they are 7 wks old. The little girl began solid foods this past Wednesday with cheerios. Since that time she has been introduced to green beans which she nibbles, 3 pine nuts and 1 raisin. She is doing great (I think this is good!?). The little boy will not eat any solids. I have tried crushing cheerios, crushing green beans and pine nuts. He is so hungry he is drinking 15 to 18cc of formula every 5 to 6 hours. He forages on his bedding, which is towels and tee shirts and starts sucking on them. I put sticks from a pine tree and a live oak in the cage and he started eating the leaves, this scared me so I took the leaves off the stick. This evening while foraging on the towels he began trembling. I thought he was cold so I finished his formula feeding and put him back near the heating pad. How can I get him to eat and why won't he eat? What should I try now? What color should acorns be to give to them? and what age can they have them? Can they have salted sunflower seeds, peanuts and cashews? Are these even starter foods? Really need help with diet and what and when to introduce.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:25 PM
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Welcome on board, Jeannie! I think you spoke with me on the phone .

Some squirrels start earlier than others to nibble on solids, don't worry about the boy not eating. Just give him time and keep Cheerios available for him to access whenever he wants to.

No salted or roasted anything! If they can't find it outside in the wild or nature, it's not really suitable. Pretty easy rule of thumb, can't go wrong with it, even though there are exceptions.

Acorns should not be green anymore.

In addition you should feed rodent food pellets, fresh fruits such as peeled half grapes, peeled apple pieces, banana, watermelon, etc. Also veggies are good such as broccoli, califlower, carrots. And of course hard shelled nuts..first cracked open in halves and then less and less cracked until they are able to open them on their own.

Does that help a little?

You are doing a great job!
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:35 PM
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Thanks, I'm so glad that there are people out there like you. What a tough job you have taking care of the animals you do, and responding to the thousands of emails you receive. It means a lot.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:38 AM
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Thank you! And thank goodness I'm not getting thousands of emails, but a couple of hundred a week is normal. I am so grateful for the internet, because I get to meet people like you and help them help the little critters.

How are the babies today?
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