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    Unikorngirl from Squirrel Nation fed some almost ready for release squirrels some frozen acorns she had. Within 48 hours, 6 of her squirrels were dead. She broke up 4 acorns and found some type of mold growing in 2 of them.

    I bring this up not as recrimination since Unikorngirl is as dedicated to and loving of squirrels as anyone but rather as a warning for all to keep in mind. Six healthy, happy babies dead in a manner of hours. What a tragic and sad accident.
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    How terribly sad. We have always been told to freeze nuts,
    but this has nothing to do with freezing them, right?
    Do you know if she put them in water first to check if they sink or float.
    How tragic, this is just heartbreaking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    How terribly sad. We have always been told to freeze nuts,
    but this has nothing to do with freezing them, right?
    Do you know if she put them in water first to check if they sink or float.
    How tragic, this is just heartbreaking!
    Unikorngirl did freeze the acorns. They were fairly old (almost a year?) but had been frozen the whole time. I dont know if she tested them in water.

    This mold killed them in hours, it must be very toxic and deadly.
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    Uni is very glad that this was shared here. She just hopes that sharing it prevents anyone else from ever having this terrible tragedy happen to their loved littles. I told her she has many prayers from TSB tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
    Uni is very glad that this was shared here. She just hopes that sharing it prevents anyone else from ever having this terrible tragedy happen to their loved littles. I told her she has many prayers from TSB tonight.

    Uni is still a member here!
    I'm glad that somebody shared this information.
    Did we share this with the rest of the board?
    I would like to think when we are saving squirrels lives
    anything we find out here could and would be shared on the other board as
    well.
    And I for one would really appreciate anything there be shared here too!
    Thank You Tube Driver.
    Now lets alert the board, shall we?

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    OMG! It never occurred to me that this was Triage! It should definitely be on the open board. Good catch Nancy!
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    Thank-you TD. You letting us know this may save one of our babies and it gave me the chance to give my sympathies to Uni. As I said to her, though we may not have always agreed, all of us can empathize with this terrible tragedy.
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    How awful. Please give Uni my deepest, deepest sympathy.

    It is possible that we should begin slicing frozen acorns the same way we slice frozen chestnuts, to ensure that they have not molded inside.

    Losing pre-release or just-released babies this way is a tragedy that no rehabber will ever forget; all one's successes and joys are forever diminished by this one sadness. I once lost five at once to mycotoxins in their nest box; I feel Uni's pain so much...
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    Such incredibly sad news, I'm so, so sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    Unikorngirl from Squirrel Nation fed some almost ready for release squirrels some frozen acorns she had. Within 48 hours, 6 of her squirrels were dead. She broke up 4 acorns and found some type of mold growing in 2 of them.

    I bring this up not as recrimination since Unikorngirl is as dedicated to and loving of squirrels as anyone but rather as a warning for all to keep in mind. Six healthy, happy babies dead in a manner of hours. What a tragic and sad accident.
    I'm so very sorry to hear this poor babies... How old were the babies? Reason I'm asking is because I also have been feeding frozen acorns to my Tweegie I started feeding her when she was a little more than a year old and she is going to be three in August and as a matter of fact we still have some frozen ones. This is very scary. I'm getting rid of my frozen bags. I cleaned them and inspected each one then froze them. Please let me know how old were the babies and again so sorry

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    Hey. For my Squirrelly, I didn't want to try to use the frozen stuff. We put some in the freezer but, we never used it. I always bought boxes of fresh acorns and pecans off of eBay. He could go through about 2 ten pound boxes a year. I was just very careful about who I bought from and I made sure of when they were grown and picked. I always emailed the seller and got to know them a little before I would buy from them. Just FYI.






    Quote Originally Posted by TWEEGIE918 View Post
    I'm so very sorry to hear this poor babies... How old were the babies? Reason I'm asking is because I also have been feeding frozen acorns to my Tweegie I started feeding her when she was a little more than a year old and she is going to be three in August and as a matter of fact we still have some frozen ones. This is very scary. I'm getting rid of my frozen bags. I cleaned them and inspected each one then froze them. Please let me know how old were the babies and again so sorry

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