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    I read here that acorns are a no! But, just asking, if they are a natural nut for squirrels here where we live ( Mississippi), and they are still on the branch ( not rotted or moldy) could they be ok for Snickers? I just picked her some fresh oak branches, and they have new, little acorns. I bet she would love to tear them up. Still not ok?

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    There is a risk. Indoor squirrels do not appear to be able to tell which acorns are bad like wilds can. We have seen acorns that look fine turn out to be bad and the usual result is death.

    I can't put a number on how risky this is but understand that you are potentially giving your squirrel something that will kill her. I would probably just give her an unsalted almond or some other treat that she will enjoy and that is safe.


    Quote Originally Posted by Snicker Bar View Post
    I read here that acorns are a no! But, just asking, if they are a natural nut for squirrels here where we live ( Mississippi), and they are still on the branch ( not rotted or moldy) could they be ok for Snickers? I just picked her some fresh oak branches, and they have new, little acorns. I bet she would love to tear them up. Still not ok?
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    Oh my gosh !! Ok, no acorns! Thanks!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snicker Bar View Post
    I read here that acorns are a no! But, just asking, if they are a natural nut for squirrels here where we live ( Mississippi), and they are still on the branch ( not rotted or moldy) could they be ok for Snickers? I just picked her some fresh oak branches, and they have new, little acorns. I bet she would love to tear them up. Still not ok?
    What TD mentioned is for the most part correct but usually applies to fallen acorns. A wild knows how to sift through them and ignore the bad.
    I had gone out once after a hurricane downed several acorn trees and thought I hit the mother load. I picked and collected bags of acorns from the fallen trees. Neither my captives or my wilds would eat any of them. I surmised maybe they had not "sun" ripened enough.
    As for the tiny acorns on the oak branches I have fed them to my captives without incident and your right, they tear them up! I will only suggest moderation, if the branch is loaded pull some off first before giving and allow what remains to be a treat. You don't want them to be makeing a complete meal out of them.
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    And bear in mind that acorns have tannins in them and will color the pee anywhere from pink to brown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CritterMom View Post
    And bear in mind that acorns have tannins in them and will color the pee anywhere from pink to brown!
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    I'm reading this and am really worried. Jenny got ahold of a few brown acorn bits while she was outside yesterday. Is she going to be ok?

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    She will probably be okay. The first time Imp ate an acorn scarred the life out of me because his urine turned dark bown. I thought he had kidney failure.

    I can only assume it's some kind of fungus or bacteria that causes bad nuts. I only feed Imp nuts from our oaks when they have just fallen. You can also order them online; thry are meant for human consumption.

    Imp seems to prefer hazel nuts to acorns and I think they are "fairly" healthy. They are as common in the wild as acorns across the pond.
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