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    Default Found -Jenny- first baby gray squirrel

    Friday I found a 4-5 week old baby eastern gray squirrel on the side of the road. I've been feeding Jenny Esbilac with whipping cream. She just learned how to curl her tail today and weighs 114 grams. I fed her 6-7ml 5x a day the first 2 days, now I'm feeding her 9ml 5x a day. I have fox valley nutrition's squirrel formula on the way.

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    Welcome to TSB

    Has your baby opened her eyes yet? Thank you for saving this little girl!

    What are you using to feed her with? You feeding amount sounds high but as long as she does not break out with diarrhea, it should be ok. We usually feed between 5-7% of body wt.

    Sounds like you have done this before or done some research. Ask any questions you have.

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    Default Single orphan Gray squirrel - my first baby

    Jenny is my first baby squirrel. I'm trying to figure out her age and how much time I should be interacting with her as she is a single baby. She just today was able to curl her tail for the first time. She has bottom teeth and maybe just nubs of top teeth. She weighed 114 grams when I found her Friday. Can some one give me some suggestions? I tried to add pictures, but I'm not sure if it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwuff View Post
    Welcome to TSB

    Has your baby opened her eyes yet? Thank you for saving this little girl!

    What are you using to feed her with? You feeding amount sounds high but as long as she does not break out with diarrhea, it should be ok. We usually feed between 5-7% of body wt.

    Sounds like you have done this before or done some research. Ask any questions you have.
    She is my first one, but I have done some reasearch. The first time a gave her pedialite she threw up a little milk, so I don't think she had been alone for too long. She has her eyes open and just curled her tail for the first time today. She weighs 114 grams. I've been feeding her with a 3ml syringe. I was afraid I was under feeding her, so I'm glad that isn't the case!
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    She is precious! She looks like a fox squirrel, which are bigger. My guess is that she's probably about 6 weeks old since her eyes are open. Eyes open at 5 wks.

    What are you feeding? How often?
    We follow a 5-7% rule for feeding, meaning that she should take about 5-7% of her weight in formula at each feeding. So if she weighs 114gr then she should be eating 5.7ml to 7.98ml at each feeding.
    Is she in a plastic tub with a heating pad set on low under half of the tub?
    Are you stimulating her to pee and poop?
    Does she have some fleece or t shirts to snuggle in? No towels their toe nails can get caught

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    She is precious! She looks like a fox squirrel, which are bigger. My guess is that she's probably about 6 weeks old since her eyes are open. Eyes open at 5 wks.

    What are you feeding? How often?
    We follow a 5-7% rule for feeding, meaning that she should take about 5-7% of her weight in formula at each feeding. So if she weighs 114gr then she should be eating 5.7ml to 7.98ml at each feeding.
    Is she in a plastic tub with a heating pad set on low under half of the tub?
    Are you stimulating her to pee and poop?
    Does she have some fleece or t shirts to snuggle in? No towels their toe nails can get caught
    Thank you! I am feeding her Esbilac with whipping cream. I fed 5x a day (3.5 hours apart) for the first 2 days, now I'm switching to 4x (4 hours apart). Should I stick with the 5x? I've been giving her 6ml and it's been hard to get her to finish, but last time I fed her she took 9ml. I'll make sure she doesn't get more than 7.98 now. I was afraid she was being under fed, as she lost a gram yesterday. Maybe it was the time a weighed her. I have her I a glass tank with a cardboard box with some old t-shirts and a rice sock in it that I heat every few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Jenny is my first baby squirrel. I'm trying to figure out her age and how much time I should be interacting with her as she is a single baby. She just today was able to curl her tail for the first time. She has bottom teeth and maybe just nubs of top teeth. She weighed 114 grams when I found her Friday. Can some one give me some suggestions? I tried to add pictures, but I'm not sure if it worked.
    Here's an excellent link.
    It's 6 pages long (quick reading) with an arrow at the top right corner for the next page.
    http://www.henryspets.com/baby-squirrel-care/
    Interact as much as you want to at this age. They need to feel love, and companionship,
    they get that from their mom and siblings. You couldn't pry me away from this one.
    Just remember to not allow any other pets to see her. They will have no fear of animals when they
    are released.
    Your pictures worked just perfectly..........and your little one is ADORABLE!

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    Default Re: Found -Jenny- first baby gray squirrel

    At 114 grams 5-7% would come between 5.7cc - 7.9cc.
    Should be feeding 4 x per day, 5 x is a bit much at this age
    and may not not give her time to properly digest her formula.

    Are you feeding the powered Esbilac puppy formula with pre and pro biotics
    mixed 2 - 1?
    Are you stimulating to pee and poo after each feeding?

    Here is a link with info that can be a huge help.
    It's 6 pages long with the next button on the top right corner.
    http://www.henryspets.com/baby-squirrel-care/



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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    At 114 grams 5-7% would come between 5.7cc - 7.9cc.
    Should be feeding 4 x per day, 5 x is a bit much at this age
    and may not not give her time to properly digest her formula.

    Are you feeding the powered Esbilac puppy formula with pre and pro biotics
    mixed 2 - 1?
    Are you stimulating to pee and poo after each feeding?

    Here is a link with info that can be a huge help.
    It's 6 pages long with the next button on the top right corner.
    http://www.henryspets.com/baby-squirrel-care/



    Ok. Thanks, I'll stick to the 4x then. I'm feeding liquid Esbilac, but have fox valley 20/50 squirrel formula on the way. It will be here the 7th. I am stimulating her after each feeding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Ok. Thanks, I'll stick to the 4x then. I'm feeding liquid Esbilac, but have fox valley 20/50 squirrel formula on the way. It will be here the 7th. I am stimulating her after each feeding
    Oh no the liquid Esbilac is NOT good.
    Can you get some powder like that can that stepnstone posted?
    When you get the FV20/50 you can still use the powder by mixing it half and half.
    We will explain that when you get your Fox Valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    Oh no the liquid Esbilac is NOT good.
    Can you get some powder like that can that stepnstone posted?
    When you get the FV20/50 you can still use the powder by mixing it half and half.
    We will explain that when you get your Fox Valley.
    Ok. I think I can get some. About how many ounces of powder will I need until she is weaned? So I have an idea of how much to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Ok. I think I can get some. About how many ounces of powder will I need until she is weaned? So I have an idea of how much to get.
    I think there is only a couple sizes cans of the powered sold in ounces.
    As Nancy suggested you can still use it with the FV as many do here.
    You need to get her off the liquid asap! It's not the same, not good for
    them at all and their little systems can not process it. Besides causing
    extreme diarrhea eventually it really messes up their gut flora. Some
    have even lost their babies being on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    Ok. I think I can get some. About how many ounces of powder will I need until she is weaned? So I have an idea of how much to get.
    Geez that's a tough one. I can't remember the last time I had a single squirrel.
    Typically we keep them on formula as long as they will take it.
    You can keep the can in the freezer and it will last longer if you have too much.
    You know that once a squirrel finds you, another one will follow somewhere down the line.
    Formula by far the BEST insurance again Metabolic Bone Disease.
    I've had some still take it at 6 months. The rehabber I took them to
    for release had to put warm bowls of formula in their cages at 6+ months old.

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    Also need to add...
    We do not recommend (our) weaning. We let the babies wean themselves
    when their ready. Their formula is your assurance against MBD, after that your assurance is a good
    quality rodent block which she should be introduced to now that her eyes are open. She may not be
    ready to eat block but she will nibble at it and it gets them associated to it as food. Block is the first
    and only solid food you want your baby introduced to, eating it and eating it well before other solid
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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    I think there is only a couple sizes cans of the powered sold in ounces.
    As Nancy suggested you can still use it with the FV as many do here.
    You need to get her off the liquid asap! It's not the same, not good for
    them at all and their little systems can not process it. Besides causing
    extreme diarrhea eventually it really messes up their gut flora. Some
    have even lost their babies being on it.
    I just got home with the powder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    Also need to add...
    We do not recommend (our) weaning. We let the babies wean themselves
    when their ready. Their formula is your assurance against MBD, after that your assurance is a good
    quality rodent block which she should be introduced to now that her eyes are open. She may not be
    ready to eat block but she will nibble at it and it gets them associated to it as food. Block is the first
    and only solid food you want your baby introduced to, eating it and eating it well before other solid
    foods are introduced.
    I've put Kaytee rodent block in her tank, and she's been chewing on it already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covel3 View Post
    I just got home with the powder!
    WOW that was fast!
    OK you should make this up ahead of time.
    Take 1 part powdered puppy esbilac and 2 parts HOT water.
    Whisk this together really well. Let it sit for a few minute out, then
    whisk again. Put that in the refrig and let it "rest" for 6 hours so that
    all of the powder is absorbed. Whish again really well before feeding,
    and draw UP from the bottom of the container so that you don't draw up
    any bubbles/air into the syringe.
    Many people will mix this, let it sit in the refrig. and then whisk again, and
    pour into ice cube trays. This way the formula is already made and the night
    before just take out and thaw in the refrig. ~ the correct amount for the following day.
    IF you run short, you can always defrost in the microwave on LOW setting.

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    The absolute best blocks to get are the Henry Healthy Blocks.
    Many suggest the high protein blocks, but mine only eat the picky ones.
    The shipping is only $5.99 for everything you buy, so stock up on supplies if
    you need them.

    http://www.henryspets.com/squirrel-diet/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    WOW that was fast!
    OK you should make this up ahead of time.
    Take 1 part powdered puppy esbilac and 2 parts HOT water.
    Whisk this together really well. Let it sit for a few minute out, then
    whisk again. Put that in the refrig and let it "rest" for 6 hours so that
    all of the powder is absorbed. Whish again really well before feeding,
    and draw UP from the bottom of the container so that you don't draw up
    any bubbles/air into the syringe.
    Many people will mix this, let it sit in the refrig. and then whisk again, and
    pour into ice cube trays. This way the formula is already made and the night
    before just take out and thaw in the refrig. ~ the correct amount for the following day.
    IF you run short, you can always defrost in the microwave on LOW setting.
    Ok. So for her 7:30 feeding tonight is it ok to give her the formula I mixed up 30 min ago? I already threw out what I had thawed of the liquid I had been feeding her.

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    Does she look bloated? She drank 9ml at 3:00 and I wasn't aware it was too much at that point.
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