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    Penny is about 5 months old eastern gray (I started a thread that ended up in the non life threatening forum that has a ton of details about her diet and her slowness to squirrel called A pretty little Penny) and is being a total brat about eating out of nowhere. Starting with the day we saw Dr. E. (IIRC 5/14) - which was the only day we varied our routine at all - she has decided HHBs suck, and even her favorite fresh foods (Brussels sprouts, blueberries, sugar snaps and grapes) suck. Of course this was not the cornerstone of her fresh foods but they were her total favorites and we used grapes as treats because for some reason she canít eat whole nuts even though thereís no medical reason for it.

    As of the past several days she will scrape the nut pieces out of her HHBs then throw the rest of it on the ground with great drama, she will eat the peas out of a sugar snap IF I open it and hand them to her, and she still will pick at her wild offerings and will eat flowers if I have them that day but fresh veg and blocks is a total stand-off. She is holding out for her boo balls which I make with FV2050 and HHBs. I follow the ratio of the original recipe of 50g each and vary the nuts and baby food each batch. If I decrease the nuts slightly since she gets no other nuts to speak of and doesnít seem to care for sugary foods anyways would this be terribly unhealthy? I am very worried about MBD and if I have to tough love her I will but Iím kinda curious if this isnít healthy enough since sheís lean and not getting other nuts and sugars? How long will it take to win the hunger strike if I have to go that route? Tried soaking them in yogurt, her fave flavored baby food, grinding and mixing in baby food, and sheís just not having it . At this point Iím throwing countless dollars down the drain and I just donít know what to do? Any ideas? I do store them in the freezer always and we got a fresh order in about a week ago.

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    The Boo balls youíre making are perfectly acceptable. With the FV and the HHB as a base you are providing the nutrients she needs. That is actually a common problem. They will sit and pick out the nuts like a gold miner in a barren stream. I have had many start refusing the HHB. Let me guess, you are using either the high protein or the adult blocks. I have only had success with the Picky eater block.

    Boo balls were created in an attempt to get squirrels to eat rodent block. By adding tasty things like sweets or nuts they are much more likely to accept a nasty rodent block. There are MANY different recipes. Basically, it is a trial and error process to find the magic recipe that your squirrel will eat while still maintaining a healthy base for the diet.

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    Thanks for letting me know. I figured they were pretty balanced with the formula & Henry's since they're both fortified it had to be at least close to safe as long as it's not too many nuts. I am currently using adult, she hated the last bath of High Protein. We tried the picky eaters too and she didn't care for them at all. Maybe we'll try them again. I may try cooking some greens and putting them in the next batch I make. They smell so yummy with FV I kinda want to try one

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    Iím not sure when Henryís will list their hazelnut blocks for sale, but I got to sample a package at The Gathering and they were a BIG hit. You might ask them about them the next time you need to place an order.

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    Oh thanks for letting me know to be on the lookout for a new flavor, I will keep that in mind. What is The Gathering? I donít get out much lol If itís a giant meeting of squirrels then thatís awesome! Sorry if this is a double post I got logged out when replying

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenP View Post
    Oh thanks for letting me know to be on the lookout for a new flavor, I will keep that in mind. What is The Gathering? I donít get out much lol If itís a giant meeting of squirrels then thatís awesome! Sorry if this is a double post I got logged out when replying
    The Gathering of nuts is a once a year event where the members from TSB come together for a weekend of fun, food, and sharing ideas. We usually have a couple of speakers on a squirrel related topics and then group discussions as well. It is a lot of fun and maybe you can join us next year.

    As far as the boo balls go, I actually have a very picky eater myself who refuses to eat anything but boo balls and like HRT said, they should be perfectly fine for your little one as long as they are made with good quality ingredients like you are using.

    I also wanted to mention to you that they go through seasonal changes in their eating habits. Neither of my fur babies are eating well right now. They go through this phase every year at the onset of warm weather. It can be worrisome, but I have finally come to realize that it seems to be related to the seasons. I have noticed in the last couple of weeks that the wilds I feed are also eating less so it makes sense. Even with the squirrels that live indoors, I think that their bodies are still triggered with seasonal changes by the length of daylight.
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    Thanks for the info Lennysmom sorry it took me so long to see this I didn't get an email. Do you decrease the amount of nuts in the BBs for your picky little one? Ironically Penny went back to eating well basically right after I posted this for a few days but now we're back to being exceptionally unhappy with most food offerings. The outside squirrels are indeed also grazing less, which I was going to attribute that to the fact that it is SO HOT they're pretty much hunkered down from 11a-6p so they have less available time to stuff their faces despite the increased daylight.

    I called Henry's before placing an order this morning to ask about the hazelnut bites and she said they should be available at the end of the summer in case anyone else was wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenP View Post
    Thanks for the info Lennysmom sorry it took me so long to see this I didn't get an email. Do you decrease the amount of nuts in the BBs for your picky little one? Ironically Penny went back to eating well basically right after I posted this for a few days but now we're back to being exceptionally unhappy with most food offerings. The outside squirrels are indeed also grazing less, which I was going to attribute that to the fact that it is SO HOT they're pretty much hunkered down from 11a-6p so they have less available time to stuff their faces despite the increased daylight.

    I called Henry's before placing an order this morning to ask about the hazelnut bites and she said they should be available at the end of the summer in case anyone else was wondering.
    I make enough boo balls to last her 30 days and I only use about 1/8 cup of nuts in the mix, just enough to give the taste and sometimes I even add a bit of extra calcium carbonate to the mix as well. I have tried several different combinations until I found something she would eat.

    Dealing with picky eaters can be frustrating but cutting down or out on treats altogether for awhile is also necessary if they still refuse to eat any kind of block or ball. Hope you are able to find something your little one will eat.
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