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    Default Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    So a neighbor found a squirrel baby in a nest. Put the nest up and left it for a while but mom never came back and moved the baby. So my dad who had taken care of previous squirrels has been taking care of it. What would be the best thing to feed the baby and how to tell I'd it's a squirrel or a rat. The baby has a short tail and a square head which I've seen would only be a squirrel. Thanks!Name:  20200630_120700.jpg
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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    yes, pinky squirrel about 10 days old. do you need us to help you find a rehabber? Squirrels this young need an experienced person who can feed formula every 3 hrs around the clock.
    We have quite a few contacts in Florida.
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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    It is a squirrel, it is dehydrated so that is your first concern to get it hydrated.
    I'm attaching a link on baby squirrel care and the homemade hydration fluid.
    Go to this link this is a HUGE help.
    It's 6 pages long with the next button on the top right corner.

    https://www.henryspets.com/1-basic-setup/

    Homemade hydration:
    Re-hydration fluid:
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 Tablespoons sugar
    1 quart water.
    ************
    1/2 measure:
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 tablespoon sugar (3-teaspoons)
    16 oz water (1-pint)
    *************
    1/4 measure:
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 tablespoon sugar (1-1/2 teaspoons)
    8 oz water
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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    yes, pinky squirrel about 10 days old. do you need us to help you find a rehabber? Squirrels this young need an experienced person who can feed formula every 3 hrs around the clock.
    We have quite a few contacts in Florida.
    No thank you, my dad who has tons of experience has rehabbed squirrels for years has been taking care of her and so have I. Just wanted a little more information on it for my own self.

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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    It is a squirrel, it is dehydrated so that is your first concern to get it hydrated.
    I'm attaching a link on baby squirrel care and the homemade hydration fluid.
    Go to this link this is a HUGE help.
    It's 6 pages long with the next button on the top right corner.

    https://www.henryspets.com/1-basic-setup/

    Homemade hydration:
    Re-hydration fluid:
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 Tablespoons sugar
    1 quart water.
    ************
    1/2 measure:
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 tablespoon sugar (3-teaspoons)
    16 oz water (1-pint)
    *************
    1/4 measure:
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 tablespoon sugar (1-1/2 teaspoons)
    8 oz water


    Thank you so much we have been feeding it every 2 hours but I will definitely incorporate this also and will be reading that page!

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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    It is a squirrel, it is dehydrated so that is your first concern to get it hydrated.
    I'm attaching a link on baby squirrel care and the homemade hydration fluid.
    Go to this link this is a HUGE help.
    It's 6 pages long with the next button on the top right corner.

    https://www.henryspets.com/1-basic-setup/

    Homemade hydration:
    Re-hydration fluid:
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 Tablespoons sugar
    1 quart water.
    ************
    1/2 measure:
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1-1/2 tablespoon sugar (3-teaspoons)
    16 oz water (1-pint)
    *************
    1/4 measure:
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 tablespoon sugar (1-1/2 teaspoons)
    8 oz water


    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for your advice and the website. I did as instructed and she started acting so much better and within the first 3 times of the hydrating liquid the pinch test was perfect. Definitely going to continue as the page says for a few days.

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    island rehabber (07-01-2020), stepnstone (07-01-2020)

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    Default Re: Feeding a baby squirrel and confirming it's a squirrel

    Quote Originally Posted by LaurenN1215 View Post
    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for your advice and the website. I did as instructed and she started acting so much better and within the first 3 times of the hydrating liquid the pinch test was perfect. Definitely going to continue as the page says for a few days.
    good job!
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    "Ancora Imparo" (I am still learning)
    Michelangelo


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    If you can't afford the vet,
    You can't afford a pet.
    NEGLECT IS ABUSE.

    "Better one day in the trees, than a lifetime in a cage."

    '...and the greatest of these, is Love. '

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