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    So my partner is a tree surgeon on found little Squiz on Monday. Her nest was destroyed and unfortunately mamma didnít come to get her before he left the job site so she had to come along. Very sadly in the UK grey squirrels are classed as vermin so it is illegal to release them and you are expected to Ďdispatch of them humanelyí. Due to this there are no rescues anywhere that I can find that are willing to take her.

    Iíve never raised an orphaned rodent baby, only kittens, so Iím new to this game.

    Sheís doing well so far. She is around 4 weeks old. Her eyes opened on Wednesday, she has bottom incisors but no top ones yet. Sheís being fed lactolol puppy milk at 5% of her body weight (sheís 130 grams and gets 6-7 cc) pooping and weeing fine. Sheís very inquisitive and energetic!

    I do have a couple of questions-
    1) There is no clear advice on how often to feed her and if she definitely needs a night feed. Iíve been giving her one every 4-5 hours the last two days including through the night.

    2) Advice on releasing her- itís illegal here but I really donít want to have to keep her in captivity when sheís not meant to be. I live in an area with a squirrel population in the local cemetery so was hoping sheíd be able to go there. Whatís the best age for her to go at?

    3) what kind of cage should she be in when she gets bigger. Sheís been in a cat carrier with a fleece blanket and heat pad but is getting too lively to stay in there, so have acquired a hamster cage for the time being but realise sheíll need something bigger soon. Is a rat cage suitable? And what kind of things will she need in it?

    4) When will should I start weaning and whatís the best way to do it?

    Any other advice would be hugely appreciated!!

    Thanks 😊

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    Thank you for helping her. . Iíll try to address some of your concerns.

    1) At her age she doesnít need fed at night. Feed her 4-5 times a day. At this stage you need to introduce a rodent block. Like this https://www.chewy.com/mazuri-mouse-r...BoCfREQAvD_BwE or this https://www.amazon.com/Envigo-Former...a-569160424734
    The block is very important to their overall health when they wean off formula. They should be eating it well before you introduce any veggies or fruits. Hereís the link for the squirrel diet when the time comes. https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-Pet-Squirrels

    2) we donít wean them, we let them decide when they want to wean. On average itís around 12 weeks of age. Some will continue to drink formula from a bowl when theyíll no longer take it from a syringe. Formula provides them all the necessary nutrients and is your best protection from them developing MBD.

    3) itís best to not release until 16-18 weeks old. Especially for single babies. Releasing in the cemetery would require a hard release. We typically like to do a soft release where the squirrel has a chance to adapt to live outside gradually by being placed in an outside cage for 2-3 weeks. I realize this may not be possible for you, but hereís the info on the soft release process. https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-How-to-Sticky

    4) most folks provide a cage that is roughly 3í wide x 2í deep and as tall as possible. This is a popular brand in the US. https://www.amazon.com/MidWest-Critt...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

    Secure some sturdy tree limbs inside the cage by using flat washers and screws to secure the limbs to the sides of the cage so they donít fall. You can provide a nest box or fleece cube hung for her to sleep in. Something like this. https://www.etsy.com/listing/6346749...RoCq9MQAvD_BwE

    As she gets bigger she will undoubtedly want more than 5% of formula. Itís okay to give more as long as itís done gradually. Too quick of an increase will result in loose stool. You should provide a water bottle when you introduce the block.

    I hope Iíve answered your questions. If you have any more please donít hesitate to ask. Enjoy your squirrel journey....itís magical.

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    Thatís amazing thank you!!

    Thereís someone at a local rescue that has said thereís another female squirrel baby that she is going to release so Iím hoping we can put them together before then so they can be together. Itís such an awful situation for them in the UK.

    Will putting her in the garden in her enclosure be suitable to get her used to the outside before sheís released? Iím planning on leaving food for her everyday when she does go just incase she needs some help

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    Yes, supporting them after release is ideal.

    I will warn you, though, if you want to put this baby with another baby it should be done before they are about 7-8 weeks old. This way they will bond, if they are too old when introduced, there may be aggression. Having a sibling (buddy) is always best.

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    This other baby is only 5 weeks old so similar age. I'm hoping to get her soon and can raise them together.

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    Regarding feeding frequency over time you may find the charts in this link handy.

    https://www.squirrelrefuge.org/squirrel-feeding-amounts

    Thanks for helping the little ones. It will be a very rewarding experience, though there will be some challenges.

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