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    Default 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    My sons friend is a tree cutter, they cut down a tree this afternoon, then 4 babies came crawling out of the nest hole half way up.
    He brought them home not finding the mother nearby. I think they are grays by the size of them in his video and moving around alot. They look a good size, no fur yet but eyes are open now.

    He has them in a box in the house for the night, next to a radiator heater. It is cold enough outside tonight, about 27 degF. The mother must be frantically looking for them if she's still alive. Shouldn't he try to find the mother again tomorrow ?

    Any ideas what liquid he can give them tonight ? Nobody has esbilac at this time tonight.

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    Default Re: 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    cn they survive until 10am to get some esbilac ?

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    Default Re: 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevelisa View Post
    cn they survive until 10am to get some esbilac ?
    Have you been directly involved in the care of a baby Squirrel? From looking at the history of your posting on TSB it appears that you may have some experience! That would be advantageous!

    Are there any Rehabbers nearby to transfer care of your babies if that is something you would consider? If so, I would recommend attempting to contact the Rehabbber now!

    Can you post photos of the babies. If they are very young (eyes not open), they cannot regulate their body temperature or even urinate or defecate without stimulation. They literally totally dependent upon the mother. They should definitely receive hydration and nutrition (formula).

    I am placing a link to Henry's Pets excellent information pages on Baby Squirrel Care. Please review it immediately! https://www.henryspets.com/1-baby-squirrel-care-guide/

    It may be that Mom would claim the babies but currently her nest is destroyed. She would need to have located another home. She may have but I suspect not yet. I would not recommend putting these little ones outside in the cold tonight! I really don't know what the odds are that mom would claim these babies and the cold and loss of the home seems to me to be not so encouraging conditions for a successful reuniting with mom. For what it may be worth, I have also pasted a link to a one hour recording of a baby Squirrel calling for mom. It may attract Mother Squirrel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgXnLN9w5BA

    Others on TSB may feel have some comments about reuniting under these conditions and about this general state of affairs with these babies.

    Regards,
    SamtheSquirrel

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    Default Re: 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    Squirrels supposedly have backup nests, so hoping Mom is alive and you can reunite them. People report very mixed results in attempting reunification, but let's hope!
    "I hope everyone got or gets their Baby Love today"~Shewhosweptforest

    https://www.henryspets.com/1-baby-squirrel-care-guide/

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    Default Re: 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    DEFINITELY TRY TO REUNITE!! Itís ALWAYS the best option. Hereís the link for the baby squirrel crying for mom audio. Play it on your phone as loud as you can. Keep the babies warm with a rice buddy while attempting to reunite, as well as a watchful eye over them.

    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...act-the-Mother

    I have successfully reunited many babies. It definitely works.

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    Default Re: 4 babies came out of tree cutdown today - what to feed them overnight ?

    He just told us about mom, it turns out she didn't survive the tree fall
    We were really hoping on that option.

    He brought them to us this morning as he's not sure what to do and no time.
    The 4 babies are indeed black squirrels, with short fur growth, eyes not open. photo will follow.

    We raised Chippy then Coco, 2 red girls, they were each about 6-8 weeks. They had no problem urin/def on their own. These babies are younger, so its our first time to help with that.
    Thank you ALL for the directions, Lisa is reading it all, confident she can do it.

    They are now in a fleece blanket, on a heating pad on low, in a box (we're going to get a plastic container as in Henry's picture)
    Lisa fed them some pedialyte this morning, slowly with a small syringe. Each of them sucked it up. We just got some Esbilac.

    (Chippy and Coco will not like the smell of new intruders in their house )

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