What Can You Feed a Newborn Squirrel?
When buying a baby squirrel, there are many factors that should be considered. While you may be surprised to know that you can give your baby anything you like, you should also consider what is healthy and nutritious for them. Broccoli, kale, and sweet potatoes are all good options for feeding your new baby squirrel. Also, don’t forget to keep the cage clean and disinfected daily. After the squirrel is born, you should move him to a larger pre-release cage. It should be approximately 4ft x 2ft x 4ft high made of 1/2″ welded wire mesh, located in a secure shed. Make sure to include a wooden nest box and put plywood on the floor of the cage so that the squirrel cannot fall through the wire. Clean the cage daily and change the bedding once or twice a week.
Broccoli, kale, and sweet potatoes
Until the baby is about seven to eight weeks old, the squirrel will still be fed formula. After that, it can begin eating solid food. For a newborn squirrel, the proper amount of formula to feed is three to four cc. If it’s recently found, you can use four parts water to one part formula. Cow’s milk or goat’s milk are also toxic to baby squirrels.
When the baby squirrel’s eyes are open, it’s time to introduce solid foods. Karen follows a specific schedule for introducing new vegetables. She introduces one vegetable at a time, and if that causes any issues, she stops feeding that vegetable for a while. She repeats this process until the baby squirrel is eating well. After about two weeks, the serving size is increased to two (2) blocks daily.
Whether you are feeding a baby squirrel with formula or using homemade formula, it is important to make sure you’re using the right nutritional mix. Squirrel Complete is a blend of healthy nuts and high-protein pellets, and the majority of the feeding should be pellets. Feed your squirrel using a glass water bottle, stainless steel cup, or ceramic feeding dish. A few weeks after the birth of the squirrel, it will start to feed on solid foods, and you can slowly transition your baby squirrel onto a regular diet.
Almonds: While almonds are considered a superfood, you should be cautious when giving your newborn squirrel a whole almond. The nut may cause choking and can block the esophagus. Also, avoid packaged nuts because they are likely to contain added salt, sugar, and artificial seasonings. Adding too much salt to the food can lead to increased water retention, which can be fatal for an obese squirrel or a sick one.
A newborn squirrel needs a good milk replacer. Milk from cows is high in fat and can kill your baby. Fortunately, squirrels can drink cow’s milk. A bottle of squirrel formula will keep your newborn healthy and happy. Just remember to measure your milk replacer in grams. For a hundred-gram squirrel, you will need 5 ml of formula. If your baby is smaller, you can feed it less milk.
You must feed your baby squirrel at least once every two hours, and then increase the amount as the animal grows. You should feed the squirrel up to 5% of its body weight, but you can reduce this amount as it ages. Make sure to weigh your baby regularly to determine the proper feeding amount. The amount of formula you should give depends on the size and age of your baby. In general, newborn squirrels require less formula than adult reds. It’s also important to wash their face and stimulate urination after feeding.
Until your baby squirrel is fully grown, you should be offering them formula and small amounts of solid foods. After six weeks, your newborn squirrel is ready to start eating solid food. You can introduce unsalted sunflower seeds and small pieces of fruit and vegetables. By seven or eight weeks, you can wean the squirrel off of formula and move on to solids. You can gradually increase the amount of food available to your new friend, but you should offer them a variety of healthy options.
Squirrels require a well-balanced diet that contains a variety of vegetables, fruits, and vitamins. For example, you can feed them broccoli, pecans, and kale. Apples are high in potassium, which is important for the body’s ability to synthesize protein and repair muscles. They also contain plenty of fiber. If you want to keep your new friend healthy for years, try feeding them a varied diet of fruit, vegetables, and nuts.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.