What Do I Feed My 6 Week Old Squirrel?
When I feed my baby squirrel, I give it a mix of different types of food. Nuts, seeds, corn, and Esbilac powder are the most common. I usually use a 1cc syringe and give it about a teaspoon of each. I try to feed him at a rate of one ounce per day. After the feeding, I try to stimulate him to eliminate, as ‘eyes closed baby’ cannot get rid of waste without any help.
Providing healthy food for your pet squirrel is a great way to encourage it to eat healthy food. Try feeding your baby squirrel vegetables like broccoli, apples, grapes and kale, as well as nuts, seeds, and fruits. You can also give your squirrel a high-quality rodent diet, which is commonly available at Chris’s Squirls. Zupreme Primate Dry Diet is another good option. Avoid feeding your baby squirrel any nuts or raisins, as these contain cyanide which is toxic to mammals.
Baby squirrels are still nursing from their mother, so they can begin to eat solid foods. You can purchase a formula called Squirrel Complete that consists of high-protein pellets mixed with healthy nuts. Try feeding the squirrel half a pecan per day, as two halves are plenty. At around six weeks, the baby squirrel is ready to start eating solid foods instead of milk. Mother squirrels often carry their healthy babies back to their nest to nurse, so you want to get them off the formula as soon as possible.
At about six weeks of age, you can introduce your baby to the world of gardening by planting seeds. While the squirrel will likely eat these seeds, they will need additional stimulation for bowel movements and urination. If you see brown urine or a wet scab on your squirrel, this is a sign of dehydration and should be eliminated. This may take a few days, but eventually, you’ll see it urinating and peeing on their own.
Before you introduce the baby squirrel to the world of gardening, make sure it is well-nourished and protected from noise. It should be kept in a box or pet carrier where it can easily see its mother and get to it. Place a soda bottle with hot water nearby and cover it with a sock. Be sure to check the temperature of the water before you put it near the squirrel, as the sugar and salt water can cause a sticky residue.
What do you feed your squirrel? A wholesome diet is important for squirrels, but it is also important for you to understand that some kinds of corn are toxic to your pet. A little bit of corn is perfectly fine, but avoid feeding your baby squirrel raw corn kernels. The corn husks contain a ton of sugar and starch that can upset your squirrel’s stomach. Experts recommend that you avoid feeding your baby squirrel raw corn kernels because they could chip your teeth or choke. The kernels can also get stuck between its teeth, which could lead to toothache, tooth decay, and gum infections.
The main parts of corn that your squirrel can eat include the cob and the leaves. You should avoid giving your 6 week old squirrel the corn cob since it has sharp edges that could cause gastrointestinal blockages and internal bleeding. Also, it is not a good idea to feed your squirrel more than 20 percent of your pet’s diet if you want your pet to stay healthy and fit. While there are a lot of advantages to feeding your pet corn, it is not a healthy diet for a squirrel.
If you are trying to make the first bottle of Esbilac for your 6-week-old squirrel, you will want to make sure you use the right formula for the age of your baby. Thankfully, there are a number of options when it comes to squirrel feeding formula, including homemade and commercial brands. The difference between powder and liquid is that powder contains more nutrients than liquid. This means that your squirrel will get more nutrition from this powder than liquid.
Regardless of whether your baby squirrel is a newborn or a six-week-old, the first step in helping your baby is to rehydrate it. Even though it might look like it is thirsty, a baby squirrel can still be in a nursing trance. If your baby squirrel is in this stage, it will likely be gaping at you with its mouth wide open, sucking a lot of formula out. If this happens, stop feeding and wipe out the excess formula. Wait until your baby squirrel’s breathing returns to normal. If fluids become trapped in the lungs, your baby could die immediately or develop pneumonia in the long run.
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.