What Do You Feed a Baby Ground Squirrel?
There are several factors that you should know about feeding baby ground squirrels. The first factor is their size. A baby squirrel needs to be fed 5% of its body weight. Young squirrels need stimulation for urination and bowel movements. This is where the 5% body weight requirement comes in. You can provide them with peanuts or field corn, but it is best to avoid mixing the two. You can also purchase a nursing set and attach it to a tree.
If you want to feed a baby ground squirrel, you can use dry ears of corn. The starch in these ears gives the squirrel energy and will make it hungry again shortly. Despite its high sugar and starch content, squirrels don’t seem to have a dietary preference. They will eat either cooked or raw corn. Many homeowners use uncooked kernels purchased online. You can also dry and cook your own ears of corn and offer them as a food source for wildlife.
For the best results, you should feed your baby squirrel a variety of foods. Corn is a staple food that your ground squirrel will love. It can be fed directly from the ground or through a feeder. Avoid cob corn as it is harder for your baby squirrel to chew on its teeth yet. Still, squirrels love to eat corn on the cob. You can offer a baby squirrel the cob of a corn stalk.
Peanuts for a baby ground squirrel are a tasty treat. However, despite their name, peanuts are not actually nuts. In fact, they are legumes that contain protein and fat, although peanut oil has not been scientifically proven to be as nutritious as true nuts. Peanuts are also a source of starch, which the liver converts to sugar. Peanuts can help your squirrel gain weight and stay healthy.
If you plan to feed peanuts to your ground squirrel, be sure to roast them. This will kill any potentially harmful aflatoxins present in raw peanuts. Even salted peanuts contain too much sodium. It’s also a common allergen, and some squirrels develop mild to severe reactions. Peanuts are also high in sodium, so be careful not to give your pet salted peanuts. Moreover, flavored peanut brands may contain fillers and may not be safe for your ground squirrel.
The formula for baby ground squirrels is similar to that for puppies. You should dilute the premix with equal parts water. The formula should be given at every feeding and should not be mixed with too much water. As a general rule, feed the squirrel up to 2 weeks of age, or until it has developed a taste for it. Then, slowly reduce the amount of cream until it is no longer required.
As a rule, it is important to feed the baby ground squirrel soaked bread soaked in Esbilac formula. However, make sure to dry the food well after every feeding. In case of diarrhea, you must switch the formula to an electrolyte rehydration formula. You must consult a vet if you notice any of these symptoms. If you find that your baby squirrel is not growing normally, you should switch it to a different type of formula.
Squirrel Nursing Sets
There are two basic types of Squirrel Nursing Sets. The BASIC Baby Squirrel Nursing Set contains Specialty Milk Replacer. The Specialty Milk Replacer is a powdered milk substitute that closely matches mother’s milk in protein, fat, and other essential nutrients. It is absorbed by the baby squirrel easily and has fewer digestive problems than most other formulas.
If you buy an orphaned squirrel, be sure to find a quiet room that is free of drafts or noise. If possible, buy a dog carrier that is large enough to accommodate a soft bedding and water bottle. It may have a mesh door, but you can cover it with window screening. As your squirrel grows, you can gradually remove the carrier from the baby and change the bedding. Make sure to keep the baby squirrel warm and dry.
A staple of any backyard garden is Cob corn. You can feed it directly from the ground or in a feeder. Corn on the cob is not suitable for baby squirrels since their teeth are still developing. However, if you want to keep your ground squirrel happy, consider feeding him cob corn from time to time. Here’s how:
The corn you choose should be organic. While some farmers use pesticides to protect their crops, the seeds are not toxic to squirrels. You can feed your ground squirrels with both popped and unpopped kernels. Avoid spiced or salted popcorn, though. While corn is safe for squirrels, do not feed them the cob itself as it contains a high concentration of toxins that can cause death.
What should you not feed a baby ground squirrel?
You should not feed a baby ground squirrel cow’s milk because it can cause diarrhea and dehydration.
What is the best food to feed a baby ground squirrel?
The best food to feed a baby ground squirrel is a high quality nutritionally complete powdered squirrel food.
How often should you feed a baby ground squirrel?
You should feed a baby ground squirrel every 2-3 hours.
How much food should you feed a baby ground squirrel?
You should feed a baby ground squirrel 1-2 teaspoons of food per feeding.
What kind of water should you give a baby ground squirrel?
You should give a baby ground squirrel filtered distilled or boiled water.
How often should you give a baby ground squirrel water?
You should give a baby ground squirrel water every 2-3 hours.
How much water should you give a baby ground squirrel?
You should give a baby ground squirrel 1-2 teaspoonfuls of water per feeding.
When can a baby ground squirrel start eating solid food?
A baby ground squirrel can start eating solid food at around 8 weeks of age.
What are some solid foods that a baby ground squirrel can eat?
Some solid foods that a baby ground squirrel can eat are fresh fruits and vegetables cooked meats and ground nuts.
How often should a baby ground squirrel eat solid food?
A baby ground squirrel should eat solid food 2-3 times per day.
How much solid food should a baby ground squirrel eat?
A baby ground squirrel should eat 1-2 teaspoonfuls of solid food per feeding.
When can a baby ground squirrel start drinking from a water bottle?
A baby ground squirrel can start drinking from a water bottle at around 4 weeks of age.
How often should a baby ground squirrel drink from a water bottle?
A baby ground squirrel should drink from a water bottle 2-3 times per day.
How much water should a baby ground squirrel drink from a water bottle?
A baby ground squirrel should drink 1-2 teaspoonfuls of water from a water bottle per feeding.
When can a baby ground squirrel start eating adult food?
A baby ground squirrel can start eating adult food at around 12 weeks of age.
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.