What Solid Food to Feed a Baby Squirrel
Solid food should be selected when feeding a baby squirrel. You should avoid feeding your baby squirrel commercial formula, which is not healthy for a baby squirrel. Instead, you should use a dropper and give your squirrel a few spoonfuls of the formula. Make sure that the tip of the dropper doesn’t suck the liquid. Squirrels have a natural sucking reflex and you should never force the tip into their mouth.
Bread is a good choice for a baby squirrel. It contains fiber, but will not provide your child with any other nutrients. Most sliced bread sold in stores contains about two percent sugar. A lot of the sugar comes from the flour, and the rest is produced during the fermentation process. Added sugar is in the form of molasses, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup. A slice of commercially prepared white bread has about 1.4 g of sugar.
As a general rule, a squirrel should start on a balanced diet of four to eight weeks old. A baby squirrel’s first meal should be mother’s milk. A recent-found baby may drink formula powder mixed with 4 parts of water. For older babies, full-strength water is sufficient. Don’t mix human baby formula with milk, and try to avoid giving them cow’s or goat’s milk.
A squirrel can start on solid food only when it is healthy and strong. A little bit of rat or mice rodent block is enough for a baby to start on. The next step is to introduce unsalted sunflower seeds and raw fruit to the baby. As your squirrel grows, it will need to move out of the nest and to grow. It will also need a larger nest and a more secure spot to live.
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A baby squirrel should be fed grapes when they are six to eight weeks old. Grapes can help your baby squirrel’s immunity. If you feed your baby a large number of grapes, it can be harmful to your squirrel. You should also wash grapes before giving them to your squirrel. If you’re feeding your baby a large number of grapes at one time, you should switch to liquid formula.
It’s important to remember that a baby squirrel cannot consume too much at once. It’s best to feed it in small portions and make it easy for the animal to digest. However, if your baby has a high body temperature, it can eat a variety of foods. A milk-based diet can be too harsh for the squirrel’s digestive system. A formula with peanuts will not do the trick.
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.