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Date Posted: 11/17/06 12:11:10am
Author: Beverly
Subject: Sounds like Duma and Sunshine are well on their way ....
In reply to: Danna 's message, "sick fler?" on 11/16/06 5:47:14pm

(Sounds like Duma and Sunshine are well on their way ...) to being happy and healthy. If you've had them for 6 weeks, then they probably avoided any infection they might have otherwise gotten from the cat. Cats are notorious for causing the death of a flyer, even if there is no clearly evident bite damage. A small scratch from a cat can become infected very quickly, and can often cause death in flyers and other rodents.

On the diet, even if you're offering Rep-cal, I'd recommend using a D3 enhanced multivitmin for your flyers. If you're using the D3 enhanced Rep-cal, you've probably got the base covered, but for my part, I try to stick to things formulated for mammals, when dealing with a mammal. Rep-cal is formulated for reptiles. That said, I do know of others who use Rep-Cal. But it's the D3 that is most important. A lack of D3 means that no matter how much calcium they get, a flyer cannot utilise it, and metabolic bone disease is a likely result.

Personally, I stick to cultivated mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be poisonous. Some people feel that a flyer instinctively knows not to eat a poisonous wild mushroom -- but one small mistake could spell tragedy.

As flyers move from 'infant' diets to 'adult' diets, trying new things (especially fruits), it's not uncommon for it to cause loose stools. Just keep the diet simple, with foods found in their natural range, and they should do just fine.

Hope you had the chance to visit the NFSA messageboard, and that you'll be a regular correspondent there! Best of luck to Duma and Sunshine, and to you and your family of HOFs!

>Thanks for all of your advice. Duma seems better
>today. Yest. he had a very runny dark stool today
>it's tan and soft and he is not squicking as much.
>Maybe he pulled a muscle??
>We saved the flyers from my neighbors cats. There was
>no sign of mom so I read, and read all the info I
>could get on the web. There where three babies 1 boy,
>2 girl. They appaered to be about 4-5wks from the web
>pitures. My neighbor has 1 girl and I have a boy and
>a girl which my kids named Duma and Sunshine. We have
>had them for 6wks and fed them Esablic till about two
>weeks ago. They eat all kinds of nuts in the shell.
>They love acorns!! We also give them fruits and
>veggies of all kinds, yogut, wild mushrooms, sunflower
>and pumpkin seeds, water. 2-3x's a week I mix rep-cal
>w/ peanut butter. As treats they get pecans. They
>have bonded so well. We love them and are now HOF's.

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[> [> Re: Sounds like Duma and Sunshine are well on their way .... -- Danna, 11/17/06 8:01:09am

>Thanks Beverly, just 2 questions. Will petco have the D3? What variety of mushrooms do you use? I will sigh on to NFSA.

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[> [> [> Petco should have .... -- Beverly, 11/17/06 7:10:31pm

Your local Petco should have L&M Animal Farms Daily Liquid Multivitamin available, often in the hamster/gerbil 'bottle', but also in the 'rabbit' bottle or the 'ferret' bottle. The formula is the same, regardless of the label. Only the dosage changes. For a 'mouse' size critter, the recommended dose is one drop per ounce or two of water. Here's a link to the Petco online page featuring this product:
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_Product_Nav_246_sku_420310_R_8847_enemerch_1.aspx?cm_re=246-_-TopSellers1-_-420310">Petco - L&M Animal Farms Vitamin</a>

Where mushrooms are concerned, I usually by baby portobellos, but have also offered dried shiitake mushrooms, which I buy at Costco.

We'll look forward to seeing you at NFSA's messageboard, and you might also be interested in visiting, and corresponding with, the other Voy.com boards for flying squirrels, both which seem to have more activity, and definitely have active administrators. They are:
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.voy.com/55490/">For Flyers Only</a>, administered by Dennis Q., of Ohio, a well respected and knowledgeable flyer breeder, and:
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.voy.com/81231/">Flying Squirrel Fancier</a>, administered by yours truly (that would be me ... lol!)

>>Thanks Beverly, just 2 questions. Will petco have
>the D3? What variety of mushrooms do you use? I will
>sigh on to NFSA.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Petco should have .... -- Danna, 11/18/06 4:52:48pm

>Thank You!!!

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