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Date Posted: 00:29:38 10/29/06 Sun
Author: Connie
Subject: Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet?
In reply to: Squiggy's Mom 's message, "Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet?" on 23:48:30 10/28/06 Sat

Gosh! You sound exactly like me last Spring! Everybody here will try to help you out as best they can ! You have taken on one of the most wonderful animals in the "animal world" [sounds like a girl] So, just ENJOY and keep her SAFE. lol ConnieI "acquired" a FS alomst 2 months ago when I saved it
>from my dog.....The day before she had killed 3 of
>them in my house (they have been living in the ceiling
>for several years now,and occasionally find their way
>into the house.)
>Well,I have fallen in love with the little guy (or
>girl-how do I tell?).I bought him a very large parrot
>cage and have outfitted it with all kinds of toys and
>gadgets...For a nest,he uses an old carboard oatmeal
>container stuffed with kleenex and cotton
>balls.......I have done as much research as I can (I
>cannot BELEIVE how much info is on the web!It gives me
>comfort to know I am NOT crazy-just crazy about these
>little guys!)I sprinkle RepCal on his food....I am
>careful not to overindulge him with his favorite
>food-PECANS!! But he is an awfully picky eater-he
>loves green grapes and apples.....I try to vary his
>diet daily-I will feed him an assortment of fruits and
>squash,lettuces,broccolli..but he doesnt like
>blueberries or raspberries.....I also give him
>sunflower seeds,a commercial mix for small
>animals,also a trail mix with dried fruits and
>nuts..he wont eat the mealworms that I got for him-I
>also tried cooked chicken (teeny-tiny piece) and
>hard-boiled egg bits (both white and yolk)-he looked
>at me as if I were feeding him poison!Doesnt he need
>protein?What else can I try?
>I would like to build him a really big cage (like 6'
>high by perhaps 3' square with a built in bench so I
>can sit in it)-I dont dare let him loose in the
>house-I am afraid my dog will catch him and kill him
>like she has done to so many of them..I do have him in
>a spare bedroom,but I live in a log home where the
>logs are of uneven thickness and the radiators do not
>sit flush against the walls,and if he gets behind
>one,he can run into the room adjoining it and out into
>the rest of the house-which is what all the other ones
>have done that have found their way into the house..I
>have never built anything in my life-Can someone tell
>me where I might find DETAILED instructions and a
>materials list?
>Another really big concern is that because he isnt
>"legal"-( I live in a state where it is illegal to
>keep FS as pets)what do I do if he needs medical care?
>Please dont tell me to let him loose-he will not last
>and is getting colder outside.....I have been working
>with him for HOURS everyday to try to "socialize"
>him...I put my arm in his cage,and he will jump on me
>and crawl all over me and lick me -sometimes he does
>nip me,but it doesnt hurt and he doesnt even break the
>skin..he takes food from me,lets me pet him for long
>periods of time and will even turn his head so I can
>rub under his chin or behind his ear!He loves it when
>I sing "Rock-A-Bye Squiggy" to him!
>Okay,so I guess these are my concerns:
>1)Does he need protein and what else can I give him if
>He wont eat eggs,chicken or mealworms?Do the nuts and
>seeds provide enough?
>2)Where can I find plans and directions for building
>him a really big cage?
>3)What do I do if he gets hurt or sick?What
>precautions should I be taking to try to prevent that
>from even happening?
>4)Am I awful for not wanting to release him back into
>the wild?I understand that they only live 2-3 years in
>the wild,but up to 15 in captivity...I love him to
>5)How can I tell his/her gender?Is it obvious? I didnt
>see anything where I would think I would find "boy"
>parts-so does that mean for sure its a "she"?By the
>way-I have read references to a FS being
>"neutered"-how in the world is something as tiny as a
>FS put under anesthesia and operated on safely???
>Oh! Can someone educate me as to some of the logo used
>on this board?What is a HOF? Is it HOme of Flyers???
>Any other info that you think I might need that I
>havent considered,I would greatly appreciate....I used
>to do foster care for the Humane Society and have
>loved and been around animals all my life.........I've
>attended classes to become a Wildlife
>Rehabilitator,but didnt pursue it beyond
>that....though it is something that I am
>Thanks for your imput!!
>Sorry this is so long...........

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  • Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet? -- Agnes (oh .. you caught the bug...), 02:12:16 10/29/06 Sun
  • Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet? -- connie-Thanks, 02:43:40 10/29/06 Sun

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