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Date Posted: 07:05:46 10/29/06 Sun
Author: Beverly
Subject: Welcome to the world of the wee wonders, 'Squiggy's Mom' ....
In reply to: connie-Thanks 's message, "Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet?" on 02:43:40 10/29/06 Sun

Welcome to the world of the wee wonders, 'Squiggy's Mom'. You are now an official 'HOF' -- Human Owned by a Flyer is the full 'definition' of that particular acronym, as coined originally by Chuck's Joan, I think -- may have been one of the other 'Floridian Flyer Fanciers'.

Agnes did a fine joy with answers to your questions ... although I'm a bit chagrined that she didn't consider mentioning the on-line flyer cage plans I've got at my A Flying Squirrelmobile, as part of my site, The Den Drey at Phantom Farm It makes a very comfortable size cage for a flyer or two.

Oh, BTW, to your first and foremost question, I can assure you that most of us 'flyer fanciers' come to know these wonderful little fairie dittles just as you have -- a 'wild' rescue. Their numbers in the 'natural' setting are quite safe and comfortable, so keeping one that comes to you, as Squiggy has, is a reasonable way to become an official HOF. I'd say that most of us do draw the line against the idea of actually going out into the 'wild' to trap a flyer for domestication. A wild flyer that winds up with you because of some other circumstance is a much different situation. Squiggy came to you by way of a 'greater' design, and is intended to be with you for whatever reason.

On the issue of mealworms, I find my flyers never liked mealies, but preferred waxworms -- and at that, were not interested in them as 'toddlers' or 'juvies' -- not until they reached 'adulthood' did they enjoy 'sushi' (live worms ...). But they get plenty of protein from the nuts, etc. And sounds like you've got Squiggy on a good and healthy diet. (I am an advocate for L&M Animal Farms Liquid Daily Multivitamin in the water supply --- I never had much success with the powder vits formulated for reptiles, with my flyers ...)

I highly recommend you visit, and sign on as a registered user, at:
The National Flying Squirrel Messageboard, and also recommend you consider a $20 investment in the 'parent' association, the NFSA! (there's a forum on the messageboard that will provide info on joining ...). I also hope you'll continue to visit with us here, and look forward to hearing more about Squiggy!

On the issue of vets, well, most of us have never had need of a vet -- these are particularly healthy critters, and when ill, there's not much a vet can actually do, unless they have mucho 'companion rodent' experience. Injuries that are minor are usually 'self healing' -- and major injures -- well, let's not think of that. Many states do indeed prohibit the keeping of a companion flyer (for no true 'good' reasons ...), but some vets will help, regardless of the state's position on flyers.

Connie, keep in mind that we're all 'works in progress', and anyone who thinks otherwise is 'itching for a fight!' lol! Even experts know there is always something new to learn about these critters, and we gain as much from a 'novice' to keeping a flyer as we do from those who have had flyers for years and years. That's why I'm always encouraging correspondents here to let us all know how they 'do' things for their flyers.

And Squiggy, I personally love 'long' posts, so type away!

>Thanks Agnes, you jumped in just in time; I am still
>a work in progress!! I didn't know what HOF stood for
>either! And it's been almost one year. We learn
>something new every day!!>I'm surprised that you
>haven't heard from anyone but
>>Connie yet... Everyone must have a busy weekend. But
>>you have come to the right place. I will try to help
>>... Every one here , especially Beverly, has taught me
>>what I know for the pass 4 years. By now you have
>>figured out they are nocturnal and do not like
>>brightlights on those big black eyes...
>>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?
>>Yes.. and its very important that you keep a mixture
>>of shelled and unshelled nuts in his cage. Sunflower
>>seeds are also good and loaded with protein. But also
>>very fatty, so just a few a day. The only mealy
>>worms mine like are the ones you buy in a can in the
>>reptile department. They are called " Med Zoo " Mine
>>love those, I give them once or twice a week. Other
>>people find their flyers prefer to live mealys.
>>2) Where can I find plans and directions for building
>>him a really big cage?
>>That I am not sure, but I do know where the most
>>reasonable ones to buy, " >target=_blank rel=nofollow
If I find some plans I will
>>send them to you.. send me your email and I will ask a
>>friend of mine to help you.
>>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?
>>Find the closes state near you that allows flyers.
>>Locate a vet that will see her. And be prepared to
>>make the trip if she gets sick. Thats what most of us
>>do. I find them to be pretty healthy little critters
>>if they are fed correctly. You can't let her out if
>>you do not have a safe room. Cdonnie has trained hers
>>to go into a travel cage and she goes with her from
>>room to room. Even to work with her. etc..
>>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
>>You are not wrong.. It sounds to me that she is
>>young and has accepted you just find. But you do need
>>to find a place that you can let her out for a couple
>>hours a day to play with you and bond. Staying in her
>>cage 24/7 is not good. Unless you can have a walk in
>>one made like I have. Like you my flyers would get
>>killed out of the aviary, but I sit in there and read
>>or just play with them..
>>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"
>>If you do not see male parts, than he is very young or
>>he is a she which I suspect... You wont need to
>>neuter a flyer unless you bring home another of the
>>opposite sex. lol
>>Make sure you pick up some LM Vitamins for Rodents for
>>his FRESH WATER DISH EVERY NIGHT, this is very
>>important. The calcuim is good, also a little yogurt
>>will go a long way to keeping her healthy. She needs
>>fresh fruit peices every day, I also give a little
>>natural unsweeten apple sauce with mine, becasue I
>>have so many and some time , soneone does not care for
>>the fruit of the day. But they all love applesauce.
>>You need to give her veggies every day.. Mine go
>>crazy over frozen mix veggies. With only one baby you
>>could take a plate and put a little of each on same
>>plate , EVERY NIGHT. It will take you 5 minutes and
>>your baby will have everything she needs to stay
>>HOF _ means _ Human owned flyer..
>>You keep us posted and we will all help you with your
>>new baby... Good luck

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