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Date Posted: 08:55:49 10/29/06 Sun
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: Re: Welcome to the world of the wee wonders, 'Squiggy's Mom' ....
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Welcome to the world of the wee wonders, 'Squiggy's Mom' ...." on 07:05:46 10/29/06 Sun

We love it when a new convert to HOFdom appears! And you are participating where knowledge is readily available and graciously provided; there are absolutely no "silly" questions you could ask, so ask away. You've been provided with super advice from Bev and Agnes, so I will say how happy I am for you and see you on the forum and NFSA!






>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 >href="http://www.hometown.aol.com/dreydenizen/page7.htm
>l">A Flying Squirrelmobile
, as part of my site, rel=nofollow target=_blank >rel=nofollow target=_blank
>href="http://www.hometown.aol.com/dreydenizen">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:
> >href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/">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
>>target=_blank rel=nofollow
>>>target=_blank
>>>href="http://www.martinscages.com/"">http://www.ma
>>>rtinscages.com/"
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
>>>pieces...
>>>
>>>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
>>>healthy..
>>>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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