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Date Posted: 18:43:26 07/07/06 Fri
Author: Cindy
Subject: Re: How old?
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Re: How old?" on 08:21:50 07/07/06 Fri

>I usually wait until pups' eyes have opened (about 4
>weeks) before ...
>taking them from their nest. I tempt momma off the
>nest by giving her a wax worm. While she's off eating
>the worm, I quickly remove a pup from the nest. First
>thing I do is notch the pup's tail hair, so I'll be
>easily able to tell one pup from another. I notch the
>first on the right, the second on the left, and if
>there are four, notch one at the tip. I cut ONLY the
>hair, of course, using a very short bladed scissor,
>taking great care. If there are only two pups, and
>they're different gender, then the notch is not
>necessary. If there are three, two of one gender, and
>one of the other, then only one pup's tail gets
>notched (one of the two like gendered pups ...).
>Here's what a tail notch looks like:
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>I take the pups for about an hour, in rotation. While
>they're with me, I keep them inside my shirt, with a
>few cotton balls for 'a comforter' and a half of a
>pecan or a few pine nuts (I count them, to be able to
>tell who's eating solids ...). They get handled right
>through the shirt, almost constantly, and they also
>get 'retrieved' from the shirt, for some quality 'hand
>time', too. By the time they're 5 weeks, I'm
>beginning to let them explore my torso, while playing
>in a 'safe' room (I use the bathroom ...). By 6
>weeks, they're already moving from me, to a terry robe
>hung in the bathroom, and back again. I offer my hand
>for a platform, and give plenty of praise when they
>climb aboard. By the time they're ready to go to a
>new home, they're pretty darn secure in the knowledge
>that humans are their 'safe place'.
>I like to let momma wean them -- I don't personally
>like having to give a pup formula, unless they're not
>thriving on momma's milk. Instead, I rely on the
>personal interaction to socialise the pups. Rarely
>have I had a pup that needed formula. I wait until I
>see a pup go to momma's water dish, before sending
>them off to a new HOF. This is usually in the 6th
>week, although pups will often nurse much longer, if
>momma allows. Still, by 6 weeks, most pups are
>getting to be quite a handful, for momma, and she
>often seems delighted when the 'school bus' (that's me
>...) comes to take pups for a while, giving her a
>chance to sleep in peace!
>I'm so looking forward to hearing more about Mary's
>pups, Cindy! (And can't wait until Libby has a
>family, Agnes! Go, CHIP!!!) Please consider opening
>a free Photobucket dot com site, so you'll be able to
>post photos directly to Flying Squirrel Fancier!!
>> I beleive they have to be 6 to 8 weeks old. Are
>>you going to tame them first? Where do you live...??
>> I believe Beverly generally starts putting them in
>>her shirt when they are about 2 or 3 weeks old. Oh I
>>can wait until one of my girls have pups...
Mary is loving her babies like a good momma should. All of them have their eyes opened and lots of hair. I remember when Sam and Precious were that little. I have yet taken them out of the nest. However I can pet them when the tiny little heads poke out. Mary don't seem to mind that much anymore. So I will be taking them out this week. I will get some pics posted soon.
I do want to find a good home for them when I am to let go. It is so hard adopting them out. I would love to keep them but 10 flyers and some being related?.....
You know how it is for us and family at times. Sometimes it's nice to move out. I live in FL. Volusia County wanna come by and see them?

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