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Date Posted: 22:38:08 07/07/06 Fri
Author: Beverly
Subject: Not much chance of getting to Sunny Florida, with 6 equine ...
In reply to: Cindy 's message, "Re: How old?" on 18:43:26 07/07/06 Fri

(Not much chance of getting to Sunny Florida, with 6 equine ...), three cats, a dog, a dozen flyers to care for -- I highly recommend you ask Joan, at NFSA, for advice, on 'adopting out' the pups. I'd also say that you should insist any new 'parent' join the NFSA, and keep you abreast of how the pups are doing ... :~}


>>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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