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The best outcome for any baby squirrel is to be raised by its mother, and baring that, to be reared in the company of other squirrels in a setting that best prepares it for a successful life in the wild. Squirrels rarely make good pets and in many jurisdictions it is illegal.  A single squirrel reared by humans is at a huge disadvantage for learning important social and survival skills.  

Before you proceed, ensure that you have followed the steps described in ‘I found a baby’ to address the orphan’s urgent needs.  You must never feed a cold baby and it must be fully hydrated before providing a formula appropriate for squirrels.  If you aren’t sure what species of squirrel you have, the link to the right can provide important clues to its identification.


Orphan care of baby squirrels

Please consider joining the Squirrel board, it’s a free forum that will provide you with access to a vast knowledge base and personalized help specific for your situation.


There are thousands of resources worldwide and often local help for your squirrel can be found quickly.

The Squirrel Board

Forums

The Squirrel Board maintains multiple forums monitored by wildlife rehabilitators; as well as, questions and answers to thousands of queries on topics including:


Feeding Baby Squirrels
Start out right by getting an appropriate squirrel milk replacement formula product

Topics include:



Milk Replacement Formulas >>

1 - Formula

Feeding Implements
Get the right tools for the job

This section includes a discussion of the most common feeding tools used by rehabilitators to accurately control and measure the amount of formula delivered.


Many life threatening illnesses can be avoided by ensuring that the formula is delivered at the right flow rate to prevent aspiration, choking or over-feeding - All serious, yet preventable mistakes!


Topics Include syringe and nipple selection; as well as, links to online retailers .


Feeding Implements >>

2 - Feeding Tools

Feeding Technique
Doing it right

Topics include:




Feeding Technique >>

3 - Technique

Feeding Schedule & Amount
How much & how often

One of the most frequent and avoidable feeding mistakes is feeding too much, too fast, or at the wrong frequency.  


This section discusses how much to feed the baby and how often.

Includes charts based on age and weight, links to online conversion calculators for weight & volume, and

tips for success.

Feeding Schedule & Amount >>

4 - Amount & Frequency

Feeding-Related Complications
How to avoid feeding trouble

This section discusses some of the more common mistakes related to feeding, Including:



As well as, links to articles on common causes of stool and gastrointestinal problems in juvenile squirrels.

Feeding complications >>

5 - Feeding Complications

Makeshift Incubator
Keeping baby warm

Babies under six week and injured or sick adults need supplemental heat.


Building a makeshift incubator can be done quickly with readily available household items.


This section lists the supplies you will need, instructions for putting together and a list of common precautions to ensure the squirrels comfort and safety.


Makeshif Incubator >>

6 - Makeshift Incubator

Bathrooming
Baby can’t ‘go’ it alone

Babies with their eyes closed need help to urinate and defecate.


This section details how to stimulate the baby to eliminate.


includes a link to a demonstration of the technique.




Bathrooming >>

7 -Bathrooming

Additional links to baby squirrel care

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Access helpful guides from the experts on

The Squirrel Board:


I found a baby squirrel! Now What?

A manual of infant care for beginners

Raising Infant Tree Squirrels

More sources for Orphan Info


Squirrel-rehab.org


SquirrelTales.org


Squirrel-Rescue.com


Chris’s Squirrels & More


Orphanedwildlifecare.com

Squirrel Identification
Squirrel Species Identification Tips

Species is important!


Most states have laws that apply based on the species of squirrel.