Sugar Glider Babies
By Perry M. Brown
Raising baby sugar gliders, called joeys, on your own can be a wonderful experience if you know how to properly do it. You need to provide them with proper housing and a nutritional diet. You also need to be able to wean them off baby food. By researching and learning about these three subjects and by also providing unconditional love and care, your baby sugar glider will grow into a happy, healthy adult.
When sugar gliders are babies, they are extremely susceptible to chills, so it is necessary to keep them warm. You can keep them in a pouch that you wear underneath your shirt during the day. At night, you should keep them in a brooder. To make a brooder, purchase two Kritter Keepers that are the same size. Pour about 3 inches of water into one and place an aquarium heater in the water. Place the other keeper into the one that has water and line it with bedding and towels. The baby will most likely curl up into the towel that has become very warm.
Another way to keep them warm is by placing their small covered cage on a heating pad. Only put one end on the heating pad though to make sure they are able to get away from the heat if they want to. Keep them in the brooder until they are 6 weeks old. By this age, they will be able to generate enough body heat to keep themselves warm.
Nutrition for a baby glider, just as with human babies, is different than the food they eat as adults. Joeys need the formula to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need. You can make glider formulas at home. To do this you will need equal amounts of First Born puppy milk, chicken with apple baby food, vanilla yogurt make sure it has live cultures), Leadbeater’s egg mix, and rice with banana baby cereal that is diluted with apple juice. Feed this mixture to the baby at room temperature and administer it to them through a dropper.
Lastly, you must learn how to properly wean the babies off baby food and teach them to eat different foods. The goal is to have them eat a variety of foods. To do this, make 3 or 4 little bowls of different food and put them in the brooder. Some things you may consider feeding them are applesauce, turkey with sweet potato baby food, other flavours of baby cereal, or different fruit flavours of yogurt.
Try to make the consistency of these foods vary so that you can encourage them to try new things. Once they begin to take to the soft foods, start introducing a dish of soft pellet foods. This will help the joeys learn how to chew their food. During the first couple of months, you will most likely waste a lot of food but this is completely normal. The main goal is to introduce the baby to a variety of foods and find out what he likes and doesn’t like.
By following these general guidelines, you can ensure that you are giving your baby glider the best possible care. Use the Internet or your veterinarian to discuss housing, feeding and weaning options in more detail.