Leigh Neubuck
Leigh Neubuck
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Asked on Sep 13, 2019

How can I build a simple but sturdy small animal pen?

Lynn SorrellGkAdrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome

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I found a crying baby squirrel hanging from a tree branch in my yard 2 nights ago. His mother has not come to claim him so I will care for him until he is ready to be released and once his eyes open and he starts running around he is going to need a secure large space to run because t looks like he will be stuck in this structure in my garage for about 3 months. I have some of my own ideas but am looking for possibly easier/more creative avenues....

3 answers
  • I have used a large bird cage or a ferret cage in the past for this.

    • Leigh Neubuck
      on Sep 16, 2019

      Thank you Adrienne! I went to the pet store on Friday and bought a 'small animal' cage about 2.5 x 1.5 and is all cage at the top with a deep pan so I can put him outside where I feed all my squirrels and birds now and he can get used to the surroundings for when he is grown enough to be on his own.

  • Gk
    on Sep 13, 2019

    You might be able to pick up a small or medium size dog pen used for a reasonable price. It doesn't give this guy a lot of running room but it may help.

    https://www.squirrelsandmore.com/pages/basic-steps-to-taking-care-of-a-baby-squirrel

    https://www.whatdosquirrelseat.org/baby-squirrel

    • Leigh Neubuck
      on Sep 16, 2019

      I bought one for hamsters because it was all open and I plan to put him outside for periods of time when he gets older to familiarize himself with outdoors. Thank you!!#

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Sep 13, 2019

    Really should take it to your local wildlife rehabilitation/rescue so it can get good nutrition and be properly trained to survive on it's own with other squirrels, if you care for it it and keep it alone it will become human friendly and dependent on you. they are very social creatures & need to be raised with other squirrels,they need to be able to learn how to survive from other squirrels,because it is not all instinct. did you look for it's nest up in the tree to put it back? Baby squirrels need Pedialyte and puppy milk to grow. You can feed a baby squirrel with a bottle and it will bond to you as its “mother.” You have to keep baby squirrels warm and massage their genitals to make them pee. At six weeks, baby squirrels can eat seeds, nuts, and fruit. please read all of this info. on emergency care until you can get it to rescue/rehabilitation clinic( if you cannot find one contact local vets & they will know of rescues for wild animals & in many states it is illegal to handle care for any wildlife. ) https://www.squirrelsandmore.com/pages/basic-steps-to-taking-care-of-a-baby-squirrel

    • Leigh Neubuck
      on Sep 16, 2019

      Thanks Lynn for your tips but I am way ahead if you, all that was done and investigated and researched the 1st day but thanks for your concern.

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