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How to hand rear (hand raising) baby Marmoset and Tamarin monkeys:

 

WEEK 1

Milk given at 37 degree celsius (body temperature)

Feed every two to three hours day and night 

0.5 ml for each feed

Temperature for the baby kept between 25 - 30 degree celsius by using a heated blanket

Stimulate the tummy after each feed

Place baby monkey on a stuffed toy

 

1) 1 x Teaspoon SMA or Lactogen formula

2) 5 x Teaspoons boiled water cool down

3) 1 x pinch of Colostrum 1 

 

Mix this mixture into a sterile container and keep in the fridge. Each time you need some, put it in another sterile container and warm in the microwave or in boiling water in another container. Use the same big mixture only for the whole day and then mix another for the night. (Do not warm up the big mixture everytime, but only the small amount needed). After each feed stroke very gently with the warm wet cotton wool (body temperature) from the lower intestines towards the tail, going over the genitals for the monkey to urinate and defecate. 

 

WEEK 2

Milk given at 37 degree celsius (body temperature)

Feed every two to three hours day and night 

0.8 ml for each feed

Temperature for the baby kept between 25 - 30 degree celsius by using a heated blanket

Stimulate the tummy after each feed. 

Place baby monkey on a stuffed toy

 

1) 1 x Teaspoon SMA or Lactogen formula

2) 5 x Teaspoons boiled water cool down

3) 1 x pinch of Beefee powder / Bio-Vita

4) 1 x pinch of Calsuba / Calcium Jnr

5) 1 x pinch of Nestum baby cereal stage 1

 

Mix this mixture into a sterile container and keep in the fridge. Each time you need some, put it in another sterile container and warm in the microwave or in boiling water in another container. Use the same big mixture only for the whole day and then mix another for the night. (Do not warm up the big mixture everytime, but only the small amount needed). After each feed stroke very gently with the warm wet cotton wool (body temperature) from the lower intestines towards the tail, going over the genitals for the monkey to urinate and defecate. 

 

WEEK 3

Milk given at 37 degree celsius (body temperature)

Feed every two and a half to three hours day and night 

2 - 4 ml for each feed

Temperature for the baby kept between 25 - 30 degree celsius by using a heated blanket

Stimulate the tummy after each feed

Place baby monkey on a stuffed toy

 

1) 1 x Teaspoon SMA or Lactogen formula

2) 5 x Teaspoons boiled water cool down

3) 1 x pinch of Beefee powder / Bio-Vita

4) 1 x pinch of Calsuba / Calcium Jnr

5) 1/4 Teaspoon of Nestum baby cereal stage 1

 

Mix this mixture into a sterile container and keep in the fridge. Each time you need some, put it in another sterile container and warm in the microwave or in boiling water in another container. Use the same big mixture only for the whole day and then mix another for the night. (Do not warm up the big mixture everytime, but only the small amount needed). After each feed stroke very gently with the warm wet cotton wool (body temperature) from the lower intestines towards the tail, going over the genitals for the monkey to urinate and defecate.

 

WEEK 4

Milk given at 37 degree celsius (body temperature)

Feed just over every three hours day and night 

4 - 8 ml for each feed

Temperature for the baby kept between 25 - 30 degree celsius by using a heated blanket

Stimulate the tummy after each feed

Place baby monkey on a stuffed toy

 

1) 1 x Teaspoon SMA or Lactogen formula

2) 5 x Teaspoons boiled water cool down

3) 1 x pinch of Beefee powder / Bio-Vita

4) 1 x pinch of Calsuba / Calcium Jnr

5) 1/4 Teaspoon of Nestum baby cereal stage 1

6) 1/4 Teaspoon USN pure protein supplement

 

Mix this mixture into a sterile container and keep in the fridge. Each time you need some, put it in another sterile container and warm in the microwave or in boiling water in another container. Use the same big mixture only for the whole day and then mix another for the night. (Do not warm up the big mixture everytime, but only the small amount needed). After each feed stroke very gently with the warm wet cotton wool (body temperature) from the lower intestines towards the tail, going over the genitals for the monkey to urinate and defecate.

 

Baby monkey should be fully weaned between 5 - 7 weeks:

1) Place some porridge or purity onto your finger or spoon and allow the baby monkey to lick

2) Place purity or cereal into lid of the purity boddle and allow licking

3) Place small pieces of apple, pear ect onto the shallow lid.

 

OVERSEAS MILK FORMULA: (source Marky Chavez)

Adult marmosets usually give birth to twins, triplets or even quadruplets. Some pet owners pull out other baby marmoset for hand rearing if there are more than two newborns, or if the parents are not capable of rearing them.

Hand raising a baby marmoset is just like rearing a newborn human baby. Pet owners need to spend lots of time and attention caring for the little marmoset until such time when they are ready to be re-integrated with their parents.

How to Feed a Baby Marmoset

A baby marmoset needs certain types of food as they grow. Here's a guide on what and when to feed them different types of food:

 

What you'll need:

1 tsp of infant marmoset powder or a human baby milk powder (Enfamil)

5 tsp of boiled water

Procedure: Mix all the ingredients and feed the baby marmoset according to the guide below:

Week 1 - 0.5 to 1 ml for every 2 hours. Add-ons: add a pinch of Bio-vital/Kalmag

Week 2 - 1 to 3 ml for every 2 1/2 hours

Week 3 - 3 to 5 ml for every 3 hours. Add a little Nestum and a drop of Vitamin D3

Week 4 - 5 to 6 ml for every 3 to 5 hours. Need more Nestum and Vitamin D3 twice a week. Also, introduce live yogurt.

Weeks 5 to 9 - 6 to 8 ml for every 5 to 6 hours. Give him a bowl of Nestum and Yogurt and allow him to eat on his own.

Week 10 - 8 ml up 3 times a day. You can now introduce solid foods to your marmoset like mashed bananas, sweet potato and apple.

 

Feeding Notes:

Baby Marmosets are likely to experience constipation, especially during the first two weeks of their lives. If this is the case, add a drop of Mirracoat or Duphalac syrup. They can also experience sneezing. Give them Vitamin D3.

 

Week 1

Carry him around as much as possible. Just be careful since he is very fragile at this stage. Avoid exposing him to germs, different people and cold weather conditions.

Week 2

Allow him to have contacts with other monkeys. Keep him warm by carrying him on your shirt or by putting him on a heated box with a stuffed toy. Also, try to weigh and measure him weekly.

Week 3

Spend more time with your pet. Let him play around your thumb or you can place him on your head. Avoid leaving him alone for a long period of time.

Week 4

Constantly carry the baby, as they will become more mobile at this age. You can place him over your head where they will stay most of the time. Give him time to mingle with other monkeys. Allow him to sleep in a heated box with a soft toy where he can snuggle up.

Week 5 to 9

Continue introducing him to other monkeys, especially to his parents. Give him something he can play on like a branch of a tree.

Week 10 onwards

Baby marmosets can be weaned and may be put back with its parents.

 

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