Ok so the one and only hatchling that survived out of a clutch of five won’t feed. The baby only weighs about 48 grams. It hatched June 12 and has already shed, I offered it a live pinky mouse Monday and it wouldn’t take it. Should I wait until next week and offer it another prey item or should I assist feed?
You aren’t giving it something it sees as a valid prey item offering it a pinky. You need to offer it a larger meal. If you post a picture with a reference of it’s size we can tell you exactly what size to start with.
So I should move it up to a fuzzy? I thought the pinky looked a bit small but I didn’t want to scare it.
I would start with a hopper mouse
I would also try a larger prey item. I almost always have better luck initially getting hatchlings eating with larger prey items.
I start all baby balls on hopper mice
Hoppers are usually the easiest as Travis mentioned. They always seem to feed better on prey with fur.
And hoppers are more active. It catches the hatchlings attention
Ok I’ll try that in the next few days.
it might also help to know how you have it set up.
Oh ok, it’s in a 6 quart tub on cypress mulch. Its warm side temps are 88-90 (has belly heat) and the cool side is 80 or so. Its humidity is at 55 to 60.
Well I just tried to feed it a hopper mouse and it won’t feed. I left it in there for a few hours but it didn’t matter. I don’t know what to do and the baby only weighs 50 grams
my go-to for trouble eaters is to take a live fuzzy mouse that does not have any teeth and leave it in the container overnight.
other questions worth asking: does the container have any hides? what time of day are you offering food?
Yeah one on the warm side and I offered at night.
This shouldn’t be an overly large concern for you right now. I hatched out a baby at 19 grams, and so far have had to assist feed 4 pinkies, and he’s put on 10 grams since.
If you offer the hatchling a meal on Monday, and turn around and try again on Wednesday/Thursday you aren’t giving it enough time to just ‘not stress’. Try every 5 days, assist if it doesn’t take it on the 4th meal, and then make a change to your tub. Change something every 4th attempt. It’ll catch on, or nature will take it’s course.
Hmm ok I’ll try that
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You can also try out blacking out the entire tub they are in. This had worked for me with hatchlings more than anything, a week in complete darkness without messing with them for absolutely any reason.