So, I'm going to journal on this later, but long story short, I didn't get the two sugar gliders I was expecting to get, but I DID get one additional glider, a 2 year old female named Precious (I'm not fond of the name, but I'm not going to change it - after all, if I adopted a human child I would respect that it's name is it's name, so I'll do the same for my new glider).
I've had her for a couple of days now, and the difference between a baby learning to bond to me and an established sugar glider is obvious. :) Not too much of a horror story, it's not like she's crabbing and biting like crazy, actually it's clear to me that she likes her new home, she very rarely crabs and likes to run around my room and climb all over me and my friends during out time. But where Serenity, my baby glider, will eagerly jump into my open hand and let me pick her up whenever I want, Precious will only jump on the back of my hand to climb quickly up to my shoulder and she will NEVER let me actually reach out and grab her. Two days in the bonding pouch has seen a little improvement, but are there any special tricks to bringing my new glider over to me besides the obvious time, love and patience? How much should I respect her old owner's habits and how quickly should I "force" her to get into mine? (for example, her old owner fed her big meals every other day with no HPW, whereas I want mine to eat the HPW diet and eat smaller amounts every day, she's shown no interest at all in the HPW mix, she shuns it and is obviously looking for me to give her pecan nuts and trail mix like her last owner did).
I have a LOT more questions to ask, especially about getting the two gliders together (right now I let them sniff each other through the cage supervised when one's out and the other's in, but I'm afraid to go farther until I'm sure they won't kill each other) and how to deal with an adult glider's scent spray (WHEW stinky), but those can wait a bit. ;)
Helen88ukFuzzy WuzzyUnited Kingdom1417 Posts
Mar 04 2012 : 02:42:56 PM
How old is serenity? When introducing gliders, the smallest glider should be no smaller than 2/3rds of the biggest. Thats often the reason adults and yound joeys (0-6)month cant be introduced. If a fight was to break out the smaller one would be at too much of a disadvantage.
I'm not sure what an adult gliders scent spray is, my girls have never smelled at all. The male stinks obviously and scents EVERYTHING but i'm not sure what smell ur referring to from a female x
TONYA1W1Super GliderUSA216 Posts
Mar 04 2012 : 03:40:03 PM
hello, i understand with you about your adult glider i have had mine for two weeks some day seems to be better then others but time and patience. mine wont come to me yet but i can pick her up and pet her i put her in her pouch or just in the shirt that i have in her cage if i was you i would give her a day or so but every day i would start a little of my own routine ....i hope this helps
Mar 05 2012 : 12:52:04 AM
Yea I got my oldest glider who is 2 also last weekend and it has been a pretty good week. At first she would crabb at anything and everything I did and she always wanted to bit to get away. She didn't want to be touched , hand feed , to be on me or anything. I am glad to say that after a week yesterday was the first day for her to have not crabbed at me for anything. and she has been letting me give her treats but she is still skidish about it. today she let me pet her head no crabbing and I got to half way pick her up with out being bit.:) Yay for progress!!!
TONYA1W1Super GliderUSA216 Posts
Mar 05 2012 : 06:48:41 AM
@Ninja.TurtlesMom yeah i know what you mean i am going thro. the same thing
renee14150Fuzzy Wuzzy1813 Posts
Mar 05 2012 : 07:46:33 AM
All gliders are different - it has very little to do with age. Here's some info on quarantine and inroductions that may help
actually the reason your glider stinks is because of the diet she has been on. Once she begins a healthy, correct glider diet that smell with go away.
josiecSuper GliderOR, USA226 Posts
Apr 30 2012 : 08:15:00 AM
I also have to point out.. it depends on their personality.. but most suggies don't like to be just picked up or held.
Apr 30 2012 : 08:25:43 AM
My kids are 1 and they alternate fear and love. I changed their diet, but need to start getting them on a set plan so I know they're getting what they need. They came from Glide R Chow, and are on fruit and veggie. They DO love to play in my room. I think it's just a personality symptoms for them. Keep loving the new one and she (or he) will love you.