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When can I hold the joeys?
When can I hold the joeys?
Joeys, birth, parenthood
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Aug 04 2018
12:59:15 PM
Okay so one of my girls had twin joeys, they are twelve days oop mom is a first time mom and has a nervous personality.

So far she doesn't try to hide babies from me but I'm worried that if I try to pick them up it will make her nervous or she will start hiding them from me.

Also do joeys automatically have the 'bald' spot that grown males do? Just curious on how to tell male from female. I don't think they have that spot on their head.
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Joeys, birth, parenthood
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Aug 04 2018
01:19:58 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2919 Posts
I started handling joeys as soon as they were oop with their eyes still closed. However, the mom was a seasoned breeder before she was given to me, and a very mellow confident mom.

I would take them out when ever they weren't attached to mom. Sometimes by themselves sometimes with both parents so they could see the joey at all times, it really depended on if they were asleep or awake.

If mom is the nervous type, I'd only handle them when you are close enough to the mom that you can give her back the joey the second it fusses so mom knows you will give it right back. Don't keep the joey out to long, but build up to longer times gradually. Mom will probably sniff the joey all over and clean it right after you return it to make sure it's ok, that is normal.

There is a more experienced breeder on here maybe he'll have better advice for all that.

To sex them at this age is usually super easy, they haven't furred up a ton on their bellies yet so it's usually easy to tell right now but might get harder as they fur up.

The bald spot doesn't usually happen until the male starts approaching sexually maturity usuallllly around 4 months oop but it can happen earlier or later than that.



This has more pics http://www.glidernursery.com/sexing-a-joey.html



Edited by - Leela on Aug 04 2018 01:21:30 PM
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Aug 05 2018
07:25:33 AM
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I usually manipulate joeys as soon as they are OOP, always in sight of the parents, for just one minute at 1st, and increasing the time daily.
It mostly depends on your gliders' behavior, if you see that the parents are stressed out, just give them the joeys back and try again later
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When can I hold the joeys?

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When can I hold the joeys?