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Wombaro Echidna Milk Replacer Early Lactation 210g

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Wombaroo Echidna Milk Replacer Early Lactation (formerly called <30) is a nutritionally balanced milk substitute for echidna young less than 30 days of age.

Pinkish-grey skin, eyes closed to just open. Pouch bound. Faeces liquid to custard consistency.

Key Features:

  • Specifically formulated to match the composition of early lactation echidna milk.
  • High energy (fat) content milk to cater for infrequent feeding intervals.
  • High in protein content with elevated levels of sulphur-containing amino acids (cysteine & methionine) for the onset of hair & spine growth.
  • Low in carbohydrate to avoid digestive upset and fermentation of milk in the gut.
  • Also suitable for young platypus.

Feeding Guidelines:

Echidna milk composition changes significantly as the young ages. Echidna Milk Replacer Early Lactation is specially formulated for unfurred juveniles, when they would normally be carried in the mother's skin fold (less than 30 days of age). Juveniles at this age are prone to disease and mortality and should only be attempted by experienced carers.

Furless echidnas can be roughly aged based on body length as outlined in the Wombaroo Echidna Growth Chart. Body weight is not a good indicator of age because this can vary greatly with body condition and level of dehydration.

Success in hand-rearing furless echidnas greatly improves if they receive Impact Colostrum Supplement within a week of coming in to care. Refer to "Directions for Marsupials" under the Impact feeding guidelines.

Making up Milk:
To make 100mL of milk: Mix 21g of powder (3 scoops) to 85ml of warm water.

To make 1 litre of milk: Mix 210g of powder to 850ml of warm water.

Add half the water to the powder first and mix to a paste. Then add the remaining water and mix thoroughly. Pre-boil the water to ensure that it is sterilised. If the water is too hot it can cause the milk to curdle. If it is too cold then it will be difficult to disperse the powder. Wombaroo contains elevated protein and fat levels, so the milk needs to be well mixed to prevent it from separating out. An electric whisk can be used for mixing larger quantities. Milk can be stored in the fridge for a day or can be frozen for up to two weeks. It is useful to make up milk in larger quantities and store it frozen in small portions (eg ice cube trays), so that the required daily feed volumes can be easily thawed out. Once thawed out, discard any unused milk, and wash feeding utensils thoroughly.

Feeding:
Warm milk to about 30°C and feed from the palm of the hand or a shallow rubber bowl. Thorough washing of hands and wearing of powder-free disposable rubber gloves may be useful to reduce the risk of contamination with micro-organisms. Very young echidnas may not suckle well and could require tube feeding if they have not ingested sufficient milk after three days in care. Digestion of milk is slow, so the contents of the stomach need to be fully emptied before the next feed. We recommend to feed at 36 hour intervals for early lactation echidnas. This time frame may be further extended as the animal gets older. Note that the Wombaroo Feeding guidelines give average daily feed volumes, so multiply this by the number of days between each feed.

If the young is showing signs of dehydration (eg during hot weather), give extra drinks of water between feeds. Echidnas dehydrate rapidly if not maintained under optimum husbandry conditions. In particular, carers often keep echidnas at too high a temperature, which can cause dehydration. It is important to provide housing where temperatures do not exceed 30ºC. Consult your veterinarian or specialist wildlife carer for further information about husbandry and feeding of young echidnas.

 

SIZE: 210g

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