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Diet

 Wallabies are herbivores, plant eaters, they like to graze.  They should have access to grass, good quality hay, plants, herbs.

 For the young joeys just out of mom's pouch it should be given a kangaroo formula for bottles.  My personal opinion this is the best method of feeding the young, some will use puppy Esbilac formula but I feel why feed a puppy formula when what you have is a kangaroo.  There are a couple kangaroo formulas on the market.  I personally like to use Wombaroo.   This and other supplies may be ordered from Wombaroo.  I have used Esbilac with my first joeys and did have problems with digestion.  When I went to the Wombaroo they did great!  The fur on the joey was much healthier looking and softer.  I could also notice a weight gain making for a healthier looking joey. 

 

Bottling your joey

 When you first begin to bottle your new joey if it is pulled from mom's pouch at seven (7) months old, this is an ideal time to make the transition.  Mom's milk will be changing at this time and the joey will adapt to the kangaroo formula with no problem.   The formula is made for different growth stages of joeys so be sure that you get the correct one for your joey's age and weight.  If you end up with a very young joey then special care must be taken when you begin to bottle it. 

  When I pull a joey from mom's pouch at seven (7) months old I bottle it every three hours for up to the first month, then I typically will drop back an hour each month.  For example, the 7th. month; three hour bottles (day and night), 8th. month; four hour bottles (day and night), 9th. month; five hour bottles etc.  I am a firm believer in bottling your little Roo up to a minimum of a year and half up to two years old.  This is how long most may nurse in the wild and some may continue even after they are out of mom's pouch, being allowed to put their head into the pouch to continue nursing for several months while being a joey at heal.   

 I have found that when I continue with this time clock I continue to have a very close bond with my joey.  I have bottled one of my girls all the way up to almost four years old.  She liked to have her night time bottle before bed, it was just a nurturing, bonding time we both enjoyed.  She has turned out to be a very exceptional girl!   Some will wean themselves and that is fine too.  DON'T short change your joey on the bottles!  YES, it is a lot of work and loss of sleep that is a responsibility you must be willing to accept when you adopt a young joey.  Some think just because a joey can start eating solid food, then they don't need the bottles.  This is NOT true.  It will still require the nutritional needs the formula provides along with the solid foods.  You will get a much more healthy, social and easy animal to handle in the long run if you keep up with the bottles.  The more you put into it the more you will be rewarded in a loving, social pet. 

 When providing solid foods for your joey put them where it is accessible for the joey at all times along with water for it to begin to lap.  The joey will be able to eat some vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes.  It will need grass with clumps of dirt to aid in the gut flora.  On occasion give some pieces of apple.  Herbs can be a healthy food for a joey to eat.   Make sure that any grass or plants given do NOT have any chemicals on it! This can be deadly for a young joey or any kangaroo, young or old.

 Be sure with any joey to check for dehydration; this is very important.  To do this take a small pinch of skin from around the shoulder area in your fingers and then let it go and if it goes back down quickly into place then the joey is hydrated properly.  If it goes down slowly then it is showing signs of dehydration and will need fluids.  If the dehydration is very severe where the skin does not go down once you let it go,  I would recommend taking the joey to the vet soon as possible and have it checked and they can help you with hydration.   They joey will need to be kept warm, at a young age they do not produce their own body heat.  Do not over heat this can cause dehydration very quickly with a young joey.  I only use a heat pad under my joey's pouch if it is winter and the air is cold, or there is a chance of cool draft.  I keep the heat pad on low and not touching the pouch so the heat does not radiate too much into the pouch making the joey too warm.   I feel of my joeys feet to see if they feel comfortably warm or are they cool?   

 I recommend getting Lynda Staker's, Marsupial Manual, for guidance in raising and caring for your kangaroo or wallaby.  It is a valuable reference in all aspects of care and what to do in the event of injury or illness.   I am only touching on my experiences here briefly.  Look for how to order her manual in the Products link.   

 Mazuri Kangaroo/Wallaby Diet #5Z88 is a pellet form of feed specifically designed to meet nutritional requirements for kangaroos and wallabies.  This feed is high in Vitamin E and Selenium which helps prevent against white muscle  disease.   Feed free choice for your Kangaroo or wallaby including bottle fed joeys starting to eat solid foods.  Mazuri is made by Purina Feeds, see your local feed dealer to have your feed special ordered.  Happy Hopper is another excellent kangaroo/wallaby feed.   There are various formulas to choose from contact Pet-Pro Products for information.

 Vegetables are also recommended as feed.  Most Roos like sweet potatoes and carrots.  It is not recommended to feed foods such as cabbage or broccoli they are very gas forming and can be upsetting to their stomach.   Mine love corn on the cob; husks, corn silk and all.  I give fruits in moderation on occasion as a treat.  Apples are a favorite. 

 Oats is also something I feed especially during the winter months.  I don't give it so much in the hot months.  I get the steam rolled with NO sharp edges on it which could cause lumpy jaw.  It is good for them to also have branches to chew on to help keep healthy teeth and gums.  Make sure the branches you allow them to eat on are not sprayed with chemicals and are not poisonous.  

 I put food out for my mob to free feed on through out the day. 

 Give wheat bread on occasion as a treat.  This can be a good method of giving medications or wormers without causing stress.  They should also have a salt/trace mineral block available especially during the hot summer months.  It is good to also include Corid in their water to aid against coccidia, especially during extreme wet weather conditions.

 Wallabies do need to be wormed throughout the year using Ivomec.

 

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