Formula Mixture for Babies 4 weeks and older
2 oz water
1 scoop powder formula
1 tbsp yogurt (strawberry/banana,peach,blueberry,etc)
( not the yogurt with chunks of fruit it will clog the syringe}
2 tsp. Mixed grain cereal dry
2 tsp. dry marmoset diet
Mix well and refridgerate.
Should be real runny and easy to suck up in the syringe.
Feed warm, test on wrist!!
Store bought baby formula should NOT be used long term, they contain high iron which can cause liver and kidney failure. If you want to keep feeding formula after 3 months of age you need to use LOW IRON formula, you can purchase low iron formula and all your small monkey needs from marmosetmom.com
The dangers of IRON
Hemochromatosis (HC), or iron storage disease, is a pathological condition associated with excessive iron deposition in the tissues. It is common in marmoset and tamarin monkeys and it is a significant problem due to the feeding of human infant baby formula and other human baby products that are iron fortified for human babies. Primates DO NOT process iron in the wild. All of the water sources are rich in tannins, the tannins work as a binding agent so their organs do not have to process it. They do not receive a tannin rich diet in a home environment so the excess iron is stored in all the organs, especially the liver, heart and pancreas. The excess iron can poison these organs, leading to symptoms all over the body, some of which include stomach pain and joint pain and then lead to life-threatening conditions and organ failure.
Do's and Don'ts
NO ONIONS, GARLIC, CHOCOLATE, CANDY, SPICY FOODS, NO RAW POTATO OF ANY KIND, NO RAW EGG. READ ALL THE LABELS ONION AND GARLIC POWDER IS IN A LOT OF FOODS INCLUDING BABY AND TODDLER FOODS. NO SUGAR FREE PRODUCTS, THEY CONTAIN DANGEROUS ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS LIKE ASPARTAME OR XYLITOL BOTH ARE DEADLY TO MONKEYS..
They NEED to eat Callitrichid diet ( marmoset diet) either the powder or the can. I think the powder is easier to disguise, because it can be mixed in things like yogurt and fruit gumivore. Most of them don't like the can, it looks like dogfood and smells gross.
They also NEED D3 and calcium supplements, I use Bone Defense.
Probiotics are also important, you can use live culture yogurt like activia or the powder probiotics.
They can have pretty much any fruit ( not much citrus, it's very acidic and can cause mouth ulcers and stomach issues) veggies (limit tomato also acidic) , (WASH THOROUGHLY REMOVE ALL STEMS, SEEDS AND PITS) cut into small pieces. Pasta, rice, cooked eggs, chicken, fish, yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, shrimp, cereal, nuts, gumivore, crickets, mealworms.
They can eat most foods that you eat, just avoid the things I have listed.
Marmoset Diet Yogurt Cubes for the older ones
2 containers of yogurt
1 tablespoon of fruit gumivore
put in microwave for 2 min
Add 8 tablespoons of marmoset diet
A few pinches of D3 and Calcium powder
A few pinches of whey protein
Stir really well, refrigerate overnight
It will be the consistency of cheese cake
cut into small cubes