Feeding


Macropod joeys that come into care will need around the clock feeding. As a general rule the following guidelines can be applied:-

  • For joeys that are unfurred with eyes closed and ears down – 8 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 3 hours)

  • For joeys that are furless but eyes open and ears up – 6 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 4 hours)

  • For joeys that are finely furred, eyes open and ears up – 6 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 4 hours)

  • For joeys with short sleek fur, eyes open and ears up – 5 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 5 hours)

  • For joeys with long sleek fur, eyes open and ears up – 4 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 6 hours)

  • For joeys with thick dense fur, eyes open and ears up – 3 bottles per day evenly spaced (every 8 hours)

Macropod joeys need a strict routine so for example, a joey on six feeds per day would need to be fed at 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm and 2am. It is important to stick to the same times. Joeys become very stressed and fail to thrive if their feed time is not set and their routine becomes broken.

If you are not prepared to feed a joey during the night, you will not be able to care for a macropod joey.