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Nutrition & Husbandry of  Callitrichids

Abstract: Marmosets and tamarins are small New World primates that are very susceptible to many diseases, including viruses of other species of nonhuman primates and man. They require a specialized diet and have high vitamin D3 requirements. Diarrhea is a common condition and may require intensive therapy, but it can prove fatal. These primates are very gregarious animals

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Feeding a Marmoset Monkey

Feeding Schedule Instructions for Babies Up To 14 Weeks

5 Weeks No Solid Food – Formula feedings 4cc every 4 hours 5 times a day starting at 6 a.m., then 10 a.m., then 2 p.m., then 6 p.m., then 10 or 11 p.m. Monkey needs to be on heating pad under cage on low setting only.( DANGER, USE LOW SETTING ONLY )

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6 Weeks No Solid Food – Formula feedings 5 cc, every 4 hours 5 times a day starting at 6 a.m., then 10 a.m., then 2 p.m., then 6 p.m., then 10 or 11 p.m. Monkey needs to be on heating pad under cage on low setting only.(DANGER: USE LOW SETTING ONLY)

7 Weeks - Formula feedings 5 cc, every 4 hours 5 times a day starting at 6 a.m., then 10 a.m., then 2 p.m., then 6 p.m., then 10 or 11 p.m. Put Solid Food in cage at 9 a.m. small piece of banana size of grape only, and small piece of sweet potato from the can the size of a grape only, the food should be removed from cage at 5 p.m. Monkey needs to be on heating pad under cage on low setting only. (DANGER, USE LOW SETTING ONLY)

8 Weeks - Formula feedings 6 cc, every 5 hours 4 times a day starting at 6 a.m., then 11 a.m., then p.m., then 9 p.m. Put Solid Food in cage at 9 a.m. small piece of banana size of grape only, and small piece of sweet potato from the can the size of a grape only, the food should be removed from cage at 5 p.m. Monkey needs to be on heating pad under cage on low setting only. (DANGER, USE LOW SETTING ONLY) IMPORTANT : START TO LEASH TRAIN ALWAYS WHEN REMOVING FROM CAGE. Use an iguana leash around the waist only. Never let monkey out of cage ever without putting leash on. Never ever let monkey run around the room or the house. Always keep monkey with leash on the monkey on your arm or shoulder. Never let monkey off your body. Move monkey to the 2 foot by 2 foot cage with toys and nest box if outside. See videos of caging on my website www.poggisanimalhouse.com

9 Weeks - Formula feedings 6 cc feed the Formula 3 times a day 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solid food left in cage (min of variety of 10 diff fruits and Vegetables and 10 percent protein like small piece of boiled chicken the size of a grape) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. see feeding video on www.poggisanimalhouse.com for more details. Then at 5 p.m. add 1 monkey biscuit (remove biscuit following day if not eaten, put new one in.) keep water bottle on cage now every day. Use only small hamster bottle (8 oz.) for 3 months then switch to large rabbit bottle instead. They should never run out of fresh water EVER. Clean and disinfect water bottle every 3 days. Very important !!! NO HEATING PAD NEEDED. IMPORTANT : START TO LEASH TRAIN ALWAYS WHEN REMOVING FROM CAGE. Use an iguana leash around the waist only. Never let monkey out of cage ever without putting leash on. Never ever let monkey run around the room or the house. Always keep monkey with leash on the monkey on your arm or shoulder. Never let monkey off your body. Never let it off the leash or never let it run freely.

10 Weeks -(same feeding schedule as 9 weeks) continue leash training.

11 Weeks -(same feeding schedule as 9 weeks) increase to 8cc

12 Weeks - (only one syringe a day at 6 or 7 p.m. ONLY) Solid food left in cage (min of variety of 10 diff fruits and Vegetables and 10 percent protein like small piece of boiled chicken the size of a grape) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. see feeding video on www.poggisanimalhouse.com for more details. Then at 5 p.m. add 1 monkey biscuit (remove biscuit following day if not eaten, put new one in) keep water bottle on cage now every day. Use only small hamster bottle (8 oz.) for 3 months then switch to large rabbit bottle instead. They should never run out of fresh water EVER. Clean and disinfect water bottle every 3 days. Very important !!! NO HEATING PAD NEEDED

13 Weeks - No milk needed. Use 6 cc of milk only for a treat once a week. If you continue to feed monkey milk every day, you will put the animal in danger of health issues.

14 Weeks - Move monkey to adult size cage. Now use large rabbit water bottle , and large ceramic bowl for hamsters or rabbits instead of small bowl. No stuffed animal needed for bed. Use only 2 or 3 small towels for bedding. The cage should still have small holes only– one quarter inch by one inch holes maximums. Cage should be large. Minimum of 2.5 feet wide by 6 foot long by 5 foot high. Nest box one foot by one foot by one foot with a 3 inch round hole for entry. Use towels for bedding. Put 2 towels in the nest box and change every 6 months. Monkey will need partial sunlight if outside. If inside it will need a UV vita light on for 8 hours a day to supplement natural sunlight.

Adult Marmoset Diet and Schedule(After 14 weeks)

Marmoset Diet (dry or canned) Chopped fruits (like mango, papaya, apple and once a week banana) Fresh vegetables like carrots, tomato, cucumber, fennel, cauliflower, mushrooms… Cooked vegetables like peas, cauliflower and etc. Store bought Cereal like Cheerios also work (ex. 5 a day or even Baby cerea)l Hard boiled eggs or scrambled eggs. Teaspoon of yogurt in any flavor. Coocked meat (like chicken and turkey) Coocked fish and Cooked Rice.

Preparing Food For Your Adult Marmoset Monkey


DO NOT FEED MONKEYS ANY JUNK FOOD, CANDY, GUM, GRAPES OR CHOCOLATE.

Vitamin supplements

Vitamin A/D3 is important. Marmosets need some extra vitamin D3 (if they don’t have outdoor enclosures). 1 drop per animal every day is enough. Do not overdose !
Twice weekly: Insects(like meal worms, grasshoppers, crickets, mouse pinkies)

Feeding Times:

Feed them once a day at noon or twice a day at morning (before 9:00 A.M.) and in the evening (before 6:00 P.M.) Cut all food items into approximately 1cm square pieces.

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