Frequently Asked Questions
For prospective monkey owners
At what age do we separate our babies from their parents?
This will vary depending on the parents. We will usually separate the babies from the parents at fourteen days. If the parents have more than two babies we will leave only two with the parents and bootle fed the others from day one. If someone is going to use the baby as a breeder, we will leave it with the parents and not handle it at all. This will teach the babies how to care for their own when it’s time.
At what age can I take my new baby home?
We recommend that your new baby goes home at approximately four weeks of age. This may vary due to circumstances such as weather, airline schedule or other unforeseen problems. We always try to get a baby with its new parents by 8-10 weeks so they will form a bond at the proper age.
How many times a day will I feed my new baby?
This will vary for the primate depending on size and age. We will try to give you a general guideline to help. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions on feeding a baby.
- A four week old baby will be bottle fed formula by syringe four times a day about 3.5 to 5.0 cc’s. They will also begin to eat small amounts of solid food such as marmoset diet (powder & can), egg whites, chicken, fruits, cheese, and some baby foods. Gerber chicken sticks are wonderful starter foods.
- Five to six week old babies are bottle fed formula three times a day and given solid foods more often.
- Seven to nine week old babies will be bottle fed at least one time per day and begin to take a wider variety of solid foods.
What size cage will I need?
This varies depending on your daily routine, and the USDA and your states requirements. The first variable is how much time the baby will be spending in the cage. The more time the primate is in the cage, the larger the cage will have to be to provide adequate space to move around freely. Make sure that you know your governement guidelines as to what your state requirments for cage sizes.
Until your baby is fully weaned, we recommend keeping them in a small cage. It makes it easier to retrieve the primate from it, and won’t be too big to where they can climb up too far and may fall and get hurt. It will also allow the standard heating pad to provide ample warmth for the new babies.
We have two cages that we generally like to use for our newborns. We have them listed under the Carriers page and should be used as a good guideline. Ususally for one or two marmosets or tamarins, we recommend a 36” x 30” x 48” cage. Once your primate has been weaned, it needs to be transfered to a much larger and more permanent cage.
Make sure to add lots of toys, swings, perches and platforms to ensure ample room for developmental coordination and entertainment. You may also find that during non-sleeping hours, it may be better to have your new baby with you and getting accustomed to daily routines, and only retiring them to their cages in the evening for sleep.
At what age should i diaper my new baby, and when should I begin dressing it?
We highly recommend getting diapers on your baby within one week from the time you get them home. If it’s one of our babies you purchased, then they probably will have alredy been in diapers before you take them home. You will start with an infant cover lines with a mini-pad), and by 6-8 weeks they will be ready for regular monkey diapers.
Clothing is an option that will change your monkey’s personality. The best and most well behaved primates we have ever seen have all been clothed. This is a proven fact! The bond and dominance you form with your baby when you dress them will last forever and will mold them into a monkey with a great personality and a very sweet disposition. Even if it is a diaper cover over a diaper and a shirt, this will keep your baby in a position of letting you handle them every day and there will be no resistance to the process. Please start this at a very young age becuase it may be too late to start at 5-6 months old.
What type of paperwork is required? Are any monkeys restricted?
Please check with your local state governement for any restrictions. cotton-top Tamarins can not be sold outside of the same state they are born in. Our Cotton-tops can be sold only to Florida residents.
Is a primate safe with my family?
All of our research and knowledge has been with New World Primates. We specialize in Marmoset and Tamarin monkeys and are now working with Owl Monkeys as well; we can pass on some knowledge on larger monkeys, but may instead be able to refer you to a better source.
We have found that Marmosets, Tamarins and Owls tend to make the best pets. You will only get out of a moneky the time you invest in the relatioship. A monkey in a cage will NOT be a proper moneky. Do not buy a primate unless you have considered the time you need to invest in the animal’s welfare. I have seen plenty of Tamarins and Marmosets in family situations that get along great with children and other pets. I, myself, have a three year old marmoset that will go to anyone and lives with my 11 and 13 year old children.
What ype of medical care will they need?
The care of a monkey is like caring for a young child, except they don’t require any vaccines. Working once a year and a yearly exam will be a good idea, but if they are eating their proper diet and getting sun and excercise, there should not be a reason to see a vet. If you would like to maintain constant check-ups and have a go-to vet in place, please find one that specializes in primates. This way, if you have an emergency situation, you don’t waste any time in getting the proper treatment and care for your baby.
What is harmful or life threatening to my baby?
There are a lot of things that can be harmful to your primate. Just like with a human baby, you must look at your home and baby proof it. We are talking about hanging loose wires, toilet bowls, sharp objects, swimming pools and other situations that can pose a serious threat to your baby.
Consider everything a threat! You would be surprised and horrified at some of the things that have killed baby monkeys. We have had friends that have had babies drown in the toilet, get stepped on, get crushed under rocking chairs, and probably the most ignored is the Herpes Virus which can be leathal to primates. Remember that the Herpes virus can be as simple as a cold sore on a human’s mouth and can be directly transmitted to the primate with a simple kiss or sharing of food. Please make it your personal responsibility to know about everything that can be deadly to your primate and make it your first priority to keep it as safe and as far away from unhealthy people as possible.