F. A. Q. for Marmosets
Q. Where are you located?
A. 13355 Hwy 99 Eagleville, Tennessee (Middle TN near Murfreesboro)
Q. What is the cost of a baby marmoset?
A. Prices change occasionally, so call us at 615-631-9819.
Q. What will I need to have ready upon delivery of my baby marmoset?
A. You will need all of the following things. Starter cage, Monkey Formula, Monkey cereal, Vitamin D3, bottles for feeding, special nipple, bottle for mixing formula, marmoset protein powder , water bottle, cozy blanket, cozy sleeping pouch, stuffie for cuddling, and a harness to keep them safe, Vitamin D3 light and fixture, 3 diapers, can of Marmoset diet, heating pad and samples of treats . To make it easier for pick up, we made a kit of all the items mentioned above in our Starter Kit for $250.00 . All you add is LOVE!!
Q. Do you need a permit to own a marmoset monkey?
A. Check with your state for rules and regulations for permits. They are easy to get and normally free. (Personal Pet Permit Class III). Check with your states Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Permits are the responsibility of the new owner and they vary from state to state. Some states require TB test, microchip, etc. In most situations whatever your state requires will already be taken care of as well as across state line health certificates and USDA paperwork.
Q. Do you ship monkeys?
A. We highly recommend that you pick your baby up at our facility. That way we can show you how to feed, diaper, bathe your baby etc. However we do have a knowledgeable person available that can deliver your baby for a fee.
Q. Are they tame?
A. Yes, they are hand fed, handled and loved daily.
Q. Do you require deposits?
A. Deposits are required in order to hold a baby for pickup. Deposits for our babies are not refundable. No exceptions!
Q. What kind of payment do you accept?
A. We accept most payments but prefer cash (money orders, PayPal, credit cards) upon pickup. We will accept monthly payments as well. However, you will not receive your baby until the balance is paid in full.
Q. Why purchase a marmoset monkey from us?
A. We are licensed through USDA to operate, care for, and own our animals. We are here for the animals, spend time with them, and give them lots of love. Not to make a quick buck. 90% of our monkey's diets are protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables, in which we prepare 2-3 times a day. The health and happiness of our animals comes first and foremost. We are there after the sale to answer questions and help you with your baby.
Q. Do I have to bottle feed my monkey?
A. It's much easier than you think, you will get a small and larger bottle with a special nipple that your baby will already be accustom to which makes it super easy. Bottle feeding your baby will form a strong bond with your baby monkey that will last forever. When I say bottle feed I don't mean while it's in the cage between bars. Bottle feeding is in your hands, arms, lap-wrapped in their favorite blanket etc. I recommend even as an adult that you offer a morning bottle first thing in the morning to start you and your monkey's day off to a good start.
Q. What size cage will I need?
A. This varies depending on your daily routine. The first variable is how much time the baby will be spending in the cage. The more time your baby is in the cage, the larger the cage will have to be to provide adequate space to play and move around freely. Until your baby is fully bonded, we recommend keeping them in a small cage. It makes it easier to retrieve the baby 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 baby. Our starter cage that we generally like to use for our babies is 24"X 16" X 16" H. Once your baby has been weaned and bonded it needs to be transferred to a much larger and more permanent cage such as one of our powder coated cage. The starter cage can then be used as a carrier on trips or it makes a great crib/bed with their favorite stuffy and blankets for bedtime.
Q. At what age can I take my new baby home?
A: We always try to get a baby with its new parents by 10 weeks old (no younger than 4 weeks) so they will form a bond at the proper age.
Q. At what age should I diaper and dress my new
A. We highly recommend that the first week you get your baby let it go naked. Don't stress it with diapers and clothes. The first week should be just loving and getting to know each other. The next week once your baby loves and trusts you it will be a little easier getting harness/diapers/clothes on your baby. Start with the harness. Don't do all 3 at the same time. Please understand that they usually fuss and act like you are trying to eat them. This is normal. You didn't break their legs putting on their diaper. They just think that they can't move their legs. If it's one of our babies then they probably will have already been in a diaper before you take them home. Clothing is an option that will change your monkey's personality. The best and most well behaved primates we have ever seen have been dressed. The bond and dominance you form with your baby when you dress them will last forever and will help mold them into a monkey with a great personality and a very sweet disposition. Even if it's a diaper cover over a diaper and a shirt, this will keep your monkey in a position of letting you handle them every day and there will be less resistance to the process. Please start this at a very young age because it is much harder the older they are. We feel that the most important item for your baby to be comfortable with is the harness. This is perfect to keep you and your baby safe. We have several available for you to choose from at pick up. We feel the harness is more important than diapers or clothes.
Q. How many times a day will I feed my baby?
A: A six week old baby will be bottle fed at least 4 times a day. They may also begin to eat/taste small amounts of soft solid foods such as marmoset diets (powder & can), egg whites, chicken, fruits, cheese, and some baby foods. Don't worry if they aren't ready for food yet. Seven to nine week old babies are bottle fed formula at least three times a day and given solid foods more often. After that babies will be bottle fed at least one time per day and begin to take a wider variety of solid foods as they mature.
Q. What type of medical care will my marmoset need?
A: The care of a monkey is like caring for a young child. Yearly exams are a good idea, they give you a base so that you know your monkeys normal temperature, weight, etc. If they are eating their proper diet, getting sun and exercise, there normally should not be a reason to see a vet. You will need a go-to vet in place, one that specializes in primates before you pick up your baby. You have 48 hours to take your baby to a qualified vet for a health exam. Otherwise there is no guarantee. This way you have peace of mind that you have a healthy baby plus if you have an emergency situation, you don't waste any time getting the proper treatment and care for your baby. Some vets recommend vaccines but we prefer to wait till the baby is full size. Please check our list of veterinarians on this website that work with primates. Feel free to call or text us your vets information if you want us to add them to our list.
Q. What is harmful or life threatening to my baby?
A: 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! The most ignored threat is the Herpes Virus which can be lethal 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. Monkeys can catch a stomach virus, pink eye, measles, mumps, strep throat, common cold, cat scratch fever so please be careful when you or others are sick.