Breeding Pygmy Marmosets is an incredible challenge and should not be taken by somebody unprepared; one should do adequate research and make sure they have the correct legal documents. You have to be a certified licensed breeder, and must possess specific classified license which varies for each state and country.
Marmosets usually give birth to twins, triplets and quadruplets also due occur. Breeders will hand-raise Pygmy Marmosets in an effort to produce better pets. Although these are still wild animals and are not domesticated. Pygmy Marmoset breeders remove infants from their parents for hand raising when they are between three and ten days of age, so the infants can receive colostrums and milk for the antibodies. Baby Marmoset Infants are incredibly delicate and usually only weight between 28 and 35 grams at birth. They are born with their eyes open, a full coat of fur, and mouthful of teeth, and extremely strong muscular forearms for grasping onto their parents.
Baby Pygmy Marmosets cannot thermo regulate for the first two months of their life, the father carries the infant the majority of the time and the female only carries it to nurse. The baby will normally ride across the parent’s neck and shoulders. To indicate the health of the baby Pygmy Marmoset check the tail, if they hold their tails limp the baby is in distress.
To hand breed and raise a baby Pygmy Marmoset requires an incredible amount of devotion, time and emotional energy. To simulate their natural lives, infants should be carried by their owners as much as possible for warmth and emotional security. Keeping a baby on a stuffed animal surrogate for extended periods of time is unnatural and cruel, you must be a mother to the baby. Infant Pygmy Marmosets require the stimulation and affected afforded by constant contact.
If the baby must be placed for short periods of time on a surrogate, use a heating pad under the stuffed animal. Do not use a regular plug-in type heading pad because if the baby crawls between the stuffed animal and the pad it can quickly overheat and die.
Baby Infant Pygmy Marmosets should be fed Enfamil human baby formula, once a week drop a pediatric multi vitamin into the formula. Formula should be warmed to about 100 degrees before feeding. Newborns must be fed every two hours around the clock and must be stimulated in the perineal area to urinate and defecate. Babies will start to sleep through the night when they are about two weeks old, weaning occurs about 8 to 10 weeks of age.