Most of my first clutch of cornsnakes still hasn't eaten. They are visibly thin. These hatched 5/25.
Should I try force feeding small pinky heads? What is small enough for them? I know some people have said tails, is that substantial enough to stimulate them to eat?
I've learned how to FF baby boas, but corns are *so* much smaller. At least the second clutch is doing much better and look to be good eaters.

TIA
Jennifer
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Most of my first clutch of cornsnakes still hasn't eaten. They are visibly thin. These hatched 5/25. Should I try ... *so* much smaller. At least the second clutch is doing much better and look to be good eaters. TIA Jennifer

Have you tried live yet? Try using mouse tails dipped in mashed pinky mouse. Works great!
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Most of my first clutch of cornsnakes still hasn't eaten. They are visibly thin. These hatched 5/25. Should I try force feeding small pinky heads? What is small enough for them?

Why not get a pinky pump?
Thorough instructions:
http://www.vpi.com/9VPITipsAndTechs/PinkiePumpGuide/PinkPumpGuide.htm
I know some people have said tails, is that substantial enough to stimulate them to eat?

The guide above finishes with this summary:
"Force-feeding is stressful on both the keeper and the kept. All too often the keeper waits until the troublesome snake is weakened and emaciated before making the decision to undertake force-feeding, and then the keeper does not force-feed enough food to create growth in the snake. If there's a secret to successfully force-feeding hatchling colubrid snakes, it is this: We recommend that, once the decision is made to use the Pinkie Pump, a keeper force-feeds at intervals of every 4-5 days. The object must be to supply sufficient nourishment to initiate a growth spurt in the unwilling snake. It is that growth spurt that will give the little snake an interest in feeding, which, in turn, will cause him to begin to consider rodents as suitable prey."
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Have you tried live yet? Try using mouse tails dipped in mashed pinky mouse. Works great! -cat

Yep, tried live twice. Second time was with day-old ones.

Use the mouse tails to force feed, right? I can't really imagine them eating them on their own. What size of mouse tails?

Thanks!
Jennifer
Why not get a pinky pump?

Well, it's gross. :-)
But it might be worth it to do 10 snakes. sigh I can't find them on the Bean Farm's site. Any idea who sells them locally? I'll ask on the chat list, too.
Jennifer
Most of my first clutch of cornsnakes still hasn't eaten. They are visibly thin. These hatched 5/25. Should I try ... *so* much smaller. At least the second clutch is doing much better and look to be good eaters. TIA Jennifer

Have you tried scenting the pinkies with anole scent?
When I had this problem, a vet recommended cat food or meat-based baby food in a pump syringe thingy. But other ideas like mouse tails or pinky pumps sound better to me, somehow.
Most of my first clutch of cornsnakes still hasn't eaten. They are visibly thin. These hatched 5/25. Should I try ... corns are *so* much smaller. At least the second clutch is doing much better and look to be good eaters.

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Why not get a pinky pump?

Well, it's gross. :-) But it might be worth it to do 10 snakes. sigh I can't find them on the Bean Farm's site. Any idea who sells them locally? I'll ask on the chat list, too. Jennifer

The Pinky Pump is your answer. They need food now! If you can't find a Pinky Pump locally let me know as I carry them. The good ones are expensive but worth the price to save the babies. Feeding them the whole red/pink with milk in the gut in their gut is far more nutritious than a head or tail. Best wishes. snake lady
Have you tried scenting the pinkies with anole scent?

I just got a dead anole this weekend and haven't tried it yet. I've tried scenting with leopard geckos (the leos didn't enjoy it much) and braining.
Jennifer
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