Rehabilitation Costs

Whether it's just for your own curiosity or if you are looking for information to provide in your brochures, here is a breakdown of approximate costs to rehabilitate wildlife. The dietary considerations are base on actual kCal requirements. This is a little misleading with regard to actual costs incurred, because it does not account for excess made during preparation, waste or spoilage.

When including this information in your brochures, you should clearly state that this does not include caging costs, veterinary treatment, permits or medications.

2006 Approximate Cost to Rehabilitate Healthy Wildlife Orphans
Species Formula Solids Nursery Utilities Housing Utilities Total
Squirrel 9.02 (8 weeks) 11.76 (4 weeks) 7.14 (6 weeks) 2.28 (6 weeks) 30.02 (12 weeks)
Cottontail 4.28 (4 weeks) 3.49 (2 weeks) 4.76 (4 weeks) .76 (2 weeks) 13.29 (6 weeks)
Raccoon 67.17 (6 weeks) 29.82 (6 weeks) 7.14 (6 weeks) 2.28 (6 weeks) 106.41 (12 weeks)
Robin   17.42 (9 weeks) 3.57 (3 weeks) 2.28 (6 weeks) 23.27 (9 weeks)
Opossum 8.44 (10 weeks) 7.00 (4 weeks) 9.52 (8 weeks) 2.28 (4 weeks) 27.24 (14 weeks)
Duckling   5.50 (12 weeks) 3.57 (3 weeks) 3.42 (9 weeks) 12.49 (12 weeks)
 

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  • Squirrel formula basis: 1791.360578 kCal required from birth to 8 weeks; 300.5638554 gms dry powder needed = $9.016915663; based on cost per gram (.03) of zoologic 30/55 @ $18 per 24 oz.
  • Solids basis: 300 gram squirrel requiring 84 kCal per day; given 3 oz fruits/veggies (84 gms) .17 and 3 oz peanuts (84 gms) .25 = 0.42 per day for solids ($2.94 per week x 4 weeks = 11.76) avg price per lb fruit and vegetables 1.19 .73 kCal/gm avg of corn(.86)broccoli(.28)sweet potato(1.05) = .002 per gm/kCal 1 2 avg price per lb peanuts 1.69 5.63 kCal/gm = .003 per gm/kCal 1 2
  • Bunny formula basis: 768.3 kCal required from birth to 4 weeks; 142.8 gms dry powder needed = $4.28; based on cost per gram (.03) of zoologic 33/40 (5.38 kCal/gm) @ $18 per 24 oz. 124 gms solids needed per day @ .25 per day x 14 days = 3.49
  • Raccoon formula basis: 10390 kCal required from birth to 6 weeks; 2239 gms dry powder needed = $67.17; based on cost per gram (.03) of zoologic 42/25 (4.64 kCal/gm) @ $18 per 24 oz. 356 gms Solids fruits/veggies per day cost @ .71 x 6 weeks = 29.82
  • Robin basis: 1193 kCal required for 1st 3 weeks and 1892 kCal required last 6 weeks totaling 3085 kCal. Pro Plan Small Breed Puppy food 10 lbs @ 10.09 = .002 per gram. 3085 divided by 4.28/kCal/gm = 721 gms dry = 1.44. 63 days calcium supplement @ 6.99 + 220 grams vitamin supplements 8.99 = 6.99 + 8.99 + 1.44 = 17.42 for 9 weeks.
  • Opossum formula basis: 1514 kCal required from birth to 10 weeks; 281.4 gms dry powder needed = $8.44; based on cost per gram (.03) of zoologic 33/40 (5.38 kCal/gm) @ $18 per 24 oz. 224 gms solids needed per day @ .25 per day x 4 weeks = 7.00
  • Duckling cost basis: 5460 kCal required from birth to 12 weeks; Approx 25 lbs needed = $5.50; based on cost of Egg Maker Crumbles (4.38 kCal/gm) @ $11 per 50 lbs.

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