This is an interesting and long story so bear with me guys.
I dont know if anyone remembers but about 6 months ago my female "Lucy" had a planned litter of 2 one male one female. We kept the male and adopted out the female with another little female we had rescued. Well the people that i adopted out to turned out to be not as responsible as we had first thought. They gave the girls to a friend without informing me, and i had stressed that if they ever didnt want them to bring them back to me. I told them that i'd even pay to get them back, which is pretty good considering they got the girls and all of their toys for free. I just didnt want them to go to a home that i hadnt approved. So anyways they gave the girls to a freind and didnt give her a cage with them
. Well one day this girl comes into the pet shop i work at with my two precious girls in a tiny hamster cage
and asked if i could take them back. I asked her if this was their permanent or travel cage and she said permanent, i was horrified, it was so dirty you couldnt even see the wood shavings
, they had no wheel (i doubt one would have fit) and the water dish (not bottle) was empty as well as the food dish
. I was livid and she knew it, she told me that she had put them in with her freinds degu for a while, (thinking i would be happy, because apparently this freinds degus cage was bigger) but then she told me that the roommates were males. Thats when i took my attention off of his beastly woman and looked at my girls, peach was huge
So long story short peach had babies today, 7 of them, yet as much as i love babies i cant help but worry. Ive seen too many degus in the shelter lately and much too many people ask me to take theirs in as they dont want them anymore. I cant keep all of these degus. But thats something to think of later, right now im just glad that peach and her babies made it through the delivery alright. One thing i would like to ask is how do i get peach to care for her babies. I have never had a problem with any of my girls ignoring their litter but peach wants nothing to do with them, im thinking it has something to do with the fact that she is very young. Right now her mother Lucy (who is also pregnant and expecting any day
) is taking care of the young, sitting in the nest box while her daughter runs on the wheel and acts like a carefree teenager. Will Lucy be able to feed them if Peach wont? Lucy seems to be having a small litter as usual but i dont know if she can feed 7 babies plus her own 2 or 3. How can i get peach to take care of them?
Thanks to anyone who managed to read this novel, i guess you can tell that im at the end of my rope with irresponsible people. I bred Lucy because i wanted a few more girls and also because i have a home lined up for 2 males, but i wouldnt have bred her if i knew peach was going to come back pregnant.
Thanks in advance guys,