Attn: Purplebunny, Amethystbelle, and anyone else with baby degu knowledge
You two seem to know the most about baby degus (either through research or experience), which is why I singled you out, but if anyone else has an opinion, feel free to comment.
The degu book that I have has kind of timeline of when baby degus do certain things, on average. My guys are about 8.5 days old, and (according to the book), 8 days is normally when the begin to regulate their own body temperate. It also says that around 8 days they often spend most of their time playing.
Out of all 8 of my babies, I have only seen one out of the nest box, and I only saw it out ONCE. But then, I seem to have lazy animals in general, for some reason. Sage and Basil would spend all day in a house and never come out, which is why I took the house out (until I had to add the nest box) and replaced it with a hamock for sleeping. My puppy is lazy, too, and wants to sleep all the time, so it's not just the degus, lol.
Anyways, my question is: From your experience/research/whatever, when have you noticed babies starting to come out of the nest box and play/explore? I bought a small animal playpen, and I'm debating getting them out of the cage for short bits at a time in order to get them to leave the box and explore, but I want to make sure that they aren't too young. Just because one source says they can control their own body temp at 8 days doesn't make it true, kwim? I don't want to take them out too soon and have them get cold, but I don't want them to always stay in the nest box if it would be best for them to move around and play.
I think, eventually, I'm going to have to take the box out except for at night (just in case they do take after mom and dad and never want to leave the box), but I want to start with just some outside playtime first.
Thanks in advance for any opinions.