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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2005, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Baby degus and dust baths

Do baby degus know how to take dust baths by instinct or do their parents teach them? At what age do they normally start to use a dust bath?

The book I have says that they can have a dust bath at 14 days, and ours are 4 weeks and will walk through the dust bath and try and eat it, but don't bathe in it. When we get them out to play, they come alone, though, because Sage is too difficult to capture to get out to play every day. Do they need their mother to teach them? Or will they eventually learn on their own?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2005, 07:06 PM
 
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I would definately say they know by instinct.. When mine were babies, they just jumped in the bath and rolled about..
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Degu's tend to learn from the parents example and its a kind of inbuilt instinct built in from generation after generation of dust bathers but they need a parent to show them the way inorder for it to click as that is how they learn

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-10-2005, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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I guess I'll try putting a little bowl of dust bath in the big cage then, and see if she'll use it (and therefore show them how )
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