bald spots on both degus
Hello! I am new to the site and also a new(ish) degu owner. About 6-7 months ago my daughter and I adopted two degus, a male and a female. Not knowing much on the little guys at first I did copious amounts of reading and found out from the info and by observing the little critters what amazing little pets they are!
Recently my female (Isabella) became pregnant and gave birth to 6 seemingly healthy pups. Everything I read said to keep both parents in the same cage as they both make excellent parents. A few of the pups were venturing out of their nests after only a few days. We made sure to give them lots of privacy and did not touch the pups at all. About a week after giving birth I went to check and there was no pups to be found... I assume they ate them? Now I have noticed a bald patch on both of my degus. Isabella has one on her face and Loki, my male, has one on his back in between the shoulder blades.
I've changed the cage, provided clean timothy hay, water and fresh veg and herbs and flowers as well as grains and oats on a daily/weekly basis.
my questions are, why would they eat their babies? And would this cause the hair loss, and is there anything I can do to make them happier as to stop the balding?