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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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So, I am getting two female degu babies, Belle and Apple in a few weeks. And I've been doing research, but, I still need help with...EVERYTHING! Can the cage be as big as a chinchilla cage, because my sister has a chinchilla. Blizzard has a pretty big cage with ledges and things. The lady at our pet store (Pic A Pet +) told us that the cage needs to be big. She said that a chinchilla cage is the perfect size. And we trust her, because we've been going to that store for about three years. So just making sure! Also, what to feed a degu, especially baby ones? I've heard to feed them guinea pig food, chinchilla food, rodent feed, and Timothy Hay. We have all of that except for the rodent feed. Is it REALLY nesicery to feed a degu all that? That's expensive to buy! If so, then fine. I also heard that if the chinchilla & guinea pig food has mollasses in it, don't give it to them. Is that true? Should I let my degus explore their cage for a few days before I touch them? I want to know so I can tame them easily, WITHOUT scaring them and having 'em bite my hand off. Please answer my questions! Thank you!
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Yes, they need a big cage, get the biggest you have space for. Chinchilla cages are great provided they don't have a plastic bottom (some degus chew straight through those!).

It's now unnecessary (and not recommended) to feed degus chinchilla/guinea pig food. There are now a few degu-specific foods on the market that you should get instead. I would highly recommend SunSeed's Sunscription Degu Diet. It's timothy hay based and has no sugar. Rodent blocks aren't recommended at all so no, you don't need those. Degus are herbivores so their diet is closer to, say, a guinea pig than a rat .

Yes, you want to avoid molasses, as it's a form of sugar. You also want to avoid cane molasses, cane juice, cane sugar, corn syrup, etc. Those are all just forms of sugar. Also avoid foods with corn, degus have a tough time digesting corn and it's a very sugary food...something to avoid with animals prone to diabetes.

Yeah, I'd give them some time to settle in, unless they're already really used to handling . Start by letting them come out on their own, don't pick them up or restrain them in any way until they're used to you.


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