Is there any way to regulate how much one degu eats without limiting food to the other?
I give my Degus crocus bulbs to chew on because they're nice and hard and are good for gnawing. They're only small, so I put three in my degus cage over night. I heard crunching all night so I assumed they were having fun chewing them. (I'll never give them those over night again though, they're so loud.) I checked on my babies this morning, and Antony seems like he's nearly doubled his body weight... I may be exagerating, but he looks significantly larger than the night before. It would seem he'd eaten two and a half of the bulbs in one night, and was still working on the third. I tried to take it away from him, and he cried as soon as I touched it. He sounded just like a little kid shouting "miiiiiiine". It was a sound I'd never heard him make before.
Anyway, I'm worried about Antony's weight and was wondering how to put him on a diet without feeding Cleo less too, because she seems fine.
I may be feeding them too much. Twice a day I give them each: 2 chunks* of tomato, 3 chunks of lettuce, 2 slices* of cucumber peel, 2 slices of carrot, and a small danylion leaf. on top of this I give them a teaspoon of chinchilla pellets every morning and I keep alfalfa blocks and timothy hay in their cage constantly.
Chunks = Baby finger-tip sized
Slices = Thumbnail sized (and very thin)
Now that I hear it it does sound like a lot, but I've been told they bury extra food if you feed them too much, but I sit and watch them eat, and they finish every last bite I give them (the veggies anyway, they're not too keen on the pellets.) I try to make sure they eat out of separate dishes but Cleo likes to take her food and eat in the wheel, when she does, Antony tries to steal her food. I do my best to stop him though
This morning I tried feeding antony half the veggies I usually give him, and putting Cleo in the "temp cage" (it's what I put them in when I clean their normal cage) to eat hers so he couldn't steal it. it seemed to work, thought I'm not sure I can do that every day, if anyone has any other suggestions I would be glad to hear them. My poor pudgy little goo.
I also noticed today when I fed them that antony's fur was all sticking up, like an angry cat... brobably a really bad sign so advice please!!