b/c i'm also trying to train mine to come to my hand per degutopia's directions where they say
"" New degus will be scared of you. By putting your hand into their cage (their 'safe' home) and backing them into a corner you are acting like a predator and they will try to escape. Repeatedly doing this will cause them to become afraid of your hand and you. So don't do it!
Instead, let your degus come out on their own. Let them explore. Let them sniff you. If a degu approaches you on its own, reward them with a cornflake. You will quickly see that this results in your degu choosing to come up to you more, and the others will learn that coming up to you means good (not bad) things happen to them.
Degus regard getting food as a very good thing, which is why you are able to train them. It's known as positive reward feedback.
Once your degus have learnt to approach you, stop rewarding them for doing so. Instead, only reward them when they put their forepaws on your open hand. Soon they will all be doing this.
Next, stop rewarding for this and instead only reward them when they climb onto your hand fully. Of course you
must give them the food and let them jump off your hand or you could scare them and undo all your hard work.
Now you have got to this stage, you can pick them up. Let them jump on your hand, pick them up and hold them for a while and then put them down, then reward them straight away.
After a few weeks training, your degus will love being picked up.""
So i tried apple and my degu will come close but not take it...and so i guess it is a long process but is there any advice anyone has besides time??