Degus are harder to sex than other rodents and if your vet isn't experienced with degus there is a chance that he may
have made a mistake.
When my degus had their babies I felt horrible about splitting them up too
but it was something I had to do because I couldn't give up all of their babies. If you don't plan on keeping the babies (which you may change your mind after you see them!
) then you would want to get him neutered (but with an experienced vet!). Maybe when your looking for a vet (you should call around to each one) if you can't find one that is experienced with degus, ask if they're experienced with neutering Chinchillas (someone else put input if I'm wrong!!) because I believe that the process is almost the same, I'm not sure though, hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong!
What I did was I split up the dad from the mom for 3 or 4 days after the babies were born and then I let him go back with the mom to help her out with the babies. I split them up again after a few weeks right before the babies were weaned. After I split them up I let the baby boys go and visit their dad for about an hour a day to keep him company and to make sure that they kept their father-son bond because eventually they were going to live with him
. I ended up keeping the 2 boys with the dad and 1 of the 3 girls with the mom. Ever since then they've been fine and they don't miss each other very much
. Sometimes when I let Nibbles (the dad) out to play I let him give Squirt a sniff to say hello
. Here is the thread I made about separating the dad: http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=30128
. And here is the thread that I made the day that Squirt had her babies: http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=30069
. The advice that the fellow PT members gave me on these threads was very great!
If you want to, you can keep one of the parents and a same-sex baby with them and give the rest away, but I just couldn't say goodbye to one of the Degus that I took in because we already had a trust bond. It was hard enough to give up 2 babies!
Let us know if you need any other help. You don't have to be scared either
there's still a chance that you may have 2 males. It's just better to be safe than sorry.