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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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First sign of pregnancy? How early is it?

Our degu, Deghoo, got a male friend and at first all he could think of
was mating with her. He kept trying and they had a bit of a fight
every once in a while. But we put them in a cage, and went out for
quite a while--maybe 2 hours--and when we came back, they were sleeping
together. Since then, he hasn't tried to mate with her, protects her,
gets angry at my boys when he smells them
(he makes a grunting noise at them that sounds really strange)
and they get along perfectly.
Sleep together, groom, give each other kisses. He always looks after her.
And lately she's just kept gaining weight--only little bits. It's been about
2 weeks, and yet, we've noticed she's a lot heavier and sturdier.
She also seems to be rounded. Can it show that early, just in small bits?

She used to be pretty thin, but she's getting round lower in her belly,
like my hamsters got early in their pregnancies.

What are your opinions?
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Degu's don't show till the latter stages. They are pregnant for approximately 3 months and don't gain weight till the last stages. Baby degu's are born well developed hence the long period for the pregnancy. Its more than likely she has had a weight gain because maybe now she has a fellow degu for company she feels more settled and happier or it could be because if she is pregnant she has increased her food intake but personally i think its a little to soon for that. Remember new degu's even male and female combos will mount each other (in a non sexual manner) to start off with its all about dominance, especially if there was small squabbles which indicates she wasn't receptive to him. There is every chance she could be pregnant but even if shes not this time don't be disheartened as sometimes they can live together for a few years before anything can actually happen, its all about timing. I think that it will be a waiting game for you now. In about another month you should hopefully be able to tell either way with changes in her body and habits but i know some people who wasn't sure till the degu actually gave birth. To be on the safe side i would cease handling her from now on as excessive handling could cause her to lose the babies. The grunting sound you are talking about is the noise degu's (especially males) make at other unfamiliar degu's, its a warning sound that they use warning the others to keep of their patch. So he will be making that noise to warn them to keep away its a territorial thing especially as he has a female cage mate

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Yes, but the thing is that he wouldn't be mounting her for dominance, as he's highly submissive and she is clearly the dominant one. It's really funny how dominant, she is, really.
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Also she doesn't feel as if she's just gained weight--she seems sort of hard to grab hold of in a strange sort of way. It's hard to explain. Ha.
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Degu's mount other degu's, males mount males even females mount females its not juist about dominance its about putting their scent on the other one. And to be honest with you 2 weeks is definately too early to tell if she is pregnant or not as baby degus develop slowly as they are very well developed when they are born and also if you think she is pregnant you should cease handling her as it can harm the babies. You and your friend should do some research into pregnancy in the degu and how to handle the birth etc... Just incase she is. Such as removing the male straight after birth so they can't mate again straight away as this could kill the female and not handling the young so not to cause brain damage.

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