Hi all, I should introduce myself. My name is Staci, I'm 16, in high school, long time rat owner and brand new Degu owner. I decided to join this message board because, well, I don't know that much about Degus. Just what I've read online, but you guys can probably give me first hand experiences. I adopted them as a pair from the Michigan Humane Society. Who knows, they could have been abused or ignored at their old home. They're two years old.
Here's a picture of my little darlings...
So yesterday I went out and bought them a very expensive very tall chincilla cage. I hope they're happy.
I'm getting them a dust bath today. Leave it in for 30 min, right? Their names are Chachi and Paco. Hey, their from Chile, right? I thought I should give them Spanish names. Anyways, their very shy right now, and don't like being picked up. The only way I can get them out is coaxing them into a cup (they really like their cup now) I don't want to force anything on them and scar them for life. My question is, will they ever be friendly to me? I know they are recently domesticated and still wild, and I know they're not cuddlers, but will they ever come to me? Poke their nose out when I walk by? I've been using Kale to get them to come to me, and they like that. I'm not expecting them to be rats, I know they will never be rats, but will they get over this initial shyness. If they don't, thats fine, they are very entertaining as it is, I love watching them. I just want to know what to expect.
Yesterday they would beep or squeek when I walked into the room and talked to them (they're in my bed room) I know it's cuz they were scared. Today they are more active, and warbleing while they are grooming each other, so thats good.