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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2005, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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homemade toys for degus

im always trying to think of new fun toys to make and more stuff to add to my cage. my dad says i have enough but i dont think i have nearly enough . ive made a little house for them, suspended a rope from the top and attached a tennis ball at the end and as a hammock i used a bandana. they havent found a use for the tennis ball idea but hopefully they will in the future.

any ideas anyone else has thought of and would like to share?
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Rope is always good for them to clamber across as they are quite agile for they're size. I've made mine a home made hay rack before which can totally be shreaded by them if they wish using cardboard tubes wired together in a circle which you hang up and it is stuffed full of hay and grass and also they can hide in it once the centre is empty. My degu's also love their leaping ledges that i dot around their cage at different points so they can see different things, they also can be made at home with some kiln dried pine if you have any knocking around. The key to owning degu's is creativity i have found

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Like mentioned above, they love rope. They also love boxes and cardboard tubes.

Oh, and egg cartons. They love those .




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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2005, 01:14 AM
 
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I have rope and mine want nothing to do with it!

Attach with wire? What kind? Isn't that sharp?
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If you thread the wire through and use it to attach it to your cage bars then they don't touch and also its a lot safer than using string as they would easily digest that. I use florists wire when i can get my hands on it, its just needs to be thin enough to pierce the cardboard tubes and thick enough so they can't chew through it. I'm going to be making a new one in the new year (when i've collected enough tubes for making 3) so when i do i'll post some pictures. Its nothing spectacular but its something different for them to get their little paws on and they can hide in it and chew it to pieces and they all seem to love it

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2005, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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id like to see a pic of that when you make it. it sounds pretty neat . i put cardboard tubes just lying around and cut them but they dont seem to care about them, i think they liked it better when i didnt cut them. ill try the egg cartons next
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The most popular new toy around here is a smallish paper bag full of hay. Derlwyn likes to jump on it then go inside and puff it back up again and again. Dogon is terrified of the sound, but she's not the brightest bulb. Mine don't care about the egg carton, unfortunately, but Chubes and Leapin' Ledges are highly appreciated. I attach my tubes with springs with clips on the ends - the kind that come with water bottles. Have fun!
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