Lots of Babies!
Hello all, I'm new here and haven't introduced myself just yet but I have an urgent few questions for anyone who can help.
I have what I thought were four male degus, until last monday morning when I woke up to eight babies! That's a grand total of twelve, WOW!
So my questions are,
(1) Can I handle these babies, without risk of rejection from mother?
(2) I seperated the mother (Tonk) from the other three males, should I re-introduce her to them with her babies soon or should I just keep them all seperate forever? They are in cages right beside each other and the males just sit there looking across at her for lengthy periods of time, I don't want to deprive dad of his young but I don't know which is the father and I'm afraid that because there are three males, there could be trouble.
(3) How soon do the babies start eating solid food and drinking water from the bottle? I know that weaning takes about six weeks, but do they start wanting solids sooner?
I would be so grateful for anyone's advice on this as I am completely lost, I bought the four degus from the same cage in the petstore, first I got two of them two months ago and went back and got the other two about two weeks ago because I just adore them so much. I certainly did not bank on having another eight! I really thought I had four males because the lady in the petstore said that they had all been together for ten months in the same cage and nothing had happened, a bit of detective work on the net soon told me that that can mean absolutely nothing and the fact that we now have babies!