Male degu humping other males. - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
Degu Discussion Twitching whiskers, curious noses, and all things degu related.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
Playful Pup
 
twokidstooyoung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kansas
Age: 29
Posts: 48
 
Exclamation Male degu humping other males.

I have 4 male degus living together, the oldest is the father of the other three, he is about 15 months, two are about 8 and the fourth is about 6. The father, Diego, has been humping the other three. I figured it was normal behavior, but it has become quite violent and frequent. The three younger boys will squish between the wall of the cage and the wheel which is attached to the wall. I tried taking Deigo out of the cage for a little while( he ran in this ball for about 20 min ) and ran his maze a few times, hoping to get rid of extra energy or fustration. But he went right back to it once inside the cage with the three others. The boys have torn Diego's nose open trying to keep him away from their bums.


They seem to be having a bit of an issue right now because I just posted a few days ago about one of my boys with a cataract that just appeared...
twokidstooyoung is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 02:13 PM
Resident Aquarium Nerd
 
Sasami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 9,930
   
You have a lot of "teenager" degus in one cage so it might be normal bossy stuff. I can't remember, though, how large is the cage? And does he get any outside time besides a ball and maze?




~Stephanie

"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




Sasami is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
Playful Pup
 
twokidstooyoung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kansas
Age: 29
Posts: 48
 
The cage is 4 foot by 4 foot by 5 foot high, they have lots of sticks and platforms and such to climb on, the two older boys were a planned breeding but not the younger one. They get out and run around the room and play with the kitty, the room is 8 by 8 and I've taking all cords and other dangers out so they can just run around and play.
twokidstooyoung is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 03:46 PM
Resident Aquarium Nerd
 
Sasami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 9,930
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by twokidstooyoung View Post
The cage is 4 foot by 4 foot by 5 foot high, they have lots of sticks and platforms and such to climb on, the two older boys were a planned breeding but not the younger one. They get out and run around the room and play with the kitty, the room is 8 by 8 and I've taking all cords and other dangers out so they can just run around and play.
I'd guess this is typical teenager (specifically, male teenager) hormonal behavior, then! It can get nasty sometimes but as long as there aren't major injuries being caused you may have to leave them alone. Use your judgement.

Maybe try a scented dust bath to calm them down a bit (taking dust baths is a bonding behavior and then they'll smell the same, too).




~Stephanie

"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




Sasami is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
Playful Pup
 
twokidstooyoung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kansas
Age: 29
Posts: 48
 
I took Diego out of the cage yesterday morning, I hated to do it but I kept him alone overnight, He is out on the pourch right now with me and my two children. I am going to put him back in the cage in a half hour or so. Hopeing all goes well...
twokidstooyoung is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 12:35 PM
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Droitwich Spa, Worcester, UK
Posts: 14
 
Hey my 2 6 month old brothers have suddenly just started fighting. Dobby keeps humping and biting monty really hard, so he squeaks. I took monty out for a few minutes to check he was ok and as soon as I put him in back into the cage it all kicked off again. At the moment Monty has flattened himself to the floor of the cage and is crying really high pitched call. Dobby is sat on the next shelf up. any advice on what I should I do? Really worried about my boys.

Proud Owner of Indie & Brecon, 4 year old kittens.
Juliet & Viola, 2 year old Guinea Pigs.
Dobby & Monty, 1 year 4 month old Degus.
Drogo & Tyrion, 4 month old fancy mice.
StargirlJ is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 07:06 PM
Newborn Pup
 
chickencrazy33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 9
 
yeah its called mounting which is just a territorial thing to show dominance
chickencrazy33 is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 09:12 PM
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Longview, Tx.
Posts: 15
 
Males will hump each other and the females will too. It's just normall.
warren is offline  
Reply

Tags
degu, humping, hurting, male


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome