Howdy all! I'm a new degu owner looking for some help.
A small story first. I got my degu (Jingles) the other day. I knew about them/liked them for quite some time, but due to lack of availability in my area, I've stuck with rats. However, a few days ago, I went to a petstore to price some new rat toys and saw that they had a young degu in a five gallon aquarium all by herself the aquarium had no water bottle/toys and was filthy not to mention waaay too small. They had her listed as a "Degu Hamster
4.99" lol. A little humorous was the sales associate that saw me looking and decided that he would demonstrate his "great knowledge" by telling me that not only did they eat hamster seed food, but that they, in fact, were a subspecies of gerbil (double lol). Needless to say, upon seeing the poor conditions and ineptitude of the staff, I decided to take her home since I have extra materials from my rat rescues.
I've got a lot of experience with animals, and I did research degus heavily in the past (plus some brushing up recently), so I know what all she needs. She is such a sweet little thing for coming from such a distasteful place, and I don't regret my decision lol.
My only problem is, I know they need companionship, and I cant seem to find another place that carries degus in this area to get her a friend, and the place I got her from isn't planning on carrying more. I found one person who had a male, but I don't want babies. And I'd much rather rescue/adopt/buy from someone who is a reputable breeder/rescuer than go and support a place like where she came from. She was the only one there anyways.
Does anyone know of a good breeder/rescuer in central/southern Indiana? Or someone who can transport to Indiana? I can't travel incredibly far, but if they are more than two hours away, I would be able to possibly meet halfway or pay shipping charges (although shipping might be very stressful for one of these lil guys)
Thanks for reading! Once I get to 20 posts, I'll post some pics of my baby Jingles
I'm sooo glad to have found this forum! I can only imagine how helpful/fun it will be to be around other degu mommys/daddys