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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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i had a male Degu whos brother died in december. He was moping so i tried putting him in with chinnies - he loved it but unfortuantly one of my chinnies didnt like that he kept waking her up and eventually got moody and bit his tail so he had to come back out. i decided 2 months ago to get him a new friend and found some little degus at pets at home in the adoption center. i was told they were boys and i thought they lookd a bit girl like but they were so small (possibly too small to be sold seemed much smaller than my boy was when i got him) and i was told by 2 members of staff they were boys. Now the boys are bigger they are looking very very much like girls... however they have already been in with my male for 2 months! Chances are if they are girls they are already preggers! Do i remove the male or leave him in? Any advice?
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Remove him to prevent a second pregnancy right after birth. Or neuter him. Are you sure they're female? If it's possible to get a photo, someone here could probably sex them for you (like myself) .

If they really are female, keep them together with any female babies. Once any male babies are weaned, move those in with dad.




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Based on just that photo, it looks like a female (though sometimes angles can make it tricky). Definitely remove the male.




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I dont have another cage..... i can try putting him back into the chinnies cage but one of them doesnt get on with him... nope just tried... there was wee flying everywhere.... i am thinking of seeing if pets at home will give me a discounted cage - its there fault...
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I dont have another cage..... i can try putting him back into the chinnies cage but one of them doesnt get on with him... nope just tried... there was wee flying everywhere.... i am thinking of seeing if pets at home will give me a discounted cage - its there fault...
Chinchillas and degus should never be housed together in the first place.

Try craigslist and freecycle, cheap/free cages pop up all the time.




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I just realised i could use the old metal grid that use to be on the floor of the cage to split the cage in half so they are seperated now.
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You really need a second cage.
If one of your female degus get sick and you need to seperate her, what are you going to do then?

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I know i do... i had one up till last week when Jacob decided to eat through the plastic base i am looking for a new cage.. whats a good cage for the girls if they have babies?
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lol - okay.

Sorry, I do not know what cage is good
That's the problem with building your own Z_z

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I know i do... i had one up till last week when Jacob decided to eat through the plastic base i am looking for a new cage.. whats a good cage for the girls if they have babies?
The largest cage you can afford and have room for. Degus need a ton of space so go as big as possible. The cage should be made with metal, no plastic.




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But what about wiring? Can't that be a problem if one or both are pregnant?

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But what about wiring? Can't that be a problem if one or both are pregnant?
They should avoid wire bottoms but that's common sense with degus (I hope). If the spacing isn't too large, wire cages are fine. Basically, they should avoid cages designed with larger animals like ferrets in mind unless they plan to cover the cage with some other type of wiring (don't ask me, I'm not a DIY kind of person, haha). Most ferret cages I've seen have huge spacing--definitely small enough for a baby to fall through/climb out.




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