Originally Posted by Sasami
In a couple of weeks I'm getting a pair of degus
. I went to the petstore today and handled them for a while. They were pretty tame except one thought my finger was food and started nibbling on my hand
. Didn't hurt at least
. Anyways, I was wondering what to expect the first few days...obviously they're going to be scared so should I refrain from handling them for a few days? And I'd love any kind of tips you could offer...especially playtime/taming/handling tips. I've been researching them for over a year but I don't know everything, of course
I have 6 degus, when I got the first 2, I took them home and put them in their new cage, and gave them time to settle in.. After a few hours, I felt brave enough to handle them, Yes they do bite, but you get used to it.
Cage size depends on how many you have, mine are in a large ferret cage, which has movable shelving, tubes,wheels, a hammock, rope bridges etc in it..
As for food, I give mine a mix of Guinea Pig pellets and Food, making sure there is no fruit or sugar in it. For water I give mine bottled which is low in Chlorine, EVIAN is one of the best..
Taming them is best done with food I think, let them come to you and sit on your hand, then feed them, a few of mine eat while sitting in my hand, some prefer to run off.. They each have their own little ways..
Cleaning out, I have 2 cages, the main one and a smaller one, which contains some toys and their sandbath. They go in there every day, for a bath, while I tidy out their cage, wiping the shelves, refilling food and water etc.. Once a week I clean their cage out properly, everything plastic gets washed in hot soapy water, the bottom of the cage gets washed out etc.. Then new newspaper and sawdust gets put in..
I think thats all, any more questions, or if you want pics, just send me a PM, or mention it on this thread..