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What are your degus' favorite foods?

Hikaru loves carrots and romaine lettuce. He also enjoys sweet potatoes. Ichigo likes sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomato chips, amd the occasional walnut. They both love corn but can't have very much.




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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-24-2005, 12:53 AM
 
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mine seem to like anything that is bad for them!! they love veggies too though, i give mine yoghurt drops very sparingly but they are mad for them!!
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Mine like:
Carrots chopped up and peeled
Baby sweetcorn
Brussell sprouts
Broccolli
Cauliflower
Tomato skin
Cucumber
Curly kale
Cabbage
The occassional peanut
Bite size shredded wheat

These have all been tried and tested and prove to be very popular!
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Favorite foods....

Our degus remind me VERY much of our doggy Taz - They just plain like food and they will do wnything for it - so I really can't nail it down to just one favorite. LOL BUT I really have to say that the weekly whole hazel nut comes close to inciting a riot.

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Mine have not eaten any veggies I've given them (broccoli, green beans, peas, carrots, kale, romaine). I gave them a whole walnut once - they had a great time gnawing the shell but ignored it completely once they got to the nut. I've got crazy degus. Their favorite is oat hay. I also give them oats and spray millet for treats. The millet is so cute - they eat it like corn on the cob, one on each end. I gave them quinoa once and they loved it, but I've never been able to find out if it's good for them... What can I do to get my girls to eat veggies?
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Well Basil will only eat his dried food plus the odd piece of dried carrot and a raison and off course the odd nut and dried bread, he won't touch any veggies at all turns his nose up at them and they could rot in his cage if left to him as once you put them on his shelf he avoids them at all costs lol. Rupert on the other hand will eat a few selected veggies such as broccolli, cucumber skin and tomato and all the things Basil likes aswell so hes not as picky but i've had him since he was a little baby so i have encouraged him to eat them although i sometimes think Basil is a bad influence as Rupert see's him not eating them so thinks why should I

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What can I do to get my girls to eat veggies?
I basically think theres nothing you can do, keep trying them but if they continue to turn their noses up then i'd leave them too it, as they are obviously happy without them in their lives and you can't really make them eat them if they don't want to! Have you had them since they were babies or were they older when you got them? As thats usually a deciding factor in what they will eat as if they haven't been brought up on veggies then they usually have no interest or so i have found

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I gave them quinoa once and they loved it, but I've never been able to find out if it's good for them... What can I do to get my girls to eat veggies?
Have you tried sweet potatoes? Ichigo, who also won't eat most veggies, loves it. Also, you could try celery. Some enjoy it. Mine liked it when they were babies but now won't eat it . They're so picky!




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Have you had them since they were babies or were they older when you got them? As thats usually a deciding factor in what they will eat as if they haven't been brought up on veggies then they usually have no interest or so i have found
Good point. I've noticed that as well. I got Ichigo when she was older and she is very wary of new foods.




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I got them from rescue - they told me they are two years old. Haven't tried sweet potato, but I think I have one...

I got a hamster from rescue too - I was able to talk with his old mom a lot and she said he had never had veggies but he took right to them. I think the degus are just picky.
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What can I do to get my girls to eat veggies?
One thing I do notice when it comes to veggies - mine will ONLY eat them at room temp. They must have sensitive teeth to the cold because if I put a cold carrot in the come to it, scrunch their little face up and walk away. If it is room temp they will eat it.
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Well Basil will only eat his dried food plus the odd piece of dried carrot
Well dried is better than no - We add dried split green and yellow peas to our food and garbonzo beans - soup mix items. We also put in whole oats, plain dry cat food, and flax seeds. They are all dry items BUT very hearthy for them.
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I mix my own food for him so he gets variety in his diet and i agree dried food is better than non at all, degu's are just picky by nature i think in captivity they know they can be so they are as they can get away with it

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For people who make their own mixes, what's your recipe? Thanks.
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I use a few chinchilla pellets although not too many (as i have heard they are bad for them), a handful of guinea pig biscuits, a handful of guinea pig food with any bad offending items removed and a handful of degu mix which you can now get over here in the UK, which contains things such as seeds, wheat, pea flakes, split peas and dried carrot and turnip amongst other things, mine seem to love it

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I finally got some Brisky's diet degu food but before I used to mix my own. I used mostly Hagen guinea pig pellets along with some Chinchilla mix (make sure to get one without sugar) that I picked the raisins out of. I also provide hay and lots of different vegetables.




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