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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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What are your degu's favourite food and treats?

Hi everyone,

my 11 month old degu boys Wolf and Juno love their food (Degu Nature by Versele Laga) and their favourite special treat is plain oats (I don't feed them this often though, although no sugar or anything added, 0.5 grams of natural sugar per half cup)

What are some treats to try that are healthy? Also, any other natural or packaged food worth trying?

Thanks!

p.s. attached are a couple cute pictures of my boys I thought I'd share
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Adorable degus!

I often fed my degus' salads by hand as "treats" so don't forget about vegetables and herbs .

Other than fresh foods, some ideas are dried flower petals, rose hips, dried herbs, dehydrated vegetables, sugar-free cereal (small quantities), and nuts (peanuts were a big hit with mine and walnuts were good chew toys when given with the shell still on).




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What are some vegetables that are good? (not high in sugar?) I feed them fresh rosemary which they like

And I'll definitely try the different nuts! Mine love the sunflower seeds and the corn pieces in their food mix so I think they'll like walnuts etc!
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Carrots my big boy lovessssssssssss them. Though i give them rarely since carrots do have a bit of natural sugar in them.

He also loves peanuts and almonds.
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What are some vegetables that are good? (not high in sugar?) I feed them fresh rosemary which they like

And I'll definitely try the different nuts! Mine love the sunflower seeds and the corn pieces in their food mix so I think they'll like walnuts etc!
Here's a list from another thread:

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Romaine lettuce
Green leaf/red leaf lettuce
Escarole
Chickory
Dandelion greens and flowers*
Marigold flowers
Lavender
Wild grasses
Clovers
Alfalfa sprouts*
Cucumbers
Broccoli leaves
Kale*
Spinach*
Zucchini
Bell peppers
Parsley
Basil
Oregano
Mint
Cilantro

All of the above were fed fresh. Ones marked with an asterisk were limited because of the calcium content.

I gave the following as occasional treats only:

Carrots and carrot greens
Sweet potato slices (skin removed)
Dried tomatoes
Peanuts
Walnuts
Sugar-free cereal



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My degu also love oat!
I gave him the same food, plus some pellets by OxBow and he really like that.
My mom bought him also some veggies treat from Oxbow, without sugar! He adore that as well.
My mom like to gave him carrots, lettuce, broccoli leafs now and then and each sunday, a little piece of walnut.
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Hey my degu loves Plantain chips and oats. He also likes sunflower seeds.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 10:46 PM
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Diabetes prone species should not have corn its digested as sugar I have 4 diabetes prone hamsters so I am use to controlling sugar in the diets.
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My three girls LOVEEEEEE Carrots!!!
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carrots have a lot of moisture little nutrition and have sugar
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I feed Kaytee Forti-diet from Walmart. Has no molasses or sugar. I Make my own ingredients to mix with it; split green peas, broccoli, red bell peppers, carrots, parsley, thyme,romain lettuce,spinach,green beans,spweet potatoes, lentils, and brown rice. Lentels and rice needs to boil about 20 min, then rinsed in cold water. Chop rest of vegs and put everything in defydrator, includind rice and lintels. After completely dried, some only turn kind of leathery, I add rolled oats, beet seeds, caraway seeds, and you can even add grass seeds. I use 11/2 cups to 2 cups per 5lb bag of GP feed and they love it. Don't add any more than that or they will just eat the additives. This will last a long time with the pellets. Good luck.
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I feed Kaytee Forti-diet from Walmart. Has no molasses or sugar. I Make my own ingredients to mix with it; split green peas, broccoli, red bell peppers, carrots, parsley, thyme,romain lettuce,spinach,green beans,spweet potatoes, lentils, and brown rice. Lentels and rice needs to boil about 20 min, then rinsed in cold water. Chop rest of vegs and put everything in defydrator, includind rice and lintels. After completely dried, some only turn kind of leathery, I add rolled oats, beet seeds, caraway seeds, and you can even add grass seeds. I use 11/2 cups to 2 cups per 5lb bag of GP feed and they love it. Don't add any more than that or they will just eat the additives. This will last a long time with the pellets. Good luck.
Kaytee Forti-Diet does have molasses, actually, unless you're feeding a different variety than all of the ones I've seen. I would avoid Kaytee foods in general, there are a lot of problems with them. Now that good quality degu foods are available there's no need to bother with other pellets, anyway . Try Sun Seed Sunscription Diet for degus. It's one of the best degu pellets on the market.

Feeding vegetables is good but I wouldn't feed so many grains. All of that sugar can lead to obesity and diabetes. They have no need for grains like rice and oats. The diet should consist of mostly grass hays (like timothy), fresh grasses/weeds, leafy green vegetables (limit peppers, carrots, etc.), and herbs. They can also have flowers, a limited amount of other veggies (like the peppers), and a small amount of degu pellets daily. Anything else (grains, seeds, nuts, etc.) is a rare treat only.

Oh, and there's no need to dehydrate everything. A dehydrator is great for making treats and dehydrating veggies that they won't eat fresh. But fresh is always better and degus will usually eat fresh vegetables with a little patience.




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Thanks guys! I recently realized my degus like eating fresh rosemary, parsley, and cilantro from my garden. I've mostly stopped doing oats and replaced it with fresh stuff as well as I now have an eye out for the Oxbow veggie treats!
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Thanks guys! I recently realized my degus like eating fresh rosemary, parsley, and cilantro from my garden. I've mostly stopped doing oats and replaced it with fresh stuff as well as I now have an eye out for the Oxbow veggie treats!
Parsley definitely seems to be a degu favorite . I'm glad to hear the oats were replaced with healthier options.




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