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We are (almost) finished our enclosure! It is 60 cm wide 150cm tall and 120cm long.
We used 3/5 inch thick untreated wood for most of it except a few places we used 3/4 inch thick wood.

The outside is painted for aesthetics but nothing on the inside is. We tiled the bottom floor only and then put newspaper and aspen bedding on top (quite deep so they can burrow a bit)
And on all the higher levels we didn't tile but we put a very thin layer of non-toxic wax (melted on with a torch) not enough to scratch off but enough that it is a little waterproof (easier cleaning) and then on top the newspaper and aspen.

The toys and bowls we got at the petstore, except a few we got from the dollar store! The rope in the top left is a dog toy but I saw some videos where degus liked them.

This is mostly modelled of off a website that has many degu cage examples,octodondegus.weebly. com
Except we added the shelf to the side so that we could store our food, dust etc there, and again, for some aesthetics. :)
This guy has fantastic youtube videos too!! (nightwishraven999 is his username)

I recommend using his website if you're building your own cage!! It was very simple and I think when we get our degus they will absolutely love it!


Any ideas for additions, concerns with anything, or comments greatly appreciated!!
 

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I don't know how similar they are to hamsters but could a wheel make them dependant? I know for hamsters I stopped keeping a wheel in there and gave them other things to do, its healthier for them. . . I don't know for degu's though. If you take them out they should'nt need one?
 

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i dont know, but most web sites i have been on all agree that degus like wheels :/ not sure but are hamsters very solitary? that sort of a thing affects stuff :D
 

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I don't know how similar they are to hamsters but could a wheel make them dependant? I know for hamsters I stopped keeping a wheel in there and gave them other things to do, its healthier for them. . . I don't know for degu's though. If you take them out they should'nt need one?
I haven't seen that happen with degus, they normally run on it in addition to doing other things :). With mine, I took it out every night anyways (so I could sleep, haha!).

A wheel isn't really needed but it's also not a bad thing to have.
 

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Okay! Yea, I wasn't sure. All I know is that degu's and hamm's are rodents. :D That's good, thanks for clarifying! And Syrian hamsters are solitary, degulover, but even pairs and colony's of dwarves should not have wheels all the time. ^^
 

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Glad you have found the Octodondegus.weebly website to be helpful !
The article on How to Build Degu Cages has really grown since 2010 and is now filled with photos, ideas and testimonials.

Lots of people are jumping into the DIY world ; )
 
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