How do you plan to divide the cage? They can breed through bars. Degus don't really have heat cycles but yes, they may fight over the girls.3 foot wide by 4 foot tall, I have the mother, father and 5 babies total. I cannot afford to get the male neutered and I cannot bear to give him away. I'm going to divide the cage and want to keep the males in one half and females in the other half, So they will still have close contact with the other sex but not physical contact. Will they fight when they smell the girls in heat??
That wouldn't be enough room for all of them, degus need a lot of space (especially males). I'm not sure if they could breed upside down, I just know they can breed through bars when two cages are pushed together.Its a two story cage so I was hoping to seperate the levels.. They have lots of ropes and branches to climb and chew on, can they breed through any opening? Can they breed upside down, I think thats the only way they could get to each other..
She's probably already pregnant again or will be soon . He absolutely must be kept separate, there's no way you can supervise 24-7 and mating only takes a minute.They were separated for about a month after birth, he was allowed supervised visits with the mother and babies every day and when he stopped showing interest in her, in that way, I put them back together, I know that I need to separate them soon before momma or one of the girls get pregnant but Im not sure when to do that..
That's unusual for degus and probably a result of her being so young and inexperienced. Diet can play a role in other rodents so that could be it too...what is she eating?I put dora in a seperate cage a few days ago, and she started having her babies today. She has had 8 so far and lost 3. And as morbid as it, I have to ask why she ate the first and third but not the second? I am concerned about her mental and physical health.
You can feed veggies every day if you want . Mine got a salad every evening (when it was time to go back into the cage...great reward for them). The key is limiting sugary vegetables (like carrots) and calcium-rich vegetables (like spinach and kale).She gets fresh timothy hay every day, Degu pellets. And some fresh veggies no more than once a week. I give them all one sunflower seed a month because I know they are high in fat..
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