We had Ping, Higgs and Boson out for a run last night and Ping managed to clamber up and stuck his nose through the bars at Sonar. There was a bit of grumbling mixed in with chirtling so I watched carefully with water spray at the ready.
After a bit of snapping and grouching (responded to by a squirt of the water spray each time and an increasingly soggy Ping) Ping snapped and caught Sonar's foot hard. It bled quite badly and he's still favouring it this morning. After getting a face full of water and then being firmly separated he went and jumped his cage mate, Higgs (my alpha-goo, despite being tiny), who reminded him of his place.
We've treated Sonar with wound powder again and it looks ok this morning though he is holding it up a bit.
We've also realised how tough the new guys are to handle - they clearly haven't had the same attention our old three have and flee unless bribed with treats; Tau in particular is terrified. We have our first baby due any day now, but we are thinking that once that is done, we're going to take them out of the divided cage and give them their own space for a while so we have chance to properly hand tame them. (That space is currently reserved for a birthing pool!)Hopefully this will make the whole process easier!
On a total aside, you can tell I have baby-brain; I was looking at the degu cage while talking to my husband and started talking about "Higgs-Boson Contractions" rather than "Braxton-Hicks".
Degu: Ping, Higgs, Boson, Tau and Sonar, and Emrys. House rabbits: Juno and Verity
ROTFL!!! Oh honey!! I SOOOO understand that state of mind! Come to think of it . . . there are days I feel like it's never left, LOL. However, don't let that scare you, I'm not your average case. I hope all will go VERY well with baby's delivery. You must be feeling a lot of different emotions about now. Most women I know are desperate for the baby to come by this time . . . I enjoyed the movements of baby inside so much, I didn't want to rush it along, lol! ANYHOO! I'm sorry things were less than stellar with Ping and Sonar. Ping sounds like a little goo with a HUGE case of persistent stubbornness. LOL! Or else he kind of likes being wet . . . .? I think your plan to have them out for a run where you can interact with them after baby "arrives" is perfect. If you can do that a few times, I think you will definitely find them much more open to the both of you.
Please let us know how you are doing as well as the goos. I look forward to hearing the baby news!
1 Bichon/Shi-t-zu Ollie (b'gollie), 1 Standard poodle, Indie