Well i am out tonight as a lot of the safe woods on the list got cut down at the yard and i said if they want to pay me i will clear it ;D (dont worry i'm not gonna take any money really ) So i was looking on line just to make sure i had the right trees in mind, been a while since i was in the scouts ;D and i found these lists. They looked good andi hope they will help others.
Hi, I'm just about to get my first degus and I'm trying to make sure I have the hutch all kitted out before bringing them home. I was just looking for some advice on safe woods for them to chew etc and ways of identifying wood. It's winter here so a lot of the trees have already lost there leaves making it hard to identify them that way, so I was wondering if anyone had any tips or other methods of identification. I was also wondering about the other forms of identification because I live very near a river that often floods, and it washes up lots of nice drift wood on the banks, but I'm not sure if there's anyway to tell if its safe for the degus or not. It would be nice if I could use some of it rather than having to go and cut branches off of living trees. I was also wondering if anyone knew if horse chestnut wood was safe for them or not? I couldn't see it on either of the lists and just wondered if anyone knew. Thanks for any help that anyone can offer
www.octodons.ch/index.php/Woods Sorry I can't provide more help at the moment since i'm in a hurry, but from a couple sites such as this one it says that horse chestnut wood isn't safe for goo's so i'd be on the safe side and avoid it for now
Up near the top i have posted a sheet of winter twigs, that may help. You could always take a list of safe woods out and about in the country side and ask random people if they know any of the woods, you tend to find that most people in the country side know whats what and are friendly (even better if you know some country folk )There are tons of websites that can tell you how to ID trees. This may help www.native-scottish-trees.org.uk/forest-woodland-trees-links.shtml
There are also loads of books you can get from shops and off line (country life seams to be popular ATM)
Good luck with this and let us know how you get on
If you stick to native deciduous trees, you can use anything you would commonly find except horse chestnut, elder or ash. The leaves are still pretty in tact under most trees ATM, so use those to guide you, along with any 'fruit' like beech masts or sycamore seeds which are also still visible. You might find some alder growing along the river, identifiable through little hard catkins and tiny cones (although its decid), oak is easy to identify with its unique leaves, likewise beech with masts lying around and smooth bark, silver birch with its silver bark. I'd leave the driftwood as a last resort because you don't know what it's soaked up and would need more cleaning.
thanks, most of the trees up here have lost there leaves already unfortunately, but my friend is doing a horticulture course and has brought me some nice bits of apple tree I have another question thought. does anyone know if rubber wood is safe for degus? I'm trying to gather materials to make a running plate/flying saucer thing, and I've gotten a lazy susan bearing from a friend (we took it off of the back of a turn table thing that she never uses) and now I'm looking for a wooden plate to put on it. My work has some rubber wood ones, and i was wondering if they would be suitable?
There seems to be two different woods that can be described as rubberwood. One is Hevea brasiliensis, which I'm not sure about, and the other is Ficus elastica, which is poisonous. I have in mind the rubberwood that they make kitchen items from but I don't know which this is, I'll ask David.
Ficus are considered as toxic, yes. And at least in fresh state it (and its leaves) is not known as fodder wood. However degus probably can deal with this species if they ingest small parts unintentionally, but I wouldn't try this out. For dried wood I assume it is less problematic, however I cannot say if it is suitable, because it is very uncommon.
Can someone tell me if these are oak trees? And If they're safe?
There are acorns all over the ground by these so I'm assuming they came from them which is why I figured they were oak. And these are the acorns (not sure if there are different oaks and some aren't good?)
2 degu boys - Moose (born 3/29/11) and Rocket, 4 turtles named Koopa, Bowser, Lakitu, and Chomper, 2 lovebirds named King Neptune and Luna, a Silky Terrier named Roxy and a beautiful betta fish named Mooshoo=]
now with birch is the yellow and white birch in the US safe? A snow storm nocked down part of a birch so i was thinking of going and nabbing it for the girls (would be fun to put their ledges else where and use a tree to go up to the second level.)
Post by animalmadchloe on Sept 28, 2013 20:00:21 GMT
What about bamboo sticks ?? It says bamboo grass and me not reading with my glasses on didnt see grass so I bought sticks and let th have the sticks for about 10 mins and they loved it but then on double checking and reading grass I promptly removed it !! Lol
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