You certainly dont want to risk that and when my first pups were 7 weeks they displayed that behaviour so yes take no chances. Because goo's in captivity have such a ranged diet and food is plentiful they mature so quickly. I think DC had this experience also. As for scents i'm not sure if it would comfort the pups or confuse them. Mums smell but she isnt there type of thing or having her smell there will give them the comfort they have now. I really dont know. Some of my pups were separated from mum at 7 weeks and given a new home and just seemed to get on with it although you cant read their little minds and know if they are missing mum or not! The 2 we kept seemed to bother more with their older siblings then Mum so it was easy to then take mum and dad away and let them become their own colony. I dont think we can be entirely sure of the best way to do it, maybe do a good clean but put some old substrate here and there? From what we picked up from our pups is was around 3/4 months they will start the hierarchy and start their own scenting but other forum members may have other experiences. You will gain your own experiences Christine and can just sit and study them and how they mature, it really is amazing to watch it all.
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Just a quick update. Maisie and the 2 boys went on Sunday to their new home. I met the breeder in her small shop so I did not get to see where they would be housed but I was impressed by her and felt good about leaving them with her. The girls were looking very lost when we got home. They have the snuggle safe at night instead of mum.I decided in the end that I had to at least change the fleeces in their cage. I think mum's smell is still there but maybe in the background. I also changed the sand and added some vanilla as it is outside the cage and shared with Polly and Rosie. We ave been letting the babies out first in the evening with Polly and Rosie in the lowere cage so that they can all see each other. Then we put the babies in the spare cage on the floor and let Polly and Rosie out. We then let them together for a while. It is interesting to see ow their reactions have changed without Maisie's influence. The 2 smaller, more timid girls run away squeaking when either P or R approaches but the other 2 are attacking them. It is amazing to see this small baby turning around squealing and jumping on poor Polly's head. Both P and R are so easy going they just move away. We noticed yesterday that Lizzy the smallest was spending a lot of time at the bars and seemed to want to be with P and R. Today I just picked her up and put her in with them. It went so well I put Suzie in too. They actually seemed calmer interacting inside the cage so Daisy and Flora (the attacking 2!) went in too. Now they are all in together! They have been there for about an hour now. I think i will keep checking through the evening and decide at bedtime whether to leave them together for the night or not. I am sure the babies are missing a real degu to snuggle up with at night. he snuggle safe is good but not the same!
Well they have been together more than 2 hours now. They have 7 food bowls and 4 hay racks for 6 degus and they all separated and ate in peace. There are 3 soft beds and 3 wooden houses so I think they are going to stay there for the night and I will try to sneak in with a torch in the morning to see where they are sleeping.
Just had the whole group out for 2 hours and it is amazing, it's just so calm. But the babies need to learn some table manners. Rosie and Flora had a small squabble when Flora tried to eat from the same food bowl as Rosie. No, babies! Polly and Rosie are such sweethearts but sharing a food bowl is too much to ask! There are 7 food bowl spread throughout the cage so there is no problem. They are just used to climbing all over mum and each other to eat. They heard me coming this morning so I wasn't able to see where they all slept.