Hi all. I'm a relatively new degu owner, and now that my 4 boys have settled in I want to try and give them a bit more variety. I offered them some carrot tops the other day after reading another post but they weren't touched. Can they have other types of green veg, for instance i've seen things with broccoli in...are there any rules or thing to specifically avoid?
You can try out vegetables, but always start with small pieces to avoid intestinal problems and diarrea. And always warm them to room temperature before offering to degus. Take them out after one day if your degus don't touch them as they can mould or get spoiled.
Safe vegetables: (there are more but these are the most common ones) chicory/ endive peas mache [Valerianella locusta] fennel cucumber carrots, as well the green pepper parsnip celery tomato Jerusalem artichoke zucchini green salad
Be careful with all types of cabbage (cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi etc.). These can produce flatulences. You can provide small amounts but you have to start very slowly to get them used to it. I would not start with these if a degu is not used to fresh food but prefer safe vegetables.
Vegetables containing oxalic acid (spinach, chard, rhubarb etc.) are not suitable for degus.
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I've read on Degutopia that they can eat rosehip ... but is it the flower or the seed pod you feed to them. Don't know anything about rosehip (just had it pointed out to me on a walk today, so picked some of the red berries) Can anyone help. Thanks
Rosehips are the red berries, which are the fruit of the rose flowers. Degus can eat the flower and the berry/seed pod/rosehip. When they are a beautiful deep red especially. If they are still only orange or a light red, they are very bitter and sour. Still sour when red, but they do taste better. LOL!!
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I tried the strawberry leaves that I picked a few weeks ago (completely dry) but they still aren't interested. I have picked some blackberry leaves and some hazelnut leaves and am letting them dry before trying them with my goos. (They turn they're noses up at anything fresh)
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Weeds dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) -> you can give the whole plant, also the roots which are here titbits buckhorn [Plantago lanceolata] plantain [Plantago major] goutweed/ ground elder [Aegopodium podagraria] shepherd's purse [Capsella bursa-pastoris] St John's wort [Hypericum perforatum] Canada goldenrod [Solidago canadensis] New additions: Chives Water Cress
What part of shepherd's purse do you feed? I have quite a bit of it growing near to me.