On the menu today is Dandelions! I can remember when I first started keeping degus I was very unsure of what to feed them other than pellets (back in the stone age). I was so worried about them trying new foods - what was poisonous, what was toxic, what was sugary, were they eating too much of something. The first ever food other than pellets that I fed to my degus was dandelions and it has been their favourite food ever since...
Its been a while since I last posted and its been longer since I last gave an enclosure update. So, today, we have an enclosure update! I have recently been experimenting with trying to use all of the accessories that I have for my degus while increasing the flat floor space for them to run on.
Before leaving for Australia I created a complete mix to be fed during my absence. I personally feel the mix looks very appetizing, I was very pleased with the results - and guess what, so were the degus! The mix is comprised of the following ingredients: Vegetable matter: dry mashed pea flakes, dry carrot slices, beetroot cubes dried, parsnip cubes dried
Plant matter: rose petals, dry plantain, dry daisy (stems, leaves, flowers), dry dandelion (stems, leaves, flowers), dry birch tree leaves (silver), dry apple tree leaves, dry blackberry leaves, dry clover, dry marigold, milk thistle, dry nettle leaves
Seeds and pods: popped corn, rose hips, white sunflower seed, black sunflower seed, grass grain, rapeseed, linseed, niger seed, canary seed, sesame seed, quinoa seed, white millet
Base: Hay, Straw
(Excluding Straw and Hay) The total mix is about - 50% Seed - 6% vegetables - 44% plant matter
(Including Straw and Hay) The total mix is about - 30% Hay and Straw - 70% feed mix. Additional "fluffy" hay is provided separately as well as additional hay with birch tree matter (for anti bacterial properties). This additional hay is offered separate to the feed mix once a week in large quantities to forage and dig in.
When deciding to purchase or adopt degus, there are many important points to consider - for example: No. of degus you are going to adopt Where to get your cage or are you going to build one yourself Is there a local vet? Do they know about degus? How your family will respond to keeping degus Do you have the funds for food, housing and emergency vet bills?
... and the list goes on.
One of the key things to consider is where you are going to home your degus. After the break are pictures of where I keep my degus and things to consider when choosing a location. Even before I brought my degus home, it was clear to me that I would be housing them in my garage.
In January I posted some pictures of my enclosure and wrote a small piece on maximizing the floor space within an enclosure. You can read that article here. Above is the video footage that was intended to accompany that article. I also recently spoke about the room in which to keep your degus; this video contains brief footage of the room around my enclosure. I hope you enjoy!
I have been working today on making some changes to the Degu Chronicles website.
- Facebook like button on the Degu Chronicles website.
- Facebook and Google+ Social Icons have been added. - Having access to Facebook and Google+ provides the opportunity to reach more degu owners. It will also make it easier for those following my content to see when new content has arrived (as opposed to having to check my site manually each time).
- All Youtube videos have been removed from my personal channel. - I will no longer be creating Youtube videos for my Smithomatic channel. This is to become my own private channel for topics unrelated to Degu Chronicles. If you are a subscriber, please resubscribe to my new channel to receive my Youtube videos (see below).
- New Youtube channel. If you type "Degu Chronicles" into the Youtube search bar, you will find my new Youtube channel. A channel exclusive for degu related topics.
Degus, Pellets, Wildlife Parks and what we can do to help
A vaguely degu related topic today, you will have to bear with me as I swerve to the point. For those wondering, no that is not a degu in the picture above; the animal in the picture is actually called a Potoroo. Potoroos are a small marsupial mammal that fill a similar ecological niche to that of the degu. Head over the break to learn more about these little critters.
I must apologize for my recent absence and lack of updates (I think this is the longest I haven't made a post?)! I have been busy with other projects just recently that I hope to share with the world in the future. These mysterious other projects have kept me busy but alas I have not forgotten you!