What food must degus avoid?
What should I avoid feeding my degus?
- Food containing molasses.
- Rabbit food (often contains wrong nutrients and sometimes has ingredients toxic to degus)
- Fruit (the occasional bit of apple is OK but anything else should be avoided)
- Sweet potato skins.
- Hamster and gerbil foods (too high in protein for degus)
Can degu eat cucumber?
Certain vegetables, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and celery, can be fed once or twice a week. Others, like apples, carrots, cucumber, peas or sweet potato, should be fed more rarely (for example, once a month) as they can be high in sugar or carbohydrates.
Is chinchilla food OK for degus?
Chinchilla and guinea pig pellets are generally good for degus, as long as they do not contain any of the ingredients just discussed. It’s also important to provide your degu with plenty of hay.
Can degus have lettuce?
Fresh vegetables and herbs Leafy vegetables (chicory, endive, dandelion leaves, lettuce, celery, radishes) can be given each day. Dried herbs (mint, basil, parsley, coriander) can also be given each day.
Can degus have pea flakes?
Degu Feed- Degu Special. Oat flakes, wheat flakes, pea flakes, carrots, beetroot, parsley, barley, wheat popped, corn popped, alfalfa, vitamin pellets, peppermint, dandelion, locust beans, corn flakes, balm, marigold, red clover.
How often do degus need a dust bath?
Degus need a dust bath at least two times a week and should stay in the dust bath long enough that they’ve covered their whole body in the dust and shaken it off a few times. Pet degus should always have access to dust baths so they can clean themselves and their cage mates.
Can degu eat broccoli?
Vegetables – degu’s should be fed green vegetables, peas, beans, dandelion and broccoli. Cabbage can cause bloating so should be avoided. All greens should be washed before feeding.
How do you fatten up a degu?
1. Chuck out the treats! Degu treats such as peanuts and seeds should be the first to go, as they’re often high in fats and protein. Treats like this aren’t essential to your degus health, if you need to use treats for weighing or training purposes switch to shredded wheat or rolled oats instead.
Can degus eat oats?
Most degus love them, and it’s great for keeping them in one spot for a while as they have to sit there to eat them (they can’t run off with them). Because these are high in carbohydrates, give a pinch of oats per degu per day only.
Can degus eat carrots?
Many fruits can be high in sugar, so don’t give these to your degus. Some vegetables – such as carrot, sweet potato, beetroot and parsnips – can also be high in sugar, so should only be given in very small pieces as an occasional treat. Be wary of commercial treat products, as these can also be too sugary.
Can chinchillas have pea flakes?
Exotic Nutrition Pea Flakes are a healthy all natural treat for small animals such as Chinchillas, Prairie Dogs, Guinea pigs, Sugar Gliders, Degus, Skunks, Backyard Chickens, Rabbits and other pets.
Do degus need salt licks?
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO THIS. Don’t use salt licks as small herbivores have evolved to instinctively lick sources of salt which are very rare in the wild. Free use of a salt lick will result in them getting too much – it has already been added to their pellets.