How to Use Bird Cages for Degus or Chinchillas

You have decided on a degu or chinchilla as your new pet, but first you have to create a suitable home for it. You found a bird cage in the garage and are hoping that you might be able to modify it to create a comfortable habitat that your degu or chinchilla will quickly settle in to. While the cage must meet certain requirements in order to be appropriate for your little rodent friend. If it does, you can safely modify it to become either temporary quarters until you obtain a better cage or even a permanent living space for your pet.

Degus and chinchillas might be small animals, but they are very active. Your new pet will need room to jump, run, climb and leap! Because of this, large bird cages are much more suitable for a little rodent friend than small bird cages might be. Another factor to consider is the shape of the cage. In order for your degu or chinchilla to stay happy and healthy, the cage needs to be both tall and wide. Cages that are very tall but not especially long or wide, such as parrot cages, will not provide the space your pet needs.
The downside of many large bird cages is that they often have too much spacing between the bars. Make sure the bars of your cage are close enough together that your degu or chinchilla cannot squeeze between them. In addition, if the cage has metal mesh or wire flooring, you will need to cover it with a piece of wood. Otherwise, the metal may catch, twist or cut your pet’s feet and legs.

Finally, you will need to add everything else a degu or chinchilla cage must have. Add pine shelves for your pet to leap to and from, making sure that the elevation between shelves is never more than 18 inches. Your pet will need a water bottle, a sleeping box and a food bowl as well. In addition, your new little friend will be even happier if you supply a hayrack, a sand bath and a few toys to chew on or play with.

Merry Christmas

Chris and Aaron Degu wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

The degus can’t wait for Christmas. They are hoping Santa will bringing them some yummie treats, new toys for their house and lots of sticks to gnaw on.

How to Make Ledges for your Degu Cage

I have published a new article on How To Make Your Own Chinchilla Ledges. You can use this guide to create ledges not just for Chinchillas, but Degus too.  Learn how to renovate your Degu’s cage with some custom made ledges and shelves.

What is a Degu?

Check out my new article on What is a Degu?

This article includes lots of information for those interested in getting their own Degus as well as links to purchase everything you could need for your Degus, from Degu Cages, Degu Food, and Degu Toys. Best of all I have included some new pictures of my Degus.

Degu’s Love Oats

The bulk of the Degu’s deit is Chinchilla Pellets and Hay. The Chinchilla Pellets I feed my degus have just the pellets, no extras like sunflower seeds, dried bananas or raisins. Degus can not handle sugars and fats well so nuts and fruits should not be part of their everyday diet, or they risk developing Diabetes. They really enjoy Hay and they are very happy when I put a fresh batch of hay in their cage. They probably would be content just eating their Hay and Pellets, but I am not. I really wanted to find a treat that I could give them that they would enjoy, which would help with the bonding process and selfishly fulfill my need to give my critters treats.

For the first month I had my Degus I tried to giving them many different types of treats. I tried them all from slightly thawed peas to pieces of raw sweet potatoes, but they did not enjoy any of them. They would rather eat their hay or their pellets than eat the the treats. Some of them they would not even eat. They greatly enjoy raisins and nuts, but they should not eat those regularly. I was sad that I could not give them something that enjoyed each day when I would take them out.

Some of the treats which are supposed to be good treats for Degus are:

  • Raw Sweet Potatoes
  • Raw Carrots
  • Slightly Thawed Frozen Broccoli
  • Slightly Thawed Frozen Peas
  • Fresh Green Beans

Then I tried giving them Oats. My Degu’s love oats! It’s their favorite treat and they will do just about anything for them.  

Oats are great for training Degus. I give my degus a couple oats each time they come out. Now they can’t wait to come out to play and get their oats. Chris Degu will even stand on his hind legs in order to get the oats. Aaron Degu is much more shy, but he will even come out if oats are involved.

Here is a video of me feeting my degus some oats.

Watch Video of the Degus Getting Treats

Meet the Degus

Meet Chris and Aarron Degu.

They enjoy running in their wheel when they are awake. They will both run in the wheel at the same time, usually in the same direction. When they get tuckered out from running in their wheel all day, they will both huddle together and rest. Chris Degu is very friendly and will walk right onto your hand to let you hold him. Aarron Degu has a spazy personality and will jump around his cage like he has springs on his feet.

Check back soon to see what Chris and Aarron Degu have been up to.

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