Feeding your degu
Hay should make up at least three-quarters of your degus’ diet. There are plenty of varieties of hay available so try to offer them two or three types at any one time. Look out for meadow hay, oat hay, Timothy hay and ReadiGrass®.
Dried herbs such as plantain, mint, nettle and fruit leaves provide essential nutrients. Hide the herbs in boxes and tubes placed around the living accommodation; this will encourage your degus to forage.
Degus will enjoy small amounts of leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage. Again, scatter the food in order to encourage foraging. Sugary fruits and vegetables may cause health problems so it’s best to avoid them.
You will need to offer your degus a small quantity of dried pellet feed. One handful each day will suffice; too much can cause obesity and diabetes. Don’t forget that degus like to hoard their food; a little can go a long way. There are very few specialist degu products on the market so you may need to make your own using a guinea pig pellet feed (such as Excel®) mixed with chopped herbs and hay.
Fresh water should always be available. Provide a couple of water bottles and change the contents daily, checking for blocked spouts.