Post by musical912 on Feb 28, 2021 18:14:27 GMT -8
I’m wondering if younger, smaller gerbils would be able to burrow in 10 inches of bedding? Or should I take some out and make it about 6 inches, just so they can get around better? Will they get lost in the bedding?
Tunnels might struggle to hold in 6" bedding (depending on what it is), they'll be able to burrow just fine in the full 10" and will enjoy it . I don't see how they would get lost, unless you have a ginormous cage!
I assume you're talking about young gerbils who have been separated from the parents already, right? Not asking about cage set ups for newborns?
Anyway, when I was taming my gerbils I found having a bit less bedding helped. I cant really tell you why. I think it could be because they would hide in their nest under a foot of bedding and I would wait patiently with my hand filled with sunflower seeds but it was just very easy for them to ignore me. I ended up using probably about 6 inches of bedding for the first 2 months or so, then steadily increased it. I found with this much bedding, if I put my hand in the cage, even if they were hiding in their nest, they could tell I was there, maybe smell the seeds, I don't know, and their curiosity got the best of them and theyd always come out to investigate.
I have heard of other people using less-deep bedding during the taming process, but it might not be necessary for all gerbils. I thought I'd throw it out there in case you run into the same sort of issue I did.