i got home last night and checked on my chins to make sure they were doing fine. gave them a few raisins, scratch behind their ears.....my usual after work wind down routine. well the degus in the cage above the chins were a squeaking and a chirping at me. generally the only time they are talkative is early in the morning. they sit and chat with me while i take care of the chins as they are seconnd in line to be fed. so they sit and chat with me while they wait for their food but thats about the only time they make a sound. so i investigate their cage thinking maybe a mouse has gotten in and was raiding their food dish. no mouse but there were 5 lil baby degus squirming around. less than a day old and were fully fuzzy and had their eyes open and were trying to hop around. so now ive got 5 more critters and a slight problem. degus dont make very good pets. they dont care to be held really. i find them interesting and enjoy watching them as they can be quite comical. the Montana fish and game would prefer i didnt have them as they can be a pest in their native Chile and are more than adiquatly addapted to our climate(i cant even bring a chinchilla into the state without a permit now). however there is nothing official on the books about them so they havent done anything. so im not sure what to do with the babys once they are old enough to be taken away from mom.