Have just rescued 3 degus from a shed where I work. Their owner stopped paying the rent 2 months ago and when we opened it up there they were in a cage with no food or water.
My lovely boss has bought them a new cage, and I have fetched them home with me, but have no experience of Degus and am hoping for a bit of advice (or someone that knows what they are doing to give them a loving forever home!)
There's a website called Degutopia that I found on Google. Lots of good information. They look to me like a Chinchilla type but no idea if their care would mimic that of chinchillas. Almost the first thing it says is don't lift by the tail unlike mice where you can grab the thick bit where it joins the rump (don't know if rats are the same) .Degus tails can shear off .
They are supposed to be cleverer than guinea-pigs (not difficult- sorry boars )and rats eek -that's one clever rodent.
It beggars belief that someone can just abandon three lovely creatures like this
It says on the website they live in groups naturally so if they are same sex you might be ok with the 3 of them together (hopefully not male/female or you'll be over-run with them)