About 2 1/2 weeks ago I got 2 baby gerbils from the pet store. They were just old enough to leave their mother so right around 5 weeks old or so. It's taken me about 2 weeks to tame them enough where they feel comfortable enough for me to hold them for more then a few seconds. But I've noticed they squeak alot. Now i read online that this is due to when they feel threatened? However, they really only squeak when they are wrestling, or I atleast hope they're wrestling and not hurting each other. They are otherwise inseparable. My question is, is this normal behavior my previous gerbil he did not squeak. But these 2 little guys do it everyday. My next question is, my previous guy really loved store bought gerbil food, but these 2 babies seem to be a bigger fan of freshly put together blends (carrots, nuts, seeds, etc.) They dont prefer to eat store bought gerbil food as a matter of fact they end up spilling store bought food all over their cage before they consider eating it. The pet store employee told me store bought food was better for them, but these 2 really enjoy fresh food. Is that a problem? Also, these 2 dont really prefer to drink put of the water bottle? They seem to fight over it actually. That was when instarted giving them carrots because the carrots have water in them and they are still getting a good source of water. Has anyone else experienced this? I need reassurance. My last boy Bosley died at 5 years old, and experienced none of the traits these babies are doing.