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 on: Today at 04:29:50 AM 
Started by SuperTaranta - Last post by Jasonred79
I'd add one more opinion... if you put the wheel in, give them extra food.
I've never seen human children be small cause of being too active when young... unless it's extreme, or if they don't get enough food to keep up with their exercise.

 on: September 30, 2014, 06:07:48 PM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by gremlin101
wow you have a zoo! :)

 on: September 30, 2014, 06:06:18 PM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by kageri
Anything with grams works.  My favorite scale is a little pricy but I weigh chins, chin kits, large rabbits, dwarf rabbits, rabbit kits, hedgehogs,hoglets, and homemade dog meals in grams, ounces, and pounds.  Kitchen scales tend to be cheaper than postage scales.

 on: September 30, 2014, 05:36:08 PM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by gremlin101
I have baby proofed the cage, and taken the wheel out already, she just gets a little run around the room. :) Do you have any suggestions on the brand of food scale? Or will pretty much just any do? :)


 on: September 30, 2014, 08:42:31 AM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by kageri
The week she is due you should feel her nipples much easier.  They will protrude out of the fur.  You will need to baby proof the cage at that point.  No wheel, no houses that a chin can move or they could get crushed, and watch the bar spacing.  They are absolutely tiny when born.  You need to weigh them on a kitchen or postal scale to make sure they are graining weight.  You have very little warning before a kit dies.  If you don't step in the day it doesn't gain enough weight the next day when it becomes obvious something is wrong will be too late.

 on: September 30, 2014, 07:50:21 AM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by gremlin101
She lets me just put my hand on her belly. I don't push it or anything like that, I just put it there to feel the babies move. <3
She's such a sweet chinchilla. Then of course, I give her loves (rub behind her ear or under her chin) and a treat. :) 

 on: September 30, 2014, 05:25:09 AM 
Started by sarahrose080 - Last post by GrayRodent
Typically an older chinchilla, older than 3-4 months, that has not been handled, will never get very tame. It doesn't mean they won't make a great pet, it is just you will have to care for them a bit differently. There are ways of conditioning your chinchilla to be held. It is a process that will take months, but just slowly get your chinchilla used to different things, starting with a scratch on chin and progressing towards the back little by little. Then you should be be able to handle her front feet and eventually get her to step onto your hand. You have to go in small steps or you will get bit so your aim should be to go as far as you can without getting bit or causing your pet to panic.

However I do recommend waiting another week or two before trying to anything with her, let her get settled in, and go from there. You won't be able to work much with an animal that does not trust you. Each time you get bit and have to pull away this will reinforce the behavior. But if you do anything at this point to correct it you may end up making your pet scared of you. When the time comes you'll need to pull your chin out of the cage and hold her for a second or two and then put her back in the cage but I don't think she's quite ready for that yet.

 on: September 30, 2014, 03:09:17 AM 
Started by sarahrose080 - Last post by mb30
I have a female that came from a pet store and i don't think she had a very good life while there. She barely knew how to run properly when i got her. has taken a year and 2 months for her to trust me enough to just stand on my open hands...i wish i could have had her since she was a baby. She has so much character but she is very wild.

 on: September 29, 2014, 09:46:54 PM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by kageri
It's pretty impossible to tell how many on a female you've never seen pregnant before.  With their unpredictable breeding dates you don't know just how much bigger they have left to get.  Palpating is dangerous.  Chinchillas abort easy.  Xrays are pretty much the only way to know.  It's not done often in the US but overseas they commonly do chin xrays the same as dog breeders often do them.

 on: September 29, 2014, 08:50:59 PM 
Started by gremlin101 - Last post by gremlin101
Yeah, I'm not really sure when she is due. I adopted her and her old owner was like btw.... but he didn't tell me how far along she was or anything. She's had litter before, but I don't know how many, once again he didn't tell me. (sigh)  :doh: but she seems to be very happy, but at the same time slightly uncomfortable because she picks at her side a lot.

Do you have any idea or clue to tell how many their might be, have yours given signs or do you just wait and see.


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