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 on: Today at 02:43:48 AM 
Started by LYChinchillas - Last post by mb30
Happy halloween!

Another great video!

 on: Yesterday at 01:39:32 PM 
Started by LYChinchillas - Last post by GrayRodent
That was very funny. A spoof of paranormal shows indeed.

 on: Yesterday at 11:37:50 AM 
Started by GrayRodent - Last post by kageri
I've made pages just typing out html and javascript in a text document but I decided it's  not worth the effort.  I don't have enough specialized need to do that instead of a publisher program.  Might be different if I could get that stupid roundabout javascript menu to work.

 on: Yesterday at 11:18:54 AM 
Started by LYChinchillas - Last post by LYChinchillas
No worries, no one ever IS truly ready for the horror of PARANORMAL CHINTIVITY! :P ;)

In advance of Halloween, one of my chins and I made a fun parody mockumentary for you to Enjoy!!

 on: October 29, 2014, 08:14:55 AM 
Started by GrayRodent - Last post by GrayRodent
I have been learning a lot about website design from many different online sources. Right now I know just enough to be dangerous when it comes to web design but that is changing rapidly.
When I started programming for The Chinchilla Club years ago I basically learned php and sql from scratch. Now I realize there are best practices and very useful ways to make development much more efficient.
My plans at this time is to rebuild everything from the ground up and get it operational, hopefully, by next spring.

I am recommending this resource ( for anyone who wishes to learn how to program and develop websites from the ground up. The video tutorials are free and if you code and test the code along with the instruction it will accelerate your learning process and as a bonus you have code that works. You can pause the video at any time and go learn about concepts you are unfamiliar with before coming back and starting up again. And you can play with the code and experiment as you go. This is how I'm learning and it's been quite enjoyable. Of course phpacademy is not the only learning resource online. Another very important place is If you've never been there go there first and learn about html, css, sql, php, and javascript first.
It is overwhelming at first but it makes more sense when you understand what these technologies are for and how they work together.

 on: October 27, 2014, 11:34:24 PM 
Started by kiargh - Last post by kageri
Even without a territorial reason chins like to rearrange their cage.  I have to put bricks or chiller tiles in the corners of our fleece lined cages or they'll pull one corner in to the house and sometimes just shove another section bare.  Which is fine if they didn't often pick that spot to then pee on until the next cage change.  Iroishi is playing liner diver this week and keeps forcing himself under the top layer.

 on: October 27, 2014, 08:04:53 PM 
Started by kiargh - Last post by GrayRodent
Yes chinchillas can be quite vocal. Mine chatters and squeaks and makes noises when I imitate him. Typically most of their sounds are out of our range of hearing. It is typical behavior for chinchillas to act territorial when someone enters a room. Mine is bonded with me so when others come in he will run around and kack. Thankfully he is a very tame chinchilla and he doesn't go beyond making noises and still craves attention from those people after a few seconds of being held.

If the behavior escalates I recommend pulling her out of the cage for a few seconds, and then putting her back and do this several times a day along with your normal interaction. I've found this breaks the cycle and usually reverses the behavior.

I've also found the chinchilla hut can sometimes cause a chinchilla to become defensive if you go into the cage. It won't hurt to remove it as long as you don't have multiple chinchillas in a cage, otherwise a hut or shelter is necessary to minimize risks from fighting. Also consider that female chinchillas do have an estrus cycle so their behavior will be inconsistent.

 on: October 27, 2014, 05:24:43 PM 
Started by kiargh - Last post by kiargh
Also they make weird chirps to eachother at night that I've never heard from them before.

 on: October 27, 2014, 05:19:24 PM 
Started by kiargh - Last post by kiargh
Ive had her for 7 months now and we have recently (3 months ago) have added a male to the family.  Hes about 5/6 months now. We keep them apart but have their cages beside eachother for communication purposes.  Anyway, we have been very active and communicative with both of them but whenever I go to feed him she gets mad.  And as of recently she has been rearranging her hut.

 on: October 27, 2014, 09:57:04 AM 
Started by kiargh - Last post by kageri
Fairly normal.  How long have you had her?  Sometimes just as they settle in they get a bit defensive about their cage.  Otherwise it could be age.  She might have just reached maturity.  It will likely pass.  Try not to be threatening such as when getting her out.  You can use a dust bath container to lure her in and remove from the cage for awhile.  Eventually they catch on to the trick but she might calm down by then.  Especially if you sit with her somewhere she can run that is not her cage.  Try to keep a treat between you and her.  Avoid sugary stuff but it could just be a twig which safe wood can be given as much as you want.  That way when she gets to complaining all she finds is something tasty to chew on.  It works when one of mine gets in a crabby mood.  I bribe him for a few days and he goes back to his normal self.  I'm not sure what causes some of his mood changes.  They all had adjustment issues when we moved in July.

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