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 on: Today at 09:47:38 AM 
Started by Annemarie - Last post by GrayRodent
Here is my advice. First do not breed unless you have proven and pedigreed chinchillas and breed for quality. It is not something that should ever be done casually. You may consider joining MCBA or ECBC as well. I strongly encourage breeders to go to chinchilla shows if possible and actively show their chins so they can be evaluated. That is my opinion on that.

Second, I recommend not pairing with a different chinchilla at this point. There's nothing wrong with having separate cages in the same room. 15 years is very old for a chinchilla. He may not be able to defend himself against an attack from a younger one if an attack occurs.
The most accepted procedure for pairing two chinchillas is to have them together in the same room for two weeks. Then introduce them in a dust bath or a place where you can see how they'll interact. Then put them in the same cage once you're satisfied they're not going to pounce on each other and start tearing each other up.
The only thing that really matters with combining chins is the personality/compatibility with the others unless you have a much larger than normal cage where the chins can basically spread out and have their own territories. But no matter what you do as long as there are multiple animals in a cage there will always be a risk of fighting and death from complications resulting from wounds. Always, even if they all seem to compatible at first, and years can go by before something touches them off. So it is your judgment call.
I would recommend staggering the introductions by a day or so, ensuring each new introduction looks legit before making more chaaos. You may also want to weigh each chin ever other day for a while to make sure they are all eating and having access to food and water, and certainly have two sets of water and food dispensers if you're going to have more than two chins in your cage.

 on: Today at 08:36:26 AM 
Started by Annemarie - Last post by Annemarie
Hello everybody,

Sadly, last Monday my female chinchilla (Basted) died.  :'( She was 12 years old and I am not quite sure what was wrong. She was very weak and just lying on her side and died soon after. I don't think it was anything contagious because my other chinchilla named Ptah seems fine (except that he seems very sad en lonely).

I'm writing this post because of Ptah, he seems sad and lonely. I will keep him alone for a little while to make sure he is not sick but we really want to get some new chins to give him company. He is a 14 year old chinchilla. When he was 2 years old he and his brother started fighting and the previous owner had them both sterilized/castrated. This didn't help and they had to be separated. Ptah was matched to two female chinchilla's (not at the same time but within a few months). I got the three chinchilla's from the previous owner and I have had them now for over 8 years. Two years ago one female died (I think from a heart attack) and a few days ago the other one. Several years ago one of the females was hurt and had to be quarantined for a while and he was very difficult in accepting her when she came back (on neutral ground of course) and only accepted her when the other female had already accepted her. He also wouldn't accept another female (pregnant) when we tried to ad her. This makes me a little bit scared of trying to introduce new chinchillas to him.

Nonetheless we would like to add some new chins. I'm hoping he will be easier now because he is lonely. I liked the group of 3 a lot and maybe 4 would be nice to. I like that they can choose with which chin they want to sleep or play. We have also never had a young Chinchilla so that would be very nice to. I was thinking that females would be better because he has already had some problems with a male. A male and female would be nice to get a baby chin but I'd rather not have to get the male castrated because it seems a dangerous procedure with such stress sensitive small animals. The cage is big and can be separated into two cages if necessary and we could keep two separate couples. So my questions are basically, how long should we wait with adding new chins? Can they be young, and female or also male? Can we ad a few young females or maybe a mother with a baby. Should new chins be added separately or would together be better and if so is it better if they know each other already?

I'm sorry it's a long read and I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give me.

 on: December 08, 2016, 10:39:11 PM 
Started by Trendychinchilla - Last post by GrayRodent
Chinchillas are sensitive to low frequency rumbling noises. I'm not sure why. Mine will wake up and explore their cage when I play my guitar. Even without an amp. They get very curious when I start up my battery powered sweeper to clean around the cage. The sound of a door slamming downstairs will make one of them stand up and bark with an alarm call. So it doesn't seem that strange to me, especially if your chins are associating a sound with getting a treat.

And please do be careful with treats. They should not get more than the equivalent volume of two raisins per day. More than this can affect their health terribly over time. My chins get scratched through the bars instead and they love it and they'll go over to where I am to get messed with. I'll make squeaking noises too sometimes they'll answer back. Chinchillas can be very vocal creatures and respond to all kinds of sounds.

 on: December 07, 2016, 05:24:50 PM 
Started by Trendychinchilla - Last post by Trendychinchilla
Just curious. One of my our chinchillas that is about 16 years old and had a previous owner five or six years ago is interested in noses being blown into tissues. It is that sound that will get this chinchilla's attention and he will come to the side of his cage almost like he's begging for a treat. We can do it far away or close to him for him to watch and he always has the same reaction. He has a male companion that has been with him his whole life and does not give the same reaction. Any ideas? We were thinking that the noise is associated with him getting treats from the previous owner but we think that the other chinchilla would behave the same way. Thanks for any input! TC.

 on: December 06, 2016, 08:26:09 PM 
Started by sarahrose080 - Last post by BLS Chins
I personally would not use it since im not familiar with it. If you have a wire bottom cage and the chin can not reach the bedding then it would be worth a try. I use pine or aspen wood shavings

 on: December 06, 2016, 08:24:26 PM 
Started by Toyger - Last post by BLS Chins
Some chins can be left together and others can not. Its a risk and would require careful monitoring from you if you choose to keep them paired. Another note, they can dust as usual. There is no need to wait 10 days. Thats an old piece of misinformation. I will often dust during labor to help the kits drop for a quicker birth.

 on: December 05, 2016, 09:52:10 PM 
Started by sarahrose080 - Last post by GrayRodent
I'm skeptical. I recommend using kiln dried white pine or aspen chips exclusively for chinchilla bedding. Not cedar chips and not paper bedding. The reason is the form and texture of it. If it can absorb moisture and swell, or form an indigestible mass (bezoar) it can impact a bowel and it's over for your pet. Chinchillas are known for eating things that other rodents to not and often to their detriment. Wood shavings are among things known safe.

 on: December 05, 2016, 05:03:02 PM 
Started by sarahrose080 - Last post by sarahrose080
I have a friend who helped manage a hemp grow op. in Oregon this year. He made some hemp bedding for small animals and wants to give me some to try out with my chinchilla. It's completely natural and no chemicals were added, but is it safe for a chinchilla to use hemp bedding?

 on: December 05, 2016, 12:23:59 PM 
Started by Toyger - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds good. Chinchillas are fairly easy to deal with that way. I recommend feeding alfalfa instead of timothy. You may want to sprinkle some calcium powder as well over the hay or pellets. If they have been neglected calcium deficiency can be a big problem. A vet exam is advised for a health check, basic visual check of the teeth, check of the pelvic width, and a basic wellness exam. Having a vet lined up for emergencies is advised. Because the breeder was not reputable and you don't know the background be prepared for things to not go well. That doesn't mean you will problems either but risks of complications are higher for chinchillas that do not have cultivated lines where animals that have problems are not removed from breeding and those problems get passed down.

I don't think the risk is unacceptable to keep them together. However there will be an increased risk so I recommend separating them. The biggest risk is from the kits themselves. They can attack each other in certain circumstances. The cage should be all one level for the kits. Chinchillas are much more active than rabbits and much more wild.

 on: December 05, 2016, 03:37:49 AM 
Started by Toyger - Last post by Toyger
I just rescued two females from poor condition by buying them of a bad home from a site similar to craigs list. From the photo I could see they where kept outside (it's below freezing here) and lacked of everything. Upon delivery I was told they used to have a male and are most likely pregnant, and far along. I can find their tits, they are long and easy to find on both.

The two girls are sisters and 2.5 years old. They are very close and lovable with eachother. Can they stay together when giving birth and rasing the little ones? Or is there a big risk to the babies?
We had bunnies when I was a child and the two sisters there had their babies together lovingly, but this is my first experience with chinchilla babies. So any guidance will be apreciated.

What I know so far is remove the after birth and no sand for 10 days for both baby and mother. Temperature in the room is a comfortable one, calm room and no drafts. The bars in their cage is half an inch or less, so no escapes

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