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 on: September 28, 2016, 09:49:08 AM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by BLS Chins
No theres no way to fix it. Once they start fighting it always gets worse. You are better to separate now before they hurt each other

 on: September 27, 2016, 05:43:00 PM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by chinchillalover101
I recently found out my chinchilla has been attacking my other one over dominance. I got chilly, my 1 year old chinchilla first then I added a new addition months later. Ever since the first day they didn't get along. I have descovered that when I told chilly outside of peppers cage she's friendly towards pepper. However when I hold pepper she instantly goes crazy and tries to attack. I'm pretty sure this is fighting over dominance but Is there anyway to fix this?

 on: September 26, 2016, 08:00:25 PM 
Started by Molochop - Last post by BLS Chins
Chins are not made to process high amounts of protein. Alfalfa is naturally higher in protein and calcium than other hay types which is why its recommended for pregnant/nursing females.

The pellets (selective and supreme) are good brands in the UK from my knowledge.

The calcium sticks are concerning. Without knowing what they are made of i cant say they are good or bad. Pure calcium in its natural from isnt easy to digest and use. Using a quality diet is the best way to prevent calcium issues. Calf manna is a well balanced pellet that can be added to your normal feed mix to boost calcium without other issues

 on: September 26, 2016, 02:45:00 PM 
Started by Molochop - Last post by GrayRodent
I asked about the diet earlier in the thread. She said "Their diet consists of normal pellets (selective, supreme petfoods science) and store bought hay with the calcium sticks at pet stores. I take her out to feed her the calcium sticks so the babies don't have it all."
When I asked about what "calcium sticks" were the only answer I got was the vet said keep feeding them. The vet also gave some weird advice in the thread. Have you ever of putting chins on a "high protein diet"?

 on: September 25, 2016, 04:30:38 PM 
Started by Molochop - Last post by BLS Chins
Ok we need a lot more info to help you
1. How old is the female? Older females tend to loose condition faster than younger chins. This is a sure sign that she should not be bred again.
2. How old are the kits and what do they weigh? If the kits are over 6 weeks and 200 grams you need to wean them early.
3. How much weight has the female lost? So weight loss is normal especially with triplets
4. What pellets and type or hay are you feeding? Some pellets are better quality than others. She should have alfalfa hay unlimited to help with calories and calcium/protein
5. Is your female still caged with a male? If not how long ago was he removed? If shes still caged with the male he may be chasing her trying to breed her again, which can lead to weight loss. If he wasnt removed before she gave birth she can be pregnant again while nursing these kits which is very very hard on the female.
6. Is your female pedigreed? Any chin without a pedigree should never be bred. So please be sure her and her kits become pets.

The spasms you are describing sound like calcium fits/seizures. You can add calf manna to a quality diet to get her back on track. No treats and if you are using vitakraft please stop asap. Those are horrible and will cause more trouble for her

 on: September 21, 2016, 02:24:06 PM 
Started by terezavictoria - Last post by GrayRodent
I hope this helps. Enjoy your pets. Sounds you have some nice chins.

 on: September 21, 2016, 12:53:56 PM 
Started by terezavictoria - Last post by terezavictoria
I see.One of them,ícaro is super vocal.Orpheu not so much I call him the gentle timid giant as he is really big compared to his brother and doesn't really want a lot to do with you but sometimes is an absolute sweety.I can't really describe the sound XD Well,I'll definetely  pet their head/nose when they get rough.Thanks again for your patiente

 on: September 21, 2016, 09:38:44 AM 
Started by terezavictoria - Last post by GrayRodent
The video shows mutual grooming behavior. A chinchilla grooms by pulling its teeth through its fur, or the fur of another chinchilla. He should respond to flinching or pulling away, or even making a noise at him. When my chin gets too rough I switch positions and pet him over his head/nose once or twice, then go back. A few times of this may be enough to break the cycle.

The vocal noises I'm not too sure of. Chinchillas can make a wide range of sounds and from what I've observed it can actually be unique to a particular animal how it uses sounds. So the only thing you can do is observe and try to figure out what actions to associate the sounds with.

I have a chin that squeaks and chirps when I pet him, and I'll chirp back at him. He is very vocal. He will also make chirping, almost kacking noises when being groomed by Spot sometimes. It is perfectly normal for him. Spot rarely ever makes any noise and when he does it's usually because Kulu is being too rough with him. Sometimes Kulu gets randy with Spot and he'll make different sounds but it's obvious from his behavior what is happening.

 on: September 21, 2016, 09:29:36 AM 
Started by PipandKylo - Last post by GrayRodent
Very good. Sounds like you'll do fine. After sundown when they will become more active so make sure they stay calm.

 on: September 21, 2016, 05:31:24 AM 
Started by terezavictoria - Last post by terezavictoria
It is nothing like that,at all  :noway:
They're moody but not at all agressive.They have never ever acted agressive towards me they at times get upset ,Orpheu once get upset because I didn't let him out of his cage so when I tried to close his cage door he bite me,that was the only behaviour that could be considerate agressive.Researching on the jeaulosy theme I came across a video of a chinchilla grooming his owner during a cudlle session and I must say that It looks exactly with what Ícaro does,the thing is he does it quite hard.
Orpheu on the other hand seems to explore my fingers but really really hard,he doesn't seem agressive just very curious.But I'll try to pull him back as you've said when he does that. I meant this video,he does it a lot like that chin but really hard.Is just his tough nature that makes him "bite" me so hard?
The noiseI said Icaro does when I give his brother attention first and then go to him I guess it's called barking.But he doesn't stand on his feet,he just barks at me with his back turned  to me.After a few minutes he let me pet him again,but first he makes some other noises that kind of seem that his sulky.I guess I could use a different word from bitting but my english is not so great,it's kind of a soft bite that sometimes transforms to a harder bite that will leave their teeth mark on my fingers.But they have never bite me so hard that I would bleed.Thank you for your reply

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