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 on: Today at 02:56:14 AM 
Started by Emmalou - Last post by Emmalou
Yes the previous cage was safe, it had previously been home to another chinchillas, it was just an unfortunate accident so we have done what we can to eliminate that happening again

 on: Yesterday at 11:08:25 PM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by IkiKolohe
Experiment at your own risk. In my opinion this is a risk not worth taking.


In my case, what I meant was, they are too precious to experiment on and I tossed the salt block in the trash! @MariaSelena came to the same conclusion, I believe!  ::shrug::

Anyway, mahalo again for your feedback!!
~ Tina

 on: Yesterday at 09:56:22 PM 
Started by Emmalou - Last post by GrayRodent
Wow, that's horrible. Chinchilla cages should be fitted with wooden shelving. A safe cage height for pet chinchillas is about 2 feet. In that space you can put 2 to 3 tiers of shelves. The shelves give them a solid surface to live and sleep on to keep them off the floor (or bedding) and it gives them a good surface to gnaw upon. It effectively multiplies the floor area inside of the cage as well.

 on: Yesterday at 09:49:49 PM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by GrayRodent
My opinion is that a chinchilla given a proper pelleted diet has all of the nutrients it needs plus some. If you put a salt block in and it decides to overdose on sodium you can say your goodbyes.
Chinchillas can live well over 20 years without salt supplements.

Chinchillas chew everything. Metal included. I know chinchillas that have chewed the edges off of their aluminum exercise wheels. It has nothing to do with salt and everything to do with the fact they like the feel of the vibration and noise it makes. Sometimes they find the powder coating flakes off and they eat that too. It's not good for them but they peel the bark off of sticks just the same.

Experiment at your own risk. In my opinion this is a risk not worth taking.

 on: Yesterday at 09:43:46 PM 
Started by WhiffenPoof - Last post by GrayRodent
I think most pet chinchillas prefer to live alone. I have to very friendly and sociable pets who will come to me for rubs and scratches but they cannot tolerate each other for more than 10 minutes if put in the same space.

 on: Yesterday at 05:38:21 PM 
Started by WhiffenPoof - Last post by WhiffenPoof
Okay, understood. I just heard down the line somewhere and read among multiple sources that chinnies did best with company - I think I read that they live in herds in the Andes, too? Idk. Hence why I am asking ^.^

Anyway, I have ZERO interest or intention of breeding him. Especially being a rescue. I work with horses for a living so I get the whole "registration," "pedigree," "papers," "bloodline" thing for sure! Idk why that didn't occur to me about putting a female in there xD Oops!

I was just moderately concerned that he would get too lonely when I wasn't home ... he gets SO excited when I walk through the door, he starts jumping up on his back legs and standing up and trying to climb the side for me to scratch his head. Then he just stands there with is eyes closed while I massage his nose. Just makes me think he is craving companionship??

 on: Yesterday at 04:35:51 PM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by IkiKolohe
It's a very conflicting topic. Some of breeders use it and every chin has its private block in the cage. Some of breeders afraid of it and tell, that salt block is a "white death" for chinchillas.

In the beginning, I bought some of them, but none of my herd ate it. Of course, I put it away. Than, I started to discuss the question with different breeders and owners, and their opinion was 50/50.
I'm afraid of making experiments on my animals. So, I refused to use salt blocks on my farm.

That's why I can't give you an exact answer.  ::think::

Mahalo MariaSelena!!!

I kind of agree with you about experimenting, so I tossed the salt blocks/licks - in my experience, if an animal is salt deficient, they will chew on metal to try and get salt.  Course, no idea how well that works for chins since they chew on everything anyway!!

~ Tina

 on: Yesterday at 10:08:38 AM 
Started by Emmalou - Last post by Emmalou
Thank you for the help!
Yes we have a seperate cage as they are currently in a smaller one together whilst rhubarb is healing, as far as we can gather she fell off a shelf or she hit her leg on a housing unit thing for them so we have bought a new cage which has levels instead of shelves so it's safer and we have removed the house too! X

 on: Yesterday at 08:15:04 AM 
Started by corvus - Last post by GrayRodent
I wish I could say.
The only wheels I know of are the Chin Spin by Quality Cages and the Steel Flying Saucer ( besides the Silver Surfer wheel. I can recommend the Silver Surfer if your chin is around 500g but it is small for a chinchilla wheel.

I've seen wheels on Etsy made of oil catch pans that looked decent but I have no experience there. They seem to get mixed reviews.

 on: Yesterday at 08:10:02 AM 
Started by Emmalou - Last post by GrayRodent
Males make good pairs too. I've actually heard females tend to be more problematic. They do get more hormonal than males. I will say it's important to not house them in the same room with another female because they tend to fight and it can be dangerous.

Also with any pair of chinchillas I advise to have a separate cage setup available in case you must separate them. Chinchillas can turn on each other for no apparent reason. In my Internet experience it appears that you'll usually have a couple of days where you might notice things will escalate before injury occurs.

I have a double level Ferret Nation cage. Originally my two were combined but it didn't work out so I installed the divider and both chins have plenty of space.

Also do you know what the leg injury was caused by? You may need to do something different with the cage if it was a cage related issue.

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