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Chinchillas

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by WorkingBullTerrier, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Have any of you ever bred chinchillas by chance?
     
  2. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    No.. While researching it, I discovered it can be pretty complicated (when done right) and it's nothing I'd want to get into! It can also get pretty expensive just caring for a few adults.. never mind breeding adults/babies and what have you. And the vet bills. Mine are driving me up the wall right now.

    Are you thinking about getting into breeding? If so, what kind of program are you thinking about?
     
  3. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Yes. Never again
     
  4. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Chins are just too.. I don't even know the word. My sweet, shy boy has started attacking me because there are other chins in the house. He's biting himself, the cage - anything if he hears them, or if I have been anywhere near them before going to him and have their scent on me, it's crazy. I think I'd go crazy if I had a house full.
     
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Not to mention dealing with hair rings and blood poisoning and blocked tube and squabbling and the amount of actual space that has to be dedicated to proper keeping....

    I will never work on breeding chinchillas again, and this is coming from a person that was just helping out
     
  6. Well, a local pet sore closed down very recent, and I "inherited" a 1 male 3 female group of her Chinchillas with their 3 level cage. She advised me that the females should all be pregnant. She has bred them before. :/

    I've had them for a short time now, and I've put alot into them. They weren't getting their dust baths regularly like they should have, so they were all oily looking, and their diet was crummy. I had to SCRUB their cage, because it was filthy. They look SO much better now. I have them on constant timothy hay, and Mazuri Chin feed, and they each get one raisin a day, lol. But I have no idea if the females are preggers or not. She said they'd be due "around Valentine's day." I just want to be prepared if they do have youngins. I'm working on building a seperate enclosure to isolate the male,, but I don't know if he will get depressed since they are a group that has been together for a long time?

    I'm doing my best with them, and taking care of them the best I can.
     
  7. Oh, and these four get along very well. I have never observed aquabbling of any sort. They're always cuddling it seems....
     
  8. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Wow that sucks, and I'm sorry to hear. I would almost be willing to bet more money that they need a bigger cage. You'll also need to make a separate cages for the kits, both for the purposes of weaning and then dividing into sex
     
  9. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Well, if you're willing, you can neuter the male so they don't have to be separated. The females don't show until very close to birthing - they can also become rather aggressive with others when they are getting close and when they have babies, so some suggest separating them.

    This is pretty helpful.
    Cheeky Chinchillas - Breeding Chinchillas

    Good luck! Three pregnant girls sounds like a nightmare to me. :lol:
     
  10. Thanks guys

    Thanks Poisoned for the helpful link. Going to read now!!! I'd be willing to have him neutered, I'd just have to find a vet who can do it. I live wayyyyyy out in the sticks! LOL
     
  11. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

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