OUR CARE SHEET-PART TWO Aug 18, 2012 18:49:49 GMT -5
Post by Ann on Aug 18, 2012 18:49:49 GMT -5
ABOUT BREEDING- Don’t do it!!! Leave breeding to the people who study the genetics of chins and breed for the betterment of chins. Please don’t try it. You can accidentally breed a genetic problem from one chin to her offspring. Leave it to the professionals. If your chin accidentally gets pregnant, consult an exotics' vet immediately for advice.
Putting a male and female chinchilla together for breeding can cause the death of the male, female, or both. An experienced male and inexperienced female can lead to the death of the female. An inexperienced male and experienced female can lead to the death of the male. Both inexperienced male and female can lead to the death of either or both. Please do not even attempt to breed chinchillas.
Obtaining a Chinchilla
Now that you have learned the basics of caring for a chinchilla, you want to get one. They cost anywhere from fifty dollars to hundreds of dollars. There are the basic gray colors, white, dark black, brown, and other beautiful shades.
If you make sure that you have everything you need for a chinchilla and have the name of a good exotics vet, then you can search for your special friend/s. You can get two if they come from the same litter or are bonded to each other. Do not obtain chinchillas of different sexes. Neutering is a dangerous process and you should not put your chinchilla through it. Needles to say, you cannot house chinchillas with any other animals but chinchillas. Do not put two unfamiliar chins together or there will be fur flying. Never put a new chin in a cage where another chin has been living.
Try shelters and chin rescue groups. The web has those as well as breeders that specialize in chins. Look at chin groups. Sometimes people must give up their chins. PetFinder.com is one of the best sources for animals that need new homes.
Please, try not to get a chin younger than four months old. The younger ones are harder to care for. I think that the older chins are prettier too! Male or female, it does not matter - they are all a joy to behold!
Good luck, and have fun with your Board!