Breeding & Kit Care

How To Handle A Chinchilla Mom And Chinchilla Baby
Once you have confirmed that your chinchilla is pregnant, provide that chinchilla with plenty of extra hay, food, and water. Expectant mothers will drink and eat quite a bit more, so it is imperative that more food and water are at the chinchilla’s disposal. Some people will stop giving calf mana to there chinchillas once they know they are...
Baby Ebony Chinchilla
I've have had many people contact me confused with how to work with breeding the Ebony Chinchilla. So the following information is dedicated to you!   EBONY Adjective - meaning - Intensely Black -- Source: Oxford Dictionary   Bowens Chinchilla Ranch The Ebony was developed by Bowens Chinchilla Ranch in the USA. In 1982, when the Ebony was a relatively new Mutation to the Chinchilla world, it...
CHINCHILLA CONFORMATION
CHINCHILLA CONFORMATION Conformation of a Chinchilla is the overall shape. Ideally, Chinchillas that are bred or purchased should be graded for Confirmation. There are three main areas for examining conformation, these being the body, neck and the head. I hope that the following information will prove useful when choosing partners for your breeding stock or when entering a show. However,...
Chinchilla-colors-genetics-chart
Part 1 can be found here: Chinchilla Colors, Classification And Basic Genetics Chinchilla Genetics Chart One thing to remember when breeding chinchillas is that there is a lethal factor.  The two genes with a lethal factor are white and TOV (touch of velvet).  The lethal factor means that you with have 25% less offspring born to that pairing.  Below are some possible...
Hand-Rearing Kits, Fostering & Rotating, Reviving Dead Kits
Occasionally a female chin has difficulty in feeding are large litter, or her milk is very slow to come in. This may mean that her kits become very hungry and desperate and if her milk is inadequate some or all of the kits may starve. However, happily most healthy females cope very well with most moderate-sized litters. Happy, well-fed kits will...
Chinchilla Colors-Classification-And-Basic Genetics
I freely admit that genetics is not my strongest subject, and as I prefer to stick with what I know, so I shall merely gloss over this topic and just explain the very basics that I am comfortable with. Thus, this article will not be of interest to experienced breeders with a good knowledge. However, I hope that it...
Chinchilla Environment ~ Chinchilla Proofing Your Home & Fixing Boredom
Hopefully, this article will impart some helpful hints, from chinchilla-proofing your home to preventing vices associated with boredom, such as fur-chewing. Daily Exercise Chinchillas really do appreciate extra exercise away from their cages. Many breeders are unable to do this; simply because with such large amounts of stock, they would not have enough hours in the day or enough pairs of...
chinchilla-breeding-sexing-guide
It seems like we get asked almost every day "How do I breed my chins?". As you might expect, there is no simple answer to that question. We've decided to answer it as best we can with the creation of this page. You'll find the information presented in the order topics arise during the breeding process. Some information will...
Chinchilla's Gestation Period
Today I visited a Chinchilla Rescue. I had the privilege of spending most of the day playing with the cutest bunch of chinchillas! A few of the rescues were soon-to-be mama's. I've never handled pregnant chinchillas, so I had plenty of questions for the caregiver! In this post, I will share with you what learned about the chinchilla's gestation...