November 3, 2018
Baby Ebony Chinchilla

Ebony Chinchiilla

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 was thought to be a DOMINANT, with regards to breeding and the genetics of the […]
November 3, 2018

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, just because an animal may have a good or an excellent conformation, this does not necessarily mean that it will do well […]
October 22, 2018

Chinchilla Colors… Part 2 – Chinchilla 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 outcomes from pairings.  Hetero is short for heterozygous and means that that animal carries one dominant and one recessive gene.  Homo […]
October 16, 2018
Hand-Rearing Kits, Fostering & Rotating, Reviving Dead Kits

Chinchillas: 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 suckle well, have tails that curl upwards – and full-feeling bellies. Kits that are not getting enough milk will have hollow-feeling […]
October 16, 2018
Chinchilla Colors-Classification-And-Basic Genetics

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 may explain some things for people new to breeding chinchillas. There are now many color variants being bred, including the “blends” and crosses […]
October 16, 2018
Chinchilla Environment ~ Chinchilla Proofing Your Home & Fixing Boredom

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 eyes to supervise them sufficiently. However, the average chinchilla owner with just a couple of chinchillas should be able to make […]
October 11, 2018

Beginners Guide To Sexing A Chinchilla, Breeding & The Care Of Kits

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 pertain to your chins whether you are breeding or not. Also, keep in mind, this is simply our opinion on how to go […]
October 9, 2018
Chinchilla's Gestation Period

How Long Is A 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 period as well as other related questions. The Chinchilla gestation period is usually 109 to 120 days. To help you prepare for the […]
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