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Chinchilla Care - Questions to Ask Yourself Before Breeding

For anyone who chooses to breed chinchillas. Please read and give some thought beforehand.

Some questions to ask of yourself before jumping into breeding: Anyone wanting to breed chinchillas should have some money set aside for emergency situations. This goes for also when you have just a pet chinchilla.

Some incidents that can happen when breeding chinchillas: This is why you need to have some sort of cash in the case of vet bills. Another suggestion is to purchase yourself a vet care card that is only used for vet bills. These work too. Most vet offices have them, and sometimes it takes as little as a half hour to get approved for one. My suggestion to anyone looking to breed is to always start out with only a couple of chins after doing research. Jumping in to 10 or more chins without having experience with a breeding pair for some time first, can be overwhelming. Sometimes those breeders who do this, end up selling their herd shortly thereafter. As they find they cannot care for so many at once. I believe everyone who thinks to breed chins, should really think about it before doing so. If you have alot of time to provide to them, space, care, and knowledge, then its best to just ease into breeding. Jumping in can prove to be too much.

In my opinion when it comes to breeding chins you want to start with the best you can find. You want to find a rancher or breeder who has chins that are of show quality. Why breed if not to better the quality of the chinchilla? Many people prefer to breed mutation to mutation, without realising that as you breed more mutation to mutation, the offspring will become smaller and the fur will become weaker. Try to breed mutations back to good healthy standards every few generations. This will continue to keep the size and quality of what you want to breed, rather than producing weaker furred and smaller chins.

When it comes to breeding recessives, in my opinion, breeding a recessive to a top quality standard then breeding the offspring of those to another recessive, is best than continuing to breed recessive to recessive. Breeding reccessive carriers is another way to improve the mutations.
Also when it comes to picking out the chins you plan to breed, try to see them in person. Sometimes pictures are okay, if they are very clear and show the chinchilla well. Be aware that there have been on occasion some breeders who will fake a pedigree of a chin, to sell it for more money. If the breeder/rancher is someone to be leery of, ask them for the numbers of the parents and check with the original breeder(s) of those chins. There has been an occasional few who have sold chins they purchased with unknown backgrounds from pet shops, re selling those chins or their offspring as top quality, when it is not so.

Always look for a guarantee of health as well. Asking for references is something else I suggest. When it comes to breeding, many people prefer to get adults, as usually adults are proven breeders. When buying kits, although several people think that the size of the parents will determine the offspring, this is not always true. It is not always possible to ensure a kit will produce offspring when older. From speaking to one rancher, they have determined one in thirty females born at their ranch during each year, tend to be sterile. Too large of chinchillas (900 + grams) sometimes tend to be slower breeders as well. When breeding it is best to look for chinchillas between 600 grams - 850 grams.


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