View Full Version : What type of Chinchilla food do you feed?

01-29-2009, 01:15 PM
So, what type of food do your chins get?

I'm currently feeding PANR (Purina Advanced Nutrition Rabbit Pellets) since they are easy for me to get and pretty cheap.
For newbies, some rabbit pellets are acceptable for chins, so look through the list of feed and find the acceptable ones.

I carry Mazuri Chinchilla in my online store and used to feed it until I went through the 25 lb bags quickly. This is a type of feed you can find in petstores, but it might not be all that fresh.

I've also fed Tradition, but switched to the PANR when I couldn't find Tradition locally.

01-29-2009, 01:18 PM
I feed mazuri. I tried a switch over to tradition once because I thought the mazuri may have been causing soft poo as it had in other chins, but Puddles didn't like it at all. So we stuck with the mazuri and it's been good! :)

01-29-2009, 01:19 PM
I feed Mazuri which I got from Chinworld but I discovered YOU which is A LOT cheaper! I have no problems with it over here!

01-29-2009, 01:19 PM
I use PANR and LOVE it. Well, the chins do I mean! We have had significant weight gains in almost all of the chins, and have had higher birth weights as well. I used to be on Mazuri, then Tradition, now PANR. By far, PANR has been the best quality, cheapest, and most reliable for us.

01-29-2009, 01:23 PM
I agree, some people say that Mazuri causes loose poo, but I never had an issue when Chibi and Mei were on it. Just with my 4 it became cheaper to feed the PANR. And all of them like it, so it works out.

01-29-2009, 01:23 PM
We started out on Mazuri but when the feed stores started having issues getting it in we switched over to Manna Pro Sho and the boys have done so much better on it. They've put on more weight and eat more than they did before. We've been on the Manna Pro Sho for about a year now.

01-29-2009, 01:32 PM
Mazuri pellets for the four boys here. I can get it locally for what I think is a reasonable price: $21.99 (CDN) for a 25 pound bag. The boys all are thriving with no known health issues.

When I lived in a different city and only had one chinchilla, I asked the local pet shop to bring in some 2.5 pound bags of Mazuri and they did it no problem. Just had to ask them to do so.

01-29-2009, 01:39 PM
Penpals here.

01-29-2009, 01:44 PM
Pen Pals.. My guys have done very well on it thus far...Have been thinking about switching, but right now doing the "if it aint broke don't fix it" deal.

01-29-2009, 01:48 PM
Pen Pals.. My guys have done very well on it thus far...Have been thinking about switching, but right now doing the "if it aint broke don't fix it" deal.

Don't switch! I order from you! Lol

01-29-2009, 02:04 PM
Another Mazuri feeder here.

01-29-2009, 02:05 PM
Oxbow. I can't find it locally so I have to order it in. Oh, well. The girls are worth it.

01-29-2009, 03:25 PM
I feed a pellet diet that I and Pam (of AlderbrookChins) have milled locally on the island here. We recently got the name changed to Alderpark feed. It's a great diet. I switched off mazuri to this kind of diet some 6 years ago and have never looked back. It's very inexpensive for a 20 kg bag, and the chins love it. I noticed a huge difference in my chins within 3 months of switching. Weight gains anywhere from 150 grams or more. Even in the oldtimer chins I have. :p

01-29-2009, 04:34 PM
i am in the process of switching over to PANR since Tradition is no longer available here. can't wait to stop having to mix...

01-29-2009, 04:36 PM
We use tradition mixed with our own feed mixture

01-29-2009, 04:41 PM
I use to feed Mazuri but Max has smaller dark poos from it and he seemed a little skinny... so I switched to Oxbow and he's doing much better on it! I've had no problems at all.

01-29-2009, 05:03 PM
I have used Mazuri for years, but my older girls are going to be 4 this summer, so I'm thinking I will switch them over to Oxbow, less protein...

01-29-2009, 05:07 PM
I order my food from Western Canada from lilchinchilla (Serena).

01-29-2009, 05:44 PM
Not to toot our own horn but the feed Serena and I have milled specially for us is amazing. Mine have gained a tremendous amount of weight on it as well.

01-29-2009, 05:45 PM
I also feed Mazuri :)

01-29-2009, 05:47 PM
Not to toot our own horn but the feed Serena and I have milled specially for us is amazing. Mine have gained a tremendous amount of weight on it as well.Hmm, I 'might' have to try that feed. I know your chinchillas are all especially fluffy. How would shipping ten pounds at a time be to Campbell River from Victoria?

01-29-2009, 05:48 PM
I've been feeding Oxbow for quite awhile now and all my boys are doing great!

01-29-2009, 05:48 PM
I use Manna Pro Sho (it's a rabbit feed, but it's really good!) and everyone has been doing really well. I even have Georgie (my 17lb, not actually overweight, just a large breed rabbit) on it. Everyone here loves it!

01-29-2009, 05:53 PM
Nutrena Rabbit pellets here

01-29-2009, 06:21 PM
I'm feeding the Oxbow right now. This is a switch from Mazuri in fall last year.

01-29-2009, 06:31 PM
I feed Mazuri to my girls. So far everyone is great on it so I'll leave them be.

Kim O'Neill
01-29-2009, 06:36 PM
I am feeding Nutrena now and they are chowing it down! I am glad I have finally found a good, reasonable feed that is within 1/2 hour of my home!

01-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Hello! I was under the impression that the only rabbit food approved for chinchillas was Manna Pro Sho, which is what I feed. You mentioned a list of acceptable feeds, can you tell me where to find it, please?

I have also used Mazuri and was very happy with it.

01-29-2009, 07:07 PM
The list of 'acceptable feeds' that most people speak of was/is on the forum we can't get access to, Chins-n-quills.

01-29-2009, 07:16 PM
I started out feeding Tradition, but the second batch I got of it wasn't the best quality. So now, I'm feeding PANR Show Formula.

01-29-2009, 07:21 PM
I use PANR now - switched from Mazuri about 6 months ago - it was getting too pricey - 25# bag was running me about $22 - and I can get 50# of PANR for $15. no more loose poo since the switch and everyone has gained some weight, they all love it.

01-29-2009, 07:30 PM
I used to use Mazuri until I started having soft poos. I have been using Manna Pro Sho for a year now! My chins love it. :D

01-29-2009, 07:45 PM
I also use PANR and have had no problems on it. It took a bit to switch over. Chula seemed to like the taste of the Mazuri a bit better, but now he's just fine with PANR.

01-29-2009, 08:15 PM
I feed Mazuri.

01-29-2009, 08:27 PM
I use Manna Pro Sho

I feed this as well. It is locally available, though I plan on calling around and seeing if I can get some PANR. Manna Pro has worked very well for my guys, but I felt like when I fed PANR before I moved, there was less wasted.

Aneesa's Muse
01-29-2009, 08:52 PM
I feed Oxbow, but have considered PANR for Phoenix also. While I just have the one Chin'kid, it's reasonable for me to get the Oxbow...

01-29-2009, 09:01 PM
My boys are currently on Manna Pro Sho and love it. But I'm going to be switching to Nutrena due to cost. $30 v. $15 for a 50 lb bag.

Stark Chinchillas
01-29-2009, 09:16 PM
We feed Tradition and have for several years now. Now it's easier because I don't have to get it all the way from Ohio and now we have a Hubbard distributor within 25 minutes of us and gets it fresh from the mill, we've had not problems on it.

01-30-2009, 01:07 AM
I did feed Mazuri, but they weren't eating it much anymore, just throwing it. I switched to PANRshow and it's been really great. Weight gains, less waste, better appearence, etc. I tried something when switching, Instead of mixing I kept 1 container of each food side by side in their cage and let them decide. They surprised me by doing a gradual switch of their own choosing.

01-30-2009, 02:54 AM
I used to feed Kaytee Fiesta--yikes! Then wised up to Mazuri and got even wiser by switching to Nutrena Rabbit feed. It's better for the chins, they love it more and it's cheaper! How the heck did that happen?

01-30-2009, 04:44 AM
We use Tradition and havn't had a problem yet.

01-30-2009, 08:43 AM
Oxbow pellets and hay. I've tried others and I have the least waste with these. Luckily, I can get big quantities anytime at my local feed store.

01-30-2009, 08:51 AM
I use Tradition at the moment, but I plan to switch to PANR before the end of February whenever my 50lb bag starts to run out and I'll have enough left for the switch. I'm hoping that I have better success with the PANR. I have a lot of the Tradition thrown on the floor the cage by some of my chins.

01-30-2009, 09:44 AM
I can get PANR milled locally, and it just makes sense to me to buy as fresh as possible. The chins love it.

01-30-2009, 09:46 AM
I've heard about the soft poo problem with Mazuri but have never had a problem here and my boys love it!:)

01-30-2009, 09:54 AM
I've heard about the soft poo problem with Mazuri but have never had a problem here and my boys love it!:)I think Purina has put acidophiles in Mazuri pellets now and that has helped with the 'soft poo' issues. At least I think that's the case b/c I do recall reading about it a while back.

01-30-2009, 10:02 AM
I was feeding Mazuri for a while, but my smallest girl was weighing only 475g and losing or gaining a few grams here and there. It bothered me a bit and it seemed like she was digging through the bowl and spilling all the food out of it.
I switched to Tradition and everyone's gained at least 100g.:D

01-30-2009, 11:35 AM
I feed Kline to our pets and the rescues get Manna Pro Sho. I feed the Manna Pro Sho to the rescues as it is easier to get for people than Kline. Plus I send rescues home with a little over 2lbs of food.

I cannot find PANR here local yet, but I am still looking.

01-30-2009, 12:59 PM
I think Purina has put acidophiles in Mazuri pellets now and that has helped with the 'soft poo' issues. At least I think that's the case b/c I do recall reading about it a while back.

Actually, AFTER Purina put acidophilus in the feed is when my boys started getting loose poo. :confused:

01-30-2009, 01:33 PM
I just switched to PANR from Tradition about 6 months ago.

I used to drive 100 miles round trip to get Tradition for my chins, rabbits, and guinea pigs at the only feed store that carried it. Then in looking for a different cat food, I stumbled across a feed store that would only be 44 miles round trip. So I began the switch to over to PANR for the chins and rabbits.

I'm really happy with it, everyone is gaining weights and I swear their coats look much shiny and fuller too! :)

01-30-2009, 01:40 PM
I switched everyone to PANR last year. I was feeding Mazuri, I have no idea what crap people were feeding them before they came into the rescue. There were a couple of reasons for my switch: 1) After having a surgical staple removed from Lily's stomach, she wasn't interested in pellets at all, I tried a bunch of different kinds and the PANR was the only one she was interested in eating; 2) During the time that Lily was eating PANR I had a couple of pregnant chins come in and put them on PANR, they were really healthy and had some good sized babies; 3) the price of Mazuri jumped from 25lbs/$16 to $30; 4) with 25 rescues, it's easier to have everyone on the same food if I can.

01-30-2009, 02:25 PM
Pen Pals (rabbit feed)

01-30-2009, 03:00 PM
I feed PANR.

01-30-2009, 03:55 PM
We feed our guys Oxbow :)

01-30-2009, 03:55 PM
I used Mazuri for a long while but started selling Oxbow so it got cheaper for me, so now they're all 5 on Oxbow and I just love it.

Midwest Exotics
01-30-2009, 03:59 PM
i had tried mazuri, then tradition, now im feeding manna pro show & have really like the results & availability around here.

01-30-2009, 05:10 PM
My two boys eat Mazuri. It's the only decent chinchilla food I can find in stores around here.

01-30-2009, 05:47 PM
My chins eat Mazuri but I've been thinking about switching to Oxbow. Does anyone from this forum sell Oxbow pellets?

01-30-2009, 05:54 PM
Tradition, but thought about switching to PANR, since it is available closer to me.

01-30-2009, 06:06 PM
oxbow here

01-30-2009, 06:37 PM
Pen Pals since a few weeks back.

01-30-2009, 07:09 PM
I use Big Red Rabbit

01-30-2009, 07:12 PM
Switched from Pen Pals after hearing all the trouble there's been related to it.
Chins are now happily munching on Nutrena, and loving it and wasting much less!

01-30-2009, 07:30 PM
I used to feed Tradition, and loved it, but I had to drive too far to get it. I switched to Oxbow a couple of months ago, and love it even more, so I don't think that I'll go back. The only draw back is that I get 2 ten pound bags for the equivalent price of a 50 pound bag of Tradition.

01-30-2009, 09:21 PM
My crew all eat Mazuri pellets. That's all I've ever tried and they seem to be doing just great so I guess we'll stick with that.
And....now I am able to get a large bag a my local feed store. Very cost effective!!:D

01-30-2009, 10:06 PM
We feed PenPals 18% and have for about 3 years and have had no problems with it what so ever.

01-30-2009, 11:59 PM
I do a 50/50 mix of Mazuri and PANR. Basil is a healthy 707 grams!

01-31-2009, 12:02 AM
Nutrena here! We're doing very well on it thus far.

01-31-2009, 04:00 AM
I started out feeding Tradition & Shoots. So now, I'm feeding Nutrena's NatureWise 16% Rabbit Pellets.

01-31-2009, 08:28 AM
Whatever the feed stores here carry. Looks like I've got one purina carrier, and one lone star carrier. Hmm... wonder what lone star makes for rabbit feed...

01-31-2009, 11:09 AM
We feed Tradition pellets.

When we got our Daphne from the breeder that is what they had her on, well that and supplements. So we kept her on it and than decided to make our own supplent mix forher that she finds especially nummy. She is quite a brat about eating the traditional pellets though.

When we got our Freddy the other week the breeder was suppose to give us the same feed he was on but he forgot so we had to do cold turkey and put him on the same pellets and he LOVES them his bowl his almost empty every morning. He had no problems with the switchover. However getting him to eat hay is another story.

01-31-2009, 03:37 PM
I use Manna Pro Sho rabbit pellets for my breeders, growers, and show animals and Oxbow Chinchilla Deluxe for my pet and rescue chins.

01-31-2009, 04:30 PM
I use Mazuri, I used to get it at petco/petsmart (same difference) and a few weeks ago I went to another petstore (chain, can't remember name) and talked to the manager who ordered me a 25 lb bag of Mazuri for under $25 my chins will be happy for a looongg time.

01-31-2009, 10:31 PM
Tradition =]

ForCHINate Chins
02-01-2009, 08:49 AM
I fed Mazuri in the begining, but had a huge problem with loose poos :( switched to tradition and never had a problem with it again. I'll always carry mazuri in the store as well as tradition and PANR but I feed the chins tradition....though I've contemplated switching them to PANR..but its just another if it aint broke don't fix it kinda deal...I dont' wanna jinx the no loose poos thing LOL

02-01-2009, 08:56 AM
Nutrena here!

02-01-2009, 12:22 PM
We use Mazuri without a problem here.

02-01-2009, 12:24 PM
I've kept my girls on tradition pellets. I can purchase a 50 lb. bag from my local feedmill.

02-01-2009, 12:29 PM
feeding Sesame Mazuri and she hasn't had any problems with it. She seems pretty happy with it. Everytime we refill her bowl up, she comes scrambling down, meeping.

02-01-2009, 12:37 PM
Mazuri with no problems in the five years I've used it.

02-01-2009, 04:19 PM
Mazuri, but thinking of switching to something else now that the boys are both adults. There's been a lot of calcium build up in their litter pan, and I'm thinking a switch in pellets now might help me avoid kidney problems down the line. (They're on Oxbow timmy hay + the Mazuri, no cuttle bone in the cage.)

02-01-2009, 04:24 PM
I feed oxbow because there is a store literally up the street that sells it...it isn't that cheap though...5lb bag for 13 bucks...I've been thinking about switching to mazuri because I can order it off here for close to half the price...

but I will admit I am happy with my oxbow :D

Cinder and Me
02-01-2009, 04:30 PM
My girl gets Rancher's Choice. So far its been recommended to me by a few breeders and ranchers, and it smells great and Cinder does wonderfully on it too! I've had her on it for almost 5 years now. :)

Zippy's nana
02-01-2009, 05:47 PM
I have fed Zippy Mazuri pellets since he was 12 weeks old. He had a severe case of GI statis in September and lost 85 grams of weight. He is still eating Mazuri, but I can't seems to get him to gain any weight. I tried mixing mazuri and oxbow, but he picks thru and only eats the mazuri. I am going to order some PANR soon and try mixing that with his mazuri. Everyone seems to have good luck gaining weight with PANR, maybe he will too.

02-01-2009, 05:49 PM
I am switching from Tradition to PANR now because our Selma mill closed :( I have noticed that despite my attempts to make it a gradual switch, the chins are picking out the Panr and tossing the tradition...grrr. I am hoping that it will be just as good.

02-01-2009, 06:08 PM
We mix Mazuri, Tradition and PANR.

02-01-2009, 07:12 PM
I feed PANR & so far (out of mazuri, oxbow, and tradition) it's the most liked around here. My chinchillas are all nice and round and it's the only food that they ALL finish. No more half pellets or thrown away pellets!

02-01-2009, 10:36 PM
mazuri all the way here. I have good luck with it and it seems to be a lot easier to get my hands on.

02-01-2009, 10:38 PM
I use Mazuri here. Never had soft poo problems.

One chin gets Oxbow, but that's cause that's all he'll eat and he's got too many issues to make him switch to anything else.

Diva Chins
02-01-2009, 11:10 PM
I began feeding Mazuri, switched to Tradition, had some great weight gain in my chins. When the Tradition mill here shut down, I started looking for PANR and found a store that's willing to special order it for me. After I switch them fully to it after the switch 'recipe', I can let you know.

02-02-2009, 03:54 AM
Before you all think i'm mad and inventing types of food, I'm in the uk.
I feed my boys and Beaphar Care + Chinchilla food. The Chins love it and it's mega crunchy - the downside? it's the most exensive Chin food you can buy over here. it costs about $12 per 1.5kg (£8) it's also not widely avaliable. And if you've got more than two Chins, it's more economical to feed something else.

02-02-2009, 06:56 AM
Izzie is currently on Riedstra milled pellets (from the ranch I got her from), but I'm mostly likely going to swap her over to PANR soon. I just have to make sure the feed store my parents live by can get it in too, for the summer months...

02-02-2009, 09:03 AM
I just swtiched to PANR last month and am very happy with it. I've noticed a difference in her energy and the amount of food she eats. She's also gotten bigger! I've got a happy healthy chin!

02-02-2009, 09:50 AM
I use a 50/50 mix of Mazuri and PANR.

02-02-2009, 11:03 AM
I feed Teurlings and Bunny KnabberHügel. I'm not sure if they are available in US, so here's some nutrition details:

Teurlings Chinchilla: protein 18 %, fat 4 %, vitamin A 20000 IE/kg, vitamin D 1200 IE/kg, vitamin E 40 mg/kg, P 0,67 %, Ca 1,07 %, Ca/P 2:1,2, dietary fiber 15 %, dietary minerals 10 %.
Bunny KnabberHügel Kräuter Chinchilla: protein 18 %, fat 2,7 %, vitamin A 17600 IE/kg, vitamin D 2000 IE/kg, vitamin E 60 mg/kg, P 0,6 %, Ca 1,2 %, Ca/P 2:1, dietary fiber 18 %, dietary minerals 8,5 %.

Our girls seem to enjoy having two different kind of feeds: the other comes in small "grains" and the other in quite large chunks. And the taste seems to be different, too. :)

02-02-2009, 12:31 PM
We feed pen pals. I used it years ago before I knew anyone fed it, got told it wasnt appropriate so switched to PANR. I didnt like the results in my chins so went back to pen pals and love the results in my chins.

Hey and you also get a free bag every 10th bag.

02-02-2009, 12:50 PM
I feed PANR (Show). I tried Manna Pro but it was a struggle to get, plus driving 45 mins one way.

02-02-2009, 02:09 PM
I used to feed Mazuri, but my chinnies had soft poos. So I switched to Tradition. Now all is fine!

02-02-2009, 02:17 PM
I was on bad, bad junk-filled Kaytee. Then I learned my lesson on CnQ and transitioned into Mazuri. My chinnie had better poo as soon as he was fully on Mazuri, and his water intake improved too.

02-03-2009, 01:11 PM
Mazuri. I switched Idgie to Mazuri when I adopted her from Kaytee and she has done well on it ever since.

02-03-2009, 03:39 PM
Made the switch from Tradition to PANR here! Boys are doing great on it.

02-04-2009, 09:40 PM
I've been feeding mine Oxbow Chinchilla Deluxe and the best deal I can find on it is $15 for a 10lb bag. Anyone have a better deal on it they want to tell me about?

02-04-2009, 09:48 PM
PANR for me cuz Mazuri was giving a couple of my chins soft poops. No problems with PANR so far and I can usually get 50 lbs for $16.00

02-04-2009, 09:50 PM
Both our girls are fed Oxbow pellets as well as Oxbow hay. They love it, and it is much better than what either of them was eating at their old homes!

02-04-2009, 09:53 PM

02-05-2009, 03:24 AM
I feed PenPals rabbit feed. Macy is doing well on it. No complaints over here! Its not the easiest for me to get ahold of though :(

Mt. Zion Chins
02-05-2009, 12:10 PM
I feed a mixture of 1/2 Mazuri and 1/2 PANR - I have never had a poblem with Mazuri - Decided to add the PANR to be 'cost effective' and I figure my chins will have the best of both worlds

02-05-2009, 12:19 PM
I feed mine Mazuri as well...no reason to switch.

02-05-2009, 02:45 PM
I am currently feeding PANR and like how the chins are doing on it so far. I really liked the manna pro Sho that we used for a while, but it became impossible to get in my area.

02-05-2009, 03:27 PM
I feed a mix of Mazuri & Manna Pro Sho.
I think this would have been a good poll :)

Twilight Chinchillas
02-05-2009, 04:14 PM
PANR for me cuz Mazuri was giving a couple of my chins soft poops. No problems with PANR so far and I can usually get 50 lbs for $16.00

I wish we could get it that cheap here! I'm paying over $20 a bag.

02-05-2009, 04:41 PM
Tradition, but have been thinking of changing to PANR also and am now convined to try it. I have alot of tossing going on down there lately.

02-06-2009, 04:58 AM
Living in the UK, I use a popular chinchilla pellet called CHARNWOODS which I get shipped over from England to Northern Ireland.

And as a little treat, they occasionally get either Beaphar Care plus chinchilla pellets or Science Selective chinchilla pellets.

02-06-2009, 06:46 AM
I am getting a shipment of Mazuri in, and this will be my last. I've decided to switch over to PANR. Hopefully Binx likes it and gains some weight!

02-06-2009, 07:18 AM
When I first got in to chins I used Mazuri. I switched to Tradition and used it for quite a few years. Then we had some quality issues with the stuff milled here is WI so I switched to PenPals. All of my chins did quite well on PenPals at first and then I noticed that a bunch of them started getting soft poos. I did some research and found out that some breeders in the Central US were having issues with PenPals. I immediately switch to Manna Pro. All my chins seem to really like the Manna Pro and are doing very well on it.

02-07-2009, 12:47 AM
I swear by Oxbow pellets and hay.

Dust Fly
02-07-2009, 01:41 AM
I feed Shoots pellets.

02-07-2009, 07:57 PM
Manna Pro Sho all the way!!

03-03-2009, 05:47 PM
Has anyone heard of Living World Classic?
Its the food i have right now. but I am wondering
if i should switch? its the same as my living world oat hay?

03-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Living world chinchilla food is described as "a well balanced mix of the seeds, cereals and nuts chinchillas would forage for in the wild. While freely eating the delicious things your chinchilla loves, it gets everything it needs for a healthy and long life"


It shouldn't be fed as it contains nuts and seeds that chinchillas should not be eating. The feed should be just plain pellets, without any added junk.

03-03-2009, 06:31 PM
gotcha! thanks again, good thing i know now :)

03-05-2009, 10:55 AM
is Kaytee Timothy Complete a good food for chins? i just got 2 girls from my friend and she had them on it. there isnt much left so id like to switch to oxbow.

03-05-2009, 12:26 PM
is Kaytee Timothy Complete a good food for chins? i just got 2 girls from my friend and she had them on it. there isnt much left so id like to switch to oxbow.
I'd go ahead and switch to Oxbow if I were you. Timothy Complete is ok, it's what I think of as the best one out of the worst, if that makes any sense. Like out of all the foods kaytee makes, it's the best...but still not good. Oxbow's much better. Hope that made some sense...

03-05-2009, 01:42 PM
i feed kishi mazuri or nutraphase,but i'm thinking i'll switch to PANR if i can find someone who sells it here, as i have a rabbit too it may cut my pet food bill in half, now if only i could find food that's safe for guinea pigs rabbits and chinchillas i'd save even more hehe

03-05-2009, 02:25 PM
i feed kishi mazuri or nutraphase

It's not good for a chinchilla's digestion system to bounce around on feeds. You need to pick one and stick to it. Nutriphase isn't a good quality brand for chins, anyway.

03-05-2009, 02:30 PM
yeah i'm hearing that, i just got her the nutraphase this week when she ran out of the mazuri, and it was the nutraphase that had the seeds in anyway,if i can't find the PANR , she'll be getting mazuri.

03-08-2009, 09:37 PM
:err: Ok, my chins are eating "crap" food. I am not even going to say the name, but lets just say after reading this thread through, I feel like someone needs to call CPS (chinchilla protection services) on me!

So my question is: how to switch over? I believe I will switch to Oxbow because I know that I can get that close by and it seems to have a generally good reputation. Any suggestions would be great!!!!! :wave3:

Thanks all!

03-08-2009, 11:44 PM
I want to add we've switched our herd over to PANR and our chins are THRIVING on it. We had them on Tradition and our oldest one, who was always on Tradition, never seemed to like her pellets but once we switched completely over to the PANR she eats almost her whole 2 tablespoons we offer her (as opposed to the 3/4 tablespoon she was eating of the Tradition).

It's cheaper, more readily available, and the chins give it 2 paws up.

03-08-2009, 11:48 PM
:err: Ok, my chins are eating "crap" food. I am not even going to say the name, but lets just say after reading this thread through, I feel like someone needs to call CPS (chinchilla protection services) on me!

So my question is: how to switch over? I believe I will switch to Oxbow because I know that I can get that close by and it seems to have a generally good reputation. Any suggestions would be great!!!!! :wave3:

Thanks all!

Very slowly.

I feed 2 tablespoons a day and I started off giving 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the Tradition and then 1/2 tablespoon PANR for a week.

The second week we did a 1/2 Tradition and 1/2 PANR but we did that for 2 weeks.

After the 2 weeks were up we did 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of PANR and than 1/2 tablespoon of Tradition. We did that for 2 weeks and than after the two weeks were up they were completely ok with the PANR just by itself.

Just go slowly, a little bit at a time. I think mine would have done ok cold turkey though I wouldn't suggest it. Just go slowly and judge by how your chins are doing.

03-08-2009, 11:52 PM
We feed our chins Mazuri and they seem to love it.

03-09-2009, 12:31 PM
I started off using Manna Pro Sho but couldn't find it fresh here (the TSC store near me is horrible!) then I switched to Kline which my chins hated. I just switched everyone to Shoots feed and their bowls are all empty! I am going to stick with that as long as I can.

03-13-2009, 09:08 PM
Thank you daphneandfreddysmom!

03-16-2009, 12:25 AM
I just switched cold turkey to Oxbow from Mazuri. I got really low on feed b/c I had a job switch and a month between paychecks. I went to Petsmart today to pick up some Mazuri but the only bag they had looked old. I saw the oxbow and noticed it looked really fresh and it had an expiration date on it. I knew that had to be a good sign lol. Well when I got home it smelled super fresh. Then I fed it to Hercules. First I offered it to him from my hand he snatched it right up. I had noticed that he seemed to not really like the Mazuri and his poos where soft a few days a week. He's also 9 so I figured the lower protein would help keep him around. From day one I can honestly say I will never switch again if I can help it. He loves this stuff. He's already eaten 5 spoonfuls and is sleeping it off. Apparently he likes it a lot better b/c I noticed he hadn't touched the Mazuri I fed him this morning. What Mazuri I have left is going in the trash.

03-16-2009, 03:41 PM
Nutrena here

03-22-2009, 01:40 AM
When the thread was started, I was feeding penpals and was thinking about switching feeds.

I've been on the PP for about a year now, and several things have dawned on me since switching, especially within the last four months. I have decided to go back to the 'tried and true" method, and go back on Tradition. I'll suck up the extra cost expensives of the feed, and the travel time. Picked up a few bags today, and hopefully the animals will be on the tradition and improving in no time :)

03-22-2009, 06:43 AM
I am still feeding PenPals and got a scare whenever I heard what some breeders had experienced. I may switch, but Macy is doing quite well on it and has been on it for a year now too.

What should I do?

03-22-2009, 02:07 PM
I feed Tradition here. I have had no problems with it regarding the chinnies health.

03-22-2009, 07:44 PM
Mae that is up to you.

This is my personal beliefs.. My experience seems to be currently linked to my breeders and younger animals. Breeders are producing a lot less often, having some more trouble with their litters(even the proven moms). Younger animals are just not growing how I'd like. Some of my same breedings from last year are no where near the quailty that they were. They are down in size by quite a bit, and just aren't as 'fat and healthy' as they were.

My animals in breeding? Have been doing fine on it, with no problems at all.

03-22-2009, 08:11 PM
we are feeding PANR here. the chins are eating more and wasting less. but the only thing i noticed was my females that are usually poping out 2+ kits are starting to only litter singles. but the single kits are gaining faster and looking much better. could just be a fluke...

03-22-2009, 08:24 PM

03-22-2009, 09:32 PM
Mazuri here. My chins do well on it and it is affordable. I believe it has the mill date on the bag so i know how fresh it is. Of coarse i buy 25 pd bags at a time. Honestly it is only a couple more dollars then the 2 or 3 pd bags commonly found at pet stores.

03-25-2009, 04:55 PM
Currently feeding my girl Oxbow, but I'm thinking about switching her to PANR if I can find a cheap, reliable place to buy it. The Oxbow's good, but expensive. Before my local pet store began carrying Oxbow, I used Mazuri, then Tradition.

03-25-2009, 05:07 PM
I must say, I am doing a fast switch onto tradition, so by the end of the week we'll be done with the penpals. I mixed 25lbs of tradition with 10lbs of penpals. Almost all the feeders are completly empty by the next day, when they started filled to the top.

We'll see if anyone improves... Just in the past week alone while on the PP I had 2 large, single births. Both kits ripped apart because they were too big. Both females were proven, with no history of littering problems.

03-25-2009, 05:29 PM
I feed PANR. I was on APD for almost 5 years, but the last price increase and bag change was just too much for me. I've been happy with the PANR thus far. Im even happier with the price!

03-29-2009, 10:04 AM
*HAPPY!* I have successfully made the change from Fiesta CRAP to Oxbow with Max, Ruby, and their two kits! I am so excited- it was a very easy, smooth fix...thank God! I had tried before with Mazuri, but they snubbed their nose at it. So I am sooo glad they are off Fiesta!

04-04-2009, 10:45 AM
My guys get tradition. They love it!

04-06-2009, 10:33 AM
I feed my babies PANR. I used to feed them Mazuri, but I didn't like the really high protein count. Plus, I can get PANR locally and it's more reasonable.

04-06-2009, 10:46 AM
I use Mazuri and just started adding about 1/4 - 1/3 of PANR. Mostly for a little variety and to save a little money too!

04-06-2009, 11:09 AM
PANR here; I can order it in locally so it's always fresh!

04-06-2009, 11:23 AM
:err: Ok, my chins are eating "crap" food. I am not even going to say the name, but lets just say after reading this thread through, I feel like someone needs to call CPS (chinchilla protection services) on me!

So my question is: how to switch over? I believe I will switch to Oxbow because I know that I can get that close by and it seems to have a generally good reputation. Any suggestions would be great!!!!! :wave3:

Thanks all!

LOL Melissa...No to the chinnie CPS. People here are to help. In my view this forum is to improve the life of chinnies not tell you your a bad mommie.

I feed PANR. Am thinking though of trying a little Manna Pro on the side to see what happens. But then why fix what ain't broken. I got a female over a 1000 grams. I don't think PANR is broken.

04-06-2009, 11:44 AM
APD here,feed and hay.

04-07-2009, 07:31 PM
Tradition served here. Tried to switch to Mazuri because, we have a local distributor but, the chins didn't approve and I rarely get time off when the store is open.

04-10-2009, 12:50 PM
I feed Mazuri. It's the only pellet they've ever had and they seem fine with it. They're picky about hay though.