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Old 05-28-2012, 03:36 PM United States
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Default Orphaned 3 week old kits...

Friend of family has 2 kits, 3 and a half weeks old i think and the mom has run away! What can be done to save these kits? They eat and drink on their own but im sure they still need milk of some sort. Am i right?
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:41 PM United States
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What does that mean, the mom ran away?? How could she run away if she's in a cage?

Here is a link to caring for kits: http://www.chins-n-hedgies.com/forum...hread.php?t=21
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:17 PM United States
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Thanks for info Tunes, ill pass it on.
Not sure on specifics cause its not my family but a friends family but from what i understand kits were brought in for weighing and when they came back out cage door was open and mom was gone. Their cage is out on their lanai.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:24 PM United States
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A lanai??? What state are these babies in? I can't imagine that it is cool enough anywhere in the US right now to keep chinchillas outside? They are not outside creatures.

I think I would run away too...just saying!
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:34 PM United States
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We are in Hawaii. Some people do keep their chinchillas outside. I dont but i know of a few ppl that do.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:07 PM United States
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Chinchillas should not be kept outside, they will die from the heat.

Chinchilla kits need to be fed every two hours around the clock goats milk from an eye dropper
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:45 PM United States
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Yes i know they should be inside. I have only one & he is kept indoors in my air conditioned home. I cant control if others choose to keep their's outside tho..

So even at 3 weeks old and eating on their own they need to be fed every 2 hours round the clock?
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:55 PM United States
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Every two to three hours would be a good estimate on how often they should be fed. They're only three weeks old and they still need to be fed the concentrated nutrition that they can only get from milk. I hope they find the mother chin. Why is anyone keeping chinchillas outside? That's just crazy...
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:07 PM United States
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Personally, I'd report it to animal control if I saw people in Hawaii of all places with chinchillas outside. It's inhumane. Talk about hot and humid. I too hope the mother chinchilla is found. It is deadly for a chinchilla to be loose outside. Does not sound like these people ought to be breeding. I hope the kits make it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:09 PM United States
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I can definitely believe that it happens. We should keep in mind that those of us on here who have sought out this forum are so "into" our chins that we do this and we think of and regard our chins in a certain way but I can only imagine how many pet owners are out there who think what they are doing is fine. They simply have no clue. Whether it may be they didn't do research before getting their chin or what have you but I guarantee this happens more than we care to imagine. JMPO
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