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    New female chinchilla

    It can definitely be beneficial for chins to have other chins around, even if they don't get along or want to share a cage. It's like the difference between living alone far from other humans vs living alone but with a next door neighbor. They are social herd animals, so even having another chin...
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    New female chinchilla

    It depends on the male, most seem fine with having a female in the room, they can get a bit annoyed when she goes into heat but that's about it. There are some though that can get so worked up they can't even be in the same room as females. There are a few other things to keep in mind though...
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    Drinking enough water?

    Yes if you are feeding your chin inappropriate foods like fruit and veggies that have moisture they are likely going to drink less water since they are getting moisture else were. Lettuce is not safe it can cause diarrhea, gas, and bloat, and apples have too much sugar and can cause issues like...
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    Fresh Apple Sticks vs Baked ones

    If they are dry and snap when you try to bend them they are likely baked. It does say they were cut from fresh, live trees, but I'm guessing that is apposed to some people that make there sticks from cut branches that where trimmed and then stored to processed at a later date. The sooner they...
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    How much should she weigh?

    That may be but I figure that's better then just letting the chin suffer and/or die. I know one up here in Canada you decide on the repayment schedule, anywhere from over the course of 6 months to several years. I also assumed it's a situation of hard times due to the corona shut down of things...
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    She won't eat hay

    You can try a different kind of hay, sometimes they don't like the kind you bought or if she was eating it before and stopped make sure to check the hay hasn't gone moldy or stale (should smell sweet not moldy or dusty). Although all timothy hay is pretty much the same it can vary from brand to...
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    Drinking enough water?

    Ok so in 3 days (72 hours) the water should have gone down at least about 1/4, if it's not overly warm or dry in the room. It looks to be about that, so she is probably fine. Just like humans the amount they drink in a day can vary a bit depending on temp and how active they are that day. I...
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    How much should she weigh?

    The best way to figure out what is wrong is to take her to the vet, but there are a couple things you can look at to see what the issue might be. What are you feeding? Like what kind of pellets and what kind of treats and how much. Also is she eating her hay and chewing on toys ok? If not it...
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    Drinking enough water?

    I can't really tell the size of the bottle, but most chins only drink about 1-2 oz of water a day. If she is drinking less make sure the water bottle is working, sometimes they get air bubbles in the tube preventing the water from coming out.
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    What filling/stuffing material is safe for a DIY fleece pillow for chinchilla?

    I just use whatever thread I have, I think it's polyester general purpose thread, but either way it doesn't really matter since the thread should be inside and is dangerous if the chin gets to it, so no external stitching. Anything sewn you do need to keep an eye on to make sure no seams are...
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    Uneven poop sizes and no poops during the day. Is that normal?

    If it's just dry skin I would just cut back on the number of dust baths, were I live it's fairly dry so my guys only get a bath about once or twice a week. Bag balm is good for on the bottoms of the feet (if they are cracking) or parts of the ears without fur, you don't want to put it on the...
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    Uneven poop sizes and no poops during the day. Is that normal?

    Too many dust baths can cause dry skin, also anti fungal powders work by drying out the skin, so yes it could be the baths. The most common skin fungal infection is ringworm, which makes the skin look red and flaky as well as the fur falls out in the area, and it spreads.
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    Potty pads instead of bedding?

    Shavings can cause issues in most animals that actually live on and in the shavings, like hamsters, rats, gerbil, hedgehogs, etc since they spend most if not all their life with their noses literally in the shavings since they nest and burrow into it. On the other hand I doubt your chin lives in...
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    Uneven poop sizes and no poops during the day. Is that normal?

    I'm not really sure, that seems odd that there are no poops at all during the day. The way their digestive tract works they need to be pretty much always pooping when awake, so I would think something is wrong since unless they are under stress they can't really hold their poop. If the chin is...
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    Have Some Questions

    Unfortunately those ladders are not safe, chins have been known to get legs caught in them and end up breaking or dislocation their leg or hip. One way you can fix it if you want to use it is to attach a solid board to the back of it so the chin's legs can't go though.
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