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    Best hay brand?

    You’ll find that hay varies from one batch to the next. We can get a box in that’s perfect and ZZ loves, but the next box he won’t touch. We’ve currently been getting good hay from Rabbit Hole. I get it through Chewy. ZZ likes the first cut Timothy hay, and I also get some Orchard for variety...
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    She won't eat hay

    My chinchilla is very picky about his hay. He likes the stalky, stemmy pieces. If it’s short, leafy pieces he just throws it all over his cage. He also will not eat most bagged hays from the pet store. Most recently I’ve been getting Rabbit Hole hay from Chewy and he likes that. He prefers the...
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    Corneal Ulcer/Conjunctivitis - Treatment Options?

    One of my chinchillas had a corneal ulcer ages ago and it took about eight months for it to heal completely. I was bringing him to work with me every day so I could administer the drops and/or ointment as directed. The vet told me the ointment actually coats the eye better and helps it to heal...
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    Chinchilla pink eye?

    I agree with a vet visit. She may need some antibiotic eye drops.
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    Suggestions for dust bath

    I use a large glass fish bowl, but the possibilities are endless. You can use a baking dish or pan with tall sides. You can use a large jar (gallon) turned on its side. You can use a large bowl that’s stable enough to not turn over.
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    It’s been a long time, but I remember you! :) I got my first chinchilla 17 years ago and joined CnQ not long after. It was hopping back then, long before a lot of info was available elsewhere.
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    ZZ’s favorites are hibiscus, calendula and bee pollen. Marble loved rosehips, rose buds and hibiscus. I think each chinchilla has different tastes, so it’s just a matter of figuring it out. Whatever you decide to get, take it slow and only give that one treat for a week. That way if they have...
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    I own Chinchilla City. :) Feel free to ask any questions you have! I try to only sell items I know to be safe for chinchillas, and there are a few things I sell that can be controversial in the chinchilla community. Like the bagels (cardboard tubes). Most chinchillas shred them. Few will eat...
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    Renovation Noise

    I agree with leaving them and maybe adding some tv or background music. Nothing too loud. We have had a roof replaced twice while having our chinchillas and it was very loud. Marble was slightly irritated, ZZ was completely unfazed.
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    Bee pollen safe for treats?

    Most “normal” grocery stores will not have bee pollen. You can usually find it at places like Whole Foods or other specialty stores. It’s easier to buy some things online, and this is probably one of those things.
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    Baby Chin Difficulties

    This is a good time to just work on bonding with him and getting him to trust you. Each chinchilla is different though, and he may come around and enjoy bonding or he may hate it. My chinchilla is very friendly and if I am not careful, he’ll hop on out any time the cage door is open. He is very...
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    Likely teeth problems with chin

    You may need to continue hand feeding for a while, at least until you notice her eating on her own and maintaining her weight.
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    Never heard of this either.
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    My two chinchillas were never caged together, but I could hear them "talking" to each other quite often. Just quiet chirping and chattering noises.
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    Brown Discharge Female Chin?

    The only other thing that comes to my mind is that she is pooing and peeing in the same spot and sitting in it, and the poo is slightly or full blown squishy. I would think that would have an odor though? Hope you were able to get some answers at the vet.