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  1. Amethyst

    Dried sunflower petals

    I looked into it, and this is the answers I found in another chin group when people asked about sunflower petals "Avoid sunflowers altogether. They are very oily. It's not the type of oil that's best for chins." "The current thinking though, is that since this is a heavy oil, with...
  2. Amethyst

    Wood Glue

    Elmer's glue (I normally use the Elmer's school glue but if you need something stronger the Elmer's wood glue is safe too), but try to use as little as possible since you don't want him eating a glob of it.
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    Chinchilla Dust Baths

    It's fine to reuse the dust so long as they didn't pee in it or are being treated for a skin infection like ringworm. I reuse the dust my two use several times until it gets a grainy texture, and just scoop out any poops if they do poop in it.
  4. Amethyst

    Dried sunflower petals

    From what I've read, no they aren't good. I think they contain some oil or something along those lines, which isn't good for chins.
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    Chinchilla diy play area

    Oats are ok in moderation, like few oats a week, and only organic, apparently commerical cereals are testing high for cancer causing chemicals used on the fields. Oats are gassy so you can't give them too often. I'm not sure the link worked so here is the list of all the safe treats and I...
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    Chinchilla diy play area

    Rose hips you can buy online, various vendors sell them Grand master chin supplier list (not all vendors listed may still be active since the list is old) as well as you can get them in health food stores, or organic tea section of stores, same with a lot of other safe treats on that list I linked.
  7. Amethyst

    Chinchilla diy play area

    There is no such thing as chinchilla safe fruit and veggies, unless maybe you are talking rosehips as a "fruit". Fruits, like the banana you mentioned, are way too high in sugars which can lead to digestive upset, liver and kidney failure, diabetes, seizures, and tooth decay to name a few...
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    In need of guidance. Please help

    I would stop doing playtime together, although not common males can breed as young as 8 weeks and females as young as 12 weeks. Breeding can happen way too fast unless you are literally right on top of them and preventing the male from getting anywhere near the female's rear end, it's a hop on...
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    Chinchillaville13's Chinchilla Villa

    Ringworm spores (not active fungus) can survive for weeks or even months, on a dry surface like the wood in a cage, and much longer (a year or more) if in a warm moist environment waiting for conditions to be right. So long as you live in a very dry climate and the humidity never gets higher...
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    Chinchillaville13's Chinchilla Villa

    I just wanted to let you know, if your chin ever gets anything like ringworm for example, ALL wood needs to be thrown away, that includes the cage itself if it's made of wood. That is one reason metal cages are advised, they can be cleaned and sanitized, where as fungal spores can get deep...
  11. Amethyst

    Syringe feeding

    Depending on how much water you are adding you need to feed about 50-60 ml of syringe food per 500g of body weight per day just to maintain weight. For weight recovery you need about 100ml per 500g of body weight. So as mentioned I would try to get more food into him per feeding or try doing...
  12. Amethyst

    Chin personality change?

    It is very possible she was a bit more passive and over shadowed by her buddy and now you are seeing her true self. I've never had cage mates die but when I split up a male/female bonded pair (after finding out they weren't both males) the female was much happier to be alone and was less grumpy...
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    Bottle vs bowl

    So long as you make sure the water bottle is working you shouldn't have an issue with them getting dehydrated, if you are going to be gone most of the day or over night two bottles is not a bad idea just in case one doesn't work for some reason. I'm not sure how they can chock on the ball it's...
  14. Amethyst

    Is this cage okay for a chinchilla?

    The cage is pretty much the bare minimum size for one chin, for comfort I would go with something bigger unless the chin isn't going to be spending much time in the cage (lots of supervised playtime everyday). For comfort you want a cage that is at least 0.34 cubic meters (12 cubic feet). I...
  15. Amethyst

    White spots on fleece

    It looks like small spot of dried pee to me. If the spots like that don't look white to begin with it's unlikely anything to worry about.
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    White spots on fleece

    Hard to say without seeing it, but if it's sticky and thick it's likely him being a male and using the fleece as a "mate" (although rare males can physically mate as young as 8 weeks, which is why they need to be weaned at that age). If it's dry it could be excess calcium deposits like guinea...
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    Wood For Chinchilla

    That I don't know, aside from some online stores that sell chew sticks and chunks, or petstores and amazon that sell bird perches, I don't even know where you would buy it. Just make sure where ever you get it that it's 100% organic, nothing ever sprayed on or around it since some chemicals can...
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    Wood For Chinchilla

    Yes it is :) it's a very hard wood so whatever you make should last awhile too.
  19. Amethyst

    Basic nutrition

    Yeah I guess I should have said some of the best chinchilla foods ;) , was just trying to give examples of good species specific foods to compare other food to. 🙂 Opinions vary and there is a lot of debate between the pet owner world and the breeder world when it comes to what is best for chins...
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    Basic nutrition

    This link might be what you are looking for Food for thought on feed! it gives a rundown and explanation of the nutrients that should be in the pellet food. If you are looking for specific pellets that are good, the best are Oxbow Essentials (NOT the other formulas) and Mazuri, if you are over...
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