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  1. Lucretia

    Calcium Surplus Question - Help

    Honestly Lauren you have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about sweetie and youve certainly made no mistakes 💛. some chins, like us are more predisposed and we rely on the information available to us which at best is limited and contradictory. We also rely on and trust the manufacturers to...
  2. Lucretia

    Calcium Surplus Question - Help

    As well as being high in calcium, dandelion is also very high in oxalates, oxalates work like a magnet to calcium preventing it from being properly absorbed by the body and causing crystals to build up in the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney stones and crystalines in the uretha. Burgess is...
  3. Lucretia

    How healthy are your chinchilla's pellets

    After much research I have written an article with regards ingredients in chinchilla pellets, throughout the process I was supported by Dr David Sherwood Phd. Nutrition, cell and molecular biology. We intend to work together again in the future to compare formulas of brands and their effect on...
  4. Lucretia

    Please help with advice! Second time im posting this.

    As Amethyst says everything need's to be chin proof. My herds habitat is 100% secure, I converted a room for them ensuring even the floors and walls were chin proof, and there's a double door system so there is no possibility of any escape attempts whilst I'm entering/exiting. The only things...
  5. Lucretia

    Subscribe To my YouTube Channel!! The Chinchilla Journal

    You're very welcome sweetie, It's all in moderation, it's more of a case that forarmed is forwarned, a little bit of dandelion now and again won't cause too much issues, I'd only absolutely avoid the dandelion stem...it's almost pure oxalate. Amythysts treat list is really good, I also give my...
  6. Lucretia

    Subscribe To my YouTube Channel!! The Chinchilla Journal

    Ps...Amythysts safe list is really good, apple stick, burdock root and bamboo (young stems and wood) are also good, I personally though, wouldnt give dandelion stem....it's full of soluble oxalate, but that's personal choice. And as I mentioned before...all in moderation, approx 1 teaspoon once...
  7. Lucretia

    Subscribe To my YouTube Channel!! The Chinchilla Journal

    As you say, moderation is key, I personally give no more than a teaspoon 2-3 times a week and I'll alternate, avoiding oxalates totally is almost imposible if you are giving treats.. You also make mention to sugar content etc, this is very true, some items classed as treats can be high in sugar...
  8. Lucretia

    Subscribe To my YouTube Channel!! The Chinchilla Journal

    As Amythyst says there is an awful lot of outdated info out there that gets perpetuated, and many sites that contradict one another. As a animal psychologist and member of ASAB (Association for the study of animal behaviour) I'm privileged to have access to thousands of chinchilla research and...
  9. Lucretia

    What is happening

    Agree with Amythyst, rarely chins can suffer from epilepsy and what your are describing sounds like she's suffering with petit mal seizures. If this is the case, they don't do any harm, or she could be suffering from hypoglycaemia, where her blood sugar levels are dropping rapidly, she could be...
  10. Lucretia

    Four chins in a three level

    Its not so much guarding, it's "look out". it's part of their natural behaviour to watch out for the herd whilst they forage, play etc😊, as a herd they will take it in turns to look out in the wild, however in my herd my alpha is the one who spends most time as look out (ironically he's...
  11. Lucretia

    Pictures for @Amethyst

    I really hope your able to collect your little man that day x
  12. Lucretia

    Pictures for @Amethyst

    Sorry to interject girls 😃 if you have a bit of time on your hands chins for life. ..you could try making your own dangling boredom breaker/ chew. They are pretty easy....as amethyst says coconut husks aren't safe but shells are....but you do need to boil them in a pan of water first....repeat...
  13. Lucretia

    Oxbow hay alternative?

    I don't think this is just an issue with oxbow Timothy hay, I've had this problem. Ive tried several different brands recently but to no avail....they all appear to be the same.
  14. Lucretia

    Getting Away From Garden Select

    I've just had a quick mooch online and Oxbow site does do free samples of timothy hay, so stands a chance they'll also do samples of food, nothing to lose by asking. https://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/tmsample/
  15. Lucretia

    Getting Away From Garden Select

    Which ever is easiest for you to obtain sweet, they are both more than suitable, it also depends which one Pedro prefers lol. You may be able to source samples of both by sending a cheeky email or two 😉
  16. Lucretia

    Getting Away From Garden Select

    Stay strong sweet, good to hear you have someone to talk to. 😊
  17. Lucretia

    Getting Away From Garden Select

    please don't be deceitful with your parents, they will appreciate you displaying the ability to be a mature and responsible pet owner. They will repect you more and see that you're developing into a young adult that they can be proud of. So be honest with them. Explain that after further...
  18. Lucretia

    Chinchillaville13's Chinchilla Villa

    Not really sweet, with no exposed edges ceramic can't be chewed and has no crevases like wire does. As long as youre on top of cleaninng and disinfecting fungi shouldn't be a problem. Fungus can live in the dirty wire and they're little feet will easily pick it up. Ringworm will only develope as...
  19. Lucretia

    Chinchillaville13's Chinchilla Villa

    Sounds like you've got a great plan, I can't wait to see what you build :) I personally brought a box of large ceramic floor tiles and used a grab adhesive to fix them in base of wardrobe, the weren't expensive...about £10 for a box of 5. They're really easy to clean and disinfect and they...
  20. Lucretia

    Chinchillaville13's Chinchilla Villa

    I personally think they can look nicer than cages, they're more like furniture. Really easy and cheap to convert, just requires your time :) you can also upcycled other items for them.....I converted a pine bread bin into a dust bath (my boys find the standard plastic dust baths a little tight)...
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