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    Why Chinchilla and Hedgehogs??

    I can't answer about Freddie's chinchilla but there is a 32 year old in Houston. I don't know how old the oldest living one has survived to be but one of the originals captured out of the wild lived to be 22 years old in captivity.
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    Chinchillas generating electricity

    I messed around with this in college back in the 2000's and had a few prototypes following the hamster powered nightlight instructions. I ran into a couple of issues - chins have a LOT of torque and therefore have the ability to run a much more powerful magnet set than any other animal of that...
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    new baby kits! advise needed

    You can't overfeed babies however they are very easy to aspirate when hand feeding. You can rotate and feed goats milk every 2 hours around the clock for the next few weeks. Yes it disrupts milk production, mom requires constant stimulation to produce. The worst thing that can happen is you...
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    Scrubbing, Baking and Boiling

    Here is a study that was done regarding the digestibility of animal based proteins. It is an interesting read. It has been well known that they do fine with small amounts of animal based protein, most often powdered egg or milk was used in breeder feed formulations in the past. Neither of...
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    Identifying two chinchillas

    The first one is a male, the second one is a female. They have not likely bred yet at this age but will need to be separated by at least 8" permanently. They can and do breed through bars.
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    Automatic water system for chins?

    The one pictured should work fine. I use many different varieties that are between 20-60 years old. If you search on here you will find old photos and some videos of me cleaning my system and nozzles.
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    do chinchillas have the same eye size?

    Chinchilla eyes do differ in size in accordance with age, the shape of the skull, depth of eye sockets and line they are out of. They rage from no eyes or very teeny eyes in the stone white to some crazy massive ones in the bigger broad headed gray girls. It is uncommon to see this type of...
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    Automatic water system for chins?

    5/16" is the standard size. sells complete kits which are best to start with until you get an idea of what parts you need. Once you've got an idea you can hunt for cheaper options. I've had a lot of issues with the inside diameter on pipe recently. Seems the 5/16 of now is...
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    Lethargic and Drooling Chinchilla

    Teeth issues require radiographs (xrays) and should never be filed if there is root eruption into the eye sockets, nasal cavity or through the lower jawbone. Most vets don't understand that chinchilla malocclusion is also root based, eg while the surface of the teeth can be floated/trimmed that...
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    Cat Herpes

    Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR/Cat herpes type 1) is not noted for jumping to other species. *However it is not uncommon for it to develop into bacterial issues like eye infections, respiratory infections, etc which are passable to both humans and other pets in the household. Please keep...
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    Soft Cut Hay- long term effects?

    Any non-fruit type wood will be very low in sugar. The super hard ones like manzanita are very slow growers and have almost none at all. No breeders provide unlimited hay, just in case anybody is actually reading all of this. Hay or cubes are given when cages are cleaned and some do go...
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    Soft Cut Hay- long term effects?

    The oldest chinchilla I know of is currently alive and 32 years old in Houston, TX. One of the original 11 brought to the U.S. by MF Chapman lived 22 years in captivity and was captured as an adult. We should absolutely be getting more than the 5-7 years advertised by pet stores. It's...
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    Soft Cut Hay- long term effects?

    The most important thing in a chinchilla's diet is balance. She is likely going to town on this hay due to the exceptionally high sugars present in peak season leaves. This amount of sugar is worse than feeding junk treats as it is addicting and they can not process it correctly. Chinchillas...
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    Angora Chinchillas

    As far as wary, it depends on what you want out of a chinchilla. Regular lines live 20-30 years when well taken care of. This mutation, heavily linebred to create longer fur, has only existed in Europe for 15 or so years. If you are ok with the price and only having a chinchilla that may live...
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    Angora Chinchillas

    Europe is completely different when it comes to angoras. They have had them for over 15 years (hence all the colors) vs. they have only been sold in the U.S. in a very limited fashion for the last 4. Before that, a US based breeder would have to ship them in from another country, so the few...
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    Vet Recommendations - USA

    I consider Dr. Rich to be the best chinchilla vet currently practicing in the country and will drive the 11 hours to New Orleans in an emergency because of that. Really great clinic to work with. Avian and Exotic Vet in Metairie and New Orleans, LA
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    Angora Chinchillas

    If the breeder is utilizing lines that have issues, yes the carriers will have issues. I can only talk about my own experience here, but over the last 2.5 years I had an exceptionally high death rate with first generation carriers - over 50%. I did not loose any after they made it to weaning...
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    Lone Star Chinchilla

    I only know of the three people who were unhappy they were sold and charged high prices for incorrect colors. As far as genetic issues, they haven't been breeding long enough to know if the new herd they have has those. From talking to them they bred chinchillas for awhile over 10 years ago...
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    Lone Star Chinchilla

    I don't know about the quality of chins they have as they have not participated in any shows. I have also become aware recently that they do not know the colors of their chins as have sold people the wrong colors - repeatedly. These people have been looking to breed their "blue diamonds" and...
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    Forage feeding? How to increase activity?

    Please do not limit the food, pellets are her only source of balanced minerals and vitamins. Without testing the hay you can't be sure if it is a great cutting or nutritionally void. In the 60's and 70's the average weight for a chinchilla was 650g. That has increased over the decades to a...