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CodysChinchillas

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So I am going to be getting a pink white male soon, and I want to breed him to my beige female. I was wondering after one or two litters, can I get him neutered, and they could live together as a pair? Would he still try to mount her? Are there chances of babies after a vasectomy? I would hate to serperate them, even after the babies come. (Yes, I know to remove the male to avoid backbreeding)
 

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Personally, if you just want 2 or 4 more chins why not just rescue or buy them? Breeding has sooo many risks and getting a chin neut has a whole list of risks in its self. Do you know of a good vet in your area that neuter chinchillas? Its costly and risky. If it is done by a inexperianced vet they can still be fertile. Are you prepared for birthing complications? You might get licky and be ok or you might have problems. Do you really wanna risk your females life for kits?
 

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I know what I'm doing.. I wasn't asking for breeding tips. And I never said I wanted to only get 2-4 more chins? I said I didn't want to seperate this specific pair after I feel like she's been bred enough. She's a little on the older side (barely) and she's not a full time breeder. I already rescued 2 chins, and I'd like to begin breeding again. And I have an exotic vet about 5 minutes down the street, so I'm not worried about it.
 

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Although I am not sure why you'd want to just have one or two litters and there's the question of these guys being pedigreed or quality, or even having a known background to prevent genetic issues (perhaps this is in another thread), I will answer your question.

Yes you can get him neutered after you have a couple of litters assuming they even breed in the first place and that you can successfully reintroduce them after the first and or second litter. First questions are you willing to risk losing the female and incurring expensive c-section bills, and the second is are you willing to risk anesthesia for the male to have the surgery? Small animals like chinchillas are at higher risk for complications from anesthesia like never waking up, going off their feed resulting in hand feeding and possibly stasis. Sometimes these things happen, so best to think about them now.

Second, yes he will likely try to mount her because she will still be going into heat each month. He won't know he's neutered. She could become very agitated by this and become very aggressive towards him resulting in mildly slipped fur to even the point of attacking him and killing him. Not uncommon. This is why most breeders breed in a run set up to allow males an escape route to safety. This may happen BEFORE he's neutered when you are trying for these litters as well.

Third, yes there are chances if you put him back with her before all the sperm have a chance to die in the tract. You'd need a separate cage set up for him to recover in for several weeks post surgery.

You need to separate the male as soon as you can confirm pregnancy - 9 times out of 10 you will wake up one day and the babies will just be there and if he's in there breed back has most likely already occurred.
 

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Be careful with breeding and make sure if you do this that your female has a large enough pelvic opening to pass kits. I have a fantastic vet, but it doesn't make it any less risky to breed chins. Even when everything is perfect with a female and a male with pedigrees and the female is large enough and of breeding quality things can and do go wrong.

That's not really a breeding tip. Learn about the thumb test and see if your female could deliver kits. And, think about this long and hard. You could lose your female or she could kill your male or you could end up losing babies and the mom. The risks with breeding are there. I could tell you more, but I don't want to write a book on it.

You could get your male neutered and he would get along with the female. But, that procedure is not without risks. I prefer to not have the males neutered if it is at all avoidable (which it is, they just don't go in with females.)
 

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Just like any chin, who knows after the waiting period for him to become infertile after the neuter will they get along, that chin could go through all that and the female may hate him, he may hate her. .
 

CodysChinchillas

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Everyone I don't know why you're questioning me? I know what I'm getting into, I'm not going to just throw my chins together and hope for kits. But thanks to the people who actually answered my question.
 

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To answer your question, yes you can have him neutered - but no one can tell you if they can live together successfully after that, or even before that for that matter. Who is to say they'll even get along from the start?

People are not questioning you, they are merely trying to make sure you know what you are potentially getting into with breeding. You are new here and we don't know you or your background. You mention you have rescues and that you have bred chinchillas in the past, but that's all we know. We are here to educate people about chinchillas and try to help steer people in the right direction. We try to prevent people from just throwing any two chinchillas together and hoping for kits so we get a little defensive sometimes when it may come across as that. We hope you understand.
 
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