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1.) FOR SALE--Available 11/10/13 Two baby male standard grey $100 each, one baby female medium ebony $125.
2.) FOR SALE--Available NOW: Baby male chin, standard gray born 07/06/13 (picture #4)
3.) FOR SALE--Available NOW: Baby chin born 08/19/13, white mosaic male (picture #8) $150. Very nice dark markings.
4.) FOR SALE--Available NOW: Standard gray female, born 11/25/12, $100. Add this female as a companion to any male for $75.
Call 573-424-5257 and ask for Teresa.
Thanks to all who bought chinchillas from me and given them good homes!!
Mosaics and Black Ebony babies are $150 each, Medium Ebony Gray $125 and Standard Gray $100. Prices on adult chinchillas vary.
Picture #1 is my first two dark black ebony and white mosaic babies, both males and full siblings. They were SOLD long ago but they are the epitome of my breeding program.
Picture #2 is a two-day old very light beige male "Christopher", SOLD long ago. Chins are so darling as newborns, I just wanted to keep a picture posted of one. Chinchillas ARE NOT SOLD BY THIS BREEDER AT YOUNGER THAN 6 WEEKS OF AGE. Chichillas must nurse for at least 4-6 weeks (depends on the number of kits in the litter to how fast they mature) and I always keep them until 6 weeks of age to make sure they're eating solid food and drinking water and doing well in general before going to a new home.
Picture #3 is my daughter and one of the many chinchilla babies we've raised. She loves to play with them and they are used to being handled!
All my chinchillas come with a supply of the chin pellet and hay they are used to eating. Please buy more of each of these items locally to blend with what I send home so they adjust slowly to the dietary change.
**I'm available for support if you have questions about keeping chinchillas as pets and/or breeding. I have a small chinchilla herd, usually between 10-20 chinchillas, primarily focusing on breeding healthy happy pets in black ebony, standard and mosaic colors.**
I am in contact with other chinchilla breeders and will gladly refer you to another breeder if I don't have what you're looking for.
Originally from the Andes Mountains in South America, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina~they have thick soft coats because they came from a very cold environment and padded feet to help them climb and jump on rocks. Their nails are short and never need trimming.
In the wild chinchillas live in colonies of up to 100 animals for safety in numbers from predators and help each other raise young. In captivity they do very well in same sex pairs for companionship. Females are generally more territorial than males. Putting companions together should be done slowly and in neutral territory, I suggest getting a companion for a lone chin before six months of age. If you are trying to get two older chins to cohabitate, you will need two cages at first so you can separate them if need be.
I breed in a colony set-up, one male living with several females. Some females will help care for other females babies and even nurse them if they have litters at the same time. Other females will not tolerate other adult chins in the cage with them once their babies are born and they are recovered from the delivery. After birthing they need to be housed seperately until the kits (baby chins are called kits) are weaned. Once weaned, the mother can be returned to the family breeding group, usually I move the whole group to a new cage/run to provide a neutral terrritory for an adjustment period.
While most think of EBONY= the color black, in chinchilla breeder lingo it means "solid color" wrap which includes violet, saphire, tan, gray, black, etc. So a medium gray ebony chinchilla will look like a standard gray at first glance but on a standard gray the belly is white and on a medium gray ebony the belly is the same color as the back, it's gray all over. A "homo" ebony is a chinchilla that has both parents that are ebony so this chinchilla is homozygous for the ebony trait.
White should not be bred to white and TOV should not be bred to TOV (touch of velvet), due to the lethal gene factor (no babies will be produced from such matings). Male chinchillas can begin to breed at 8 weeks or older, female 4 months or older but my experience has been 4-8 months for most males and over a year for most females to be fully sexually mature.
Chinchilla gestation/pregnancy is usually around 111 days. Males tend to bark for 5 minutes after a breeding occurs and sometimes (rarely) you might find a vaginal plug...these are the only clues that a breeding has occurred. The babies stay with their mother and nurse for 6 to 8 weeks before weaning (depends on how many kits in the litter and their growth, 1-2 kits wean at 6 weeks, 3-4 kits wean at 7-8 weeks).
Chinchilla babies are born with their eyes open, ears open, fully furred and with TEETH. The teeth part, I wish not as if you have 3-5 kits born, sometimes they will bite each other on the face and ears competing for mother's milk. Chinchillas do have 6 teats but most babies prefer the first two under the mother's armpits and will fight to get their favorite spot at the "milk bar". I do supplemental feeding with goat's milk and plain yogurt by syringe several times a day if 4 or more kits in a litter to help all survive.
Chinchillas are curious, smart and can learn tricks. When cared for properly chins can live up to 18 years. Pellet food and quality timothy or alfalfa hay make up the primary part of their diet in captivity, raisins are a favorite treat. Do NOT feed raw veggies or fruit. Many dried fruits and veggies are okay, but in very limited quantities as treats. They take dust baths to keep clean (yeah, seems strange, huh?) They nap during the day and are most active in the evenings. Heat sensitive, they need to be kept at about 65-74 degrees year round. Above 80 degrees may cause a chinchilla to heat stress and die.