New little beige girl (possible homo beige) born yesterday. She is 80% fluff and 120% cute. ^.^
I am a small breeder of chinchillas with the goal of raising chinchillas to show with ECBC and MCBA. I am in Arlington, WA.
New little beige girl (possible homo beige) born yesterday. She is 80% fluff and 120% cute. ^.^
This mushroom has a bad case of the cuties. xP
This mushroom has a bad case of the cuties. xP
This sweet fluffy monster is looking for a forever home. ^.^
My sweet Biscuit cuddling his girlfriend. 🥰🥰🥰 Now if only he would breed!!
Practicing quarantine high fashion; PJs, my comfy sweater, and a newborn chinchillie (kit). This little girl was born Friday morning to Daenerys. 😊🥰🐹
A few days ago (23erd) I had my first ever set of quads. 😄
One girl, three boys.
It's the end of the show season for me. Now it's the season of new pairings and new babies. This is one of my boys born in 2019, Smooshums. He is very friendly, adventurous, and loves chin scritches. He is out of quality lines but didn't make the cut due to small size. Part of responsible breeding is picking and choosing who goes into breeding and who does not. Smooshums is quite happy being a pet and living the life of a bachelor.
Very excited for this new group to go into breeding! 😍😍🥰 Our beautiful boy from our breeding, Sapphire, who took a 1st place at the recent ECBC Northwestern show in Baker City, OR has three lovely ladies to breed with!
**For those that do not know, this is NOT their cage. This is a carrier borrowed specifically for introducing this group. This introduction method is called "smooshing" and is a huge success! The girls were all grooming each other and Sapphire within an hour of being put in here. If you would like more information on the smoosh method, please visit www.rdzcranch.com and check out the introductions page under chinchilla information!
Responsible breeding is important, buyers have the biggest influence in preventing BYB. Your money talks. =)
I thought I would address this question that we get asked quite often. What is a “BYB”?
A “byb” ￼or “backyard breeder” is a person(s) who breeds animals (could be chins, dogs, cats etc) with no thought to the outcome of their breeding of said animals. Most often it is to make money, and flip animals quickly. Less common are those wanting “babies” from the animals they own. These breeders often advertise on multiple selling sites such as Craigslist, Hoobly, page / groups and websites. Those factors in itself don’t necessarily deem a breeder a byb, but a series of red flags can usually indicate if a breeder puts their animals first, breeding second.
When researching a breeder caution must be used. Take your time, any breeder who encourages a same day sale, or does the “hard sell” is a red flag.
✔️Online presence: What does their website or FB page look like? Is it only for sales with just a few sentences about chinchilla information? Do they belong to any FB groups for the type of pet your are looking for? What type of information do they post or what questions have they answered? ￼￼Do they share any educational information or is it just attempts at selling animals?
✔️Animals for sale: Do they seem to have an extraordinary amount of animals for sale? Do they almost always have all types of colors to pick and choose from almost like a pet store? ￼Selling babies that are too young (under eight weeks)? Byb tend to have a high number of animals to choose from that they want to move quickly (selling too young), along with breeding all types of colors with no regard for bettering the mutation (when in reference to chinchillas). Reputable breeders can breed for several mutations, but usually will hold back on selling vast amounts of these colors as they are keeping back their lines to better the quality of their animals. Ranchers and big breeders with hundreds of animals don’t fall into this category as they have the numbers to be able to sell a lot of kits and still have plenty of their lines to continue their herds.
✔️Breeding: are they pairing recessives to recessives to make quick kits to sell (violet to violet, sapphire to sapphire, blue diamond to blue diamond)? Breeding high quality animals takes time and care; to improve quality, a majority of their herd should be standard grey and mutations should be bred back to standards to improve quality. Breeding for quality is more important than breeding to produce colors quickly. Reputable breeders will also be able to tell the difference between mutations and label them accordingly on their websites.
✔️Cleanliness: do the animals look haggard, greasy or unkempt? Are the cages filled with weeks of unclean shavings, f***s or mold? Cleanliness doesn’t necessarily indicate a backyard breeder, but can indicate the health of the animals you could be purchasing.
✔️ Rescue: Does this breeder also take in rescues / owner surrenders? If they are contributing to the pet population, taking in rescues and finding them homes is the responsible thing to do (reputable breeders never breed rescues or animals they have no history on).
✔️ What is their sales policy? Is it written on their website? Will you receive a copy when you pick up your animal? What happens if an animal dies? What is their policy if the animal becomes sick after purchase? ￼It is important to know this information and to discuss it with the breeder prior to purchase.
✔️ Will you receive a written receipt when you purchase the animal? ￼￼￼For pet sales, we always give out a sales receipt. A receipt can be a written piece of paper, a paypal invoice and/or a discussion via email/messenger explaining sales policies.
✔️ Will you receive a care packet and sample of food￼ when purchasing / adopting? Care packets help educate new owners on how to properly care for their new pet.
✔️ As in the case of chinchillas, do they belong to either Chinchilla organization? MCBA or Empress? Have they been to shows? This is a big indicator of the breeders intentions; are they just in it for cute babies/money or are they trying to learn and improve their herd?
We here at Sunshine Chinchillas strive to ensure that all of our animals go to loving homes. ￼One of our goals is to help in furthering the education of ￼proper ownership so that our animals can live the best possible life with their new family. Owning a chinchilla shouldn’t be an impulse buy, as these animals can live up to 20 years when properly cared for.
Good information on chinchilla diets!
Informational post time!
Food! It's a topic that comes up constantly. What is ok to feed a chinchilla? Shouldn't you match the wild diet? They don't eat pellets and hay in the wild! I want my chins to eat FRESH!
Chinchillas in the wild consume mostly dried grasses, but they do also eat seeds, fruits, nuts, and the occasional carcass or insects. Fruits? Nuts? Seeds??? Aren't these spoken against in EVERY chinchilla group on facebook? Well...yes. Seeds in general are good for chinchillas, even the ones in captivity. However, they need to be given in moderation as too much of anything can cause digestive imbalance and some seeds readily available to us are going to be too high in oil content for a chinchilla. What about fruits and nuts? Well, when you think of these things you typically think of peanuts, walnuts, apples, bananas, etc. This is the entirely wrong image for what a chinchilla eats in the wild. The habitat our chinchillas come from is called a "xeromorphic" habitat. This means it's naturally a desert and receives LOW water year round. This means that the fruits, nuts, and seeds produced by these plants are typically much much smaller, drier and lower in fat and oil content than our consumable, readily available fruits and nuts. So what should we feed our furry little critters? A few things need to be considered. First is that our domestic chinchillas have undergone 100 years of selective breeding in domestication. Their dietary needs, while similar to their wild counterparts, is not going to be entirely the same. When we domesticate animals, we formulate a diet that is as close to nutritionally complete as possible. This doesn't mean it must mimic their wild diet 100%. Remember that wild animals are subject to a lot more pressures for survival like predation and typically live a much shorter lifespan than their domesticated counterparts. Part of the success of long lives of domesticated chinchillas is due to a selective, healthy, and nutritious diet. The formula for chinchillas to be healthy is three parts! The first is selecting a high quality, healthy, nutritious, PLAIN pellet. There are a few brands that are popular including Oxbow Essentials (NOT the garden select) and Mazuri. There are a few show rabbit feeds (formulated without corn) that are good feed for chinchillas, but be careful in your selection! Speak with your local chinchilla breeders and show rabbit breeders to find an acceptable feed. The second part is a high quality hay. It has long been accepted that timothy hay should be the staple for chinchilla diets. Lets talk about why hay is important. Hay provides extra fiber for digestive health and for keeping everything moving smoothly and easily through the digestive system. A tough fibrous hay like timothy or orchard grass is also extra important because this gives a tough surface that will wear down the hind molars of the chinchilla leading to increased dental health. Online sources will always say to free feed hay. With how important it is to a chinchilla's health...why would you limit it?? Simple...interest. With any dietary supplement that is beneficial, you must keep the animal's interest. Provide hay every 2-3 days for higher consumption rates and to keep interest. Pellets should be free fed at all times as they provide the bulk of nutrition for the animal.
What about treats? We will discuss treats in a future post, but it's a good idea to follow the K.I.S.S. rule for chinchilla diets. Keep it simple, stupid. This just means that it's best to keep the diet bland and simple to prevent any digestive disruptions that could lead to terrible illness and death.
Getting excited for the February show! Mark your calendars!
We have been busy busy busy the last few weeks. Educational posts will be coming in the next few days as I sort through my big piles and stacks of work and start preparing for a new quarter of college students.
In the meantime, if you are interested in helping with the 43 chinchillas rescued you can message me for a link to donate or check out the available rescues on our website at http://www.rdzcranch.com/rescuesowner-surrender.html
In addition to the rescue work, we are also hard at work planning and organizing for our first West Coast Chapter show in the past few years. Please see the attached flier for more information! Pet owners, breeders, chinchilla lovers, and the curious are all welcome to attend the show! There is no fee for attending.
JLO K2 was born on Monday! This beautiful pure standard girl will be staying here! I'm very excited to see how she grows out. 🥰🥰🥰
As usual...awesome nails courtesy of RDZC Ranch. 😅
Anyone else have this problem?? 🥺
I like to help with the cleaning at RDZC Ranch! It gives me good experience for when I eventually move into a place where I can house my own herd and I get to play with all the babies!!! 🥰🥰🥰
With summer here, it's time to refresh on some important information!
Regular and timely cage cleaning is an important aspect of owning chinchillas. The shavings on the right are fresh, new shavings. On the left are shavings after just one week of use. Often I hear people say "my cage isn't that dirty after one week" but looks are deceiving. There is not a lot of p**p, dirty hay, or used pellets in the dirty pan, but I took this photo to show the stark difference in color for the shavings. This difference in color comes from the urine of the animals. So let's talk about what makes up urine.
Urine is a major metabolic excretion product from the kidneys. It is formed by concentrating and filtering products from the blood through tubules in the kidneys called nephron tubules. There are two major types of nephron tubules, one is shorter which does not allow for increased concentration or water absorption (humans primarily have these) and the other are very long and allow for much more water absorption and increased concentration to urine. This second type is commonly found in mammals living in xeromorphic habitats like the high desert areas where chinchillas are native. This added concentration is why chinchilla urine is often orange in color or very bright. Less water in the urine gives a stronger, more intense coloration.
Urine is made up of water, urea, ammonia, urochrome (a product of blood cell breakdown that gives urine a yellow color), many solutes, and other organic and inorganic particles like creatinine. Urea is the form of ammonia found in mammals (birds and reptiles produce uric acid, the white stuff in their p**p, while amphibians and fish produce ammonia) and is the safer ammonia based by-product of the body. Urea, once outside of the body will convert to carbon dioxide and ammonia though catabolic chemical processes. Ammonia is something you do not want to build up in the environment. Ammonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor. It dissolves easily in water to form ammonium hydroxide which can cause skin irritation and chemical burns. Inhalation of excess ammonia gas in the environment can cause chemical burns throughout the respiratory system causing severe irritation and loss of function for the respiratory system.
To check for ammonia build up in the environment, it is important to use an indicator. The human olfactory system has what is called "olfactory adaptation". Due to how your olfactory neurons respond to a particularly strong or prolonged odorant stimulus, they stop sending signals. When they stop sending signals you stop "smelling" the scent. This is the reason some people can live in filthy, horrible smelling conditions and not realize it. This is also why you are not a good indicator of the ammonia present in your animal's habitat. You can purchase hydrion ammonia test paper from Amazon for $15.49 to test the air quality in your cages or animal room.
To keep your animals happy and healthy, cleaning once a week is essential. Nothing else will combat the buildup of ammonia. I have heard of people trying to use more bedding at one time to make the cages "last longer" but that only increases the amount of ammonia buildup. Regular, timely cleaning is the best way to combat ammonia. Keep your animals healthy, keep your animals clean.
TGIF!! To celebrate the weekend finally arriving, here is a new informational post! Today we will do a favorite color of one of our besties, Humble Acres Chinchillas and since she has so many great photos, all photos attached to this post belong to Dee and posted here with permission. Please give her page a like for more informational posts!
This mutation is much more complex as it is well known that there are over 7 genes involved in producing this coloration. This mutation is thought to be a cumulative mutation meaning that it shows up in different shades depending on the series of genes present in the offspring. There are five known types and you can read more about the history of the ebony mutation and those five types here http://www.edchinchillas.co.uk/ under mutation colors/ dominant/ ebony. The ebony is black with a dark or dirty belly, dark ears, and dark eyes. Due to this very broad description, breeders have put all animals together for breeding that do not show a clear white belly and called them "ebony." This has caused the mutation to become a mix of both recessive and dominant traits that all cause the coloration to wrap to the belly. For most mutations, we can determine if they are heterozygous (only have one mutated gene) or homozygous (two of the same mutated gene) just by looking at the color of the coat. For example, if a chinchilla shows violet or sapphire coat coloring, we know they are homozygous for those coat colors since they are recessive they must have two copies of the gene to show through in their coat color. Because it is not known which of the 7+ genes involved in producing the ebony color are dominant it recessive or which ones are present in each animal, it is incorrect terminology to refer to them as heterozygous ebony or homozygous ebony. Instead, for ebony, it is more correct and accurate to simply refer to them by their phases. Attached is a photo compiled by Humble Acres Chinchillas that is a great example of four differing phases of ebony. While the range is broader even than what these photos show, this is a great example of the variety of ebony phases. It's also important to note that while this mutation can show as a dominant, there are also recessive genes in play for producing this color. This means that even if an offspring does not show the wrap effect of color onto the belly, if it was produced from known ebony lines a reputable breeder will always note "ebony carrier" on the card. This is to prevent the wrap effect from randomly appearing in lines that should have clear, white bellies. If you see "e/c" on a pedigree card, it just means there is ebony in the line and is recorded as a precaution and as a part of good record keeping that any reputable breeder should be doing.
Some breeders that have excellent lines for this mutation are Humble Acres Chinchillas, WK's Designer Chins, Beer Brand Chinchillas, and 2nd Chance Chinchilla Ranch.
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