Hi, I am new to chin keeping and have managed to locate a pair which I am collecting tomorrow. They are a girl and boy about 14 months old. I want these as pets not to breed, I have gathered they are not prolific breeders, is this correct or could the girl be pregnant already? Should I keep them in adjoining cages or would that be cruel as they have shared a cage so far? I was thinking about letting them settle and then get they boy neutered or is this risky for him? I intend to give them the best possible care so any advice welcome and sorry if these are stupid questions!
Post by pixierodentrescue on Aug 27, 2012 22:14:27 GMT
They're not the most active of breeders, but she still could be pregnant I think. They're pregnant for around 16 weeks I think, so you have a very long pregnancy watch ahead of you! I'd get him neutered if you intend on keeping them together, as long as he's healthy and you find a vet who is confident in the procedure and has had successful results before than he should be fine.
If you're new to chin keeping though would it not be easier to have a same sex pair as your first chinchillas?
Hi and thank you for your reply. I was so happy to locate some chins to adopt I got a bit carried away making collection arrangements I overlooked the obvious mixed pair issue ! I agree single sex pair would have been ideal but I will sort out the neutering as soon as they have settled. I needed to know how much of an issue it was before putting the little guy through an op, some exotics are difficult to breed so wondered if chins fell into this category. If she is pregnant how would I tell? Thank you again x