Going away to school. A couple questions.
In the next week I am going to be going off to school and I have been lucky enough to be able to bring my chinchillas with me since I will be living at my grandmas house. I have a couple questions though.
As I will no longer be working at the pet store during school I wont have my employee discount to buy food and such. When I asked one of my coworkers about it, we got to talking about buying food in large quantities. I have only two chinchillas, but she said what she does for her rabbit is she buys a 50 pound bag of food and freezes it in individual ziplock bags and takes out portions to defrost as needed. She said it is a lot cheaper, she only pays 14 dollars for a bag that size. I was wondering. With just two chinchillas it will obviously take me a long time to go through 50 pounds of food. As long as it is frozen, will it retain its nutritional value? Also, she told me that the Mazuri food I use is Purina brand. Can anyone confirm that?
I was also thinking of getting an excersize pen for my chinchillas so that I can let them run out of the cage with a little less supervision so that while I'm doing my homework, I can have them in the same room with me but not have to worry that they are getting into trouble or destroying my grandma's baseboards. The one I have been looking at is 65 inches in diameter. Will running in here be of the same value as out of the cage excersize as long as I provide enough stuff to play in and jump on?
Also, of anyone has any tips on making the drive less stressful for them, its only a half hour and I have good air conditioning in my car, but any tips would be appreciated.