I also agree with Jade, especially since it is just me caring for the chins and dogs and kids...Shane works a lot. I figured if I can work it so I only have 1 litter to worry about at a time...I should be good. Now, if I had like, 4 litters at the same time and all needed to be rotated and supplemented...I would have to hire a helper! Of course, I don't work right now, so I COULD manage, but why do that to myself? It's pretty easy to regulate who has the opportunity to breed when. All it takes is separating males from females. I also made sure I have enough cages so everyone can have their own if need be, with extra cages on hand at all times for weaned kits until they are sold. I haven't put any of my chins into breeding yet, but making sure to cover all the bases before hand is very important to me. Not just cage wise, but vet funds put aside, experienced chin vet not 2 miles from my house, medical supplies on hand, and all of you here and at other forums to help me if the need should arise. The Shoots chins are the only ones here old enough and large enough to breed right now, so after York, I may open 1 breeding hole for about 3 months, then close it off, and open the second for about 3 months, close that off and open the third for about 3 months. By then, Jetta should be old enough and large enough to introduce to Kir! I figure if I rotate through who breeds when, I should have sufficient time to take care of everyone, get them used to being handled, and off to a healthy start. I'm not trying to mass produce chinchillas! LOL! I want them all to go to wonderful forever homes, and that takes time.
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