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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2010, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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My husband and I are first time chinchilla owners and I got 2 baby chins last week who are about 2 months old or so. They are the sweetest boys but I notice they seem somewhat clumsy. They have a tendancy to fall off shelves from under estimating the jump. Is this something pretty common in the babies or perhaps from adjusting to a new cage? The cage we have them in is much larger than the one they were previously living in. Thinking it might be part of it?

They are funny about jumping around in front of us, they bounce off the walls of the cage 3/4's of the way around the cage to the next shelf. Seems they are show offs or waiting to play parcore (not sure how to spell that) haha. Ironically, they don't seem to fall whilst doing that. Either way, they are the best chins I ever could have asked for!
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What kind of cage are they in? I have NO experience or knowledge of chinnies but pics would be nice
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If they come from a good breeder where they have a good cage, there should be no problem with jumping around at all.
My guess is that they are just not used to a cage where they need to jump alot, so they need to learn how to do so.
You might want to thing about putting in hammocks or other things like that, so they can't fall too far

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The cage we have is one my father in-law built for them. He did a great job now my boys are spoiled, haha. I have a couple pics of them in an album on my homepage here. They should be visible, but I am still learning how to use the site so I may have mixed it up . I'll have to add a picture of the cage they are in.

I definitely would like to make a few fleece hammocks for them. I see how much everyone's chin loves laying in them. It makes sense that they need to learn to jump from ledge to ledge. They are less clumsy after a week, but once in a while I have a heart attack when one falls.

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I have a few different cage setups.
Our biggest cage is 140 cm high, 80 cm wide and 60 cm deep. 70 cm up from the bottom, the cage is "split in two".They have access to both halves of the cage, but they can not fall all 140 cm from top to bottom.
That can be a good way of doing it.

The problem with making your own cages is, that when you first start to make them big, you just can't stop

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The chins are just getting used to the cage and ledges. This is typical for your chins' age.

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My baby chin was super clumsy! he would be running and hopping and kinda land sideways or something. He never quite made all his jumps to his shelves. I kept him in a cage half the size of the larger one till he got his footing. I just thought he was similar to a baby human, learning how to run and jump It was super cute though, wish they stayed babies a tad bit longer
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Thanks! I'm glad to know this is common for their age. It's been better this week. One fell off the corner shelf because he jumped right on top of his brother and sort of slid off. Our cage is only 3 feet high and 2 foot by 2 foot wide and long. But they definitely have lots more shelves than they had in their prior cage. I'd like to make them a big hammock as they like to be together.

They are so funny at this baby stage, they get so excited about everything. I love how they get excited as soon as I walk in the room.
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