Here is the entire agenda.
7:00 p.m. A discussion with Bob Gunning,
Mr. Gunning is the creator of the Gunning Black Velvet mutation. Come hear how the mutation was started and his feelings on how the animal looks today. There will also be a time for questions and answers.
9:00 p.m. Pizza and Social Hour
Visit with old friends and get to know new ones.
9:00 9:15 a.m. A report on pelting
9:15-9:45 Preparing for an emergency
9:45-10:45 Breeding your chinchilla
different ways to breed (pairs, runs, colonies)
breeding dos and donts
the breeding life of a chin
what to do if they dont breed
dwarves and minis
evaluating the quality of young animals
11:00-12:30 Health issues of the chinchilla
We will discuss the proper care of a chinchilla, including diseases to watch for, which medicines work best, feeding treats, birthing complications, prolapses, when to seek veterinary care and the overall care of the animal. A question and answer period will follow.
Fungus is a nasty word, but most everyone will deal with it eventually. Learn ways to prevent it and what to do if it happens.
1:45-2:15 Hair ring checks, swabbing females and malocclusion
See how to do a hair ring check and swab a female for breeding. Learn the causes and signs of malocclusion.
2:30-5:30 Concurrent sessions
Session #1 Quality issues
Understand what to look for when deciding the quality of your chinchilla. Topics covered will include clarity of color, fur density, pattern and texture, veiling, prime and blended bar.
Session#2 Show prep
Bring a chinchilla to practice grooming on. Learn how to fill out the paper work and take care of all the other things necessary to be ready for a show.
Session #3 Evaluate your animals
Bring up to 3 of your animals to be judged informally. You will have the opportunity to compare them to other chins of the same color.
Fish fry! Call Joan Baldwin at 260-357-4462 to make reservations.