After a month of quarantine, it is now time to introduce my new black velvet male to my beige male.
I thought it would be easier than this. Just when I thought they were doing better...
So there first introduction, just to see how they might do, wasn't good at all. Bite, fur slip, all that drama.
So we got some vanilla, stunk them up with it, and held them faces away from each other. (Butt to face) That way they couldn't get at each others noses. So that all went well and they were pretty good.
So after a day or 2 of that we got our small travel cage (its very small, like the size of the ones you put your chin in when it is in a show) and put them in that, then put a paper plate down in there so they couldn't move too much, to bite each other. Then we took them on a car ride, and that went really good. So we put them in our larger travel cage the next day, so they could move around each other a bit.
That wen't well, they did some mounting, and my beige barked a bit, but for the most part it was civil.
So I tried the small travel cage today.. and they did ok.. then they started getting crazy, before I knew it they were ready to murder each other!
So I know the "smush" method says to let them work out their differences. But how far is too far. When we stuck the paper plate over top of them in the small cage, that seemed to really work well, I saw how other people did that. (Of course they have pre-made cages that are that small, so I am improvising.) Maybe I should go back to that and car rides?
I also need to go get a new cage, maybe that would help.
My beige is 2 years old and he has been with me 13 months, he's been a only chinchilla since I've had him, but his breeder had him in with his brother.
The black velvet is 1 year old. He seems to be more of the submissive one.
So someone help me with a course of action that has worked for you, or what you did if the chins didn't click after a few smushings, did they ever click?
I know some chins will just never get along. Though, they were doing so good up until tonight, I dont think that is the case with them, I just think they were having a bit of a mood swing.