Originally Posted by HaileyS
I am planning to breed. At least it is my intent. I always wanted another chinchilla after I had Hailey, so I looked into buying one from a breeder and no one was in the area. Then I went to the petstore, and found Henry (6 months). We know Hailey is a breeder because she has had babies before. In the end having two chins is what I wanted and I wanted a boy and girl...and I wanted to breed.
Where did Hailey come from? With Henry being from a petstore, there is absolutely no way you can figure out his history nor can you find any of his relatives or their history of health and genetic lineage. Meaning by breeding him, you'll have no idea what could come out. You could possibly get a baby with genetic problems that would arise down the road, in turn causing plenty of medical bills to pay.
Also, breeding chinchillas is a crap load of (very fun and rewarding) work. You'll need to know about when she is due so you can remove the male from the cage. Some breeders will leave them in to let them help "father" the new little one but I've always taken them out a few days before any of my females were due. I had one male that fathered kits and loved to be with them but he couldn't stay in with the mother because in their frolicing, they could trample the baby(ies). Also the female will go back into heat after birth and she could become pregnant again.
Also you have to be prepared for how many she could possibly have. If more than one, you're not only going to have to seperate them at sexual maturity but with any more than two you may have to suplement the kits with forumla. They aspirate VERY easily (which means the formula drowns them). If you have a job, this will really be hard on you.
You'll also have to be prepared for in case she decides she doesn't want to be a mom at all. You'll have to have all supplies at hand and ready to doctor them if she faught them, keep them warm, feed them, and weigh them regularly to make sure they're growing.
There is loads of information to learn before jumping into breeding them. You'll always need to be on the alert for the worst case scenario. Ask Jade, my gosh she has been through it all. It's very fun and I'm not meaning to sound like I'm doubting you-- just letting you know all of what could happen and what to be ready for.
Originally Posted by HaileyS
What do you mean by "their quality?" I have read a lot about chin's and breeding and some things I could not find and I am not sure I understand the quality concept. Please let me know thanks!
You guys are super helpful!
The quality of their fur (if this is what you mean) isn't really going to matter if you plan on keeping the kits as pets but remember you could have multiple kits and would have to find homes for the ones you didn't want to keep. Reputable breeders always strive to improve the species quality, temperment, and health. The quality of their health is what is most important and there is no way to figure out Henry's with him being from a petstore.
What kind of food are you feeding them? That will definitly matter if you decide on breeding them-- you'll want your female in top quality health!