I've been planning on getting a chinchilla or two this summer when my living situation changes to a more suitable place for a chinchilla. I've done a good deal of research, read a few books, but still have a couple nagging questions that I've never found a decent (I know there are no definitive answers) answer to.
Probably the most frequent question I've seen, but I have to ask it. I'm having issue locating a breeder in the southern Ohio area (near Cincinnati). I don't mind a drive, but anything I've found seems outdated or has not been updated for a year or two. I'm looking for one or two kits, m/m or f/f. I'm not looking for breeding stock or any fancy genetic qualities. Just a healthy chin. I'm not considering rescue.
I'm building my own cage, and have found mixed information on how to go about this. One book I read said that PVC tubes made great tunnels, followed by a "don't use plastic" warning. Which is it? As for the bottom of the cage, I don't want it to be wire mesh. Ideally I'd like a metal tray at the bottom, but I haven't found anything yet. Would coroplast (corrugated plastic) suffice or would it end up being too dangerous?
Toys. I've read plenty on what chins like and etc., and they all say making your toys is great fun! Then that's when they change chapters. I know only certain woods should be used, but where do I get it? Can I just go to a local Home Depot or Lowes, or are there certain stores or places I need to go for that? What have you found / what process of making toys and/or materials work well?
That's all that's nagging me currently, everything else seems pretty explanatory. Thank you in advance for any help.