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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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I got 2 new chins!!!!! Yay!!! They are 2 month old standard vc kits and are sooooo cute! I just got them yesterday and haven't tried to introduce them to my little Mo (4 1/2 month old ebony) yet. I've heard of the smush method. These guys are all males. I just wondered if anyone had any success with the smush or other methods.

Once the new guys are more used to me I'll post some pics. Right now they're a little camera shy.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 11:09 AM
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Before you introduce them, you'll want to quarantine any new chinchillas (or any other animals) brought into your house for at least a month. This prevents spread of illness and allows the animals time to adjust.
I have an article on my site regarding this in detail: http://chinnitude.com/intro.htm

I've used the 'smush' method twice now and have had great success with it.

Congrats on your new additions!

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Ooooo. Good stuff on your site, Jade. Thanks for that info. I really hope these guys can get along. I bought the new 2 solely for the purpose of giving my little Mo some cage mates.
Hopefully I'll be able to stop at 3 chins....
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Shush method works wonderfully! Once the new ones are out of quarentine, it should work really well since they are still so young...
Good luck stopping at 3...I failed and am up to nine and counting...

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Should I do any type of intro'ing first? I mean, I didn't know if I should go straight to the smush or give them play time together first and see how that goes. What do I do?
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The smush part IS what I use as an introduction. Basically it forces them to work out their differences. Just be sure you're there if they get aggressive.

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I hope everything works out for you!! My husband and I plan on putting some chins together (my new girl Stormy with Snowball and Scooter's baby Poncho with Creamsicle). I'm hoping for the best in those situations, but I think they'll work out great!

And I always told myself I would never have more than one. Then I got Sneakers, then Nibbles, and then Yoshi and Furball. Then I said I'd stop. Well, I'm at 17 now and I still want more! *lol* I swear, hubby's going to kick me out soon!

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I read on one site that you should only smush after their cages have been side by side for 2 wks. Is this neccessary? Can you do it immediately after their quarentine, or do they need to have side by side cage interaction first?
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I read on one site that you should only smush after their cages have been side by side for 2 wks. Is this neccessary? Can you do it immediately after their quarentine, or do they need to have side by side cage interaction first?
Sorry I missed this last question!!
I've found side by side for a few weeks to be better than just smushing them...Even if it's just one week greatly improves the chances they will accept each other. (JMO) If you tried it, how did it work out for you?

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I had their cages side by side for about a week before the smoosh. Worked fabulously. The 2 that were already bonded are still more bonded to eachother than to Mo, but the 3 of them are so far getting along wonderfully. I couldn't be happier with how the arrangement turned out. Except that I am realizing how much easier it was to socialize with just one chin than with 3. Mo always wants to be the one coming out of the cage. In hindsight, I probably should have bonded well with the new two before putting them all in a cage. Mo is a total attention hog. The 2 newer ones still aren't at all eager to be held or come out of the cage. I really hope that it gets better with time.
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I used the smush method twice with success both times. Dustie was over a year and Ben was about 9 months old and skinny. She smushed him! It was so cute every time I walked by I had to laugh!
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