Chinchillas are cute and charming animals. They will enchant you with their joy all the time. By the way, you can tend to have more chinchillas.
You may have a plan to have more chinchillas. However, chinchilla breeding carries a lot of responsibility; It is quite cumbersome, so you have to take care of this seriously. You should be knowledgeable about pregnancy complications, dental problems, the difference between heat plug and copulation plug, and much more. Genetically, some problems are transferable. It is necessary to know if any of the members of the reproductive pair have any health problems. When you run your hand through the chinchilla’s fur, it should feel silky and smooth. The glue must be flocculating. Chinchillas must be extremely healthy and active, and not related. Never cross a chinchilla with another chinchilla of similar color. Like white with another white, or a black with black or shiny velvet with velvet. These will create complications. They should be of similar ages and sizes. If you want to deny reproduction, it is better to castrate the male. You must be prepared to invite the kits that come, with enough space and cages.
At the age of 8-10 weeks, male chinchillas can reproduce. 6-8 months is the fertile period for females. Females should be at least 8 months old before breeding. Allow 8 months or more to start chinchilla breeding or else it will create serious complications. This will help them reach sexual maturity and help them achieve maximum growth in the pelvic region. Once you get the male and female chinchillas, keep them in separate cages next to each other to get to know each other. This is the beginning of the breeding stage. It may take two weeks before they introduce themselves and understand each other. Move the female to the male chinchilla’s cage; never transfer the male to the female’s cage. If they do well, that’s fine, or separate them right away and leave them as neighbors again for another week. Have a keen observation on this. Chinchillas need time to get to know each other, so be patient. The male will attempt to mate with the female in season. Every 30-40 days, the females come into season. While chasing the female, the male wags his tail, creating curious noises. He will try to fool his own style. During mating, the male will pluck pieces of the female’s hair. Mating usually takes place at night.
The signs are visible, once mating is over, male chinchillas hiccup and insert a waxy plug into the female. You should now start looking for the copulation plug (1½ inches long), which a female excretes within 24 hours of mating. Chinchillas mate up to 3 times a year. Male chinchillas clean their genitals after each mating. In this process, they release several strands of hair and this will create a ring of hair. This will result in excruciating pain, difficulty urinating, and swelling of the organ. So, gently lubricate the penis, if there are hair rings, and then cut them off. Once the conception date begins, the excretion of the copulation plug, you can count between 109 and 120 days for the kits to arrive. On average, the pregnancy is 111 days. Never pick tailed chinchillas during pregnancy; This will create undue stress and even the possibility of miscarriage.
Before delivery, remove the dust bath. A litter is usually one or two, but there can be up to six chinchillas. They are usually born during the night. Be prepared with a box mounted with a heating pad underneath to keep babies warm, when mom is out of the cage. Place a soft mat or platform on the floor of the cage for babies to walk on and prevent leg injuries. If the female has more than one baby, it may be necessary for the breeder to dry the first baby. Females will be ready to mate within 72 hours after giving birth. If you don’t want any breed, remove the male from the cage and place him in another cage adjacent to the female’s cage. You can put the male chinchilla back in the cage with the female after 72 hours to help with the babies. When babies are around 8 weeks old, they are weaned. Babies weigh 30 to 60 grams on average. Chinchilla chicks are born with soft fur and open eyes. They can walk without any support. You can think of how amazing and charming they look. They eat pellets and hay when they are two weeks old. In the eighth week, the male, female, and babies are separated to prevent pregnancy with each other.
They now have their own beautiful cages. After 14 weeks, you can sell chinchillas.