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Caring for the Pregnant Female

There are many reasons to that you find yourself in the position of having a very pregnant chinchilla. “Back in the day” this happened because you were raising chinchillas and were prepared and ready for chinchilla kits. Today, you might adopt a chinchilla, rescue a chinchilla or even be taking care of someone’s chinchilla and …

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Why Belong to Empress?

WHY BELONG TO EMPRESS? By Dick & Mary Jo Bradford WHY? Belong to Empress? For most new chinchilla ranchers the need for education is an admitted requirement. We older chinchilla ranchers have the same need but are less apt to admit it! Through the years we continue to learn, if we are going to succeed. …

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Judging Angoras

The Board of Directors has adopted a standard for judging Angora chinchillas. Because Tamara Tucker has been developing this mutation for many many years and she has the most experience working with them, her knowledge was vital in developing this judging standard.  All judges should make themselves aware of this standard as more angoras are …

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History Making National Show

It truly was a special ECBC National Show for Marianne Sansouci, Empress member from the State of Maine, maybe one she will remember forever!  In June of 2014 the Empress Board of Directors recognized that we are seeing more new mutations, and that our show system needed a way to allow new mutations to be …

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Saving Babies

by Maxine Lynch I Recently saw a discussion on Facebook that surprised me. Someone had lost a mother chinchilla and had babies to foster or feed. Since they had no other lactating female they decided to try hand feeding them but were discouraged because they had not had much luck in the past saving the …

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Percy and Dave

  Whether you have had chinchillas 3 months or 30 years, you know there is something special about these little chinchillas. They get to you. This is one of those stories. Percy is a standard chinchilla owned by Victoria Rodgers.  Victoria also owns 2 rabbits, but it is the chinchilla (who has more personality) who …

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Chinchillas 101 – Attending a Small Show

Chinchilla Shows I had the opportunity in November to judge a small chinchilla show in Florida. It has been quite a while since I judged a one day show with less than 100 animals in attendance. A smaller local show is a special show, a special opportunity!  Breeders small and large show up to support …

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Flying with Chinchillas

Flying with Chinchillas Official American Rabbit Breeders Association reference guide of airline carriers offering transport for rabbits and cavies. These are suggested recommendations. The American Rabbit Breeders Assn (ARBA) does not have jurisdiction over the way airlines institute airline travel. We can offer suggestions to make your task of flying rabbits and/or cavies less stressful. …

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Meeting in the Barn and Getting the Scoop

This new feature is in response to your request for more accurate information. We want to bring you the most experience and accurate information available. This month our guest experienced ranchers are; Ann Harris, So. Minnesota, with 53 years of experience. JoAnne Craner, Idaho, with 53 years of experience. Tamara Tucker, Texas, 23 years of …

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