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Fur Chewing

Fur Chewing has been problematic since as long as chinchillas have been being raised. In the early days it greatly effected the price of a pelt and made that  animal worthless. Many studies were conducted to try to determine the cause of fur chew.  Feeds were tested, the animals nutritional needs, or lack thereof. It …

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Caring for the New Mom

So you have a pregnant female and you want to try to ensure she gives birth to healthy kits and is healthy herself so she can raise them. Last month we talked about how to care for the pregnant chinchilla – this month we will focus on the new mother and her kit(s). Our experts …

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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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