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Empress Chinchilla http://empresschinchilla.org Empress Chinchilla Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:43:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Exercise http://empresschinchilla.org/1356-2/ http://empresschinchilla.org/1356-2/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:26:07 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1356 EXERCISE
I have many people ask about exercise and playtime. Is it necessary to allow chinchillas play time? I think much of this discussion may result from us being conditioned to walk the dog, exercise our dogs and even train our dogs to compete in agility, herding, and other such trials that replicate a dogs natural ability to “work.”

We definitely want to keep our chinchillas as healthy as possible, but we have to realize that chinchillas are vastly
different from dogs and other animals. They do not need the level of exercise that many animals do. In the wild the only exercise they get would be running back into their home or hiding spot from predators. It is a short burst of energy then they are sedentary again. And looking at how they are made up, their strong rear legs
that are suited for jumping and makes this burst of energy very effective. They then return to a more sedentary movement as they search for grasses to eat.

Our domesticated animal feels very safe in their cage.  This is their home, this is freedom from  predators, it is essential for their well being.  Most of you keep your chinchillas in a cage with places for them to jump on, hanging chew toys for activity which allows them to jump and stretch and move about. You are providing the movement they need for good muscle tone and health.

To read the rest of this article, more articles like this and to learn more about showing and caring for chinchillas, please log in and view the November 2017 issue of the Breeder Magazine. Non-members can join by visiting our “Membership” tab.

 

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Should You Show Your Pet Chinchilla http://empresschinchilla.org/1337-2/ http://empresschinchilla.org/1337-2/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:51:37 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1337

Should you show
       your Pet
     Chinchilla?

In the past month or so, I have had several people tell me their chinchilla is their pet, they don’t want to show it. My response is usually, why wouldn’t you want to show it?

Granted your pet chinchilla is going to be your pet whether that chinchilla takes Grand Show Champion or receives no award at all. You are not going to love your pet any less. You are not going to care for your pet any less.

But I say why deny yourself the opportunity to enjoy a chinchilla show, to hang out with people who cares about their chinchilla(s( as much as you care for yours. Share a day with like minded individuals. People like you, who realize this chinchilla is something special. They truly are a unique animal, and we love them.

So why deny yourself the opportunity to learn more about your chinchilla. To learn more about keeping them in peak shape and condition. Chinchilla ranchers are great people who want to help you learn.

So be part of your branch show, you will be welcomed! Be part of your branch show because you will
learn a lot. And maybe just maybe your chinchilla will win a ribbon. And how proud would that make you if he or she did win a ribbon. I am pretty darn proud or the ribbons I win, and I know you will be too.

Hope to see you at a local show soon!

To read more articles like this and learn more about showing and caring for chinchillas, please log in and view the October 2017 issue of the Breeder Magazine. Non-members can join by visiting our “Membership” tab.

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Fur Chewing http://empresschinchilla.org/fur-chewing/ http://empresschinchilla.org/fur-chewing/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 05:20:47 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1242 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 was determined that most animals that fur chew are more nervous than others and so this has been the most plausible reason for chewing.

Occasionally, pregnant females chew while pregnant or chew/lick their young but never chew again. Some animals chew their cage mate and never themselves.  Others chew themselves but not any other animal.

It is very perplexing. Because the animal has no value on the pelting operation, the ranchers who raise animals for pelts have nearly eliminated fur chewing,  as the animals are never bred. After generations of not breeding fur chewers, this has been an effective remedy. Genetically, it has removed fur chewing from the gene pool.

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Caring for the New Mom http://empresschinchilla.org/caring-new-mom/ http://empresschinchilla.org/caring-new-mom/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:26:12 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1194 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 gave some great responses as well. Follow with this article by reading their tried and true practices beginning on page 11.

It is important to mention that the first necessary thing is to ensure good quality pellets and good water. Sometimes we take water for granted, but it is important to ensure your water quality is good – but this is better talked about in another article.
The mothers cage should have NO opening larger than ½ inch, any larger, the kits will get out and may not be found.

If the kits are getting the milk they need within an hour they are active and up and running around. So as you peek in to see how they are doing, they should either be nursing under Mom or running about the cage. If any kit is alone in a corner, or the kits are squabbling – someone is not getting milk. While most kits are born with no issues, occasionally, a mother will not have enough milk or will not be able to nurse a litter of 3 or 4. For this reason it is important to check on the babies.

There are large producers who give nothing extra for feed to the nursing mother, and there are other…

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Caring for the Pregnant Female http://empresschinchilla.org/caring-pregnant-female/ http://empresschinchilla.org/caring-pregnant-female/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:12:11 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1182 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 realize oops, this
chinchilla seems pregnant.
In an ideal world, the pregnant chinchilla has had the best
of feed and hay with plenty of good water and care during
the pregnancy. In an ideal world, the chinchilla has one
or two babies and is able to take very good care of them and
they thrive.

But things are not always ideal, so let’s discuss the
proper care for a pregnant chinchilla and next month we will have an article on caring for the new mom and kits.

I have found that a first time mother ‘s nipples start turning pink very shortly after she is bred. If you live near an experienced rancher and they are able to palpate for babies for you, that is the best why to tell if the female is pregnant, and potentially how many babies they feel. CAUTION-palpating a female should ONLY be done by an experienced person.

If your female is with a male, you should assume she will be pregnant soon. Therefore it is time to feed the best diet you can. A pellet that is 16-18% protein is good. The pellet should be free of all mold and smell fresh. A good quality
hay should be made available. Again, smelling fresh and free of mold.

It is important to consider what types of treats the animal
is getting…

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Why Belong to Empress? http://empresschinchilla.org/1178-2/ http://empresschinchilla.org/1178-2/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:52:40 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1178 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. Some of the things we learn, unfortunately
are repeats of what we have been exposed to in the past. It
just didn’t stick, or was not applicable, at those other times.
This education may not, and usually does not, come from
“formal educational meetings”. It is often acquired during very
informal circumstances through the rubbing of shoulders with
other knowledgeable ranchers. These ranchers have perhaps achieved some of their knowledge through trial and error, luck,picking other ranchers brains, or whatever. The truth is we don’t care how they acquired their knowledge, skills and
abilities which you have acquired over the years.  We don’t care how they acquired this knowledge, we just want to be exposed to this same information. Monthly meetings, field days, sanctioned shows, annual meetings, national shows,
even over a drink (or two) at the bar, etc, all provide the setting for you to acquire this needed information. Most ranchers are very willing to share their ranching experiences with you for a very small fee. This normally consists of several very low cost things: your friendship and your willingness to share your own knowledge and experience.

Our Empress magazine continues to be a prime source of valuable information. It has provided this information for
many years, through the contribution of its member/ranchers.  We continue to see this belief validated through the credits given in magazines for articles they publish for their members. The success of the Empress magazine still requires you, our Empress members, to share your knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  It is a privilege for each of us to belong to an organization that has been built from the dreams of other dedicated ranchers who have preceded us in this business. We should all rededicate ourselves to building Empress, and the chinchilla industry, into the viable organization and business it can be.  There is room for everyone, but there is not room for isolationism, for we need each and every one of us to survive.

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. Some of the things we learn, unfortunately are repeats of what we have been exposed to in the past. It just didn’t stick, or was not applicable, at those other times.  This education may not, and usually does not, come from “formal educational meetings”. It is often acquired during very informal circumstances through the rubbing of shoulders with other knowledgeable ranchers. These ranchers have perhaps achieved some of their knowledge through trial and error, luck, picking other ranchers brains, or whatever. The truth is we don’t care how they acquired their knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  We don’t care how they acquired this knowledge, we just want to be exposed to this same information. Monthly meetings, field days, sanctioned shows, annual meetings, national shows, even over a drink (or two) at the bar, etc, all provide the setting for you to acquire this needed information. Most ranchers are very willing to share their ranching experiences with you for a very small fee. This normally consists of several very low cost things: your friendship and your willingness to share your own knowledge and experience.  Our Empress magazine continues to be a prime source of valuable information. It has provided this information for many years, through the contribution of its member/ranchers.  We continue to see this belief validated through the credits given in magazines for articles they publish for their members.  The success of the Empress magazine still requires you, our Empress members, to share your knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  It is a privilege for each of us to belong to an organization that has been built from the dreams of other dedicated ranchers who have preceded us in this business. We should all rededicate ourselves to building Empress, and the chinchilla industry, into the viable organization and business it can be.  There is room for everyone, but there is not room for isolationism, for we need each and every one of us to survive.

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Judging Angoras http://empresschinchilla.org/judging-angoras/ http://empresschinchilla.org/judging-angoras/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:42:53 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1159 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 sure to be shown in the next show season.

COLOR – A particular color of fur should be distinct and clear, like any other chinchilla, void of off color, dullness or muddiness.

SIZE – Size is the quality of the breeding of the animal.  The angora’s appearance may be larger due to the length
of their fur. A well bred angora should be as large as a good non-angora standard animal.

To read more of this article and learn more about angoras, please log in and view the May2017 issue of the Breeder Magazine. Non-members can join by visiting our “Membership” tab.

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History Making National Show http://empresschinchilla.org/history-making-national-show/ http://empresschinchilla.org/history-making-national-show/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:23:42 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1143 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 shown and recognize the quality or point out the flaws of new mutations. So the developmental class was born.  At the 2015 National Show 2 curlies were shown but did not receive first place ribbons. This year, was a different story, Marianne Sanscouci brought 4 angoras that she entered in the show.

To read more of this article and find out how Mariannne’ chinchillas did, please log in and view the April 2017 issue of the Breeder Magazine. Non-members can join by visiting our “Membership” tab.

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Saving Babies http://empresschinchilla.org/saving-babies/ http://empresschinchilla.org/saving-babies/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:56:14 +0000 http://empresschinchilla.org/?p=1044

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 babies. Their past survival rate was well under 50%. Many of the responders on Facebook agreed that the survival rate was very low.
I was surprised because in my years of fostering and hand feeding babies I found the opposite to be true. The first and best choice is always having a lactating accepting mom to foster the babies to. I realize this is not always possible with smaller herds so the next best method is hand feeding the babies. I think there are a few key components to success with hand feeding.

1. Good milk recipe
2. Knowing how to properly feed the baby
3. Keeping the baby warm
4. Adult / baby interaction
5. Stimulating urination……..

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