Meeting in the Barn and Getting the Scoop

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...
Using the Baby Nursery

Using the Baby Nursery

Empress Chinchilla BREEDER October 2016 By JoAnne Craner (Craner Family Chinchillas) The arrival of new babies on any chinchilla ranch is nearly always a time for excitement. This is validated not only by my own experience but by the number of baby chinchilla pictures...
Pedigree vs. Registry – Is There a Difference?

Pedigree vs. Registry – Is There a Difference?

Very similar to many owners of purebred animals, some chinchilla pet owners want proof that the animal they purchased is a quality animal so they ask for a pedigree. This is a great start except that a pedigree is no assurance of quality. A pedigree simply states the...
Building a Baby Nursery

Building a Baby Nursery

By Joanne Craner (Craner Family Ranch) Last month we mentioned the use of a baby nursery in our article about hand feeding babies. We had an inquiry regarding the “nursery” and decided to share with you an example of one that you can build yourself. We use nurseries...
GENETICS – Dr. Cara Beasley, Ph.,D. Part 1 of 2

GENETICS – Dr. Cara Beasley, Ph.,D. Part 1 of 2

Basic Terminology – In most animals there are two copies of every gene, one from the dam and one from the sire.  These genes can either be the standard (wild type), or a mutation.  Multiple sets of genes determine the coat color in chinchillas.  All the colors...