Feed your chinchilla the best chinchilla food you can get. The chinchilla food from pet stores is not very good. they use poor ingredients, and do not have the proper nutrients in it. If you do get chinchilla food from the pet store, use Mazuri. If you get your Chinchilla from a breeder, its best to buy extra and keep you chin on the same chinchilla food. Changing feed can upset the digestive system, and cause wet poops. Most breeder will sell you chinchilla food on a regular bases. Do not use a bowl for feed either, since chins like to sit in it and they may pee and poop in it and contaminate the feed. Keep chinchilla food in air tight container, in a dry cool place. I free feed my chinchillas, which means, I fill their feeders so they always have chinchilla food. I use Hubbards Traditions feed, I all so recommend Maurzi, Oxbow, and Purina Advanced Nutrition Rabbit feed, this you can get at Grain and Feed stores that sell farm and Horse supplies.
Hay, I keep loose timothy hay or a Mix hay, plus timothy/alfalfa cubes in their cages at all time. The loose hay, works on the back teeth and the cubes work on the front teeth. Its very important that your chinchilla has chinchilla food and water at all times. I clean up hay from the night before, and give them fresh loose hay every day. They may pee on the hay and you don’t want them to eat it. If you smell a mustiness to the hay, or if it feels hot or wet, throw it away, its growing mold, which is very bad for chinchillas and makes them very sick and even cause death. You may be able to get chinchilla food and cubes from the breeder or online and some times the pet stores. I all so sell both loose and cubes. Once in a while I will give my chins Alfalfa hay, as a treat, and to my moms and baby’s. Store hay in a dry cool place, paper bags with small holes in works very well.
Used Filtered or bottled water, No tap water, there many be to many chemicals in it, that your unaware of, if your on a well all so. If you don’t drink it, don’t expect your chinchilla to. If they don’t like the taste they wont drink it. and this can cause them to get dehydrated and up set their digestive system. Change water every to every other day. Clean water bottles 2 to 3 times a week in dishwasher or with bleach water, to sanitize. You don’t ever want mold or bacteria to start to grow in the bottle. Wash in dishwasher or by hand with hot soapy water or you can use watered down bleach, just make sure that you rinse very well. Attach to the out of the cage, this way your chinchilla can not chew and put holes in it. Get water and chinchilla food all over their cage and then they will have nothing to drink. Do not use bowls they can tip over and get water all over the cage all so and this can cause dampness and mold to start to grow and this can make your chin very sick.
Changing chinchilla food:
should you need to change your chins feed.
First 4 days — 3/4 old to 1/4 new
next 4 days—2/3 old to 1/3 new
next 4 days—1/2 old to 1/2 new
next 4 days—1/3 old to 2/3 new
next 4 days—1/4 old to 3/4 new
next 4 days— just a little old to mostly all new. Then all new.
If at any time you see your chin having soft wet poops, stop the new chinchilla food or slow down on the new food, give your chin some brunt toast or shredded wheat. and try in again in a couple days. Chinchillas have a very sensitive digestive systems, you need to be careful when changing chinchilla food.
Health Mix – chinchilla food
Buckwheat Groats Organic
Flax Seed Organic
Millet Seed Organic
This chinchilla food is a great Mix for the help with all functions, helps with proper insulation of the body’s organs against shock. Maintenance of body temperature for health of skin and fur. Antioxidant, A high reactive free radical that will help stop cell damage. Antioxidants that inhibits some cancers, strengthens capillaries, helps with healing of cuts, sores, after surgery’s. Helps with autoimmune, Plus carbohydrates for energy, Maintains proper digestion.
Protein, Amino acids, Natural Antibiotics, Enzymes, Minerals, Fats and Hormones that are used for the body’s rejuvenating and building function. Vitamins include A, B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, D and E. Up to 25 trace elements, 14 Essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6. 11 Active Enzymes, rich amounts of Carotenoids, Bio flavonoids, Phytoestrogens, 11 Carbohydrates, 28 Minerals, 18 Amino Acids. Boost immunity, slows aging, removes harmful free radical toxins. helps with Male Sterility, and Female Reproductive system. Helps in digestion anti-inflammatory. Has Beneficial Floras- Aids in good digestion Keeps the gut moving properly, Keeps bad Bactria and Yeast down. Keeps teeth, bones, nervous system, lungs, brain, hormones functioning properly
Contains Rutin, Rich supply of Flavonoids. Flavonoids are Phyochemincals that protect against disease by extending the action of Vitamin C and acting as antioxidants, helps maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively helps with heart disease. High in Magnesium, Lowers risk of diabetes, anti-cancer, High in fiber, Manganese-Tryptophan.
Manganese, Phosphors, Magnesium, Niacin, B-3. Helps with the Function and Bone system, source of Fiber, Is absorbed in to the Bloodstream.
Packed with Omegas, has 36 Vital Vitamins, great fiber source, hair and skin and nails.
Whole Grain Oats:
Good fiber source,
Good Fiber source, protein
New Born’s chinchilla that are not doing well, (Grind mix chinchilla food up to make a fine powder, you can use a coffee grinder or food processor). Mix 1 teaspoon of ground health mix with 3 tablespoons goats milk, ( you can get goats milk in health food stores, some grocery store will care it, It comes in a powder or liquid). Feed with a syringe or dropper, every 1 to 2 hours, new Born’s only take in about .01 to .02 mls at a time. Muck sure in goes down into the kits tummy and not in the lungs or coming out their nose. Place a drop on baby’s chinchilla lips, this will make them lick their lips, keep drooping the mix on their lips till the get the hang of it. once they do, chinchilla food will start sucking on the syringe or they will keep licking faster as you drop the mix on their lips. As baby chinchilla grows you will need to put more in the syringe for each feeding.
This is also good for when your are rotating babies, for a mom that has had a large litter, or first time mom with a large chinchilla food. Moms that are nursing I will add 1/8 teaspoon of Nettle leaves, Blessed Thistle, and Fehugreek, Chamomile, these will help promote milk flow and relax Mom. This is all so great to give to show animals, keeps chinchilla body fiction healthy and going properly when traveling and under stress. Promotes great hair quality, skin elasticity. Keeps lungs and heart Functioning properly, plus proper cell function.
All so for Breeding chinchillas I will give extra to males, females and pregnant female and Nursing that are in breeding.