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This week on the auction,
we have a homozygous violet and homozygous ebony wrap-around violet female,
starting at only $1. She is Ritterspach-bred, and would be a great addition
to any herd aimed at achieving TOV wraps, TOV tan/violet wraps, violet
wrap and white hybrids, etc
We also have, for the first time, and
ebony and white hybrid female. We have an extra small mini standard male,
and two females; a standard and a pink white, that would be good additions
to a mini-producing herd. The two standards offered this week starting
at $1 are both good quality pure standards, and would be an asset to a
breeders quality mutation lines.
There have been some excellent prices on chins
in the promotional category over the past month. This category is our
way of advertising, and promoting the auction. It often provides a chance
for buyers to acquire high quality chinchillas at half price, or even
We often notate a standard as "pure" in
the animal description on the auction. This notation means that the chinchilla
is out of a pure standard line, meaning there are no mutations in the
background. These are often the most prepotent chinchillas for passing
quality on to their offspring. High quality pure standards are the backbone
of any standard or mutation breeding program. When breeding mutations,
especially hybrids, there is always an exchange of quality for quantity
(quantity of color genes). That is why it is so difficult to produce a
top quality TOV violet (3 mutation color genes), as opposed to a high
quality mosaic (1 mutation color gene) The number of genes in one animal
also accounts for the price being higher for a high quality hybrid than
for a single gene mutation like black, white or beige. However, it takes
top standards to produce top mutations, whether they have 1 color gene,
or 4. High quality pure standards maintain good prices because a significant
portion of a breeders herd must be dedicated to producing them,
with no mutation offspring to help offset the cost of maintenance.
I am often asked what weight constitutes a "mini."
I am reluctant to state a specific weight because, as is the case with
non minis, the weight is subject to sex and color, as well as condition.
A standard female is generally going to run larger than a mutation male.
In general, a standard female of around 1 pound 2 ounces would be about
at the top end of the mini scale, and a male should probably not exceed
1 pound. Minis are safer to breed than dwarfs as far as avoiding littering
and fertility problems, if the breeder is cautious to use males that are
smaller than the females they are breeding.
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