After many months
of planning, the Chinchillas.com E-Store is now open. We have a sale
on Twin Packs of Western Timothy Hay for $5.99, 25# bags of Tradition
Chinchilla Feed for $9.95, and 50# bags of Tradition Chinchilla Feed
for $13.99. Tradition is used by top chinchilla show breeders in the
US. We welcome your comments and suggestions concerning what products
you would like to see in the new store.
Many people have been asking when the new sales gallery will be up. We are happy to say that it's finally here! (The old one was taken down last Fall, so that we could build a more attractive and usable gallery). The new gallery models the E-Store in appearance and maneuverability, but users must interact with sales directly through e-mail or by phone to buy animals, instead of being able to check out online as they can in the E-Store. The individual interaction with Gallery customers is a necessary part of live animal sales, as it helps buyers make well informed decisions before buying live chinchillas.
may have noticed that we have discontinued the majority of our pet quality
chinchilla sales on the site. We have done this so that we can concentrate
on providing proven show, and show quality chinchillas to serious breeders
and hobbyists worldwide. However, quality "not for show" chinchillas
are still available by request for $75-$150, and occasionally in the
"specialty" category of the Sales Gallery.
This week on the auction, we have a special promotion. We have a very hard to find triple dominant mutation hybrid female, weighing 646 grams at 6 ½ months of age. She is heterozygous beige, heterozygous black, and heterozygous white. The hybrid possibilities with a female of this genotype are endless. Of particular interest might be the possible offspring achieved by breeding her to a dark ebony male. The possible offspring resulting from such a cross would be:
We also have an extremely blocky, beautifully hued, Beige MCBA Section Champion male, and the MCBA Atlantic Chapter "Champion Male of Show" (a Black Velvet), on auction this week. These are the exceptional males that strengthen the quality of mutation herds.
hair follicle on a chinchilla contains up to 100 hairs. In each follicle,
there is one hair called a "king hair," or a "guard hair."
This individual guard hair is longer and thicker than the other hair.
The guard hair serves to protect the rest of the hair. The guard hair
has no band of white, called the "bar," which all other hairs
have. The guard hair is one long, solid colored hair.
The bar is the
white band near the end of the hair shaft, just prior to the dark tip.
A clear white bar is important to the overall brightness of the chinchilla.
A bar that is off color will contribute to a "casty" look on
a chinchilla, which is undesirable in a show animal. The presence of a
chinchillas's bar can be described in 1 of 4 ways. It can be a blended
bar, a narrow bar, an average bar, or a wide bar. The bar should be of
the proper (average) length, which is about 1/8 of an inch. The narrow
bar is less than 1/8 of an inch in length, and the wide bar is more that
1/8 of an inch in length. The blended bar lacks definition between the
white band, and the grey shaft or tip, and is generally considered undesirable.
The average, bright white bar is the most desirable in a good show chinchilla.
Of note, the Gunning Black, or Black Velvet chinchilla, and the TOV hybrids
lack a bar. This lack of bar is useful in determining the presence of
the black velvet gene in potential TOV hybrids.
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problems of spam mail consuming large amounts of bandwidth on the internet,
many ISP's are offering more aggressive spam filters for their users.
In the process, a lot of legitimate mail, including newsletters, are mistakenly
filtered out of user's mail boxes. If you have not been receiving newsletters,
or regular responses to your e-mail inquiries from us, you may want to
check that we have not been inadvertently blocked. If you use AOL, you
can unblock e-mail by signing on as the primary account holder, clicking
on "mail," then clicking on "mail controls." Then,
simply follow the steps to unblock mail.
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