This week on the auction, we have a one of a kind Timali and Co. chinchilla playcenter on promotion, starting at a $1 minimum bid. This is a unique playcenter that is only available on this week's auction. It was custom crafted by Timali and Co. to provide an entertainment outlet for your chinchillas. To see the playcenter, click here.
Over the last decade, there has been a spike in interest in multi-mutation hybrid chinchillas, especially in ebony, violet, and sapphire crosses. 2004 has seen a special interest in sapphire crosses. This week on the auction, we have a very good quality Ritterspach bred white mosaic sapphire carrier male. Next week, we will have a show quality white mosaic sapphire carrier female.
If you are interested
in breeding multi-mutation hybrids and you have questions concerning
genetics, or if you want to know what color mutations you will need
to buy in order to produce certain colors in the offspring, e-mail us
. We provide free herd-consulting services to our chinchilla and E-store
We have had
a lot of questions recently from pet owners asking if they need to buy
show combs. If you have a chinchilla whose fur has become matted, you
can use a #4 or #7 comb to gently comb out the mats. Otherwise, as long
as you keep your chinchillas dusted regularly, and in a clean environment,
they usually do not need to be combed. If you do not show now, but plan
to try showing in the future, it would be an advantage to start practicing
grooming on one of your non show chinchillas. Good show grooming takes
a lot of practice, and hands on experience is important to becoming
proficient at show grooming.
This is another
question we have been asked lately. The answer depends on the sex, color,
and bloodline of your chinchilla. Females naturally tend to be larger
than males, so breeding females should be a little bit larger than breeding
males. Females also have both an environmental and a genetic influence
on the size of the offspring, where the males have only a genetic influence.
In general, standards are larger than dominant mutations, and dominant
mutations are larger than recessives and hybrids. If you are using large
males to increase the size of your offspring, make sure that you breed
him to females that are not too much smaller than he is. If so, you
may encounter littering problems. Keep in mind that some of the best
producing males have been small males, especially the ebony, sapphire,
and hybrid males. The larger your males, the slower they tend to produce.
If you only use very large males, you may run into slow production.
Also, do not assess the size of your chinchilla before it is done growing.
Some bloodlines mature faster than others. Some chinchillas are nearly
full grown by 11 months, while others are still growing past 18 months.
Your foundation quality standard females should probably be close to
625-700 grams or larger if you are producing for show purposes. Allow
more lenience for the recessive carriers, males, and mutations, and
for females whose other qualities are exceptional.
If one of the
goals in your show breeding program is to produce size, it might be more
efficient to concentrate on using large high quality females with average
size high quality males, rather than the other way around. If necessary,
you can breed smaller females to larger males, but make sure that the
size difference is not too extreme.
Newsletter subscribers can take 10% off the purchase price of any one chinchilla purchased on an active auction between November 20th and December 4th, 2004. E-mail laurie no later than December 5th to apply this discount to the qualifying chinchilla of your choice.
Also for newsletter subscribers, take 10% off all Oxbow Hay products through the 30th of November by entering coupon code 4002126 upon checkout.
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