Birch tree. Its leaves and branches are rich in vitamins, sugars. They contain many volatile, substances with antimicrobial properties. Animals that are bred in captivity usually lack them, especially young animals.
In young leaves of birch there is a lot of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the kidneys. vegetable fats and other valuable substances.
In the leaves, substances were found that stimulate the vital processes of animal organisms, resembling in their composition similar substances of ginseng. Birch branches and leaves collected in summer and winter can be fed to chinchillas throughout the year.
Oak. Acorns and oak branches attract the attention of chinchillas throughout the year. They are very nutritious. In addition, they are useful for indigestion of animals (diarrhea) because They contain tannins. But in constant and large quantities can cause constipation.
Willow. Different types of willows. Valuable feed product readily eaten by chinchillas. Leaves and branches are fed to animals all year round. The most nutritious branches are cut during the winter.
Aspen. Leaves, bark and young shoots of aspen can serve as an addition to chinchilla food in all seasons. They need to be harvested in winter, since during this period they have much more fat and protein.
Juniper. The needles and berries of this small tree. useful and attractive food for chinchilla. Berries contain up to 40% of sugars, they have bactericidal properties.
Pine. In the needles of this tree about 3% fat, up to 20% starch. In addition, it contains a significant amount of iron, an element that is part of the hemoglobin of blood, found special bitter-smelling substances that stimulate appetite in animals. Pine needles are known for their high vitamin content. Especially in the needles of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is six times more than in lemons or oranges. The animals are fed primarily spring young shoots. Chinchilla pine seeds are readily eaten throughout the year. Branches should be clean of resin.
Poplar. By nutrition, poplar leaves are superior to the best fodder herbs and are an excellent fodder. However, chinchillas eat them badly.
In addition to the above plants, animals consume leaves, shoots and bark of pear, apple, linden, hazel, blackberry, raspberry, sea buckthorn, etc.
Particular attention when feeding requires young animals. Until the cubs reach the age of 1.5 months, in their diet Not recommended include green and succulent food, although a healthy piece of green taken from their parents will not bring harm to healthy children. From the age of six weeks, cubs begin to eat green feed, which is introduced gradually into the diet and gradually increase the serving.
Tea. Chinchillas are very fond of dry tea leaves. You can give green tea, and black, and mate, but always natural, without artificial flavors. Remember also that tea contains tannins, which have firming properties. Therefore, give a serving of tea no more than 1/3 teaspoon no more than three times a week. It is good to combine tea leaves and dry petals of Sudanese roses ("hibiscus"), which have a mild laxative effect.
Rosehip buds and wrinkled roses. 4-5 pcs.
Strawberry and strawberry leaves – a few each.
Dried Berries and Fruits.
Dogrose – peel unlimitedly, and give only the peel, and tear out the seeds and clean! Many cases of gum injury with spikes of seeds! If you notice tears that the chinchilla refuses food. most often it is gum disease (stomatitis) Treat gum with ointment Metrogil dent.
Blueberries – several berries per day, because Dried berries have firming properties.
Raisins – 1 pc. Once a week, during recovery or to lactating and pregnant females, sweet dried fruits. in the daily diet is FORBIDDEN! Cause insulin shock \ to whom!
Drying apples. 1p in d useful vitamin C.
Chinchillas are very fond of Hercules, which has high palatability and is a source of B vitamins. All the chinchillas I know about Hercules are ready to sell their homeland, but you can give it only 1 teaspoon per day.
Hercules must be absolutely clean, dry and crumbly, without impurities and impurities, without mold, etc. Even better if it is a mixture of several cereals in the form of flakes.
Germinated grains of cereal plants.
Germinated grain is very useful for animals, especially young animals. In winter and early spring you can give germinated grain at the rate of 10 – 15% of the daily norm. For this, oats or barley are poured with water and kept in a warm room for 24 to 48 hours. Swollen and moistened grain is scattered on shelves in a bright room and fed it a few days later when sprouts appear.
Plants only in dried form, preferably Besides roots:
Cabbage. causes gas formation.
Carrot. recommended dried
Dill. in doubt, it has a diuretic effect and, in principle, is useless (but many give it from bloating, as it is recommended even for babies)
C. Pepper just like cabbage causes gas
Beet. although useful, but weak, so that is also not necessary
Cucumbers harmless, but not every beast will eat this actually water vegetable
Bananas too sweet, not recommended
Pears if moderately sweet, then dried (dried. cause diarrhea)
Grapes, raisins. och sweet, but you can give raisins to a female or sick animal
Sunflower seeds and walnut. I’m killing for the liver.
Do not get carried away by dried apricots and prunes. they are sweet and very weak
Better give dried apples.
Persimmon. contains a lot of iodine. Since in the treatment of rodents they try to avoid iodine-containing drugs, it is better not to give it. It is also sweet and has astringent properties, there may be constipation.
Tea rose petals. possible, but only grown personally. Shelves can not be given, because they are processed in a bunch of chemistry.
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