WARNING IMMEDIATELY: just take the chinchilla and put the girl in a cage to the chinchilla for the boy to NOT!
Home chinchillas retain instincts inherited from long-standing wild ancestors. In the wild, chinchillas live in herds, matriarchy reigns within the group. The main female chinchilla (alpha female) chooses a male for mating and controls the mating of the remaining females of the lower level of the hierarchy. Such a breeding mechanism is due to the poverty of the food supply in the High Andes, it does not allow excessive growth of the chinchilla population.
The female chinchilla will not tolerate an unexpected intrusion into the private space of an unfamiliar male, will drive him out, bite him, and even to death.
Chinchilla planting procedure takes time, requires attention and control. Recall that mature chinchillas are suitable for pairing. male and female, at least 10 months old, or better. of the year. Below we offer our own method of planting.
Stage 1. Acquaintance in absentia
Chinchillas are changed, transplanted from cell to cell. The boy is put in a cage of a girl and, at the same time, on the contrary, the girl is put in a cage to a boy. Chinchillas themselves do not smell, but they clearly distinguish each other’s smells. Animals are left in cages for 3 to 6 hours. Repeat this procedure daily for one to two weeks. Pay attention to the behavior of animals. If the female is reluctant to leave the male’s cage, then the male is most likely to like it and the sitting will be successful. In the case when the female is nervous, being in the male’s cage, scatters his food and toilet tray, there is a suspicion of a possible rejection of the partner.
Stage 2. Rallying
Chinchillas are found in person, face to face. The male and female chinchillas are placed together in a small carrier to sit side by side. Create a stressful situation for a pair of chinchillas to pull together. Start shaking and chatting the carry for a few minutes. Then place the carry on the floor and observe the behavior of the chinchillas. The male usually shows interest in the female, but the female often reacts aggressively. If you notice a grunt, grunt, attack on the male, immediately take the carrier and shake again. It is impossible to allow the female to bite the male by the ears, eyes, tear out the hair. Together, chinchillas should spend 3 to 6 hours carrying, even if they are sitting quietly. Be nearby all this time to control the situation and shake the carrier in case of resumption of female aggression. Having experienced stressful situations, chinchillas get used to each other. When you are convinced that the animals have calmed down and sit quietly for a long time, release them in a cage to the male. And if the aggression of the female continues, you have to make a decision – refuse to sit down or continue to “catch” the female.
Stage 3. Final Addiction
From carrying animals are planted in a cage to the male (!). Stay close and watch. If a boy and a girl sat together on the same shelf, sit without a quarrel, they got used to each other. The siting goal has been reached. If the female continues to behave aggressively, repeat step No. 2. If this does not help, we will "catch", i.e. Forcing the female. Take the carrier in which the couple previously sat, place it inside the male’s cage and put one unruly female in the carrier. Let him sit for several hours in cramped conditions and without food. Then again release the female into the cage to the male and again observe. Repeat the punishment for the female if she is again aggressive. In our nursery, it so happened that the female more than once fell into the insulator carrier both day and night. If relapse of aggression cannot be avoided, then, apparently, it will be necessary to select another male. Even if you decide that the chinchillas have already got used to it, continue to monitor the situation day after day. Inspect the female and male for wounds and torn fur, when they suddenly got into a fight during your absence.
In our nursery, some features of the behavior of females during planting were revealed:
- · Some females refuse to accept too small males (by weight and age)
- · Females who previously sat with their only and beloved partner do not always accept new males
- · When you plan to return the female to the male with whom she was previously sitting, carry out the replanting procedure. Females forget their former partners.
- · The female sometimes does not want to sit down at a time when she is sick.
- · Finally, some females do not want to sit down with anyone. In our practice, this amounted to 1.2% of cases.
- You can not plant a pregnant female with a new male. Let enough time pass after the previous ablation to make sure that there is no pregnancy.
So, chinchilla planting happens to be successful or unsuccessful. This difficult business requires time, attention and effort. The male’s injuries and especially his death cannot be allowed. You can not go too far, forcing the female to bruise, she risks falling into stress.
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