The diet of rodents should be diverse, so you need to add greens and young shoots to it. However, before filling the feeder, you should understand which branches can be given to the chinchilla. Not every tree or shrub will have a beneficial effect on the pet.
Raw Material Harvesting Rules
The need to introduce various shoots and twigs into the diet of rodents is due to several factors:
- Saturation of a pet’s body with vitamins and minerals;
- Improving the functioning of the dental system;
- A positive influence on the behavioral factor – chinchillas use branches as toys.
Features of the harvesting of green feed at home:
- The collection of branches is possible only in ecologically clean areas, far from highways, densely populated areas, industrial enterprises;
- The optimal time for collecting wood and foliage is the growing season;
- It is necessary to verify the absence of moldy parts, lichens, traces of pests and fungus;
- At home, each rod must be washed successively with hot and cold water, dried;
- Store in a place with minimal moisture content;
- Bark on the rods should be left – it contains the maximum concentration of nutrients.
What branches can be given to chinchillas
Shrubs and trees can not be offered chinchillas constantly. Depending on which branches and twigs are abundant, the diet should be planned as follows:
- Hawthorn – before feeding, remove leaves and thorns, give 1-2 branches per week;
- Guelder-rose – 2 pieces every 7 days;
- Gooseberries – 3 branches per week, previously cleared of thorns;
- Raspberry – also peeling off anything that could damage the animal, 1 twig should be relied upon once every 2 weeks;
- Sea buckthorn – remove leaves, give on a branch 1-2 times a week;
- Mountain ash – the method is similar to sea buckthorn;
- Currants – supposed to distribute 3 pieces per week diet;
- Mulberry – you can pamper your pet once a week with 1 little thing;
- Alder – effective for diarrhea, if you feed the animal of 1 twig every 7 days;
- Birch – a regimen similar to alder;
- Willow – it is not recommended to exceed the dose of 1 twig for 2 weeks;
- Elm – on the shoot every 3 days;
- Pear – it is allowed to give 2 branches up to 3 times a week;
- Willow – can be given with the same frequency as a pear;
- Linden – can be constantly kept in a cage;
- Hazel – a branch twice a week;
- Aspen – 1 rod 2-3 times a week.
You need to know which branches and in what form to give the chinchilla
Harmful chinchilla branches
Veterinarians and zoologists identify many types of plants that can be given to rodents to improve health. However, there are varieties that are absolutely impossible for chinchillas. Among them:
- All species of conifers;
- Citrus trees;
- Apricot, plum, cherry;
- Wood of any kind with resinous wood;
- Lilac, buckthorn;
- Bird cherry, elderberry, maple.
Knowing exactly what chinchillas eat, you can independently prepare for them a varied green menu and often the joy of a pet with a new treat that will bring only benefit.
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