Chinchillas have breeding habits unlike other animals; you can’t just put a male and female in a cage and expect more chinchillas. Chinchilla breeding is quite a bit more complex than that. By putting them together like that, not only are the chinchillas at risk, but the offspring as well. If you’ve never tried chinchilla breeding before, you may find yourself in several predicaments if uninformed.
There is a lot one must become familiar with before breeding chinchillas. You must know things like: when to allow chinchillas of both sexes to mate and when not to, the obstacles that can arise as the gestation period unfolds and how to ensure the health and safety of the newborn offspring.
You should also know that not any two chinchillas of opposite sexes will mate with each other. One must take precautions before breeding chinchillas, some of which are discussed later on. If you’re considering chinchilla breeding as a hobby, it’s very important to be informed because what you may think of as an easy one-step process may turn out to be disastrous.
Having said that, I must inform you that the information provided below doesn’t cover everything one needs to know about breeding chinchillas. However, it should give a general overview of what you, as a potential chinchilla breeder, might be getting yourself into. For example, chinchilla breeding can begin as early as 5 months of age. This translates to preteen and early teen years in human years. It is sexually possible, but it is not healthy for them and can create health complications for both the mother and the kits. Chinchilla breeding should begin when both adults are about 9 months old according to most breeders.
Before purchasing male and female chinchillas for breeding, you should become aware of the backgrounds and ancestries of both chinchillas. This is to ensure that the offspring won’t have the risk of having any genetic diseases. To optimize the results and avoid running into this problem, you should buy your chinchillas from well known chinchilla breeders who know a lot about their animals. Even though this isn’t as important when buying chinchillas as pets when all we’re looking for is the most adorable one, it’s necessary to know this when considering chinchilla breeding.
A Little Patience Goes a Long Way When Breeding Chinchillas
After you purchase both the male and female chinchillas that are right for breeding, the best thing to do is put them into two different cages, side by side, so that they familiarize with each other. If you put both of them in the same cage, chances are that their first encounter will break out into a fight. When you transfer them into the same cage, it will take time for them to get used to each other.
You must remember that chinchillas will mate when the time and conditions are right for them. A female chinchilla has a mating cycle of about 3 to 5 weeks, whereas the male is almost always ready. When the time is right for them, they won’t hesitate to start mating. This may take a while so just remember that without patience, chinchilla breeding is almost impossible.
Chinchilla Gestation and Birth
For chinchillas, the gestation period lasts approximately 105 to 115 days. After that, the female will most likely give birth to two kits (baby chinchillas) on average, and sometimes three. Some animals are born blind, like puppies, but chinchillas are born as miniatures of their parents, with the ability to see and walk around almost right after they’re born.
Chinchilla breeding shouldn’t commence again right after the kits are born. Even though it is possible for the female to conceive again after a day, it isn’t recommended for health concerns of the mother. Therefore, the male should be removed from the cage after the kits are born until you want to start breeding chinchillas again. On average, most breeders will only allow two litters every year, and sometimes three.
After the mother gives birth, you should pay close attention to the young. The mother should be watched too. However, it’s unlikely that there are any complications after she gives birth. As stated earlier, this isn’t all there is to learn about chinchilla breeding. Your best efforts would be to acquire as much knowledge on the subject as you can before attempting the art of chinchilla breeding for the first time.