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Chinchillas for Sale

 

Prices start at 100 for a standard grey, with mutation colours being around 120. If you are interested in breeding in order to potentially exhibit, please contact me since I sometimes have good quality breeding animals available and if I do not have anything suitable, I may know someone who has. It is important that if you want to breed for shows, that you get the best possible animals available and a good way to start is by attending the National Chinchilla Society shows so that you can learn what a good quality chinchilla is and meet breeders. Please note, as with all animals, a pedigree is simply a record of how an animal is bred and it does not guarantee quality. Equally, the NCS does not inspect/recommend breeders and anyone can join the NCS (which is highly recommended even if you only have chinchillas as pets since you would receive 5 gazettes a year which include lots of top tips and articles on all aspects of husbandry and care as well as exhibiting).

Since I am a hobby breeder that breeds to exhibit, many of the animals I sell are older (6 months to 14 months old) since I normally exhibit most of what I breed. This is not necessarily a disadvantage since if they are happy to be handled at that age, they will remain so (unless of course they are badly treated). I do occassionally have younger kits avilable (3 months or slighlty older) but this is not always the case. My female chinchillas have 1 litter a year and normally a litter consists of 1 or 2 kits, therefore, I often do not have all the mutation colours I breed available for sale.

The National Chinchilla Society of the UK, which organise all the UK chinchilla shows and of which I am an active member, has produced two booklets. One about keeping chinchillas as pets and the other on breeding chinchillas.These include a lot of the essential and important information you need, so please feel free to download these by clicking on the links below.

NCS GUIDE TO KEEPING CHINCHILLAS AS PETS

NCS GUIDE TO BREEDING CHINCHILLAS

Visitors are welcome by appointent with no obligation to buy. I would prefer potential owners to think carefully about whether a chinchilla is the right pet for them. All questions are answered honestly.

enquiry@edgehillchinchillas.co.uk

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Anyone planning on buying animals from me please read the basics of chinchilla care. I have many heart broken, desperate owners ringing me for advice or to replace a chinchilla when the illness/ death of their animal could have been avoided. This is sometimes caused by incorrect housing or diet. There are many cages on the market that are sold as suitable for chinchillas that are not (unfortunately there appears to be no law against it). Chinchillas falling even 3 or 4 feet can end up with very serious or even fatal injuries, therefore, tall cages need separate floors with a maximum height of 2 feet (60cm) between floors. Many people convince themselves that lots of shelves, hammocks and ledges make a tall cage safe for them, however, this is not the case. They are rock hoppers and although they climb, they are not that good at it, so these cages present a real danger to them. Any type of plastic (even non toxic) will be chewed and can cause a blockage of the gut which is inevitably fatal. So no plastic toys, shelves, wheels, sand baths etc. Wire shelving and ladders are also not recommended since these can result in a foot being caught, potential resulting in broken limbs and the animal found dangling in the cage. Diet is vital to the well being of the animal so all hay has to be mould free and a basic diet of good quality pellets (not mixed chinchilla foods) is absolutely essential for health . Treats can be given but they must be suitable and in small quantities. Remember food has to be mould free, fresh and not contaminated by mice or rats which can carry diseases that they can survive with, but are lethal to chinchillas. This also applies to pet mice and rats, so always wash hands etc. to prevent cross contamination.