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Date Posted: 22:48:41 05/23/03 Fri
Author: chinnie playground
Subject: Re: Male chins
In reply to: Desiree 's message, "Re: Male chins" on 12:07:04 04/25/03 Fri

I have had many success stories introducing male chinchillas together, however, it is not a recommended practice. Chinchillas can and will fight to the death. I agree with you that many can be kept successfully together, but this is something that should never be taken for granted. There are male Chins that will never get along, as well as female Chinchillas. As long as the person who is raising them is aware of the difficulties and/or problems involved, the practice should really be encouraged. Chins are social animals! But personality, in my opinion, must be taken into consideration before all else... two gentle natured males will much more likely get along and bond, as opposed to one of them being a bit more on the aggressive side.
It might also be important to note that two males can appear to get along beautifully, and then one day, one male may be dead, or badly injurred. The rule of thumb is to keep a very close eye on the situation at all times.

>I'm wondering, you informed you that two chinchillas
>of the same sex shouldn't be kept together? Many
>people, including myself, have kept two male
>chinchillas (or two females) together with hardly any
>problems. The key thing is the introduction. I have
>two chins an older male and a 6 month old male and
>they are perfectly fine together in their cage. One
>thing to keep in mind though is to make sure one chin
>is not hogging most of the food although a simple
>answer to this deliemma would be to put out two bowls.

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