How to Take Care of a Baby Chinchilla

There is nothing cuter than a baby chinchilla. However, if chinchilla kits are not properly cared for, they can become ill, injured, or even die. Furthermore, they’re easy to care for if you know how.

To solve this problem we have a curated guide for you below!

What are baby Chinchillas called?

Chinchillas breed from November to May in the Northern Hemisphere and May to November in the Southern Hemisphere.

Females give birth twice a year. They will have one to six babies each time they give birth. A litter is a group of newborns. The term “kit” refers to an individual baby.

How big are baby Chinchillas?

How big are baby Chinchillas

Newborn kits are born with hair and open eyes. They weigh only 1.2 ounces (35 grams). The babies nurse for six to eight weeks and are ready to have their children when they are about eight months old. Chinchillas typically live eight to ten years, though some have lived as long as twenty.

Baby Chinchilla Care Guide

Baby Chinchilla Care Guide

Housing

For at least the first 8 weeks, keep the kits with their mother. Access to their mother’s milk is critical for the healthy development of baby chinchillas. Keep baby chinchillas in a safe cage large enough to hold both them and their mother.

Placing baby chinchillas in a multi-level cage may injure their delicate, young bodies. They may jump from a higher level or even worse one of their parents might land on them while playing around in the cage.

It is possible, however, that your regular chinchilla cage will not be suitable for kits. In this case, you will need to either purchase a new one or modify your existing one. In this new setup, you’ll have to keep the mother and her babies together until the children are old enough to leave.

It is advised to separate the father from the mother 1 week before birth to avoid having any more baby chinchillas.

Handling

Handling your chinchilla kits is encouraged. The sooner you begin, the sooner they will become accustomed to human contact and the less aggressive/defensive they will become when fully grown.

If you try to take the kits away, the mother will be nervous at first, as will the kits, so only move at their pace, not yours. Keep in mind that chinchillas do not like being handled, so while you may enjoy the experience, your pets may be terrified. Over time, this reaction should be replaced by one of being at ease around you.

Take extra precautions when handling juvenile chinchillas. They’re smaller and more vulnerable but also more active and surprisingly fast.

You should treat juveniles as you would adults. That is to say:

Take them from the tips of their tails. Picking them up or squeezing their middle is not recommended.

Make a platform with your hands for the chinchilla to sit on.

Allow the chinchilla to move without overly restricting it, but keep it from running away completely.

Weight Monitoring

Weighing a chinchilla is simple and can be accomplished using standard kitchen scales. Place a bowl on the scales before canceling the weight. There should be a button on digital scales that does this for you. This reduces the weight to 0g, allowing you to accurately measure whatever you put in the bowl.

After that, weigh each kit separately in the bowl. Please keep track of your kit weights by writing them down or entering them into a spreadsheet. Place your chinchilla in a small container with a lid if it won’t stay in the bowl. Make holes in the lid to allow air to enter the kit.

Every 2 to 3 days, weigh the kits to see if their mother’s milk is sufficient. If you keep your baby chinchillas with their mother, she will take care of their first feedings for the first few weeks.

Check the kits’ weight regularly to ensure that this milk is sufficient to keep them healthy. A mother chinchilla may reject a baby and refuse to feed them, or a baby may be injured or bullied by its siblings and not receive the same amount of food.

Feeding

A large litter may also need more milk than its mother can supply on her own.

If your kittens aren’t growing, supplement their mother’s milk with kitten milk as needed.

You will need the following items to do so:

  1. A small eyedropper or syringe made of plastic (i.e. one without a needle)
  2. Kitten formula milk or goat’s milk

Furthermore, the kit must be easy to use for extended periods. Feed the kit by holding it in your hand. Allow it to sit upright to feed more easily and avoid choking.

Please do not squirt milk into its mouth. This would choke it. Instead, dab a small amount of liquid on its lower lip. When the kit finishes this droplet, place another.

For the first two weeks of their lives, they must be fed every two hours, then every three to four weeks until weaning. This is approximately how frequently they would feed from their mothers.

Additional Tips to Remember while Taking Care of Baby Chinchillas

  • In the cage, place a large wooden box for the chinchillas to sleep in during the day. To keep warm, baby chinchillas will most likely curl up together.
  • After weaning, move the kits to a new cage away from their mother. Baby chinchillas should be fully weaned and separated from their mother between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks. Nursing should naturally decline, with the kits becoming more interested in solid food and water. Before transferring the kits to a new cage, ensure that they are healthy and energetic.
  • Chinchillas should be placed in new cages alone or with other chinchillas of the same sex.

Final words

Good luck taking care of those adorable little fur balls. I hope the above guide provided you with all the information that you were looking for.

They may be young and small but they are quite energetic. Remember to keep the door of the cage closed to ensure they don’t escape

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