I am located in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. I am very close to Bethlehem, Allentown, Whitehall, and Easton. I am about twenty minutes from the New Jersey border, and about an hour from both New York City and Philadelphia. I have had adopters travel from all over PA, NJ, NY, and much of the northern east coast to adopt my babies! My furthest travelers came from South Carolina, Boston, and Pittsburgh to take home babies bred by me.
Do you have any Chinchillas available at this time?
Check my nursery page, or send me an email, to find out about any chinchillas available for adoption.
How long do chinchilla babies have to be with their mother/when can I bring my new baby home?
Babies can leave at a minimum of eight to ten weeks of age. I may extend this based on my observations of the baby, to ensure optimal health. The babies also have to be at least 300 grams before leaving.
Should I adopt a male or a female chinchilla?
Some people believe that male chinchillas can be a little more friendly and females can be a little more independent. This, however, has not been my experience. I have found that any chinchilla can be friendly and any chinchilla can have a more independent personality and prefer not to be handled. This isn't really dependent on gender, just the individual chinchilla's personality, how often they are handled in the first year or so of life, and temperaments of the parents. I make every effort to breed not only top quality chinchillas, but also aspire to breed well-tempered adults as well.
What do the placings, such as "1st place" or "color champion" mean?
The two largest chinchilla breeder organizations (the MCBA – Mutation Chinchilla Breeders Association, and the ECBC – Empress Chinchilla Breeders Cooperative) hold chinchilla shows throughout the year where highly trained individuals judge the chinchillas entered based on things like color clarity, fur density, and size. Some of my chinchillas and/or their parents have been entered in these shows and have received awards. I attempt to show as often as possible to ensure continued quality of my herd. For more info on these shows, check out the organization websites: Empress and MCBA.
Are chinchillas ever aggressive?
Just like people, dogs, cats, and any other pet, chinchillas have a variety of personalities and temperaments. Just as there are aggressive dogs, there can be aggressive/fearful chinchillas. However, I hold and interact with babies born here from the day that they are born, so they are very accustomed to human contact and being handled. I make every attempt to ensure that all of my chins have good temperaments by focusing on breeding adults that have more agreeable temperaments as well. Of course, I cannot guarantee anything for certain as animals can be unpredictable and change with age, but so far I’ve been successful at raising friendly babies.
Do you recommend Getting a chinchilla for a child?
I always advise against adopting a chinchilla solely for a child to care for, and any child under the age of sixteen should have an adult listed as the primary caregiver of the chin. Many chinchillas are okay with being handled, but most do not like to be squeezed, cuddled, or grabbed at, which some younger children may have the tendency to do with cute animals. If I have a chinchilla that I feel will be especially good with young children, I will disclose that when making recommendations. I have had adults in the past that were so calm and accepting that they had no problem being handled by children. It generally depends on the chinchilla. Additionally, parents have to be willing to pay for any emergency vet expenses, and provide transportation if an emergency happens. Finally, keep in mind the lifespan of a chinchilla can be 15+ years. Before adopting, strongly consider where your child will be over the next 15 years, and if you are willing to care for the chinchilla should your child, for example, live in a college dorm or move to an apartment that is not pet-friendly. Chinchillas can be great family pets. Just move forward keeping these points in mind, and have a plan.
Do chinchillas need to be seen by a vet regularly, or do the need any immunizations?
Chinchillas do not need vaccinations or routine check-ups with a vet like dogs and cats do, and in fact it it considered excessively stressful for a chinchilla to see a vet regularly. However, chinchilla owners should always keep the name, address, and phone number of a vet that sees exotics handy, and also an emergency, 24/7 vet that will see exotics, in case of an emergency. If a chinchilla is showing signs of illness or injury, it's imperative that they see a vet immediately.
What is your adoption process?
Start by sending me an email with any questions you might have and be sure to note if you have specific interest in any of the available chinchillas. If there is a chinchilla you are interested in, or if you would just like to know more, I will send you my care sheet, supplies list, and sales policies. After reading over these documents, if you think a chinchilla is a good fit for you, you can send payment via PayPal to hold the chinchilla you’re interested in adopting. I can not hold a chinchilla for longer than twenty-four hours based on a verbal agreement. After sending the deposit, you will be emailed an Adoption Questionnaire and Supplies Checklist, which I require all adopters fill out and email back to me before picking up their chinchilla. The purpose of these forms is to ensure you are prepared to bring home your new chinchilla. They also help me to identify any areas in which you may still need some further education in regards to proper chinchilla care.
Is it okay to adopt a chinchilla, if I already have a dog, cat, or other pet?
I have dogs and it’s not an issue. I advise against introducing your other pets to your chinchilla, as some animals carry bacteria that can be harmful to chinchillas, such as rabbits and cats. They should not be allowed to directly interact with other species, but as long as they are not permitted to interact with one another, then it's no problem at all.
Do chinchillas have a smell, like ferrets?
Nope! As long as you keep their cage clean, they don’t have a smell at all.
What colors do you have?
I breed for many colors, including: violet, violet wrap, ebony, tan, beige, sapphire, standard, white ebony, pink white, white mosaic, TOV tan, brown velvet, and black velvet. I also have just added beige violets to my lines, which are exceptionally difficult to find among the breeding population. I plan on specializing in the beige gene - beige, tan, pink white, and brown velvet. Currently, I do not breed goldbar, blue diamond, black pearl, or Lowes Recessive White.
Will you have more babies soon?
Check my nursery page for a list of anticipated litters. I try to give my best estimate of when the next litters will be arriving.
How often do chinchillas need dust baths?
Baby chinchillas need fewer dust baths than adult chinchillas. Generally speaking, it depends on the season. During summer months - due to higher humidity levels - chinchillas need more frequent baths, at least one to two times per week. In the drier, winter months, every other week is generally acceptable. You will be able to tell: if your chin is looking greasy or scruffy, you're overdue for a bath.
Should I get one or two chinchillas?
This question is tough and basically depends on owner preference. Chins can do well both in pairs and on their own. Adult chinchillas who have been bonded for life should not be separated unless they begin to fight, but babies are more resilient and can get used to being on their own or being paired with a friend. If you plan on adopting two, my recommendation is to adopt a same-sex sibling pair if possible. If not, the next best option is to adopt two chinchillas of the same sex who were born close together. Pairing later in life can be challenging, and there's a chance the pairing may fail. If you adopt two chins born close together, I will do the pairing for you, before you pick up your babies. So, to sum it up: it all depends on if you, the owner, prefer to have one or two chinchillas. If you think you will ever want a second down the line, and you'll want that chin living in the same cage, then it's best to adopt two right from the start.
Why should I adopt from a breeder versus a pet store?
Many people have asked me why they should choose to go through the process of adopting from a breeder when they can buy a chinchilla from their local pet store, and bring home their new pet instantly without a lengthy screening process - and generally for a slightly lower cost. I have put together some points that answer this question, and explain why it’s so beneficial for you to adopt from a reputable breeder rather than a pet store.
1. When a chinchilla comes from a pet store, you do not know anything about that chinchilla’s history. Breeders keep detailed pedigrees that outline a chinchilla’s lineage, including any health ailments in the lines (and typically would not breed chinchillas with genetic health ailments). With a pet store, you have no idea what kinds of issues the chinchilla may develop, and the mills and "back yard breeders" that pet stores obtain their stock from would generally not hesitate to breed chinchillas with a history of illness and disease. This passes down to your new chinchilla without your knowledge.
2. Breeders are more knowledgeable. When you go to a pet store, you are dealing with an employee who is not an expert in chinchilla care. Adopt from a reputable breeder who knows what they are doing and can give you appropriate guidance and advice. Chinchillas require special care. A breeder with years of experience can give you the expert advice and information that will keep your chinchilla healthy for many, many years.
3. Advice for life. When you adopt from a breeder, you have someone who you can reach out to at any time if you have a question about your chinchilla. I’m always happy to help with any and all questions throughout the chinchilla’s entire life.
4. You’ll get to know your chinchilla’s exact birth date and can learn about their parents. This is a small and fun fact, but it’s nice to know when your chinchilla’s birthday is. You will never learn these things if you buy from a pet store. The chin your adopting could be a year or, or could be five years old...
5. Chinchillas from a breeder are more likelyto be used to human interaction. That isn’t to say that all chinchillas from reputable breeders will be friendly and that all pet store-chinchillas will be aggressive and skittish, but you have a much higher chance of adopting a chinchilla with a good temperament when adopting from a breeder. Most breeders interact with their chinchillas and babies all the time, so they are very used to being handled. Pet store chinchillas come from mills or from massive breeders who never touch their animals.