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Old 04-10-2019, 09:19 AM United Kingdom
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Question Colony Breeding cage

Hi. So I was thinking about starting a breeding colony in my big 4ft x 7ft cage. It will have 3 or 4 females and one Male.

Shall I put in shelves or not and if so how high up the walls should they be? The roof is 6ft tall.

Disclaimer - I am aware of the risks and have plenty of other cages in case things donít go to plan.

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Old 04-10-2019, 04:53 PM Canada
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It would depend on your set up, are there any levels? 6 foot high ceiling is really high, unless you have levels to it, most breeding cages are no more then 2 feet high. You want to make sure the chins can't fall more then a foot or they can get seriously hurt or die. Also if it's a wire cage kits will climb it, so you will need to make sure they can't climb up more then a foot high (there is a reason normal breeding cages are so small/short). In a normal breeding setup shelving is generally removed shortly before birth so the mother doesn't fall and hurt the unborn kits and can't get away from the kits once they are born.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:33 PM United Kingdom
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The only level that is in there now is 1ft above the ground. 3 sides of the walls are wood and the other is 1cm x 1cm mesh but it has a guard that is about 1.5ft up, stopping them from climbing. We used to have about 20 other ledges, some as safety, but I recently removed them as the cage was temporarily housing guinea pigs. I also didnít want to put them back in as most are too high for kits.

Would this be ok?
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:36 PM Canada
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Chins can jump 5 feet (kits easily a foot or two once they are old enough) I don't think that a guard is going to prevent them from just jumping higher then it and climbing up unless it extends up pretty far and they can't jump up onto it. Or maybe I'm not understanding, without seeing it it's hard to say.

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Old 04-15-2019, 06:56 AM United States
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One foot up is okay, but can still pose a danger to the kits. I prefer not to have any shelves in my cages so mom has to be by her offspring. Sometimes moms, especially new moms, go up high because they are uncertain of what to do. This leads to the kits not getting proper nutrition. Also, should mom give birth on the shelf, it is possible for the kit to be hurt if they fall after birth. It's not a huge distance, but it's enough if a newborn kit lands wrong. I would take out shelves until after kits are born and are able to be without mom for a while.

Something to consider with colony breeding - not all chins are great at it. Sometimes, what seems like an awesome group isn't so awesome after kits are born. Some mothers become super protective, dads can get super spazzy, other moms may be mean to offspring not their own. I have used colony breeding for many years, but I'm also very careful to keep an eye on them and am quick to act if needed. Also, I know it's a strange thing to think of, but color of your chins together. I've heard from several different people that they had females give birth at the same time, and they have no idea whose kits belong to who because moms and dad were all beige. Just something to keep in mind.

Lastly, you'll want to be very vigilant of your moms and remove dad once pregnancy is confirmed in any of them. Otherwise, you're going to risk breedback after breedback. It's not healthy for the female.
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