Chins & Hedgies


It is Central Time
Go Back   Chins & Hedgies > Chin Forums > Chin Debate
Register Chat FAQ Shop Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Chin Debate Debate chin topics here - PLEASE KEEP IT CIVIL!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-17-2012, 09:10 AM United States
chechinchillas's Avatar
chechinchillas chechinchillas is offline
hmmmmmmm
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO
Age: 54
Posts: 546
Chinchillas: 200
Default Adult Chinchillas, should they have alfalfa in their diet?

I had a woman email me to say her chinchilla had a bladder stone and she took him to the vet. He did surgery and ruptured the chinchilla's ureatha so he had to put him down. He told her to switch her remaining chinchilla, who has no issues at all, to timothy pellets/hay only and that adult chinchillas should not be given any alfalfa at all. What is your opinion? Should adult chinchillas be given alfalfa or only timothy hay in their diet?
__________________
Che' Chinchillas
http://www.chechinchillas.com
healthy, high quality, hand raised
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-17-2012, 10:23 AM United States
chechinchillas's Avatar
chechinchillas chechinchillas is offline
hmmmmmmm
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO
Age: 54
Posts: 546
Chinchillas: 200
Default

The lady emailed me again to say that earlier the vet was trying to give the chinchilla lettuce and carrots.
__________________
Che' Chinchillas
http://www.chechinchillas.com
healthy, high quality, hand raised
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-17-2012, 11:04 AM Canada
ChinnyMom's Avatar
ChinnyMom ChinnyMom is offline
slave to Rhino and Guss
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 2,523
Chinchillas: 2
Default

there is mixed opinions on this, and some people feed their adult chins alfalfa and some don't. the general consensus is that if your pellet is alfalfa based, the hay given should be timothy.

i personally give my boys timothy loose hay daily and alfalfa cubes once or twice a week. i feel the calcium in the alfalfa is important for them, but i don't want to give them too much due to the kidney/bladder issues that i've read about. their pellet is alfalfa based (oxbow).
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-17-2012, 12:03 PM United States
ticklechin's Avatar
ticklechin ticklechin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: modesto CA
Age: 52
Posts: 8,087
Chinchillas: 2
Default

I feed timothy and alfalfa hay and alfalfa pellets, those breeders and ranchers who feed pellet only diets of alfalfa pellets are feeding a alfalfa only diet, some feed pellets and alfalfa cubes-that is a alfalfa only diet, some pet chins will only eat pellets and won't eat hay-alfalfa only diet, I don't have a problem with alfalfa in a chins diet.
__________________
Dawn

“When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad.”
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-17-2012, 12:41 PM United States
Daina91880's Avatar
Daina91880 Daina91880 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Brick, NJ
Age: 39
Posts: 254
Chinchillas: 3
Default

My chins get timothy hay and oxbow pellets. They also get orchard grass and alfalfa hays every once in a while.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-17-2012, 08:04 PM United States
Riven's Avatar
Riven Riven is offline
Bad Chin
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Central Nebraska
Age: 39
Posts: 3,584
Default

Why does everyone blame the alfalfa? What about hard water? Salt spools? and all of the other stuff people use for chins that they shouldn't.

I've seen chins live up to 20 years old who have eaten alfalfa based pellets their entire life. One would think that in what... 90 years there would be more issues with alfalfa based pellets if it was a severe issue.
__________________

ECBC Member
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-18-2012, 12:04 AM United States
momenteller's Avatar
momenteller momenteller is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Age: 43
Posts: 1,761
Chinchillas: 3
Default

Wouldn't just certain chins be susceptable to bladder stones, etc. just like some humans? Those chins I would guess shouldn't have extra alfalfa. My adult chins get alfalfa pellets, alfalfa hay blocks, and occasional loose alfalfa (along with other various hays). Tanya advised that there are certain nutrients to be gained from loose alfalfa that get lost in pellet or hay block form, and that made sense to me.

Of course I know you aren't looking for opinions from newbies like me, but still adding my two cents because I find it interesting that this is so frequently debated year after year!
__________________
Kate
Mom to:
2 daughters
1 goofy chocolate lab
1 lazy siamese mix cat
and 3 chinchillas: Chelsea the White Mosaic, Piggy the Black Velvet, and Cleo the Hetero Beige

Last edited by momenteller; 09-18-2012 at 12:11 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-18-2012, 05:41 PM United States
Riven's Avatar
Riven Riven is offline
Bad Chin
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Central Nebraska
Age: 39
Posts: 3,584
Default

Certain chins could be more susceptible but how do you figure that out before hand? Most chins don't come with a 3 generation health history or review, and there are many times that a chin may have died but the death was not pin pointed or racked up to something like old age or birth problems etc.

I think that newbies can offer a bright new view and new ideas that "oldies" have overlooked.
__________________

ECBC Member
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-19-2012, 08:23 AM United States
Godins Chinchillas's Avatar
Godins Chinchillas Godins Chinchillas is offline
Godin's Chinchillas
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 1,389
Chinchillas: 70+
Default

I don't think it's alfalfa in itself but the calcium content in the alfalfa. At least this is what I've been told.
__________________
Godin's Chinchillas
Home of the Grand Show Champion NE/NY 2010, 3rd Place Standard Breeder Award MCBA Nationals 2012, and Reserve Champion Female of Show NY/NE 2012
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-19-2012, 04:29 PM United States
ticklechin's Avatar
ticklechin ticklechin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: modesto CA
Age: 52
Posts: 8,087
Chinchillas: 2
Default

Alfalfa hay for the most part has the same calcium content as alfalfa pellets, depending on the cut of alfalfa.
__________________
Dawn

“When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad.”
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© Copyright 2012 Chins & Hedgies