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Old 10-14-2014, 11:00 AM United Kingdom
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Default Not letting Chinchilla s out of the cage

Hi guys

What's your view on out of cage time.

Is it true chins remain happy without ever roaming free but having a large cage and exercise wheel to keep them happy.

Or do you believe all chins should be free from the cage daily.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:25 PM United States
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My chins rarely get out of cage playtime. They have double story ferret nations with plenty to do and wheels. They are perfectly healthy and happy.

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Old 10-14-2014, 01:31 PM United States
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The three I have now are so lazy they leave the cage when kicked out.

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Old 10-14-2014, 01:45 PM United States
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I think playtime is great and good for chins, as long as it is in a safe environment and they are monitored. However, my chins rarely get playtime either. They have double ferret nations, wheels and lots of toys. They seem to be very happy. As long as they have lots to do, they should be just fine!
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:47 PM United States
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Either way. In my herd, I have wheel and no wheel cages. Ideally with a wheel. With high numbers of chins, no larger breeder can let all their chins out. I do so only with my growers I will probably sell as pets so they are more accustomed to interactions with humans. If your chins are pets, then of course you can pamper them more with out of cage playtime.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:47 PM United States
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Also I think until a chinchilla is tame and used to you, it's best to hold off on out of cage time. Trying to catch a nervous chin to put them back will only set back taming efforts and I find they can't relax out of the cage until they are more comfortable.

My two pet girls do fine with or with out time out of the cage. However one really loves it and pop corns all around the room. The other scouts out a shady spot for a nap haha.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:58 PM United States
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My girls don't get out as often as they used to. They have large cages with wheels, and are happy. I do spend time daily talking to them. I try to give them playtime once or twice a month.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:38 AM United States
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I don't let mine out daily. One of my chins is naturally really skittish, therefore playtime can sometimes freak him out. There are times where he is perfectly comfortable, while others he doesn't do much playing. Depending on his mood in the cage, I'll let him out.

My other chin has taken a while to potty train so I was worried about him peeing on my carpet. I started out with very short playtimes and recently I have been letting him out quite often. No accidents that I can tell Lol.

Either way, they don't get playtime everyday, sometimes they do. Both have a CN all to themselves. I just try to let them out when I can. :]
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:51 AM United States
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Yuki's got a double level ferret nation with a ton of ledges and stuff and a ChinSpin. I think he'd be perfectly happy and healthy without playtime, but playtimes our time together. Half of playtime is him exploring how I changed the room and seeing if he can find trouble, and the other half is bouncing all over me. I think it's nice because he LOVES exploring changes, but I really like how I've got his cage set up for cleaning and everything. It's an added bonus.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:41 AM United States
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I have 5 chins (all seperated cause nobody gets along) and I usually do floor time once a week while I clean cages. Its easier for me to let them run around as I take turns cleaning cages, but the 1 chin who is out always gets major dirty looks from the others who are waiting their turn. I think they really enjoy exploring are running around, but I wouldnt say they "have" to have free time to be happy.
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