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Old 07-18-2015, 10:04 PM United States
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hmmm When's the best time to adopt a chin from a breeder?

What's the best time to adopt a chinchilla from a breeder in terms of bonding? I'd like to buy a kit and I check my local craigslist and breeder sites daily, but it's hard to tell what's best. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:09 AM United States
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Bonding with a chin has nothing to do with age. People buy kits because they think they are cuter, but they can be a whole lot more hassle. You can't give them a wheel, they can only have very, very short out of cage time because they are too young, they can escape from cages because the bar spacing is too wide, they can have issues leaving the breeder with eating, and so on. The older chin that is sitting at the breeders because nobody wanted it is just as easy to bond with and 99% of the time a whole lot easier to take care of with less hassle and less worry.

That said, I won't let my chins go before they are three months old. I wean at 8 weeks, then keep them for a month to make sure that they are doing well. Not all breeders do that. Some will sell at six weeks (not in this lifetime), some at 8 (better, but will never happen here), and others prefer their chins a little older before they let them go.
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:12 PM United States
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Chins dont 'bond'. Kits to be honest are a pain. No treats, play time, wheels or large cages till they are over 6-7 months old. Thats the part most people want anyway. Considering the long life span (15-20 yrs) getting a young adult is normally what I recommend to new owners. Kits also go through a bratty phase when the hormones kick in and they can bite.

Where are you located? we might be able to help you find a reputable breeder in your area instead of buying from a byb off craigslist
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:32 PM Canada
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I recently yook in a 19 year old rescue and she is a doll. Age doesn't matter with chins I find. As long as you have the time to bond on their terms!
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Old 07-19-2015, 04:12 PM United States
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I don't let my babies go until they are at least 10 weeks old. However as was said age has NOTHING to do with 'bonding' with a chin'
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:40 PM United States
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Another thing about adopting an older chin is their personalities are more formed so you can get an idea if you're getting a more social chinchilla or a super shy one ect.
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:14 PM United States
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Both breeders I have talked to and bought from recommended getting chins at least eight months old, that way the chin is grown enough so you know what you are getting. Kits may be cute but they are more hassle.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:22 PM United Kingdom
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Do you think the environment makes a difference? I can imagine with rehoming an adult pet chin, you'd have an idea what you were getting, or for breeders buying in an older animal from another herd to add to theirs. I'm finding Anna Maria to be quite the challenge, though, she's five and has gone from a breeding herd to a pet environment. Her breeder described her as calm, which she was for a week, but then, she was heavily pregnant as it turned out. I would describe her as my diva chin! She throws a strop whenever she doesn't get her own way, she just bit me yet again because she wanted to come out. She also doesn't seem to figure out unfamiliar things very easily, toys, we went through several water bottles before finding one she really got the hang of, her spatial awareness sometimes seems a bit off (she'll hover behind something rather than going round). I don't think she trusts me very much yet, either - oddly she'll come forward happily and confidently to sniff noses with my male chin through the bars despite that he doesn't seem to like her very much, she's more used to other chinchillas, perhaps. Babies are a pain but I've still found them far easier in comparison. In her case, I'm not sure it was that easy to get a clear idea of what her temperament would be like as a pet, because she's not used to that kind of environment.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:51 AM United States
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Amphy sounds like she just has a diva personality. A chin that likes me may not like you. They are all vet distinct individuals. Be aware kits may be sweet now but when the hormones kick in they go through a bratty phase where some will bite.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:00 PM United States
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Chins dont 'bond'. ..........

Hi, I'm really curious why you say this? Please know, I'm not criticizing, just would like to know your reasoning on using this word.

You can answer in PM if you'd like. Thanks
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