Chinchillas make for an adorable pet that can provide more than 15 years of a long-lasting bond with their owners.
It does not get much cuter than a chinchilla except for when you begin discussing baby chinchillas.
With baby chinchillas, you have a different role you must play, and understanding how to take care of them is imperative to their health, happiness, and overall well-being.
That is exactly what this post is going to break down for you.
We are going to cover everything essential to understand about baby chinchillas, such as how to raise a baby chinchilla, how much a baby chinchilla will cost, and where you can get a baby chinchilla to begin your journey.
To make things as streamlined as possible, I have broken down today’s post in the following format:
- Baby Chinchillas & Baby Chinchillas as Pets
- How Baby Chinchillas Are Born
- Baby Chinchilla Size and Weight
- Proper Weight Guidelines for Baby Chinchilla’s
- A Baby Chinchilla Not Gaining Weight
- How to Take Care of a Baby Chinchilla
- How to Get A Baby Chinchilla?
- Baby Chinchilla Pricing and Ongoing Cost
- Best Cages for Baby Chinchillas
- Dust Baths and Baby Chinchillas
- Food Options for Baby Chinchillas
- Handling and Interacting with Baby Chinchillas
- Miscarriages with Chinchilla’s
- Final Thoughts
- Share Your Thoughts
Depending on how much time you have today or what information you specifically need about baby chinchilla’s, you may find it convenient to skip around in this post using the links provided for you directly above.
However, if you can spare me roughly 4-minutes, I will cover every aspect I believe you should know about baby chinchillas and how to raise them into a new loving pet you can enjoy for the next 15 years or more.
Here are the essential details to understand.
Baby Chinchillas & Baby Chinchillas as Pets
No matter what age you adopt a chinchilla or if you end up breeding chinchillas, it ultimately is your responsibility to understand how to provide the best care for them.
Baby chinchillas included.
Chinchillas, while unique rodents and relatively exotic pets, are somewhat straightforward to care for if you are willing to do a little bit of research in advance and be patient with the process.
It is part of the reason Planet Chinchilla exists and why blogs like this are created.
To help you understand the proper care techniques to implement for your chinchillas and baby chinchillas.
With baby chinchillas, you are going to have it done for you (for the most part)
Baby chinchilla’s remain with their mother in the initial stages after birth and are referred to as kits.
For a short summary of the female birthing process, you can refer to my guide here.
However, something that can occur with chinchilla’s after giving birth is known as a chinchilla becoming orphaned.
This simply means a chinchilla gets excluded from the group or does not have the ability to feed and be nurtured by the mother chinchilla.
While this sounds awful to think about, it is not the end of the world assuming you are prepared to provide the care for the baby chinchilla until it reaches a sufficient age, size, and health.
Here is a quick look at the initial weeks after the mother chinchilla gives birth to her kits:
7 Days- One week prior to the mother chinchilla giving birth to her kits is when you will need to separate the mother and father chinchilla from one another.
Ideally, this is best performed by having a separate cage that you can keep near the other cage if you prefer. They simply should not be in the same cage at this stage of the gestation period.
7 Days– While you remove the father from the mother chinchilla, it is now time to shrink your cage for the mother chinchilla or switch cages altogether.
This can be done by using a cage such as the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage, which can simply remove the top section of the cage and enclose one of the ramps.
Or, use any other 1 level cage with minimal bar spacing a solid floor.
I would recommend using fleece liners on the bottom of the 1 level cage to provide the most comfort for the mother chinchilla and make the cage cleaning process that much easier on yourself during the process.
12 Weeks- Assuming your female chinchilla has now given birth to her kits, it is time to start the active monitoring phase to ensure the kits are getting what they need, such as food.
Any kits that get orphaned in the process or don’t seem to be handling the after-birth process well will need to be cared for by you using manually feeding techniques, which we will discuss a bit further into this post.
4-12 Weeks- During the same monitoring phase, you are going to encounter the weaning phase at week 4.
This time may vary from kit litter to kit litter. Still, overall, you can expect the baby chinchillas to begin not relying on the mother’s milk during this time frame.
Still, during this time, it is imperative to continue monitoring and ensure the chinchillas are looking and remaining in peak health.
During this phase, you are also going to begin feeding the chinchillas that have successfully weaned from the mother.
Providing hay is the best approach.
While some other information may lead you to provide other fresh alternatives, hay is a much safer bet assuming you can get your baby chinchillas to cooperate.
This leaves no room for error by choosing a vegetable that may not be suitable for a chinchilla.
However, I am not a vet, and if you prefer to go the other direction on this, I highly recommend checking with a vet first and consider reading a few of my other blog posts detailing the safe alternative to chinchilla hay and chinchilla pellets.
You can read my post about which vegetables can be fed to a chinchilla here.
You can also read my post about which fruits can be fed to a chinchilla here.
However, just stick to hay if your baby chinchillas are receptive.
Trust me, it is easier and safer.
Week 12- The end of week 12 is going to mark the finish line.
No, this does not mean that the individual care and attention end at this time for the baby chinchillas, but a bulk of the worrisome days are now behind you, and the chinchillas are typically free of the mother and no longer dependent on the mother.
Hence, weaning has been completed.
How Baby Chinchillas Are Born
Although chinchillas may seem like an exotic or mysterious pet, there is nothing fancy about how a chinchilla gives birth.
A chinchilla gives birth in the same fashion that most mammals reproduce.
A male chinchilla impregnates a female chinchilla during her receptive times of the year, which typically falls between November and May.
Once the female chinchilla is pregnant, the gestation period is, on average, about 111 days.
The baby chinchillas mature to a stage inside of the mother’s womb, and thereafter, the kits are born and depend on the mother for nutrients for 12 weeks.
Baby Chinchilla Size and Weight
Part of ensuring that your baby chinchillas are healthy and getting the nutrients they need is ensuring that they are growing properly.
When you have an adult chinchilla, using the eyeball technique is one thing to ensure weight gain or weight loss is not taking place, but with baby chinchilla’s, we need exact numbers here, my friends.
Especially if you have never dealt with, raised, or cared for a baby chinchilla in the past.
I highly recommend if you are about to find yourself being a new baby chinchilla parent to invest in a scale such as this one (Link to Amazon).
You need to be keeping tabs on your chinchilla’s growth throughout the process.
The weighing process will need to be completed at least 2x times per week, and the scale referenced above is nothing more than a digital kitchen scale with a plastic bowl on top where you can place your baby chinchilla.
This part of the process is imperative.
Especially during the first 12 weeks.
The process will be simple, although intimidating if you have not done it before.
You will simply pick up the baby chinchilla’s and place them on the scale.
We will cover a few more paragraphs into this post on how to handle a baby chinchilla properly to ensure you are comfortable and prepared with this part of the process.
Proper Weight Guidelines for Baby Chinchilla’s
As a rule of thumb, baby chinchillas should weigh approximately 30-60g.
Typically, you want to see some size and weight to a baby chinchilla, as this usually indicates strong health and a good chance of making it to adulthood.
As your chinchilla continues to grow, the weight guidelines will change.
I have a dedicated post discussing how much a chinchilla in adulthood should weigh that you can see here.
Keep in mind that all chinchillas are different.
While most chinchillas will be considered full-grown between 7-9 months, the weights may vary a bit between two different chinchillas and between male and female chinchillas.
If you are ever at a point where your chinchillas’ weight is becoming a genuine concern, you should speak to a local vet that has experience with working with chinchillas to get further guidance on the issue.
A Baby Chinchilla Not Gaining Weight
A baby chinchilla not gaining weight can be worrisome and a problem if your kits are not getting the nutrients that they need to survive or grow properly.
Most of the time, weight gain issues are like the problem that dogs sometimes have when they are pushed further from the mother.
They simply cannot compete against their siblings to get the milk and nutrients that they need, or the mother chinchilla is simply not producing enough milk to feed all her kits.
In some situations, it can even be due to an ill chinchilla, although this typically is not the case.
When this begins to happen is when you need to intervene and begin manually feeding the baby chinchilla that is struggling with weight gain and getting the appropriate amount of milk and nutrients.
How to Take Care of a Baby Chinchilla
Up to this point in this post, we have a basic understanding of the birth process with chinchilla’s and what happens for the 12 weeks following the birth in addition to your role in the process.
Now, let us transition a bit and begin talking about more of the general rules of providing the best care possible to baby chinchillas.
Like we have discussed thus far, we know that baby chinchillas will need to remain with their mother for roughly 12 weeks.
This is also the 12 weeks where a good majority of the care and nutrients are being provided by the mother chinchilla and reducing your involvement too intervention and active monitoring.
However, after this 12-week period has passed, you still have work to do and care to provide towards your baby chinchillas.
The care begins this phase with the separation from the mother at the 12-week mark or when it deems appropriate to do so.
To separate your chinchilla’s properly, you will place the males together and the females together.
The males and female chinchillas should not be together in the same cage.
This can produce inbreeding and more baby chinchillas.
Clearly, at this point, if we do the math, we are looking at a minimum of 4 cages needed.
- One for the father chinchilla who cannot be around the mother chinchilla or the female baby chinchillas.
- One for the male chinchilla babies.
- One for the female chinchilla babies.
- And of course, one for the mother chinchilla.
Always remember to complete this separation of the opposite sexes.
Once you have done this, you are also going to want to monitor the interaction between the brothers and between the sisters.
Sometimes, chinchillas’ bond with other chinchillas flawlessly and thrive together, and sometimes they do not.
If any of the chinchillas are showing aggression towards a sibling of the same sex in the same cage, they will also need to be separated.
At this time, you can now begin the transition into providing the care for your baby chinchillas, much like you would provide the care for adult chinchillas but with a bit more anxiety and monitoring needed.
You will be able to begin offering chinchilla hay.
You can also use specially formulated pellets now for your young chinchillas.
You also want to ensure you have plenty of water accessible for your chinchillas, which may require several water bottles to be attached to the cage.
Additionally, you are going to need all the other chinchilla accessories inside of the cage (more on this shortly).
I also want to refer you to my chinchilla care guide for adult chinchillas that you can see here for other detailed information.
Also, do not forget about reading my digital download eBook that provides a complete care guide and critical mistakes you need to avoid during your chinchilla ownership.
You can learn more about the eBook offer here.
The rest of the needed items for your chinchillas will discuss further into this post.
How to Get A Baby Chinchilla?
Some individuals are often curious about how you get a baby chinchilla and if it is even possible.
To get a baby chinchilla, you obviously have the option of having a male and female chinchilla breed on your own.
If this is not the path, you were desiring to take and were curious if you can just adopt a baby chinchilla, here is the deal.
To get a younger chinchilla than the average, the only other option you will likely have is working with a local chinchilla breeder near you.
PetSmart and Petco typically do not offer chinchillas at ages before about the 8-month mark.
This is not something to be discouraged over but just makes it a bit more difficult to get a baby chinchilla and leaves your options to breed the baby chinchillas on your own or adopting from a local breeder.
Baby Chinchilla Pricing and Ongoing Cost
Here is a quick look:
- Standard Grey- $150-$200
- TOV Ebony Baby Chinchilla- $300-$400
- Beige- $300-$400
- Violet- $300-$400
- Black or Pearl Chinchillas-$ 750-$1000
- Blue Diamond- $750.00
- White- $500-$600.00
After you have decided on the color of the baby chinchilla you are interested in, you will have other ongoing costs that will need to be considered as well.
These include common items such as:
- Food Needs
- Accessory and Toy Needs
Overall, if you ask my opinion, chinchillas are one of the most cost-friendly pets you can own.
I feel like I am not spending money often on my chinchilla unless it is to test something new or because I simply want to spoil her.
Best Cages for Baby Chinchillas
Part of providing the best care possible for a chinchilla requires that you put together an excellent chinchilla cage for them.
I have plenty of recommendations as to which cages, I recommend and rank the best that you can see here.
It is important that you provide plenty of vertical space and load the cage with plenty of chew friendly and safe items for them to keep their teeth healthy.
Dust Baths and Baby Chinchillas
Dust baths need to be avoided during the initial days after your baby chinchillas are born.
However, as your baby chinchillas progress and begin gaining weight at the correct pace, it will be okay to begin offering the baby chinchillas a dust bath around 10 days old in most circumstances.
For the best results, offer the dust bath to the mommy chinchilla and allow them to enjoy themselves in the dust bath, getting clean and rolling around.
Food Options for Baby Chinchillas
As you have probably figured out thus far into this post, the food that is ideal for a baby chinchilla comes straight from the mother in the form of milk.
After that 12-week period is over, you begin offering your chinchilla the basic timothy hay and pellets.
You can also use other items such as hay cubes to offer your chinchilla.
Handling and Interacting with Baby Chinchillas
Handling a baby chinchilla is much like handling an adult chinchilla.
You need to be gentle due to how fragile a chinchilla’s body is.
Especially when they are young.
The best way to do so is to pick up your chinchilla supporting the butt and underneath of them.
If it is too difficult to get a good handle on your baby chinchilla’s using this method, picking up your chinchilla by the base of the tail is perfectly fine.
Once you have a good handle of them, you can draw them close to your body for additional support and comfort for your chinchilla.
Avoid handling a baby chinchilla for too long of durations to ensure they do not get too hot, stressed, or scared.
You also need to understand that some chinchillas will simply not enjoy being handled while others will.
It is part of the process, and all chinchillas are different in this respect.
You can also refer to my post here that is specifically for instructing you how to get your chinchilla to enjoy being held.
Miscarriages with Chinchilla’s
Chinchillas do have miscarriages. Miscarriages with chinchillas will occur most frequently due to illness, improper diets, and genetic problems with a new kit.
Stress is also a possible cause of miscarriages with chinchillas.
When a chinchilla gives birth, it should be relatively clean and not much blood outside of the placenta.
If, however, this is not what you experience and more blood than usual is appearing, it is best to get into a vet immediately.
Not treating issues with a pregnancy on a mother chinchilla can result in death for the mother and the kits.
Chinchillas are adorable pets and are relatively easy to care for.
It is no wonder why so many individuals are interested in baby chinchillas and want to learn the ropes to provide the best care possible for them.
I am in the same boat and advocate for anyone considering adopting a chinchilla, to go ahead and do it as it turns into an excellent experience and a lasting bond.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your baby chinchillas and the journey ahead of you.
Share Your Thoughts
Do you have any further information you can share with the Planet Chinchilla Community to help us all provide better care for our baby chinchillas?
Any other advice about raising a baby chinchilla you believe to be relevant to mention?
Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I wish you the best of luck and appreciate you stopping by and reading today.