It’s possible that several reasons exist that you have curious about chinchilla breeding and how many babies a chinchilla can have.
A question I see that arises frequently is individuals concerned about a potentially pregnant female chinchilla and what you can expect.
More specifically, how many babies do chinchillas have?
While I haven’t necessarily transitioned from chinchilla owner to chinchilla breeder, I certainly have a lot of insight and experience I can share with you on this topic.
So, how many babies do chinchillas have?
Chinchillas have up to 4 baby chinchillas also known as “kits” per litter. While a chinchilla may have 4 chinchillas or “kits” in a litter, 2 baby chinchillas is the most common. A chinchilla typically has 1-3 litters per year depending on the chinchilla breeder and the mother chinchillas health and reproduction capabilities.
I’m sure we have various individuals who wanted the answer to this question for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps you plan to begin breeding chinchillas yourself, or you possibly even have a pregnant female chinchilla that wasn’t intentional.
Maybe you are just curious in general.
I’d like you to leave here with a much more significant amount of knowledge on the pregnancy specifics and what you can expect.
It only furthers your ability to take care of your chinchilla in the best manner possible.
Here’s what’s on my lesson plan for the day:
- How Many Babies Do Chinchillas Have?
- How Does A Chinchilla Reproduce?
- 6 Other Facts About Chinchilla Breeding and Chinchilla Pregnancy
- Chinchillas Have Several Babies, Make Sure You Are Prepared and Provide The Best Care
How Many Babies Do Chinchillas Have?
Alright, let’s get back to the original question to kick things off.
How many babies do chinchillas have?
We started the post by informing you that chinchillas, in most situations will always 1-2 baby chinchillas per litter but can have a maximum of 4 chinchillas in most situations.
2 baby chinchillas are the most common number of babies per litter.
It is also important to understand that a chinchilla may reproduce or have 1-3 litters of baby chinchillas or “kits” in a given year.
It completely depends on the chinchilla breeder and the situation.
It also depends on the overall health of the mother chinchilla.
A healthy mother chinchilla may capable of always having 3 litters per year and having 2 baby chinchillas each time while other mother chinchilla’s may not have litters of baby chinchillas as frequently.
How Does A Chinchilla Reproduce?
A lot of people also probably wonder how chinchillas reproduce.
To be frank, It’s relatively straightforward.
Most breeders will go through introduction phases with male and female chinchilla for a few days before attempting the mating and breeding process.
Next, the male will begin grooming the female chinchilla if the female doesn’t get aggressive towards the male.
This is done by close observation and supervision, ensuring that the mating process or attempting to mate two chinchillas won’t result in any injuries for one of the chinchillas.
Following the grooming, the male will attempt to mount the female beginning the mating process.
If the pregnancy takes, you are in for a long pregnancy and gestation period, which we will cover a little deeper into this post.
For now, I want to take the time to cover 6 commonly asked questions about chinchilla reproduction and breeding.
Here are those details.
6 Other Facts About Chinchilla Breeding and Chinchilla Pregnancy
How Often Can Chinchillas Get Pregnant?
Chinchillas are warriors when it comes to carrying kits or a litter with frequency.
A chinchilla can get pregnant more often than you think.
On average, a chinchilla can have a litter of “kits” 3-4 times per year.
Pretty crazy, right?
Chinchillas also need to be roughly 1 year old before reproducing, or breeding should begin to ensure the most healthy pregnancy and to avoid potential health concerns for the mother and baby chinchillas.
How Long Does It Take for A Chinchilla to Give Birth?
Chinchillas have a long gestation period compared to other rodents.
A female’s gestation period is 111 days.
After giving birth, a female chinchilla can become pregnant with a new litter of chinchillas within 72 hours.
It’s essential that if you don’t plan on breeding and this isn’t your intention that you remove the other chinchilla after the pregnancy.
This will help avoid a second pregnancy in addition to avoiding any issues with your female chinchilla becoming aggressive towards the male chinchilla following birth.
How Long Does A Baby Chinchilla Have to Stay with Its Mother?
This is a critical aspect of chinchilla breeding and reproduction.
The baby chinchilla’s or “kits” need time with their mother after they are born.
While the babies are delivered relatively fast and often in the morning hours of the day, the time following is quite a bit more extensive.
Baby chinchillas need to remain with their mother chinchilla for 6 weeks at a minimum, although most breeders will wait a minimum of 8 weeks.
On average, kits have a survival rate of 70-80%, and it’s smart to weigh your kits to check for optimal health.
If you need more information about how much full-grown chinchilla weighs, you can see my post here.
During this 6-8-week time with the mother, don’t be alarmed if it takes a few days for the mother chinchillas’ milk to arrive.
This is entirely normal and typically takes 48 hours.
After the first litter, you will learn the ins and outs of the mother’s capabilities of producing enough milk and caring for her babies.
If the mother struggles to produce enough milk and nutrients for her kits, avoid breeding this female chinchilla in the future.
Can Brother and Sister Chinchillas Mate?
Yes, and it should be avoided.
Don’t fall, victim, thinking that your chinchilla understands who it’s mother, father, brother, or sisters maybe.
They don’t act or think like humans in this sense.
Although chinchillas are smart, they don’t pick up on this at all.
Leaving these chinchillas together after birth could easily result in family members’ crossbreeding and inbreeding.
After the babies or “kits” have had adequate time with their family, it’s time to remove them and separate them into their own cages.
Do Chinchillas Eat Their Babies?
No, chinchillas do not eat their babies in the manner you may be thinking.
It is possible that a kit is born incorrectly and stuck in the birth canal.
If this happens, the mother chinchilla may still discharge the baby chinchilla into small pieces that you may notice in the cage.
However, mother chinchillas do not purposely kill and eat their babies.
They are quite good and caring mothers with their litters.
What Are Baby Chinchillas Called?
You have seen my reference this several times in this post.
However, in case you missed it, we can recap it briefly.
What are baby chinchillas called?
Baby chinchillas are referred to as “kits.”
Chinchillas Have Several Babies, Make Sure You Are Prepared and Provide The Best Care
While some of you may not have need all the information presented in this post, it was still my hope to answer some common frequently asked questions for you.
Perhaps you wound up with a pregnant female chinchilla on accident and perhaps your gearing up to begin breeding your own chinchillas.
Whatever the case may be, I hope this post provided some insight into what you can expect along the way.
Have You Ever Dealt With A Pregnant Chinchilla?
As usual, I encourage my readers to chime in on the topic presented.
What further information can you provide the readers about chinchilla reproduction?
How many babies did your chinchilla have?
Be sure to share your thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading and we will see you again next time.