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I just acquired a chinchilla from someone. I know they need hay and chinchilla pellets. However, I was wondering how well Pelleted Hay would work. I feed a mixture of Timothy, Orchard Grass, and Alfalfa Hay Pellets to my rabbits and they work well.(My rabbits will not eat loose hay and i don't know why.)  Would they be ok for Chinchillas as well?. Note: They are pure hay pellets they have no additives or anything else in them. Has anyone fed these to chinchillas before if so do they work well?

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I just acquired a chinchilla from someone. I know they need hay and chinchilla pellets. However, I was wondering how well Pelleted Hay would work. I feed a mixture of Timothy, Orchard Grass, and Alfalfa Hay Pellets to my rabbits and they work well.(My rabbits will not eat loose hay and i don't know why.)  Would they be ok for Chinchillas as well?. Note: They are pure hay pellets they have no additives or anything else in them. Has anyone fed these to chinchillas before if so do they work well?

Pelleted hay would be fine. Chinchillas should never be given green high moisture foods, They love raisins for a treat. Fresh fruit branches are good too. I snip off a branch every once in the while and they love chewing on the twigs and bark. Willow is also good. I give a variety of dried foods. Just remember no rich high moisture foods.
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Ok Ill give it a try and see if he likes them. Figured a Variety of hay in different shapes and sizes would be a good way to keep him occupied. Just working on getting him more chews and toys at this point . Thanks for the reply.

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Chins are great pets. I have two males in my classroom and they are ideal for the purpose I wanted. Quiet but loving. The students are nuts about them.
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So far hes doing well, hes adjusting quickly. Only had him for 3 days and hes letting us hold him and stuff so all is well. I am finding it hard to get a variety of chews and toys for him, Its like they dont make many toys and chews for chinchillas. Ive even been looking everywhere including online.
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So far hes doing well, hes adjusting quickly. Only had him for 3 days and hes letting us hold him and stuff so all is well. I am finding it hard to get a variety of chews and toys for him, Its like they dont make many toys and chews for chinchillas. Ive even been looking everywhere including online.

I've been getting dried fruits and veggies that are made for parrots and other rodents; these are for treats and given only sparingly. Their main diet is chinchilla pellets and hay-lots of branches to chew on. We've been making treats. I have not seen mine play. They do like their wheel and a swinging hammock. Other than that my students are the chin's toys.

Our red squirrel plays a lot with toys; the chins not so.

Chinchillas like to climb up things and through tubes; ladders of wood and wire, and cardboard tubes.
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