We are just beginning the startup of a small hobby chinchilla ranch located on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
I am originally a Texas gal, transplanted to Tennessee in early 2000. You know what they say, you can take the girl outta Texas but you can’t take the Texas outta the girl!
We have currently started our ranch with only one chinchilla. But, we do have plans to expand the ranch … eventually.
Even though our chinchilla is currently new to us, we are not new to chinchillas. We have just been away for a while.
Last weekend, we welcomed Bluebelle into our home & she’s sweeter than stolen honey!
We had been thinking about returning to the world of chinchillas for a bit now. Debating about driving the distance to get to a good breeder to pick up a nice breeding pair or two. Searching stores, flea markets, thrift stores for acceptable cages or nice wooden furniture that I could turn into cages. Debating! Debating!
Then, I look on LSN and see her. She has been listed for 2 hours. She had been purchased from a pet auction. She is 2 years old. Wife won’t let him keep her. $70 & comes with a cage. Within the hour, we were headed to get her.
On the way there, my husband asked me … “so what would be the deal breaker?” My reply, “Only if she is on her deathbed. Anything else, we can deal with.”
She was outside on the front porch when we got there in this travel cage. Poor baby! She was stressing!
The man that we got her from seemed nice enough, just uninformed. He passed on some “advice” from the breeder. Most was incorrect. He told me that she had only been there a day but that she had been well loved.
And while the travel cage was actually pretty nice for travel, she had been living in this for at least a couple days. My first thoughts were … no hay, no chew toys, a dish of water instead of a bottle. And, he had five dogs. Yikes! I’d be stressing too!
Even though our decision to get another chinchilla was well thought out, this was still a spur of the moment decision. So, we had to make a pit stop at the only chain pet store in our area to pick up as close to proper supplies as we could. (More on that later!)
She is a standard gray. A fur chewer.
She is now settled into her new home. She is eating & drinking well. She is peeing & pooing. Her droppings look good. She loves her hay! She looks lively. She greets us at her cage door anytime we come into the room. So, all is right in her world tonight!
For many obvious reasons, she will not be bred. That was never the plan for her. She is our pet. Our mascot. Bluebelle, because in Texas (and in Tennessee) it is well known that Bluebell is the best ice cream in the country!
We hope she will have many happy years here with us!