Our chinchilla room is in the basement because of the lower temperatures and the ease of clean-up.
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Below is how the rescue looks today. Want to see how we evolved? Visit our "History of the Chin-Room" page.
Above are pictures are most of our set-up. We have switched over to mostly Ferret Nation and Critter Nation cages, with the additional cages kept being mostly Quality Cages and Martins Cages.
For the most part, the cages are lined up against the wall, with supplies on the shelves under the FNs/CN. We have more supplies in a shelf-unit off to the right (not shown - pictured below). We also have cages against another wall, and a play pen for the chinchillas.
We do have more supplies than what are visible in these pictures. However, the majority of our supplies are kept on or around our supply area (pictured below), or under the tables holding the chinchilla cages.
This is our playpen which we let our chinchillas out in for playtime. It contains a hammock, several ledges, some additional hidey-spots, and a covered litter box for the chinchillas to dust in. View from the top (with Kankalls and Pash exploring).
Below are pictures of our individual cages and breeding runs.
Starting with the Ferret Nations & Critter Nation. For all of these cages, we have gone to the effort to get our Bass Pans powdercoated, to extend the life of these pans, and, as an added bonus, to help add some additional color to the cages.
The first FN in the row is our "Safari" FN. The cage accessories feature both leopard print and zebra print fleece, and the liners are made from both types of fleece as well. We have both a cut-out pan and a rectangular pan for the top level for ease of transitioning this FN from one cage to two cages. This is one of our rescue cages.
Next we have our blue FN. This FN is the only one of these cages that was not done up in any particular pattern or theme. The only connecting factor between all of the fleece in this cage is that all of it has the color blue somewhere in the pattern. We have both a cut-out pan and a rectangular pan for the top level for ease of transitioning this FN from one cage to two cages. This is one of our rescue cages.
Then we have our green FN. This FN was done up in tan, green, and blue striped fleece. This is a rescue cage.
Next is our "pink zebra" FN. This FN was done up in a pink zebra design fleece. This cage can be split in two, to house rescues in the bottom half. It currently houses Toby, one of our pet chinchillas, in the top half.
...and when I was at Brooklyn Zoo in the gift shop, I saw a stuffed pink zebra (of all things!) and it matched the cage perfectly so I just had to get it...
Our last FN is actually a Critter Nation among the sea of FN's. It is done in a dark pink fleece. This FN was done up in a pink zebra design fleece. This cage can be split in two, to house rescues in the bottom half. It currently houses Winx, one of our pet chinchillas, in the top half.
This is a Martins Cage. This cage was made custom sized to fit a smaller pan, but it is basically a slightly scaled down Chinchilla Townhome. This cage houses our rescued prairie dog, Shiloh. For more pictures/info on Shiloh, please visit our "About Us" page.
We also have our "rat stack." The rat stack is a stack of three bird cages that have been converted for use by rats. These cages can each hold 1-2 rats comfortably.
We also have a FN that houses guinea pigs and a rabbit.
***picture coming soon***
This cage typically houses rescue chinchillas, though it is currently set aside as one of our spare cages. It was originally built by us for a rescue chinchilla, Fuzzy. Fuzzy has now since been adopted out to a new home, but he was a part of our lives for 3 years, and really touched our hearts. This cage was built for him, as Fuzzy had a broken pelvis that had healed wrong, and could not jump as high as other chinchillas, so we wanted him to be able to get around his cage easily. The cage was built with shelves closer together so he wouldn't have any problem making his way around the cage.
The cage was made out of melamine-coated-pressboard, pine, and hardware cloth. This cage is about the size of a Quality Cage Townhome (this is including the bottom drawers in the height), but it cost about double to build. However, the solid walls keep in more shavings and mess than the QC wire cages do.