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I first fell in love with chinnies in my mid 30's but had to wait almost a decade before I got my first ones Mugwai & Gizmo a pair of beige boys from a pet shop.
A year down the line and still besotted I bought a pair of chinnies from a breeder.
Then I bought another pair.
And another. And another!!
And then with a lot of research and advice I started to breed and the herd expanded quickly as I fell in love with the kits and couldn't bear to part with any
Soon the chinny room was bursting at the seams so I sneaked a few into another spare room
(The kids had all moved out so we had a few empty rooms!! Hubby didn't seem to notice so I sneaked a few more in!)Then a few more.Eventually I realised I would have to sell at least some of the kits so advertised and carefully vetted all enquiries.
Four years ago I was persuaded to have a go at showing and from there the whole thing exploded.Having seen all those show chinnies I realised that although mine were beautiful and had been bought from reputable breeders,
they weren't what I'd seen on the show bench - my goals changed, I invested in better animals, started studying genetics properly and decided what I wanted to specialise - Standard and violet mainly. I was lucky, learnt quickly and did well at the shows despite being really nervous.
I progressed to the main bench two years after my first show having done well and although standard are my all time favourite including the stunning blue diamond.
More recently I started breeding the royal persian angora, importing my intial stock from the continent.
I now have four rooms of chinchillas, all in the house, mainly in big cages.
I have a couple of runs of smaller poly cages but have to admit to preferring to see groups of chinnies sitting cuddling in the bigger cages.
I have around 150 chinchillas excluding kits.
Not all are breeding animals, some are oldies, retired and enjoying a pampered lifestyles,some are rescues hoping to find their 'furever' home but in reality probably staying here.
People at work call me the crazy chinchilla lady and I guess they are probably right! But I wouldn't change my life for a moment.
Chinchilla Lady is all about offering safe, good quality and enjoyable treats for your furry friends.
We are happy supplying other shops however it isn't possible to send out orders of £400 + for the £3.50 so please contact us if your order is more than £75 to discuss postage.
We run special offers each Wednesday, join us on fb at Chinchilla Lady Group to see these first or contact me, Chinchillalady@mail.com
We love hearing about your chinnies enjoying our treats and toys so please feel free to contact us.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am - 4pm