The nutrition of the chinchilla as a companion animal--basic data, influences and dependences.

@article{Wolf2003TheNO,
  title={The nutrition of the chinchilla as a companion animal--basic data, influences and dependences.},
  author={Petra Wolf and Anja Schr{\"o}der and Aline Wenger and Josef Kamphues},
  journal={Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition},
  year={2003},
  volume={87 3-4},
  pages={129-33}
}
This contribution is meant to obtain basic data for feeding chinchillas (ingestion behaviour, feed and water intake) kept as companion animals. The chinchillas ingested more than 70% of their total feed intake during the dark phase (highest level of activity between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am). Daily amounts of feed intake varied between 2.5 (fresh grass) or 2.6 (hay) and 5.5 (pelleted complete diet) g of dry matter per 100 g of body weight. An offered mixed feed based on native components led to a… CONTINUE READING