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PostSubject: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:25 pm

does anyone know WHY baby freedom would be doing this??
is it a hazard for him?? he eats his food regularly. so he's good there.
its just weird why after he poops he bends under himself and eats it.
its not with every poop though. just sometimes.


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PostSubject: Re: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:51 pm

You, my friend, are experiencing the joys of coprophagy Very Happy Like bunnies, chinchillas sometimes eat poo that has been passed through their entire gut. Cows and sheep have the ability to regurgitate food from their stomach back into their mouth to chew it again. The reason is because the first time food goes into their stomach, the bacteria go to work at breaking down the food. Then they bring it back up to their mouth, chew some more, and then when they swallow it this time, it goes to a different chamber in their stomach where the nutrients are then absorbed. Chins and bunnies have to actually let it go through their entire digestive tract once and eat it again in order for them to obtain the nutrients. The first time they chew and swallow, it goes to their small intestine where some of the nutrients get absorbed. Then it goes into the cecum (a chamber that branches off of the intestine) where the good bacteria live...they break it down some there, and then moves it into the colon, but the colon cant absorb all the leftover nutrients so it has to go back through the entire process again --- mouth-intestine-cecum-colon. Hope that makes sense, but yea your chinchie is just being a sweet poop eater who wants his nutrients Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:42 am

WOW!! lots of info!! thank you so much!! i was kind of worried it wasn't safe so i am SOOO relieved
this is a normal thing!! haha we've had chins for over a year now and i am STILL learning so much
about them. that is why i am glad we made this forum. we're hoping lots of other people learn lots too!!


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PostSubject: Re: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:49 am

Ooooooh. That's why mine does that. Chico eats his poo really rarely and I've seen him do that, but I always thought he had just mistaken it for a sunflower seed or something. Cause he usually takes a bit, looks at it, and is like "meh" then tosses it XD
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PostSubject: Re: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:55 am

Mine picks his up and looks at me then throws it outta the cage on the floor then runs and hides in his house. little trouble maker.
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PostSubject: Re: chinnie eating his own poop??!!   Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:38 pm

Pretty much every chinchilla will eat his or her droppings. Most of the time we just don't seem them do it. It's healthy and normal no matter how backwards and gross it seems!

A couple months back I had a little female baby come up to the front of the cage to see a couple, who were looking for their first chins. She then sat there for 10 minutes eating droppings as she tried to be charming for the new people. The lady said, "Oh, you're eating another one of your treats?" And, the baby chin seemed to look at her with joy almost like she was saying, "Oh yes, I made this treat myself!" Even stranger, the lady decided that she had to adopt Sadie. See, chins are so cute that it is acceptable for them to eat poopies and still be adorable.
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