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ponder while using the calculator: Calculations for crossing white,
beige, velvet, violet, and sapphire mutations are based on what is
generally accepted about the nature of those mutations. The resulting
percentages are pretty straight-forward, but real life is not. Chins
come in a much wider variety than shown here. Take the standard
chinchilla, for example. They come in different shades of gray with
various body shapes, fur qualities, and temperaments, which cannot be
summed up in one animal alone. The same is true for mutation colors.
Make sure you look at the complete package of your animals when planning
your breedings, and donít be afraid to stop by a chinchilla show, which
is the best place to see and compare these different things all at once.
While you can cross multiple mutations in the calculator to get some fun
and interesting results, creating itty bitty chinnies is a serious
business. Make good choices when you breed so that you can produce
happy, healthy, pretty, fuzzy chins.
calculation involving ebony is treated a bit differently than the rest,
since there likely many genotypes that produce the same and/or
similar ebony coat colors. When making an ebony cross, bear in mind that
the results will show a wider range of possibilities than you might
actually encounter in any one particular breeding. The largest
percentages will -usually- show you what you can most likely expect, but
due to the inability to actually classify the genotypes of your breeding
animals, you could still end up with some surprises. I would therefore
keep very good records for each mating, keep an open mind and talk to
other breeders who might have new and interesting things to say about
their experiences, and see what your chins tell you through their
offspring. Above all, strive to improve the overall health and quality
(this is very good advice for any breeding, come to think of it).
Dec 2, 2008.