by Zeebee ( the cute little black velvet one )
||Hi, my name is
Zeebee and I'm here to give you a little review on all the books I can
get my cute little paws on ( and teeth!)
First and foremost, this is my own personnel opinion, and no one should take me too seriously, although I will try to be on my best behaviour and promise not to chew the corners.
32 books to view
One star means
good read for beginners
** Two stars means very good read for beginners and advanced
*** Three stars means excellent all rounder!
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|1. THE JOY OF CHINCHILLAS (To buy this book
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by L.Ritchey (BSc.AS) E.C.Cogswell (RN, MS, PHN) and R.Beeman
Excellent up to date book! - it's also nice to see a book dedicated to chinchillas that the Authors knew and includes their names (love the name 'black brat'!) a book not just for the novice and experienced owner but also for veterinarians as a good reference. A lot of hard work put into this one and well worth the read, this book I am showing here is the fifth edition and the authors keep updating! You can buy this book from them at their website - www.cachins.com
2. ALL ABOUT CHINCHILLAS *
by KAREN ZEINERT
I like this book, it has a nice story about M.F.Chapman and my hero Pete on his shoulder, such a cutie! (the chinchilla that is) There is some good advise and information in this book with pictures. There is also some chinchilla show information at the back, and page 68 has a nice sized cage for a single chin, but I would be happy to have a shelf and a little wooden house thrown in as well thank you very much!
3. THE GUIDE TO OWNING A CHINCHILLA *
by ANN-MARIE BARRIE
Beautiful photos of chinchillas in this one, very easy to follow making it a good buy for older kids, but, I must admit, there's a few mistakes with the information and pictures. Apart from the odd 'fur biting' chinnie pic. the photo of a standard grey on page 7 looks more like a 'black velvet', get those colour right! I'm a black velvet and a lot posher than a grey! AND that male chinnie wearing a female breeding collar - how dare he! Also, I'm not keen on the idea of us veggie chinnies eating 'raw hide and chicken meal' chewy snacks. Obviously this book was intended for the 'pet' owner so if you take away the breeder critics, you have a nice pet book.
4. BREEDING AND CARING FOR CHINCHILLAS **
by EGON MOSSLACHER
A sensible book this, more for the serious chin owner, the preface does make you feel 'guilty' for been a pet owner rather than a 'fur breeder'! but I must admit, without the fur breeder we furballs wouldn't be your pets would we? As for the nutritional guide, if you don't have more than a hundred of us furballs - forget it, plain pellets will do! Most is based on the authors own opinions and experience, but all in all it's a good book to have.
5. PRACTICAL CHINCHILLA KEEPING ***
by JEAN C.COULTON
Excellent book this, all the other books rolled into one. Very good reliable information, and advice for the most serious pet owners, breeders and hobbyists, just one snag - try getting this book! It's unfortunately pretty hard to get hold of, but if there's a re-print then it more than likely will be bought up quickly. The one I have is a miss-print which means the information is there but the pictures are a little dull and 'off' which doesn't matter - because it's the information that counts isn't it now?....eh?....what do you mean you only buy a book 'cos of the cute piccies?
7. THE PET OWNERS GUIDE TO THE CHINCHILLA*
by KIRKIEWITCZ AND BROOMHEAD
Very good book for younger pet owners, the pictures are clear and the chin colours are really nice to see, that wonderful cage size on page 27, and the cage on page 25 is actually a large aviary cage, I know because I live in one of these! I also have a chunky ladder and a great wheel (thanks to 'Pacific Northwest Chinchillas) - I'm spoiled rotten I am. This book is great for kids aged 13+
||8. A STEP BY STEP BOOK ABOUT CHINCHILLAS**
by HORST KUHNER
This book is generally recommended reading by breeders to new pet owners, I can see why, It's easy to read and understood by all ages, you can't go wrong with the good advice given and the pictures are good too. There is also information about breeding in this book with cage tips, really nice read.
|9. CHINCHILLA UP THE CHIMNEY
by LUCY DANIELS
Okay, I know this isn't an educational book, it's actually a story about a little chinchilla that hides in someone's bag - great bedtime read for us chinnies!
||10. DISEASES OF SMALL DOMESTIC RODENTS
by VIRGINIA RICHARDSON
This book covers six rodents, Chinchillas, mice, rats, gerbils, Hamsters and Chipmunks. There is a large chapter for each rodent, part one introduces the species, husbandry, nutrition and diseases that result in poor management, part two outlines the diseases in a 'rapid reference' format, part three deals anaesthesia, surgery and drug treatment available up to date of print (1997) - see, I CAN be serious when I try!
by MAIKE RODER-THIEDE
How could I ignore this one, this was my owners first book and a very well nibbled one it is too! A well written book, clear and concise, and all you need to know as a 'beginner' to the chinchilla, cute picture of the authors own chinchillas, the author is a vet in Germany.
12. THE CHINCHILLA FARM (by W.W.Norton books -308 pages)
by JUDITH FREEMAN
Alright, maybe I am going a bit daft adding this to the list - but I
did say 'everything chinchilla', this book depends on what 'side' of the
farm you live on - this could be a romantic adventure novel or a 'save
the chinnie from those nasty fur breeders' book!
The story: Verna Flake is fleeing Utah, a failed marriage, and the constricted yet strangely exotic Mormon way of life. Naive in a way but also gifted with an almost second sight for the emotional heart of things, Verna relates her adventures on the road, in Los Angeles, and eventually in Mexico as she confronts her future and muses over her past.
13. CHINCHILLA BREEDING
As the book says - chinchilla 'breeding' so it's not really a pet book. More for those interested in the breeding side, although it does have a good few points on health advice and feed. The latter part of the book is about how to pelt us! so it's not for the faint hearted chin lover - some of the breeding recommendations are good but are a little dated as the book was first published in1959 and obviously updated in parts as the reprint is 1988, still - one to put with your chinchilla book collection!
14. MODERN CHINCHILLA FARMING
Hmmm....not much to say about this book, it's not really a modern book at all as it's based in the 50's and 60's from what I know, and I haven't really read it as it looks rather boring and plain and all about breeding chinchillas for fur profit which makes my little heart beat fast and furious - I'll give this one a miss if you don't mind....not worth nibbling!
15. MODERN CHINCHILLA - PENS AND EQUIPMENT
Not really sure about this one, it says 'modern' like the one above, but as you can see by the cover it's not really! It mentions 'pens and equipment' so this book is obviously for the chinchilla breeders in the fur trade - as shown on the front ( note the chinchilla at the side looking on disgusted at the woman in the posh chin shawl - Have the book - but haven't had time to read it yet!
||11. CHINCHILLA DISEASES AND
Probably the best book a serious chinchilla breeder and owner will buy, this book was written in the early 1950's but still considered the best book to buy, it covers many things including picture (not for the faint hearted) along with early theories of what the cause could be, it's mostly for serious reading and a good one to have - always have that extra knowedge as we furballs - although rarely are ill in the right conditions - may need your help one day! - vets may have modern ideas today - but the old ways still apply in many chinchilla cases
16. DISEASES OF CHINCHILLAS
This one is not as good as the Kennedy diseases of chinchilla book - but still quite good - useful book and although written in the 50's the information is updated a little in this version - 1987 print - note quotes at back of this book:
"This book, Diseases of Chinchillas, is considered "the Bible" in Germany where chinchillas are raised by thousands of hobbyists. It is part of the TFH series.
"This book is written for the serious chinchilla hobbyist, dealer and breeder. It is also helpful to veterinarians who might consider adding chinchillas to their list of small animal specialties."
||6. YOUR FIRST CHINCHILLA
by ROGER WHEAR
My owner has two copies of this book, one personally signed by Roger and I'm definitely not allowed to chew the corners of this one! The list of fruit treats on page 18 are great if you like them, some of us chinchillas are rather 'picky' with treats believe it or not! Good for that extra book but the information lacks the essential ingredients new owners need to know at the beginning of chin keeping
OTHER BOOKS THAT HAVE CHINCHILLA CONTENTS
17. CHINCHILLA HANDBOOK by EDMUND BICKEL
The author has had over 50 years experience with breeding chinchillas,
the advice is very good and his contribution to the chinchilla industry
is very big indeed. The book displays lots of coloured photos and illustrations
and is a book for commercial as well as practical pet keeping.
18. A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION by JACK HARRIS
Mostly aimed at pet owners intended on breeding us furries, I think nearly
everyone has this book! Good examples of a nesting box on page 56,
practical advice, everything is covered - even toe clippers! many pictures
with a well handled 'sticky' chinnie on page 91.
19. CHINCHILLA - A PROFITABLE HOBBY by GERHARD SCHREIBER
This book points out in detail all you need to know about chinchillas, it has a full
round up of practical advice with lots of photos and a generous amount of illustrations.
20. CHINCHILLA HISTORY, HUSBANDRY AND MARKETING
by EDWIN G.BOWEN AND ROSE W.JENKINS
21. CHINCHILLA DISEASE AND AILMENTS by A.H.KENNEDY
22. THE CHINCHILLA by HAROLD MEDOW
23. THE HISTORY AND HANDBOOK OF THE CHINCHILLA INDUSTRY
by WILLIS D.PARKER
24. GUINEA PIGS AND CHINCHILLAS by KEN DENHAM (1977-78 EDITION)
25. CHINCHILLA by MACDONALD (1982 EDITION)
26. YOU WANT A WHAT FOR A PET? by BETSY SIKORA SIINO
Twelve pet range from frogs to chinchillas, lots of photos, first edition 1996.
27. RAISING SMALL ANIMALS by FRANK G.ASHBROOK
Covers goldfish to chinchillas - and those frogs again!
28. THE BERDUX METHOD OF CHINCHILLA RAISING by VAL BERDUX
29. CHINCHILLA BREEDING by C.F.SNOW
30. THE NATIONAL GUIDE TO CHINCHILLA BREEDING
by NATIONAL CHINCHILLA SOCIETY (U.S.A)
31. MODERN CHINCHILLA by HOGDEN
32. CHINCHILLA CARE - A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE PROPER
MANAGEMENT OF A CHINCHILLA RANCH
by J.W.HOUSTON AND J.P.PRESTWICH
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