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 Apologies for the lack of updates recently. I have now updated the list for spring 2016.

WAITING/ RESERVE LIST:

Name               Colour                           Sex                   Number of babies  Status

Please see key for explanation of the letters.

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Hi, if babies from a current litter are reserved I will write  R( RESERVED). If babies have actually gone to their new homes I will write H (HOMED.) A reserved baby could become available again if the owner doesn't collect the agreed time or changes their mind so if a baby you like has been saved for someone else keep an eye on the list. I will write A (AVAILABLE) if a reserve is cancelled. If someone has paid a deposit (PD) its probably unlikely they will change their mind.

If you are just joining the list because you are waiting for a particular baby but I haven't actually had any litters born yet or you have inquired about wanting a particular colour & sex but not actually chosen which baby to reserve from the litter yet,  I will write W (WAITING).

I don't like time wasters and now because of messers I do ask for a £10 deposit for each baby I reserve. If you don't pay a deposit I cannot guarantee you will get that baby if I have other people interested. You shouldn't reserve at all if you have any doubts you will get one, the deposit is non-refundable. I want serious buyers someone who messes me about I won't think is going to be committed enough to owning a Chipmunk. If for any reason you cannot collect the baby please let me know a.s.a.p. I will accept if it for a genuine reason and can hold onto the baby longer if necessary. It is not nice for any of us including the animals if people don't turn up the agreed time.

KEY:

C - Cinnamon      D-  Dilute     G- Grey   P - Piebald   F - Fawn (cream Cinnamon)

W - Waiting         R - Reserved   H - been homed   A - Available   PD - paid deposit

Split/carrier (S) - means a baby has hidden genes for that colour from its parents and it has siblings that colour but is not that colour itself. Many of my babies for sale will carry/be split for other colours. Some are split for several colours and as far as I know there is no limit to the number they can be split for and when several colours are carried it is random what colours come out in the litters.

Poss split/carrier  - means a baby may carry that hidden gene because at least one parent is that colour or is a carrier of that gene but since that colour wasn't produced in the same litter, the baby is not a guaranteed carrier. Only breeding the baby to another Chipmunk carrying the same colour can prove that.

 Price of Chippies
If you would like to buy a Chippie our prices are as follows:

Agouti (normal) - £25  (inclu possible D/C carriers aswell as non- carriers and definite splits)  Remember most Agoutis do already carry the Dilute gene.
Dilute White - £30
 
Pure-bred Cinnamon - £45- £55 depending on quality of coat colour as it varies quite a bit with Cinnamons and if they are English or German bred.

At the moment I do not sell Piebald, Fawn or Grey Chipmunks as they are still very rare in my litters and I don't get them born every year, occasionally carriers may be available.

Babies I have been trying to sell for some time or are older babies/adults might be sold at reduced prices.

Cinnamon Babies:

At the moment I usually sell single Cinnamons or same-sex Cinnamon pairs to other Cinnamon breeding programmes (people who already have at least 1 or more Cinnamons or Agouti/Dilute (Cinnamon carriers). I may also sell to people who will be dedicated to starting a Cinnamon breeding programme but do not currently have any Cinnamons or Cinnamon carriers but you will have to convince me because I do not give up these babies easily, they are so special and I don't get many in my litters. If anyone has any Cinnamons (not related) to mine I am happy to do swaps or else buy from you.

Also anyone already on the Waiting List gets priority of any Cinnamon babies that may be born. This is fair because some of these people may have been waiting a year or longer.

Breeding pairs may be available from time to time for anyone wanting to start up breeding Cinnamons but I don't have many fully unrelated pure Cinnamons so any unrelated pairs will go fast.  If you understand the risks of breeding part - related Cinnamons together I can sometimes offer part un-related pairs.These are not as good as fully unrelated pairs but sometimes with Cinnamons you just have to try with whatever is available but I don't sell brothers and sisters as breeding pairs or males and females that have more than one shared relative in their bloodline as they are too closely related. I would advise if you buy a breeding Cinn pair even a fully unrelated pair you also buy one unrelated Agouti Cinn carrier as well or even a normal (non-carrying) Agouti. The Agouti gene will help give you a more diverse gene pool.

In the event you cannot keep the Cinnamon anymore it MUST be returned to me and I will find it another Cinnamon breeding programme tor else it will stay as part as mine. I want to know where all my Cinnamons are so do not want them sold on and this should help prevent the risk of inbreeding in the future.

AGOUTI AND DILUTE:

I only have a small number of Agouti and Dilute's now so the numbers of those colours born will be a lot less. I will still get some Agouti because this colour is dominant over all other colours. I only have the one Dilute pair now so that does mean the numbers of Dilutes will probably be very few from now on. There may be other Agoutis I have as well with the Dilute gene I haven't discovered yet because it is very common for Agouti's to carry this gene. I use Agoutis and some Dilutes in my Cinnamon programme so they are likely to turn up from time to time. Cinnamons are my main focus, any other colours will just appear by chance.

OLDER CHIPMUNKS:

From time to time I may have adults for sale, either because they no longer fit into my breeding programme or are too closely related for breeding to mine, or they are retired from breeding.

*I have a few baby Chipmunks born spring 2016 who need new homes, please see baby page for more details. updated 22nd july 2016*

we are located in the South-East of England in Essex (about an hour from London) United Kingdom

 

 

*PLEASE REMEMBER I DO NOT SHIP MY CHIPMUNKS AROUND THE U.K, TO THE U.S.A. OR TO EUROPE*

 If you ask me to ship mine I will just tell you the same thing, I don't feel its fair on the animals, long journeys especially by plane can be very stressful and some Chipmunks will not survive the journey. I have had some shipped to me from Europe by road so if you want to ship I'd consider ROAD PET COURIERS rather than flying the animals. All shipping is very expensive but by air is by far the most expensive so I would not go down that route unless your really sure 100% you can't find a Chipmunk in your own country, even then you would be doing it at your own risk. Shipping by road takes longer but mine were a lot less stressed by that than they would of been if put on a plane, I know someone who once shipped 4 Chipmunks by air and one died, whereas the ones I got delivered arrived safely, always had someone with them throughout the journey and were exploring their new home within minutes of arriving. I do know a few hobby breeders in the U.S. for anyone looking for one in the U.S. but I do not know breeders all around the world so can't really help you if your in another country other than the U.S and Germany. unfortunately. All I can do is advise you advertise exactly what you are looking for on all your countries PET FORUMS/PET WEBSITES and CLASSIFIED AD SITES and avoid the bad breeders out there, however desperate you are its not worth buying one from a bad breeder. Remember that outside the breeding season - September - February Chipmunks are not readily available and babies won't be born in this period. 

 How to get in touch with us?

1. you can leave a message on our chipmunk guestbook page Here
2. you can send an e-mail at jennifer.chipmunk@lineone.net
3. you can leave a shout -

Once you have sent us a message we can then let you know if we have any. If we have what you are looking for you can then reserve it  (i will add you to the list at the top of the page and write reserved) for up to eight weeks until ready to collect (or if you need longer let me know). If the Chipmunk hasn't been picked up after eight weeks then it will then go back on sale unless agreed otherwise. If I have a lot of babies at the same time or have trouble with fighting etc. then babies will need to collected as soon as they are old enough to go I will let you know how long I can hold onto particular babies. You can reserve provisionally without paying a deposit which means I can put you down on the list but the baby you are interested in I can only save for you if you pay a deposit. If you don't pay a deposit and someone else is interested in the baby and can pay then unfortunately you would lose that baby. If i don't currently have any babies you can still go on the list and stay on there as long as you like. I only ask for deposits for babies I have already had born.

Please note you will need to come to us to pick the Chipmunk/Chipmunks up, we will NOT ship as this is unfair on the animals and could give them stress. There is no need to pay until you actually meet the animal, pay is done at pickup. Also we will not sell brothers and sisters together who have the same parents,  or other similarly related relatives (unless they are rare Cinnamons and we have already discussed all the possible risks with close breeding) this is to prevent inbreeding.  Please note I do know a couple of Cinnamon breeders so at times if I don't have what you are looking for (e.g. a suitable breeding pair) they might.

Please bring a suitable small Rodent carrier (not Cat carrier holes are too large -although if you only have a Cat carrier the door can be covered with wire mesh) with you when you come to pick the Chipmunk up or you can use a Hamster cage. NO cardboard boxes  (A cardboard box will get chewed very quickly I had one chew through a thick box in 30 mins and isn't very good for transporting a Chipmunk).

If you use plastic storage containers please ensure there is plenty of ventilation holes not just in the lid but also around the sides of the container, a Chipmunk can soon get ill from being in an enclosed container with little ventilation on a hot day and the urine can make them very ill as they breathe it in I don't really recommend these containers for hot days or very long journeys.

For longer journeys or hot days you are better with a cage with bars, they have plenty of ventilation.

If you are collecting more than one baby please bring a CARRIER or CAGE FOR EACH CHIPMUNK. It is very difficult to get more than one Chipmunk in the same carrier so to make things easier for everyone you should bring one for each Chipmunk you want to collect. Also Chipmunks may fight if placed into a small carrier together, because being caged together in a small space can make them stressed. Please don't use a very small carrier that is the size for a Mouse or Hamster, your Chipmunk won't like being cooped up in that and the small carriers are often easier for a Chipmunk to escape out of. Carriers that have a push up lid can be opened by some Chipmunks. Use a larger carrier for large Rats, Guineapigs or small Rabbits.

The carrier we use (Aladino Carrier by Ferplast) medium size we bought at Pets at Home for just over £10. Works really well the only problem was attaching a water bottle but after alot of trial and error we found something that worked. We used the small Mouse size bottle and lots of masking tape. We threaded the tape through the side holes several times and this worked fine. the bottle barely dripped on the journey and the Chippie was able to drink. A water bottle is not necessary for a short journey.

If coming on a long journey you must provide a WATER bottle or at least put some slices of apple, orange, cucumber or some grapes in the carrier so the baby can get some water for the journey. Add some HAY or other BEDDING to the carrier so he/she has somewhere to hide and sleep for the journey and COVER the carrier with a SHEET or TOWEL to shield the baby from sunlight and keep the carrier darker so the baby feels less nervous especially if taking the baby on public transport.  And NEVER LEAVE THE BABY ALONE IN A STATIONARY CAR ,cars heat up in minutes and ANIMALS CAN DIE IN HOT CARS even with the windows open. If you must stop on the journey back someone must stay in the car with the Chipmunk to monitor it for any signs of heat issues but on very hot days its best to avoid stopping. The carrier must be very secure a Chipmunk will soon get out if there is any weakness. If using a cage peg or wire shut all the doors, i always use two pegs on each door and always hold the carrier/cage by the bottom aswell as the handles incase the handles break or the cage bottom comes loose. Its advisable to also tie string/rope or wire around the cage base for extra security.

If you have any questions about anything you can always contact me and i'll advise further.

Any upcoming litters will be announced on the Chipmunk Babies page with pics of both parents aswell as the babies. .

*PLEASE REMEMBER I DO NOT SHIP MY CHIPMUNKS AROUND THE U.K, TO THE U.S.A. OR TO EUROPE*

 If you ask me to ship mine I will just tell you the same thing, I don't feel its fair on the animals, long journeys especially by plane can be very stressful and some Chipmunks will not survive the journey. I have had some shipped to me from Europe by road so if you want to ship I'd consider ROAD PET COURIERS rather than flying the animals. All shipping is very expensive but by air is by far the most expensive so I would not go down that route unless your really sure 100% you can't find a Chipmunk in your own country, even then you would be doing it at your own risk. Shipping by road takes longer but mine were a lot less stressed by that than they would of been if put on a plane, I know someone who once shipped 4 Chipmunks by air and one died, whereas the ones I got delivered arrived safely, always had someone with them throughout the journey and were exploring their new home within minutes of arriving. I do know a few hobby breeders in the U.S. for anyone looking for one in the U.S. but I do not know breeders all around the world so can't really help you if your in another country other than the U.S and Germany. unfortunately. All I can do is advise you advertise exactly what you are looking for on all your countries PET FORUMS/PET WEBSITES and CLASSIFIED AD SITES and avoid the bad breeders out there, however desperate you are its not worth buying one from a bad breeder. Remember that outside the breeding season - September - February Chipmunks are not readily available and babies won't be born in this period. 

Please let me know what you think of my website so i can improve it, either the layout or if any information that is not correct and also to expand my knowledge of Chipmunks, thanks

 

Last update 22nd july 2016