List of unproblematic plants for starting with fresh feed

1. Well suitable fresh food for beginners

With these plants chinchillas can get used to fresh food (1 leaf, small branch, 1 hazelnut-sized piece).

They are very well degistible and often popular.

Name

Achillea

Alder branches

Apple

Apple branches and all other fruit tree branches

Bamboo

Basil

Bedstraw

Berry branches (blueberry, raspberry,

blackberry, currant, gooseberry)

Birch branches
Callisia repens/ Creeping inchplant
Carrot and carrot herb
Common chickweed
Common chicory
Daisy
Dandelion
Dandelion salad/ Catalogna
Dead-nettles
Hazelnut branches
Horseweed
Jerusalem artichoke herb
Linden branches
Plantains (Broadleaf plantain, narrowleaf plantain etc.)
Poplar branches
Pot marigold
Prickly lettuce
Radicchio
Rocket salad/ arugula/ rucola
Shepherd's purse/ Capsella
Stinging nettles
(Forest) strawberry leaves
Thistle (all)
Tradescantia/ spiderwort
Willows/ sallows banches (all)

2. Not suitable fresh food for beginners

Name Reason

Cabbages

(broccoli, cauliflower, savoy cabbage,

kohlrabi, rapeseed etc.)

 

very high in protein; can bloat, especially if you don't increase the amount slowly or if you feed commercial chinchillafood or pellets

Citrus fruits

(kiwi, orange, etc.)

very acidic, something for animals that know and tolerate a lot of variety, lemon is unsuitable as food

Clover

(including alfalfa) and other legumes

very high in protein; can bloat, especially if you don't increase the amount slowly or if you feed commercial chinchillafood or pellets
Conifer branches

contain a lot of essential oil, which can irritate the gastric mucous membranes if the animals ingest too much of it; later they may be offered as a mixture

Bulbous plants

(Allioideae)

very sharp; are only consumed in very small amounts, if at all (e.g. dried chives)

Fresh grasses  

very protein-rich especially in spring; can bloat, especially if you don't increase the amount slowly or if you feed a lot of pellets or commercial chinchillafood

Slightly poisonous plants

like ivy, lilac, glechoma hederacea, etc.

are eaten only when needed and in small quantities; are for animals that know, tolerate and select many different plants; later they may be offered as a mixture

Starchy plants

such as potatoes, corn, cereal ears, etc.

very starchy, which Chins cannot tolerate in large quantities; can cause digestive disorders (incorrect fermentation, promote the multiplication of yeasts and parasites), only something for animals that know and tolerate a lot, but even then only rarely