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Nursie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Ferrets born today  Reply with quote

Hi All
Whilst I had the ferrets locked up in their hutch while I deep cleaned their run, one of the jills gave birth
Didn't even know she was pregnant, she had had the jill jab.
My daughter kept saying that "Bubble" was pregnant 'cos she is larger than her sister.
Poor little thing looked a bit bemused, so I quickly separated her from her sister and the 2 hobs.
She seems to be settling down to feed them and they are squeaking away.
hope they are all OK tomorrow morning.
Are these kits a bit late being born , I thought that they should be a few weeks old by now if things were going according to nature
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance a shocked and stunned new kit keeper
Take Care
Graham
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Woodsmoke



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm................they sure are a bit late! My 8 jills tend to come into season early March. Ferts have a 42-day gestation, so your wee lass would have been tagged around June 12th?

However, that's by the by..........if she's settled enough just leave her be? Make sure she has plenty food & water, & don't be tempted to check in & see how they're doing too often? If she gets stressed there's a chance she'll turn on the kits. You can handle her if she wants out, but I wouldn't try to handle the kits until day 10 at the earliest.

And get plenty of meat in for them? The kits won't take a dry complete food for at least the first month, but they'll go through meat like nothing on earth  

Doesn't have to be rabbit though. Minced pork, beef, chicken will do fine. Just try & make sure they get the bone & some fur or feathers to help their digestions. And make sure whatever meat they get isn't too fatty?

Apart from that, just keep a weather eye on them & everything will most likely be just fine. Ferts tend to make great wee mums for the most part, so don't tie yourself in kots worrying about them?

Oh, & by the way? Keep an eye out for their eyes opening during week 2? You'll get some real laughs watching poor wee mum try to keep them under control!!! And once you start handling them, be prepared for some nipping! They can be wee buggers to begin with, but they don't mean any harm by it & they soon get through that phase  
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Thanks Woodsmoke Reply with quote

Cheers for the advice Woodsmoke
Do I need to keep them away from the other ferts, what about the hobs?
The other ferts were in the hutch with her when she started to give birth and have been eager to get back into the hutch with her.
Do the hobs pose a threat to the kits?

Cheers
Take Care
Graham
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Woodsmoke



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The jills will probably be fine with her..............in fact, you'll find they'll all join in & help rear the kits  

I'd keep the hobs separate though. Chances are they'll be fine, but I always cut mine out from the rest if I have kits just to be on the safe side  
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rustyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations!!! Always lovely to see the new youngsters..I have a gill due to give birth hopefully,shes a bit late due to the fact that the one that we wanted to breed from originally had 7 kits about a month ago but she ate the lot of them sadly,i have only had it happen once before in the 8 years ferreting
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:22 am    Post subject: 2 weeks on Reply with quote

Hi All
2 weeks on and we have 4 lively kits, I think mum killed and ate 2
They are starting to get fur and the jill is turning out to be a great little mum, even roping her sister in to keep them warm.
They will be up for grabs free to a good home in a few weeks, just need to work out the sex of them all.
Drop me a line if any of you are interested

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Graham
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What in sexing them ?
What colours have you ended up with ?
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
What in sexing them ?
What colours have you ended up with ?


Hi Mr Bodge
3 jills, 1 hob ( I think)
All white at presnt, do the coats change colour?, they all look really pale at the moment

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Graham
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Woodsmoke



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they're white now, they'll stay white  

What colour are the parents? The reason I ask is that I've had albinos put to polecat hobs in the hope of getting a few black-eyed whites. So far, all I've had has been either 'binos or poleys (with a poley hob to a 'bino jill)

Glad to hear they're doing fine  
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woodsmoke wrote:
If they're white now, they'll stay white  

What colour are the parents? The reason I ask is that I've had albinos put to polecat hobs in the hope of getting a few black-eyed whites. So far, all I've had has been either 'binos or poleys (with a poley hob to a 'bino jill)

Glad to hear they're doing fine  


Hi Woodsmoke
Mum is poley, dad is either Albino ( whites with red eyes are called Albinos right?) or he could be a poley as well, I have 2 hobs living together.
I think Ruff (the albino) got there first though
If the kits eyes  seem to be black thorough the eye lids, will they all grow up to be black eyed whites?

Thanks for your advice mate
Take Care
Graham
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All
Just a quick update, we now have 4 kits.
2 were eaten by mum, no idea why, the other four are doing well, eyes just open and moving about.
Mum is doing a great job  and they seem to be coping well with weaning.
I have found a home for the 2 hobs ( as pets for the local postmistress' son) and I may keep the 2 jills.
If they find a good home they could go as well.
The kits are a strange colour mix, they are white with a fawn stripe across their shoulders and fawn coloured legs.
I'll try to get some pics up later
Take Care
Graham
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taysideferret



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Ferrets born today Reply with quote

Nursie wrote:


Didn't even know she was pregnant, she had had the jill jab.


Some ferrets can come into season again after receiving the jill jab so that is probably the reason for you ferret having a "later" season.  

And it's not uncommon for jills to have two seasons in a year.

Glad all the kits are doing fine though.Hows the fingers coming along with 4 little carpet sharks hanging off them    It sounds as if you've got sandy's

A point to remember is that weaning will normally occur around 8 weeks of age,they will take meat a lot earlier,but kits should not be bought or sold until they are at least 12 weeks old.


Kits should not be separated from their mother until they are  
12 weeks of age as they are still learning from her.
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Nursie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help Tayside
Fingers OK 'cos they all seem to be really docile, if a bit noisy though

Take Care
Graham

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