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Abbot bros mail order Ferrets

Anyone remember Abbot brothers? they used to advertise in the Exchange and Mart selling  Ferrets by mail order.
I can remember in the late 70s my Uncle sent for one of their ferrets there was three sizes to choose from s m or large , he sent for a large they used to send them by rail from down in Devon  i remember picking it up from the local station it was in a little wooden crate.
 When we got it home and got it out jeez  it was the size of a cat!! but what a lovely nature. Although it was never worked  it produced lots of good stock.
just wondered if anyone ever dealt with them?...Magnet
bodger

Magnet. Why have I only just noticed this post?  I certainly remember Abbot Brothers. They always always had an advert in The Exchange and Mart. As well as ferrets and loads of other livestock they always had an advert for Flemish Giant Rabbits. If my memory serves me correctly, they were in Norfolk at a place called Thuxton.
freckle

I love the fact things like this could be sent by rail! I recently found out a smallholder we know-a former PC-has always bred and shown guinea pigs! He kept it very quiet! He told me they used to pop them on a train to the show destination and they were collected at the other end, shown and then sent back with or without prize to be collected again from the home railway station. How fantastic! Can you imagine anything like that happening now?!
budgie

my grandad used to get all his hens by rail back when tiverton had a station in town not 7 miles away!! alway remember him telling me about sending postal orders then birds would turn up at the station a week or so later! if only it was that easy now!!
redbelly

This makes me nostalgic.
My father used to get day old chickens on the rail. Over fifty years ago but I still remember going to the railway station to pick them up. As recently as thirty years ago I used to send older poultry by rail in a big cardboard box with some ventilation holes and a bit of food and water.
On a similar note the auction house in town always had a few ferrets up for sale with an interesting variety of poultry also.
sod

Here pigeons were sent by rail and let go at the required time at the station and crates sent back I worked in the railways and used to go watch when ever I could.
samuria

i remember abbots, i would see him every saturday morning at norwich cattle market. he would try and buy lots of stuff off people before they went to put them in the auction.
i went to his farm to buy a polecat hob!!!! they were kept in huge pens.
with tiled floors about 50 to a pen.
he showed me the hob pen and said in you go pick the one you want!!!!
i did get a nice hob from him and he worked and fathered many a good kit.
had him about 10 years.i miss the old market and the good chats with the old boys in the cafe. they were the good times
welshboy

Re: Abbot bros mail order Ferrets

magnet wrote:
Anyone remember Abbot brothers? they used to advertise in the Exchange and Mart selling  Ferrets by mail order.
I can remember in the late 70s my Uncle sent for one of their ferrets there was three sizes to choose from s m or large , he sent for a large they used to send them by rail from down in Devon  i remember picking it up from the local station it was in a little wooden crate.
 When we got it home and got it out jeez  it was the size of a cat!! but what a lovely nature. Although it was never worked  it produced lots of good stock.
just wondered if anyone ever dealt with them?...Magnet


Now that brings back some memories.  We sent for 3 from Abbots delivered to Pembrokeshire by rail. 2 does and a Hob.  As you say the Hob was huge and when ferreting a terrier was failing to pull a rabbit out from the hole because the Hob had hold of the other end !
Seabird

On the animals by train sub-thread ........ My sister has a friend who bought a horse in the early 1960s and brought it back to Pwllheli by train.
confused

I remember the race horses coming of at the station after they had been away at a meeting , I also remember my father going to collect a cow from the station , and having to milk her before he walked her the 5 miles home ,the workers at the station all received some milk I can remember one guy filling a teapot !!
Yes I remember buying bunnys from Abbot brothers ,around 1963/64

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