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BadgerFace

Feeding Ferrets

I've not owned a ferret for over twenty years; my daughter has returned from Uni and left her ferrets with me to look after while she visits France for a week.

She has left a bag of Chudley Ferret food for them and I shot them a bunny two days ago, but we have a freezer full of raw lamb breasts (still on the bone) which we feed to the dogs, is it ok for the ferrets to have some of the lamb ? The dried biscuits look very unappetizing to me  
Woodsmoke

Then don't be tempted to try them!

In all seriousness though, mine are on Chudleys (although they get a fair anount of rabbit & pigeon too) & they thrive on it. It's actually got a decent moisture content (although they still need plenty of fresh water, obviously)

Nothing whatsoever to prevent you giving them some of the lamb though. I wouldn't give them a lot, as if they've been used to a dry diet it might upset their digestion, but as a wee treat I'm sure they'd enjoy it.

They'll be more than ok on the Chudleys though, and if they get a rabbit or two  from you they'll be happy wee beasts until your daughter gets back  
BadgerFace

Thanks Woodsmoke, I'll stick with the Chudleys and bag them a bunny this evening  
Woodsmoke

You're very welcome!  
ruralnaedowell

Hi,

Greetings my first post, so my account does not get deleted !
Ferrets do alright on dried food but to be honest they seem to get bored with it. They really enjoy a carcasses as they love to wrestle and play as they eat it. Just watch out for flies and a good worming regime.
Cheers
Darren

through the winter months mine are fed rabbit then spring onwards dried only , but only because I hate the bdooly flies
Woodsmoke

I must admit I mostly tend to feed dry throughout the Summer too........partly due to the fact I don't shoot an awful lot of rabbits then, but mostly due to the fly problem, as you say. Truth is though, as long as they're getting a dedicated feed with at least 35% protein (& plenty of fresh water) they'll thrive on it.

I've seen pet sites recommend that you don't feed ferrets rabbits as the bones cause them problems!    
Darren

I've got a better one than that,

on a dedicated whippet site one woman told me whippets prefer to be in the show ring than chase a rabbit
Woodsmoke



Bless 'em all...............they mean well  
BadgerFace

Well my daughter has returned from her few days away, and the ferrets are pleased to see her ! I have enjoyed looking after them, and had forgotten what charming animals ferrets are. I will miss them when they return to Uni - both my daughter and her ferrets  


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I've seen pet sites recommend that you don't feed ferrets rabbits as the bones cause them problems!


Next time the ferrets come to stay, I'll make sure the bunnies are boned and rolled before serving  
Woodsmoke

Heh heh!!!

My OH used to be terrified of ferts..............apparently her cousin used to terrorise her with them when they were kids. She loves my lot to bits now though. Easy to see why, they really are the most charismatic wee critters. I've got one particular polecat jill that leaps from the court onto my arm whenever the door's opened, then heads straight for my shoulder. And she's one of my best workers too, so the old myth that ferrets need to be vicious to be of any use is complete rubbish. Mine are all pets as well as workers, & they'renone the worst for a bit of fuss whatsoever. In fact it pays dividends in the field as they'll all come to hand with absolutely no fuss
rustyboy

Absolutely woodsmoke..Mine also are not only working ferrets and polecats but also pets,all of mine are top workers and all come back out of the buries when 'squeaked up' even on kills.
 As my Old man says"You gotta have 'em"!!..
Woodsmoke

Here're some random pics of my lot













BadgerFace

Lovely photo's Woodsmoke, some fine looking ferrets. The polecat in the bottom pic is beautiful.  
Woodsmoke

Thanks Badger. That's my big lad, Teddy. He's a complete bury-plug

He's really far too big to work, & he tends to be a sitter. I eventually got so fed up with digging the big bugger out that I retired him from rabbiting. He's due to go in for a vasectomy in a week or so, & I'll use him to bring the jills out of season.

He gets the run of the place when I'm cleaning them out as he's so much fun to try & catch again. He's a complete nugget & just loves to play hide & seek.  
taysideferret

Can't say nothing thats already bin said. Nothing wrong with chudleys. Just a note if you do chose to use it.

When they have digested it, it can turn their poop red which can sometimes look like blood and grains it their faeces. It's not blood it's the copper content in the dry mix and nothing to wory about.  

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