Life at the ferretry

This page provides information about our ferretry and our ferrets’ way of life : food, maintenance, maternity care…

The ferretry room

Our ferrets have their own room in the house, which is about 10 m². We’re already planning to rearrange rooms in the upcoming years, by fusing two rooms, which would allow our ferrets to have a total of 22 m² dedicated to them.
We’re also planning to build outdoor inclosures, complete with natural enrichments and wooden sleeping boxes.
The ferretry room is kept in natural lighting conditions to respect ferrets’ seasonal physiology. It’s ferret proofed to allow our ferrets’ safety and cleaned up daily.

Our ferrets roam the room freely at least for 3 hours a day everyday. When we’re staying home for the entire day, the out-of-cage time can reach up to 7 hours.
They’re handled, played with, and cuddled everyday. We also provide varied, safe enrichments and toys : tunnels, cardboard boxes, non chewable balls, smart toys…

Their night time cages are large, safe and comfortable.

 

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The Maternity ward

For birth and kits rearing, our breeding jills move in large rabbit cages. We take their stress level very seriously, so we keep handling and human contact at the minimum, by optimizing cleaning and feeding routines and keeping them to the quickest.
Our kits are born and reared in quality straw, the best possible nesting material for ferrets.

About one week before due date, breeding jills are moved in the 12 m² maternity ward. This room is separated from our dining room by large windows, which allow us to observe our animals without interfering with their behaviours. It’s particularly helpful to discreetly monitor birth.

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Sexing and first weighting occur when kits are 15 days old, and are performed with gloves and minimum contact, to minimize the risk of rejection by the mother. As kits under 15 days old have close to no chance to survive on powder milk, we prefer to wait to handle them.

When kits begin crawling and getting interested in their surroundings, they spend about 2 hours per day in a safe ferret play pen, inside our house. This procedure helps them get used to normal household smells, noises and stimuli.

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Feeding

Our ferrets are fed high quality raw food : preys and BARF recipes.
The kits are weaned with raw food as well (high quality grain free kibbles are introduced to their meals only at the very end of weaning).

Our day old chicks are bought throught the professional société St Laurent, which also work as a zoo profider. Our ferrets also regularly eat thawed adult mice, quails, varied meats and fish (duck, chicken, salmon, beef…), as well as raw eggs once a week. Our ferrets are dewormed 4 times a year at minimum.

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Kits care

Our kits are provided high quality care :

  • Straw nesting: straw is the perfect nesting material for ferrets. It’s very hygienic, it’s unlikely to cause allergies (unlike cloths which were cleaned with detergent), it’s odourless and helps the female maintain the perfect nest she needs.
  • Feeding: raw feeding is the best possible feeding choice for ferrets, especially for growing kits. It provides them the perfect nutrients, for a perfect growth. Our kits are introduced to high quality grain free kibbles at the end of weaning for practicity reasons (transport by plane, admission to a vet clinic…) only.
  • Handling: we think handling is a very important part of ferret socialization. However, we always keep in mind that it’s extremely stressful to mothers, which is why we keep handling to a minimum during the first month.
  • Socialization: our kits are socialized by regular handling, play pen sessions, contact with other animals and exposure to various stimuli. Our goal is to desensitize them to as many situations as possible, to avoid any phobia during adulthood.
  • Deworming: all our kits go throught large spectrum deworming as soon as they begin eating solid food.
  • Life long advice and help : we stay in touch with adopters for the rest of the ferret’s life. You can contact us for any question, difficulty or advice ! Bringing ferrets to life is just half of the job – the other half is to keep being their lifelong guardian angels !

 

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