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Ferret Fight :(

Discussion in 'Ferreting' started by ferplexed, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. ferplexed

    ferplexed Posting Addict

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    Heard a bit of a commotion whilst outside so had a peek in on the ferrets and my big albino jill had a bust up ear and a fair few teeth marks on her neck - all fresh as none of the blood had clotted. Got her out and treated her how i knew how. Inspected the others and the new jill is unharmed but my polecat jill, (who's lived with my albino from birth and neither been a problem together) has a slightly cut ear too. I've treated her too and they all seem to be getting on ok now.

    They've been fine since Saturday morning so quite surprised and especially how it's the 2 that have been together from day 1.

    Will it be the new jill (who's tiny and only 6 months old) that's fighting her place in the new home or the 2 that have been together for ages trying to fight for top spot? OR, is it because they're all in season and grouchy?

    I'm a little worried and considering getting a camera to have a live feed on what's going on.

    Oh, the ONLY difference since Saturday morning when the new jill went in is that i put a freshly shot rabbit in with them yesterday dinnertime - could they be fighting over that?
     
  2. tony owl

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    they could be fighting over food or top spot, i would keep an eye on them if the fighting keeps up i would split them into seperate cages mate.tony
     
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    Just been reading abit more about it from a website i've just found and they're saying it is more than likely a dominance fight as a new ferret has disturbed their family so to speak.

    It's surprising to see the smaller polecat jill (well so i think) leathering the big albino. I would've thought it'd be the other way round. Hopefully the taste of Sudocrem will put them off biting each other.
     
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    it could well be a dominance thing with them mate just keep an eye on them its like my little jill she is really small and she leathers the hob who is about 3 times the size of her.
     
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    Cheers Tony. That's what i originally thought. Fingers crossed!

    She just looked so vulnerable at first. :(:(
     
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    they look so vulnerable but they can half look after them selfs no matter if they are the smallest mate fingers crossed they all work out living together mate.tony
     
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    iv got 26 on atm mate and its because there all hormonal
     
  8. kenny boy

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    Try putting them all in a different shed, one thats new to all of them. In a different shed they all feel less confident because they have no old territory to fight over. It has always worked with the jills I have had. More than two in a shed can lead to a two on one fight, usually not a good outcome for the single one. Like Kyle99 says, they are hormonal, and that means the first thing that upsets or scares them can lead to a very dead ferret. Hope you get things sorted. Ken.
     
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    8yrs later , reckon they all still around ?
     
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    Didn`t notice the date mate but some of mine lived a lot longer than 8 years, one up to 16. Had two or three that got to their teens. Also had quite a few that didn`t though. Ken.
     

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