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Ferretts

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by ian_baptiste, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. ian_baptiste

    ian_baptiste Engaging Member

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    i am thinking of buying a ferrett to use for hunting.

    i have never had one before, but my hunting partner has, and i have researched about keeping them etc. but i would like to know if any of you have had any experience with them?

    if so, please could you give me some info..........???

    are they difficult to train? im worried about buying one, and the first time i use it, it buggering off!!!
    secondly, can you really feed them on your kills? ie dead pigeon/crows etc?
    are they that difficult to keep?

    thanks
     
  2. Rockabilly

    Rockabilly Big Poster

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    too right you can feed them what you kill
     
  3. topcat

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    ferrets not my cup of tea seen good rabbit shoots ruined a couple of escappees cause havock if you are an air gunner be carefull not to ferret the land to much
     
  4. sharpshooterpete

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    ive got two ferrets a jill (fermale) and a hob (male)

    firstly never buy just one ferret and i recommend getting a jill and a hob (i will explain later) they need someone to play with sleep with and keep them company while you are not with them. they need to be played with and handle alot let them out afew times a day for at least 20 mins or more. yeah you can feed them on what you/they kill but don't feed them on just meat alone as it does not give them a nutritionally balanced diet instead feed them on dry ferret food, that has everything they will need to keep them healthy. give them rabbit, pigeon ect. every now and then also they need a nice sized hutch obviously somewhere to sleep but where wind will not effect them and some items to play with i have afew pipes for them to run around in, things to climb up and other things like rattling balls but dont give them toys they can easily chew up.

    now training them is easy, aslong as you start when they are young. handle them alot so they wont get nippy, they will nip you alot when growing up but that is normal, if they ever nip you just a firm "NO" and a tap on the nose will soon sort them out. i used that tecnique and they are fine working ferrets that never nip. also train them with a certain whistle, what i mean by that is put your ferret a distance away from you, walk backwards and call his name or use a certain noise that gets him to come back to you. i started off with just putting them at the other end of the garden (not too far away, just afew feet to start off with then increase over time)and get them to come back to you and have a bit of rabbit or a treat they love and reward them everytime they do as you say.

    hunting: don't worry about them running off on your first outing once they are down those holes it all comes natural to them and they should come back to you, they will never come running to your feet while your out ferreting because they are too busy in finding bunnys so be patient with them. The best investment to have if you are a ferreter is a ferret finder! that will ease your worries of losing your ferret.

    the reason for getting a jill and a hob ferret:
    i recommended you get a jill and a hob because not only do they work very well together but it also keeps your vet bills down when in mating season. a jill (female) needs to be taken out of season by mating a hob(male) if the jill is not taken out of season she will die! if you do not have a hob you can go to the vets and get her injected but its just more and more money so the best way is to get your hob vasectomized, that way he still gets "horny", mates your jill thus taking her out of season but not impregnating her. problem solved.

    let me know if you need anymore adivce, i have tones more!

    pete.
     
  5. andyhawkx3

    andyhawkx3 Major Poster

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    Nice one, Pete, totally agree:up:...l don't use them myself, but l watch my buddy (shooter) with his, it a marvel to watch.....not dissimilar to when l trained, my long deceased staffy
     
  6. ian_baptiste

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    pete, thanks fior that, its awesome advice!

    i didnt know about the mating escapades of them! i didnt read about that at all!!!
     
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    glad i could help!:up:
     

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