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Taking Up Ferreting

Discussion in 'Ferreting' started by GunnySonics, May 5, 2013.

  1. GunnySonics

    GunnySonics Engaging Member

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    I have decided to take up ferreting, i have done hours and hours of research online and bought various books, most favorably "Modern Ferreting" by David Brian Plummer.
    I plan to keep them outside and as im a pretty good at joinery i have drawn up some plans for a good sized hutch in the garden along with all thier domestic, recreational needs, this i am quite confident with.
    I also understand i need to spend a good deal of time with them daily, this isnt a problem as i walk my jack russell terrier twice a day and have plenty of time to interact with ferrets, i also have 2 kids that will entertain ferrets by building various assault courses made out of pipes etc in the garden.
    What i am finding is a bit of contradiction on the net about dietry requirements, some people are saying no cooked meats, no fruit and no milk, yet others are saying goats milk, soya milk or kitten milk??
    I understand ferrets to be lactose intolerant, if so do they require lactose free milk for the calcium benefit or not???

    As a keen airgunner i have no shortage of bunnys, pigeons etc so i intend to feed my ferrets all of these raw along with whatever dried food the breeder i am getting them from recommends.

    Eventually , when mature i intend to work my ferrets, i wont be getting them until June so i have plenty of time to learn how to work them, and i will be learning by going out with other ferreters first.

    Ive been working collies and jack russells for the last 15 years so i am aware of how important it is to put your animals needs first and foremost.

    Any advice relating to my questions will be greatly recieved.
     
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    Good research I took up ferreting about a year ago and they are the most enjoyable pets/ workers I have 2 gills and keep them in a rabbit hutch but they also have a run I put them into in the day I feed them odd rabbit pigeon etc I also give them dried Kimble food and always give them water
     
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    All the best wishes for you venture. :up:
     
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    Just feed them what you shoot leave feather and fur on they need nothing else other than water if you have no fresh kills feed them a pet store ferret food, don't feed them meat thats gone off, food that you or your dogs system might cope with could kill a ferret, you might have trouble with your Russell wanting to kill them.
     
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    aye i know the introduction with the jack russell is going to take some work however he is a clever lad and i think he will recognise the connection when he see's me and the kids spending time with them he'll work out they are not prey, He's a playfull dog and he's never met a ferret yet so ill make sure it goes smoothly and slowly, my pal has 2 jack russells and 2 proper polecats and they all play well together in the house.
     
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    It's not always possible to break them, the younger they are the easier they are to break i show my pups a big old hob who usually bits them on the nose the pup learns a lesson that stays with them the rest of it's life, you can't use this method with an adult Russell it will retaliate, the big test comes when the ferret leaves a warren in thick cover the dog hears the rustling and dashes in, on the other side of the coin ferreting without a dog is a real pain in the arse, best of luck breaking your terrier as you say slow and steady.
     
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  7. GunnySonics

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    cheers pal, i will go slow on getting them to know each other, like you said he is to old for a bite on the nose and to do nothing, but i know he would enjoy playing with an animal that nips back as i often play on the floor with him and bite his ears back whenever he bites mine, he loves nip games.
     
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    if you give them full pigeons take the the crop/sack/throat out. it can be fatal worms etc. just personal experience.

    ferrets are great litte warriors, demons to pests but also very friendly to my 3 yr old. i love mine like the dog, propper family members
     
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    If you go ferreting with the purse nets and not bolting for dogs I know a great bloke who makes them and they're brilliant nets in all sorts of colours so you don't leave them behind !!!
    And always use a ferret finder and collars
    Try get the mk3 as its the best one and works to 16ft

    You can't beat hearing the thumping under ground and waiting to see which net bulges with a nice fat healthy bunny !!!
    Good luck, I'm sure you'll enjoy it
     
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    True, not just pigeons you should clean everything you kill rabbit intestines can be full of all types of parasite.
     
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    I use the dogs to mark the warrens, there's nothing worse than putting out 30-40 nets only to find nothings at home.
     
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    how much does your mate charge for the nets?
     
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    He has had to put his prices up recently as his materials have gone up
    If I remember rightly he charges £2.20 for spun poly nets
    I think I've got some around somewhere that I could do you cheap as we've stopped ferretting on the land we had and only shoot it now
    I bought 20 off him not too long ago and some of them are un-used
    Pretty sure there in our net bag if you're interested I could do you them for £35 plus postage

    I would check eBay too for some but I wouldn't go for the cheap nylon ones as you'll be forever re setting nets when the ferrets pop their heads out
    If you use the heavier nets the ferrets don't move them when they come up for a nosey around

    I'm not trying a sales pitch mate just think that these nets are very good quality and worth every penny
     
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    I agree 100% £2.20 for spun nylon or poly nets is cheap and will last a lifetime.
     
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    ive just got a mk3 with 2 collars off ebay for £70:eek:.

    good luck in it i love it, and make sure you have a good spade, ;)
     
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    was told if youre feeding kibble to rotate it.... we can get 3 different types local... and we mix and match it.... theory being ferrets dont like change so if ones out of stock they would rather starve to death than eat a different variety... ours eat 3 different ferret kibble to a couple of handfulls of cat biscuits..... they seem to like cat biscuits better but nutritional value isnt as good for them.......

    before winter comes once or twice a week they have chicken soup lolol.... yes after roast dinner chicken carcass gets boiled.. anything that falls of gets blended into a watery soup, ferretone is added and then bagged up and frozen....... really bulks them up for winter, we have had ferrets now for 4 years+ and not a problem........ cost us a damn fortune but there worth, but these are pampered pets not workers.... they will come later on ...... all the best steve
     
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    Good tips there Steve specially about the food
     
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    certainly a learning curve with the little fuzzies, ferret paste also handy to bang on the bellies, roll on back and there still long enough for a quick claw snipping session, also used to squirt oil on there food when fur goes horrible looking.... missus pampers them and if she has her way they will be having another new home...... nothing wrong with there 7x8 insulated shed with a 6x4 run on.... looks like missus wants an even bigger home for them.... or she wants them moving indoors and me out lolol
     
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    Ferrets starving themselves to death is a new one to me:D
     
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    put online ferrets starves to death or ferret wont except new food and you will see theres loads of people that reckon they will and have, hence why we change there food regular so there not used to just 1 staple food..... dunno how true it is but we have had n problems doing it our way lol..
     

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