Tell me about ferrets...

MRT

Member
I miss my ferrets :(
You daughter will love them best pets ever. If you handle them enough from when they are kits they are just like dogs and will play with you like a dog will believe it or not. Great fun little things. Why the hell anyone would want to have a fudgeing rabbit in a hutch as a pet is beyond me when you can have something you can actually play with. Been having this debate with my wife about a pet for our daughter but it's been decided that she is too young. What we really mean is we've reached a stalemate so we aren't having either :rolleyes:
Used to use mine on rats in bales and stuff with my sheepdogs and terrier. That was so much fun it's probably illegal :D
Ferreting rabbits is a bit tame after you've done that.
Its not unheard of to just find ferrets that people have lost that need to be taken in and looked after. Especially if I call you first to let you know I am about to lose one just outside your house
 

Dry Rot

Member
Livestock Farmer
The best ferret I ever owned was picked up on the high street of the local town. I reported the find to the police but no one came forward to claim it. It would work a bury and when it had bolted all the rabbits, it would come and find me. Some are excellent at homing. I had one what specialised in rats. She seemed to have a knack of dealing with them. The only named ferret I have ever owned - Esmeralda. But even the tamest can and do bite, so they should never be taken fore granted, but that's just my opinion.
 
The best ferret I ever owned was picked up on the high street of the local town. I reported the find to the police but no one came forward to claim it. It would work a bury and when it had bolted all the rabbits, it would come and find me. Some are excellent at homing. I had one what specialised in rats. She seemed to have a knack of dealing with them. The only named ferret I have ever owned - Esmeralda. But even the tamest can and do bite, so they should never be taken fore granted, but that's just my opinion.
One of mine went missing after he escaped from his hutch and turned up outside the chemist in town over 2 miles away.
He would come and find me as well usually when he was working. He only bit me once and that was when he had hold of a rabbit in a net and I tried to take it from him. My fault. His reaction when he did was like he was sorry. He went from being a crazed killer back to being a teddy bear and was rubbing himself against me like a cat does.
 

MRT

Member
One of mine went missing after he escaped from his hutch and turned up outside the chemist in town over 2 miles away.
He would come and find me as well usually when he was working. He only bit me once and that was when he had hold of a rabbit in a net and I tried to take it from him. My fault. His reaction when he did was like he was sorry. He went from being a crazed killer back to being a teddy bear and was rubbing himself against me like a cat does.
They are funny when they are annoyed, half angry cowboy half toilet brush
 

markmccormick

Member
Horticulture
With the subject of ferrets I would recommend that you have at least two. Also keep in mind that, despite being pets, they can show somewhat wild behaviors, so they need a lot of care and dedication. Apart from that, they can be very funny and affectionate, but of course before I recommend that you find out about a professional or ferret breeder, they will be able to comment more on their behavior.
 

SteveHants

Member
Livestock Farmer
With the subject of ferrets I would recommend that you have at least two. Also keep in mind that, despite being pets, they can show somewhat wild behaviors, so they need a lot of care and dedication. Apart from that, they can be very funny and affectionate, but of course before I recommend that you find out about a professional or ferret breeder, they will be able to comment more on their behavior.
I've got a few leads through work - the animal dept have some they've rescued and one of the techs knows someone who breeds working ones down Stroud way, I believe.
 

Regalis

Member
Livestock Farmer
Better than nets. Get a nice Harris hawk or a red tail. Dig your spade into the ground and let the hawk use it as a perch. Awesome watching the bird chase the rabbit down the field! Our harris hawks and my red tail work together as a trio.

You can always take the hawks to catch a few grey menace too! Help out the reds.
 

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