It all depends on the size of the whole prey. Generally they won't eat the digestive tract if they don't have to. If it is empty they might but if it is full of half digested food and/ or poop they usually don't. It can make quite the mess if they are inexperienced and shake the intestines everywhere trying to avoid them (think grizzly Christmas decorations for the cage). As they get more experienced they learn how to leave them behind in a nice pile (mine do this with mice and juvenile rats which I do not bother gutting).
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Post by FerretsnFalcons on Nov 17, 2016 18:41:49 GMT -5
No, never, I can only imagine the mess that Sunny would create lol. Unless the feathers are super tiny they are almost guaranteed to be strewn about everywhere by the ferret. I always skin any chickens and quail that I feed. The only way I would consider feeding unplucked birds is if Sunny ate neatly in an enclosed feeding den where I could just dump any feathers out easily.
Feathers can and do make a mess! That said many just pull the heavier feathers, and leave the smaller ones.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Post by thefluffybeasts on Jul 4, 2017 23:38:58 GMT -5
Thanks for that post, that was immensely helpful. Wish we had something like Rodentpro here in Malaysia But I recently found a rat breeder and will be getting my first set of medium-sized rats (4") and hopper rats to start introductng to my lot, which are currently on frankenprey.
Would you guys say feeding them partially cut, and hung up (or hooked to the cage in some way) more effective the first time round, or cut and portioned? Fur would be unfamiliar to them the first time round, so might end up with a lot of wastage.