Keep working on those chunks. Sorry I didn't pop in yesterday. I've been packing up my house for a move. I'm moving from a 3 bedroom HOUSE to a single room (and a storage unit). Keep working on increasing the chunks. If he will eat the chicken chunks plan, hid a few little pieces of other meat chunk in the bowl of chicken. Mix it up well so the chicken juices get over the new meat and disguise it a bit. Turkey is very similar in taste to chicken, you could give that a try. He should take to it a little easier I hope. Be sure to start with just a little bit in the chicken chunks and then increase it. While he is building up on eating chunks I would like you to add some calcium to his meals. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp powdered egg shell or bonemeal per day.
What about the heart and organ? You didn't answer those questions.
For the bonemeal for calcium can I just crush up some bone? or is bonemeal a specific powder..also the organs simon doesn't really like them, he ate some liver but no heart at all. Tank eats about everything BUT heart. he doesn't like that either for some reason. I need some help. Tank is in a hutch with a run and he has bedding (aspen because I did research and that's the only one that there fine with) in the corner so he wont poop in it. One corner has his litter box, other food, other water, then I had to put something in a corner so he wouldn't use it so I put the aspen. It works but he throws it all into the middle of the hutch then when he eats ghis meat he drags it across the aspen into a cardboard box I put there so he can eat in privacy but the meat gets all stuck with the aspen. Can I teach him to eat the raw straight from his bowl instead of dragging it around then eating it?
For the bonemeal for calcium can I just crush up some bone? or is bonemeal a specific powder. Bonemeal is a powder. Preferably he will be crunching on bone pieces, and then whole bones, but until he is he needs an additional calcium supplement. You can use powdered eggshell. Save your shells from your eggs and grind them in a coffee grinder until they are a nice powder. Add 1/4 tsp to each meal until Simon is eating bones.
also the organs simon doesn't really like them, he ate some liver but no heart at all. Heart is not an organ meat. It is a muscle meat. Organs are liver, pancreas, spleen, kidney, brain. Heart is extremely important, they HAVE To have taurine in their diet. I would suggest getting some taurine supplement to add to his food until he will eat heart on his own. That is great that he will eat liver, keep giving it to him. They should be getting other sources of organs as well too (such as kidneys and brains). For the heart, do the same thing I recommended for other new meats. Start with teeny slivers and mix a few into his normal meat. (mix it well so the heart bits get covered in meat flavor). Gradually increase the amount and size of heart or new meat chunks until he will eat them on their own as larger chunks.
Tank eats about everything BUT heart. he doesn't like that either for some reason. Heart and organs tend to be a bit stronger flavored than other meats so it is not uncommon for ferrets to take to them more slowly. What type of heart meat are you feeding them? (beef, chicken, turkey?) Do the same thing for him. Start with small pieces mixed into their normal food and gradually increase the heart. Until they will eat it though you need to add a tuarine supplement - 500mg a day per ferret.
I need some help.
Please copy/paste this very short questionnaire into your switching thread every Sunday/Monday.
1. Ferret's name: 2. Ferret's weight: 3. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal. 4. Stools on various proteins. 5. Activity levels: 6. Weekly menu:
Example would be:
Vincent, 3lbs 2oz(1417g), small chicken wing chopped into 2" pieces, bone and all. Stools good colour and consistency. Played as per normal.
Willow, 1lb 4oz(567g), 2 tbsp commercial raw turkey, hand fed. Stools good colour and consistency. Very hyper when up, playing for 2-3 hours at a time.
Mr. Frodo, 4lb 4oz(1928g), 1/4c pork slivers mixed with soup. Stools slightly loose, somewhat seedy, and pale in colour. Somewhat more tired, plays for 30 minutes, then finds somewhere to sleep. Flat ferreting more often.
Weekly menu was:
Monday: chicken legs Tuesday: Commercial raw Wednesday: Soup with pork slivers
Etc. Just write what you actually fed them.
Also, to help us make sure your ferret is doing well during his switch, a picture from above showing his body shape clearly would be appreciated bi-weekly, but is not essential.
You are required to post every second day during the "soup" stage of the transition. From the "sliver" stage, through to large chunks, you will be required to post a minimum of every 3 days. Once you hit the large chunks, once a week will be acceptable.
It would be helpful if I had this weekly post. Technically this is a Requirement.
Tank is in a hutch with a run and he has bedding (aspen because I did research and that's the only one that there fine with) in the corner so he wont poop in it. One corner has his litter box, other food, other water, then I had to put something in a corner so he wouldn't use it so I put the aspen. Is the hutch outdoors? I remember you discussing keeping Simon outdoors at one point in another thread and that in your area the summer temps are FAR too hot for a ferret to be kept outdoors... Have you tried introducing him to Simon yet?
Also for bedding, please do not use wood chips. Aspen is safe enough as wood chips go, but wood chips are really NOT good bedding for ferrets. A blanket, old cotton T-shirt, fleece (Even fleece scraps), or something along those lines is a much better option.
It works but he throws it all into the middle of the hutch then when he eats this meat he drags it across the aspen into a cardboard box I put there so he can eat in privacy but the meat gets all stuck with the aspen. Can I teach him to eat the raw straight from his bowl instead of dragging it around then eating it? No you cannot train them to not drag their food around, it is instinctual. Providing a feeding den helps with this by directing the stashing. If you just put the food in the box to start with, that will minimize it being dragged around as most of it will stay in the feeding den. But that will not completely eliminate him moving his food. This is another reason why the aspen bedding is not a good choice. If the bedding is getting on the meat he could ingest some - and then you are potentially looking at a VERY large medical bill for emergency surgery for a blockage.
I have horrible news and have been devastated since I found this out. So this week me and my family went out on vacation and my aunt (who babysits the ferrets when im out) accidentally left the cage door open of simon. Her son witch is 2 left the door open and she thinks he escaped Its been 2 nights and 1 day and she hasn't had any clues to finding him I cant believe this happen and I feel its my fault leaving them. I cant blame my aunt as she treats them just as well as I do. She contacted the pound and vets to see if anyone brought him in but no She did posters but no luck I feel devastated. Simon was my bestfriend
I am very sorry that you lost him. Children should never be left unattended with animals. Don't give up on him yet. I have seen ferrets return home after Weeks of being missing. Set a bed out on your porch for him with a little den and some food. Go out with his favorite squeaky toy if he has one and call for him. Continue calling the shelters AND vet clinics, and put signs up everywhere. Put signs in all of your local vet clinics and animal shelters as well. I hope he returns home safely.
Simon has passed We just found him 2 blocks from my aunts house in the woods. I cant believe this I loved this big guy and he was so special since he was my first fert He was laying down motionless. Im planning on burying him in the backyard so I can visit him everyday. I already miss him my eyes are pouring.
Im crushed, I did not want to deal with this so early. It's gonna be hard the first couple of days but hopefully time will heal. Nobody will ever replace him. Tank seems a little down. Yesterday when there "playing time" would come he came to the door and I took him out but he sort of ran around a little looking for Simon. I think they had a stronger bond then what I had thought.
I thought that they were kept in separate cages? :S Even if they were just allowed play time they could certainly have developed a tight bond. Make sure to give him extra loves and attention and watch him to make sure he keeps eating. How is his appetite? Make sure to take time for yourself too. No one will ever fill the hole that Simon left, he will always have a piece of your heart. But time will make it easier to bear, and there will be other ferrets to curl up in different parts of your heart.