Hi I mostly have adopted ferrets like Marshall ferrets from rescues but I'd like to get one or two from a good bloodline so i don't have to keep dealing with cancers so Much plus the last two I have are Marshall ferrets and one I adopted with cancer so she is on a time limit and I don't want my lil guy to be alone .. I live in mission bc Canada if anyone knows of any please let me know I'm happy to visit a few times be for buying thanks from me Brandon and my ferrets roxy and bandit
I live in BC, and can tell you that after a lot of research, there are absolutely zero breeders in BC, and none even I think in Western Canada
You can have a ferret imported from either the UK or the US (although truthfully, the most reputable breeders will make you fly down so they can meet you in person) but it is incredibly expensive.
For me personally, I have decided to simply adopt ferrets in need of a good home (off craigslist for example). They extra money on vet bills is probably similar to the cost of flying to the US and getting a breeder kit. And most unfortunately, breeder ferrets aren't immune to cancer or other diseases anyway (particularly insulinoma which is more diet-related than genetic).
I'm tagging Heather because although she lives in Ontario, she is much more familiar with the breeder community and has imported ferrets herself.
I do not know anything about bloodlines, but the percentage of any ferret that stays on a high carb kibble year after year is going to get insulinoma (pancreatic cancer). Probably your rescues' owners did not know this.
you can get a kit or a ferret maybe one year old and start feeding raw.
Hmm, I believe Darlene bought a kit from a breeder out on the coast..not in Canada, in the US but I'm not entirely sure who. I don't think it was Nancy. Darlene is a member on the forum though she's not been on since June. I could try and get hold of her if you would like to talk to her. She's the only person I know who's imported out that way. Most of the breeders are more eastern to my knowledge. It's not easy but it can be done. Some breeders will not fly their ferrets, the costs can be quite high. If you live in Canada you can only bring the ferrets in from the US. You cannot ship direct for example from Hungary into Canada. ciao
Hi as a breeder can I just say a good breeder can supply you with a genetically sound kit BUT that is no guarantee how that kits lives and what it eats and its lighting conditions are all factors that have to be taken into consideration as to if an animal will stay fully healthy simple stress can contribute to illnesses its all a matter of luck even the most knowledgeable breeder never knows what lurks round the next corner breeders find it can be a joyous experience but it can also be a heart breaking one too good luck on your search take care bye for now Bev
I am close to the US border maybe I'll have a look down there see if I can find something in a reasonable distance ...I do know it don't necessarily mean anything what breeder it comes from .. I guess I could try adopting again it was just really hard to watch the two I adopted pass away from the cancer they had they had it when I adopted them but my boy just passed from lung cancer had him since a kit ..I feed all mine raw food diet and walk them regularly .. thanks for the advice everyone