She's feisty when it comes to her tub mates. I wanted to bring in one more to her lot and she just wasn't having it. I tried everything and gave up. Tried a different mouse and she was fine. rofl. She's one good mum though. She took on the little one from the last batch that was massacred and is bringing her up as her own. I love her personality. I should probably give her a name but I never found a suitable one yet.
Very cute! I have to say, having kept mice and rats as beloved pets in the past, I'm not sure I would have the heart to be sensible enough to keep them as feeders. If I don't know the mice 'personally' though, I don't have any issue with feeding them to the ferrets.
It's food with the best health guarantee though, that's for sure!
@vickiann I'm a former rodent owner as well. They are lovely animals and I loved looking after them ;u; I've bred rats a couple of times in the past for pets only.
I was actually reluctant to breed feeders at first but it's fantastic for the ferrets so I thought about it and did a lot of research. So far it's been fairly great. I love my girls, they're very friendly and I consider them as pets.
My first few litters I kept a few females and a single male (oh and the manx boy, he was cute), so from my new litters they'll all be grown out and then culled as feeders. It kind of sucks and I do feel little bad for doing it, but I still feel happy that I've given them a good life even though it was short. I tend to spoil my little rodents with plenty of fresh food and give them the best possible life ;u; Then when the time comes I do cervical dislocation, It takes me no longer than 2 seconds. I was going to do the Co2, but I felt that it looked stressful and I wasn't confident I could do it properly- so I stuck with CD. ^^
I was going to clean the tubs today too! I wasn't expecting the litter until tomorrow or end of the week. In the photo, the male is the himalayan up the top right. The himalayan female is the one sitting on the others lol. The black female and the white female poking her head out is about 7 weeks.
abbeytheferret6 I don't feed live as I'm in the UK, and it's illegal over here. Having said that, my cats go out and find their own live food and I'm pretty sure the ferrets would too if they had the opportunity!
I give frozen mice to my lot, which they neck and shake as if they are live before they can possibly settle down to eat them!
abbeytheferret6 I wouldn't say its unusual. I've seen a few black mice around. Self colours seem harder to find though. Marked are very common, Well at least in my area. I did think it was unusual since I had two little black ones from a marked gray girl. Genetics are interesting.