bitbyter you would be the best one to answer this.
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Post by ferretdude on Sept 8, 2017 13:55:55 GMT -5
could someone please give me some answers to what age the asf babies will be roughly 60g and ready for ferret food and if the tubs i mentioned are ok for breeding asap as the breeder has contacted me that hes dropping my trio off on the 13 a week early and i want to make sure everything ready for them
Those are far too small for breeding. I run 1 male and 3 females in a 62L tub and I use 99L tubs for my grow-outs. It's more about the floor space than the total liters though. These are the tubs I use (with some modification), some people use Aquariums but they are a pain to clean.
If you have never bred rodents before you need a cage for the colony and a cage for the babies (once they are weaned) to grow to the size you want. With ASF's you can put the males and females into the same grow-out tub as they will be getting to culling size just as the females start showing that they are pregnant (if they are). Just more food for the ferrets.
As long as the ridges are on the bottom you can just put a piece of hardware cloth on the bottom under the bedding to prevent chew outs. There absolutely cannot be any ridges on the sides though (like the one you posted above). They can chew through the plastic in an hour or so if they want to.
I would suggest joining a U.K / European specific rodent group and see what other people use for their tubs/racks. Be wary of pet groups though if you are planning to breed them as feeders.
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Post by ferretdude on Nov 19, 2017 13:04:13 GMT -5
ok we have Maurice, a dark agouti Pied, Sakura, a grey pied, Millie, a cinnamon pied and Cleo, a pale cinnamon. so far millie has had 3 litters but one was premature and all died, out of the two surviving litters Sakura and Cleo have joined the breeder tub. also with a co2 chamber i learned a lesson as i didn't air it out enough between uses and when i popped a couple of males in one collapsed almost immediately.... he didn't suffer but still........
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2017 13:14:45 GMT -5 by ferretdude
Miousse with all my ASFs they can't be picked up without thick gloves as they are very nippy though the males are a bit more gentle. as far as odor and maintenance i clean their enclosures once a week unless they have just had babies then its the week after the babies were born and they smell a bit like a hamster. genetics can be very surprising as the dew/snow came from two solid agouti parents. i now have two colonies. B1 with Jiani(m), Sakura(f) and Zuri(f). and B2 with Yuuki(m), Pip(f) and Tilly(f) who has just had a litter of 8 this morning
Thanks for the quick reply ferretdude, I've heard that about their temperaments, but Rats are restricted here, and I've heard Mice smell really badly, and I know hubby would not be on-board for that - so this is the route we're considering.
Congrats to Tilly on her little noms! Is the input/output about what you were expecting for them? Do you have an idea how much food goes into raising them to 60g/3months?
I've been trying to read into the colour genetics for our Guinea Pigs - it's a lot to take in with all the colour and coat combinations.
Ferrets: Koda & Kronk DIP: Cleo, Kenai & Willow Dogs: Whippet Lincoln & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Kayra Guinea Pigs: Squeakie, Missy, Honey, Scruffy, Tilly, Lily & Millie. Fish: Too many to count!