My ferret recently gained a white spot at the base of her tail. I’ve heard and done some research on ferrets roaning out, but I wanted to know if what was happening to her is roaning out... she is a blaze pattern and had no white on her tail till now (I’ve had her for 3 months, she’s about a year old) it started out as a band of white about an inch wide that wrapped around the top of the base of her tail, and it has since grown about a half inch. It’s only been about a week or two since it appeared, but I just wanted some opinions on it...
Sounds like she is going through a major coat change I had a dark sable roan out almost to a DEW.
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
It's funny how they can just morph coats like that. Alice was a silver white mitt when she was a baby, then one day she just became all white except for a grey patch on her head, her coat hasn't changed since for the past 3 years.
I actually find the way your ferrets have unstable coat colours freaky. Over the 20+ years I have had ferrets none of my ferrets have changed coat colours dramatically. They have summer and winter coats which are darker or lighter (due to the undercoat) and they get some additional white as they age (roan out to be polite) but it is only some grey hairs interspersed in the darker colour. Course I avoid fancy colours and just stick with sable (although they can have hidden traits) and I have had one panda marked ferret (my first, Fudge) and 3 short term albinos.
@therese. Every silver we’ve had, Both from Marshall farms and from real Canadian ferret Farms of all roaned out to become completely white except for marking here and there And I just realize that out of 30 Ferrets we’ve had I’ve only ever had two white males frank and iceman
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2020 16:56:46 GMT -5 by unclejoe
I've never had a female ferret. I just like big boofy ferrets too much to want a wee girly. Also I think it might upset the groups equilibrium at some point. I've never really had any dramas integrating new comers. I haven't done any updates in a while but Jester passed last year and it wasn't until this January my business got back to 3 (kit season). Our newbie, Sparkle (sable male) is settling in just fine.