Fiona is biting you because she's trying to communicate with you. She's not happy with what's going on.
It sounds to me like you may want to consider separating Finn soon - It's possible that he may injure either of your other two ferrets - or even YOU if you try to intervene. A Friend of mine got in the way of one of her hobs, and he chowed into her ankle so hard that he punctured some cartilage.
I might have made it sound worse than it was, Fiona was running up and pouncing on me, and biting me, but not hard, she was doing exactly what she does when I let her run loose and she gets all hyper and playful. She bites me all the time, especially if she gets riled up with a teaser toy or a paper bag or something ;D I just think it's funny though that whenever she gets tackled and wrestled with, whether by Finn or Fenton or even my nephew's ferret, she always turns her hyper aggression on me not on the ferret who pounced her
But I will keep a close eye on them, I already have a cage set up and ready for Finn to live in separate if necessary.
Therese is right about the about the "stink"..... Finn is just "ramping up". But he is BIG and STRONG, and he may begin getting a little too rough with your other two ferrets and unintentionally hurt one of them, so you'll want to keep a close eye on what is going on. -jennifer
PS ---I know, you hate the thought of them growing up so fast....where does the time go? My 3 will all be 7 next month
Fiona is telling you it's your job to stop him, ie. you are her slave and if she tells you to jump, you should ask how high!
Funny tough man Finn, your nose will tell you when he is in rut!
What a bossy little girl!
As for the smell, what does it smell like when they start to go into rut?
Finn has always been more stinky than the other 2 ferrets, but recently his normal smell has gotten a little stronger, PLUS, there is a new element to his smell, he sort of smells like a wet towel that was left wadded up and grew mildew and got all sour and stinky This smell is mostly on his back, whereas the normal musky funk seems to come from the rest of him I was assuming he might have gotten something stinky on his back, like some old meat juices or something, but I don't see how...
Ah, the joys of breeding season with entire hobs. So far it's been relatively peaceful here, as Basil and his son Raven are still playing together with no hostilities. About a month ago, Basil did have to teach Raven that dragging him around by the scruff was not acceptable (Raven's 2 lbs heavier than his father). After that, they went back to playing together with no further problems. The jills (his mother and my two older spayed jills) have also taught Raven that they don't appreciate his constant attention and romantic overtures.
Neither of the boys is in full rut as yet, as their odor is increasing but hasn't reached its full intensity. Basil's attitude to humans hasn't changed at all, nor did it last year...that was his second season. The first year is usually the worst, as the hobs try to challenge everyone for top status...and that may include their humans, as well. Raven doesn't have his brother's (Onyx) total self confidence, so I've only had one session with him so far where I had to point out that I was bigger and stronger...and that he was not the dominant one. It helped a lot that his father and the jills reinforced that message.
Hi I have used sudocreme for years on dogs ferrets and my kids lol and non of them liked it lol you may find mikey your little girl ends up finally saying ok enough is enough and gives him the hiding of his life lol ( its kind of funny seeing a huge hob chased down by a female lol ) believe me it happens lol some of my old ladies often take so much and then beat the you know what out of ferrets four and five times there size ( even vas hobs if there not in the mood lol ) take care bye for now Bev
And when that happens, poor Finn will sit up, look around, and wonder what on earth hit him ;D
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Well, maybe I'm crazy, but I have already committed to tough it out, Finn is going to keep his fuzzy pompoms! I may live to regret that decision
It will be interesting I"m sure to say the least...
Oh, it will definitely be interesting! ;D
You have my encouragement to grit your teeth and endure his first season in rut. Almost all my hob kit owners have been determined to let them go through an entire breeding season before neutering, but most threw in the towel after the first month. Only 2 lasted out the entire breeding season...neither hob ever was neutered, since they were much easier to live with in succeeding years.
Do they start putting on more muscle early on like this, before they are fully in season?
His neck just feels massive. It's like overnight he put on more neck muscle. In fact, I used to be able to pick him up by the loose chubby skin of his scruff, and now, suddenly the skin on the back of his neck and shoulders is so tight I can't really scruff him any more! Weird... His neck just feels like a mass of muscle lol...
He was pretty muscular before but now his muscles feel harder. Especially in his neck and behind his legs.