Baby ferret: how to take care of it? When to separate him from his parents?

Do you want to breed your ferrette? Under optimal conditions, the future mother can give birth to about fifteen babies per year. Once the newborns have pointed their adorable faces, it will be a question of meeting their needs to ensure their perfect development. How to take care of ferretons? When the to separate of their parents? Answers.

Pregnancy of baby ferrets

Where possible, it is recommended to note the dated parents’ mating in order to best prepare for the arrival of the young. Once fertilized, the ferret begins a period of gestation approximately 6 weeks (42 days to within one or two days). During this period, it is important to feed her at will with a specific and quality diet. The expectant mother needs a lot ofenergy to ensure the growth of its offspring before and after birth. During her pregnancy, the ferret will sleep more than usual and will ask for tranquility. For this purpose, be sure to isolate her from the father and any congeners that may disturb her and, later, attack the newborns. If the delivery does not occur after 44 days, take the ferret to the veterinarian who will carry out, if necessary, a cesarean.

The birth of ferret babies

When the ferret is about to give birth, a liquid viscous and colorless will drain from her vulva. At this time, it will be necessary to place it in a comfortable nest made with a crate lined with a towel and placed in a place calm. The mother leads her childbirth alone, which usually takes place uncomplicated. She expels her young one by one for several hours, leaving a delay between each birth. This interval gives it time to cut the umbilical cord with his teeth, to eat the placenta and to wash his baby by licking it. She will then begin to breastfeed her litter comprising 7 to 10 hairless ferrets, blind and deaf. During the first week, it will be necessary to avoid touching these small beings fragile which weigh only 8-10 grams. Also be sure to respect the tranquility of the female because, although usually gentle, she could show agressive and try to bite to protect her babies.

Baby ferrets: the first weeks of life

For a few days after birth, the litter eats every 3 hours approximately before adopting a more spaced pace. During their first three weeks of life, ferrets remain wisely with their mothers and spend their time in suck and to to sleep. Your role is therefore limited to watching all these pretty people and feeding the ferret. Breastfeeding is carried out in a instinctive, it will simply be necessary to take care that each baby has good access to its mother’s breasts so as not to suffer from growth retardation. The first teeth (milk teeth) of ferrets appear at 15 days and the dentition definitive (34 teeth) sets in around a month and a half.

Weaning baby ferrets

From the 3e week, you may want to consider feeding the little ones in the form of porridge. Ferretons open their eyes about 28 days after birth and then begin to crawl to move around. The beginnings of weaning have therefore come, demanding increased attention to litter. From this moment you can manipulate carefully in order to familiarize them with humans and socialize them as soon as possible. In their wanderings, they will approach their mother’s bowl and taste some food solid. You can continue on this path by offering them a little specific food in addition to breast milk. Once the cubs are separated from their mothers, offer them a canned ferret food mix or kibble moistened with powdered kitten milk. Namely: a bad weaning is difficult to recover and the animal can suffer all its life from deficiency developing health problems.

Weight gain in baby ferrets

The weight is a indicator significant in the growth of newborns, it will therefore be a question of respecting the standard of its species. A little male must gain about 140 to 160 g per week to reach 950 g to 1.2 kg before his month and a half. At 3 months, he will have stabilized his height. The baby female should take an average of 130 to 150 g per week. After 8 weeks of weaning, you will be able to distribute ferret kibble to the young people, having taken care to make the change in a progressive : gradually reduce the ration of wet food and increase that of dry food to accustom the juveniles to their menu final mainly consisting of croquettes. At the stadium adult, the female measures between 30 cm and 50 cm for a weight of 400 g to 1 kg and the male measures between 40 cm and 60 cm and generally weighs between 900 g and 2 kg.

Baby ferrets: separation from their mother

From the age of 6 weeks, ferretons must be separated from their mother who, little by little, takes care of them less. This step must be done in a way progressive, at the rate of one baby per day, starting with the most fat. At the same time, separation allows the mother to reduce her production of milk. Until the end of weaning – 8 weeks – your main goal is to play the litter and socialize. If young ferrets can be entrusted to their new families from the age of 6 weeks, it is recommended to keep the siblings together until the age of 2 months in order to perfect their socialization.