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About Coneytrappr

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  1. I have a 500 gram jill which, whilst no means tiny like some 'micros', is a few hundred grams smaller than my other jills which range between 600-800 grams. She's a great worker and she doesn't let me down.
  2. Sometimes they spend the day inside doing nothing, sometimes it will be a half hour walk, sometimes it will be a day of ferreting, bushing etc before heading out for the night.
  3. Chances are the ferret had a stubborn rabbit in a stop end and was scratching at it's arse or trying to dig alongside it to get to it's head, hence the mud on it's feet and face, and the bolted bunny. It may well have been working on another when you smoked it out. I have a jill that will dig up alongside stopend rabbits to get to their heads...once all the easy bolters have been cleared out things will often go quiet for a while. If I locate and dig I will find her with rabbits in a stopend. If I wait quietly then there will be a bolt, sometimes several one after the other. A locator can teach you a lot about what happens in those dead end tubes! I also have ferrets that will enter and bolt the easy ones but which don't put the effort into those holed up in stopends...great for non-diggable places or for when things need to be done quickly. The biggest problem that I can identify with your ferret from your post is that it sounds hand shy and immature/inexperienced. Work on the skulking, give it more work on rabbits next season and you may be surprised. It will almost certainly have a different style of working than your other...but you could find yourself rewarded with rabbits. I would advise against attempting to smoke ferrets out. If your ferret gets stuck behind a rabbit you could end up killing it.
  4. Had a rabbit that outwitted my dog every time- half a dozen runs on this thing and she just couldn't pick it up. I thought maybe it was just my dog being useless even though she does ok so borrowed a friend's dog...half a dozen runs with him...no rabbit to show for the effort. Knew it was the same bunny as it had a white marking that made it rather distinctive. Chased that rabbit for over a month with two different dogs that both caught plenty of other rabbits in the meantime with no luck!
  5. My whippet is an 'easy keeper' even when fed very little and worked hard...some dogs are just better at getting the maximum benefit from their grub.
  6. 4 is well below average life expectancy, at 4 mine are doing all the work I can throw at them. I retire mine when they start to slow down/take the work harder, usually around 7 and then generally live a few more years as 'retired seniors' (lol) after that...would be very disapointed if they died at only 4! Sorry you lost your fert Kev, not fun to lose them especially when still young.
  7. My whippet is a bright wee thing, never had any trouble learning anything I put the time in to teach her. She'll chase rabbits and a lure...but she doesn't think the lure is a rabbit, or even alive...she just takes any excuse to chase and run. Loves it! Dogs know that a lure is not a living thing. Do dogs that chase a ball think that the ball is alive? Nah. It's just another way to satisfy their drive.
  8. How old is it? Some start slower than others. Had some start working at six months old, some have been useless until their second season. Those ones have always turned out to be good hard grafters once they click. My poley jill was useless her first season but on her third season now and is excellent, totally reliable and will turf out the most stubborn rabbit. Got a wee albino jill that I have high hopes for due to that very reason, but at this point she is just fecking about and bolting very little. I'm confident that it will be a different story next season. If it's the ferret's first season then give it time.
  9. How's she doing now mate? Hopefully still improving, they are tough little things. I've had a few on death's door over the years and have managed to bring quite a few around by mixing animal milk replacement powder with raw egg yolk and ground cooked chicken...and yes that cat milk stuff will get them drinking! I agreed to mind a pal's pair of ferts for a few weeks and when he dropped them around they were living skeletons barely able to keep their heads up absolutely disgraceful. Spent the last two weeks feeding them and they are doing well now but was touch and go for a while. Haven't heard from him since but plan on haveing a conversation with him when I do! Anyway hope your jill continues to improve, amazing what they can come back from.
  10. what a load of bull shit always one numptey now f**k off my thread you 20 post hard man i think you got it the wrong way round you mean what a shit bull x how old are you? About 12. Na a didnt mean that i ment what i said that story is pure bull.So after the dog dropped the rabbit the rabbit sat around to get barked at? I think not Once watched a young dog put a rabbit out of cover, chased and caught it then paraded it about a bit...dropped it and rab crouched frozen whilst dog was stood over it looking pleased with itself...dog then trotted towards me and rab took it's opportunity and legged it back into cover, dog turned around just in time to see it dissapear, not such a happy pup then. It was a valuable lesson...dog doesn't drop live rabbits now no matter how much they struggle...or how quietly they hang. There is nothing in Ray Mear's story that is beyond reality. Some rabbits will sit tight and wait for their opportunity- or maybe just frozen in fear?...even after being caught and paraded by a daft dog!
  11. Thanks Taffey, to be honest a salxwhippet would be one of my first choices, have never heard anything bad about them about them and the idea of a whippet with a bit more leg and stamina for longer runs really tickles my fancy. Yours sounds spot on! But, and it is a big but, no one here breeds them! I'm not in the UK and very very few people use salukiX here, it is easier to get a purebred than a X. Not many collieX around either. I enjoy the ground I hunt, tough but rewarding. Good luck with your pup this upcoming season, sounds a grand little beast.
  12. Cons: You might educate your quarry, reduced catch rate. Pros: You might catch stuff! You have no chance iof catching if you stay at home. I don't think anyone would argue that dark, windy nights are the best hands down, and there is certainly nothing like a good night out on one of those nights. But all the same, we went out a few nights ago and it was much as you said, lots of moon, no wind, clear sky. We still managed to find a daft clapper that the dog trotted up to and plucked almost from it's seat, would have been one rabbit we wouldn't have had if we'd stayed in and that made it worth it.
  13. Thanks for the input Smart Dog, I would say that 90% of my permission is tough ground because 90% of ground here is tough! The tough land holds game galore, I would rather find a dog that can cope than bypass it! Saluki X are not readily available here [or I would have one in a flash], and most fast running dogs [what I'm after] are heavily greyhound influenced, but also prone to injury. The other option is deerhoundX, but personally deerhoundx have never really tickled my fancy- nothing against their abilities, just not what I'm after. I also just have a general interest in the saluki, and just want to know if it could be utilised in a variety of ways, or if it is strictly a one trick pony. I would be happy with a dog that had a specific area of talent but could also be use in other areas the way that my whippet is. She most definitely shines at ferreting but also has a decent crack at lamping, mooching, etc. Thanks again for your input.
  14. Alright lads, I'd like to hear the good the bad and the ugly. I'm in the tentative process of -thinking- about adding a pup. And I am very interested in the pure salukis. We do a bit of this and that- ferreting, mooching, walk up, bit of lamping. Some smaller fields, some big ones. The ground here is rough and hard as iron, and although the whippet has decent feet the ground can be tough on them. So feet like iron is a must, and I have heard that salukis do have very good feet. Could a pure saluki run land both big and small, run the lamp, mooch, ferret and above all stand up to super tough ground? Would love to hear opinions from people who have experience running pure salukis.
  15. I use a normal flat dog lead, don't cut it at all just clip the buckle end to the length and pull the noose tight on wrist, then thread other end through collar and hold the loop, simply drop it to slip and lead stays attached to wrist. Doubles as an everyday walking lead.
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