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10 minutes ago, Aussie Whip said:

Tbh you do get attached to some ferrets, the ones that work well for you and they all should be cared for as good as you can but I think you have to draw the line somewhere. Heart transplants, putting them on kidney dialysis machines may be too much lol, it's a ferret for fck sakes. It's going to get to the stage no one will be able to afford to keep even a pet budgie.

Ferrets that make the grade here are also pets for my kids an are let you run about the yard on nice days with the dogs an kids, why would I let it suffer if I knew the vet could help it, it’s only Fcuking money, we won’t be buried with it 😁

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Well I’m an old timer and I take my ferrets to the vets if I think it’s worth it. I only keep 100 percent workers and if I think they can be saved by a vet then it’s worth the trip. 

No shame in taking any animals to a vet, if I look after an animal an I think vet will help it, I’ll use the vet. My ferrets earn me far more than they eat so it’s only right I look after them

Some folk don't quite appreciate, just how valuable (££££)  a top class working ferret, or a team of reliable workers actually is..🤔  

11 minutes ago, W. Katchum said:

Ferrets that make the grade here are also pets for my kids an are let you run about the yard on nice days with the dogs an kids, why would I let it suffer if I knew the vet could help it, it’s only Fcuking money, we won’t be buried with it 😁

True but I'm not going to starve myself to give a ferret a kidney transplant, they were supposed to provide the poor with fresh rabbit to eat and still are in some places.

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Just now, Aussie Whip said:

True but I'm not going to starve myself to give a ferret a kidney transplant, they were supposed to provide the poor with fresh rabbit to eat and still are in some places.

Nobody talking about transplants mate, general patch up an treated for any ailments, don’t even think I could afford a transplant for the kids never mind a ferret, but again that don’t mean I’d let it suffer 👍

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2 hours ago, Ferretman65 said:

What do lads do with ferrets that don't make the grade ones that u can't handle bite like fck junkie round holes and lads don't say they all make the grade fs or all mine work there from a good line do use pts or pet home 🤔 ones that lack the pray drive as to speak 

I send mine to Ireland....

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12 minutes ago, W. Katchum said:

Nobody talking about transplants mate, general patch up an treated for any ailments, don’t even think I could afford a transplant for the kids never mind a ferret, but again that don’t mean I’d let it suffer 👍

No I was just exaggerating but you can imagine in the future with animal liberation, some states in the US dogs have more rights than people. Nobody will be able to afford a companion animal.

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I have kept Ferrets for many years and i have never had one that needed treatment from a Vet i might be lucky but my old Rabbiting partner  was just the same ! if they are kept in a large Cage or better still a Shed in good clean Bedding fresh food and Water there is little that can go wrong with them . I have had them go down rapidly  and die over night and trouble with Milk retention in Jills and even a couple killed underground but nothing else that common sense could not cure though i did have one go in a burrow  and come out minus its tail , but in answer to the question i would not hesitate to do the best for any animal that i kept.

As for putting down a bad or non worker  i myself believe that bad workers are made not born that way,   some in my opinion can be slow starters and need a little more time but they start after Xmas they have to go and i don't need a vet for that

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2 hours ago, micky said:

I have kept Ferrets for many years and i have never had one that needed treatment from a Vet i might be lucky but my old Rabbiting partner  was just the same ! if they are kept in a large Cage or better still a Shed in good clean Bedding fresh food and Water there is little that can go wrong with them . I have had them go down rapidly  and die over night and trouble with Milk retention in Jills and even a couple killed underground but nothing else that common sense could not cure though i did have one go in a burrow  and come out minus its tail , but in answer to the question i would not hesitate to do the best for any animal that i kept.

As for putting down a bad or non worker  i myself believe that bad workers are made not born that way,   some in my opinion can be slow starters and need a little more time but they start after Xmas they have to go and i don't need a vet for that

i would have to disagree with last bit....i have had two hob ferrets that just would not work ..one i kept for about 3 years (god knows why)....it actually escaped....i didnt look for it....

the other was an absolutely fantastic specimen of a big white hob...again he would go in a warren wander round and bolt or kill nothing....it got to the point we were watching muliple rabbits dropping in little warrens...and nothing.....then we started putting him in at the end of a dig....on a rabbits backside after the other ferret had been lifted out...

i kept that hob a full season ....cos i really thought he would just click one day...gave him away as pet    

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True words TOMO..👏

I've worked ferrets for over 60 years, frequently on a daily basis, and it is a massive misnomer to glibly state that ALL ferrets will work, if given the chance....

As you know,.. this is simply not the case..👍

And THIS is WHY ,..some of us will go out of our way, to retain the services, of our best workers😉

Most ferrets can put up a good show, especially on easy warrens and places where the rabbits are willing to shift, but same as with many other keen hunters,.. both animal and human,.. there are variables...

It would be foolish to argue or even debate, such a controversial subject, but facts are, " Things get serious when money is involved"....I've lost count of the time when I have been working a large chalk warren for a Farmer or Landowner, who is determined to sit quietly in his Range Rover , watching and possibly thinking, I do hope that I have not wasted my money?

Talk is cheap, and trust me, when you have dropped three or four ferrets into an ancient labyrinth of prehistoric chalk and flint tunnels,.. and a few minutes have passed,... all I can say is,. your old bum soon starts twitching...🙄 

What a relief, when Coney after Coney, starts to bunce into the Long Nets...and how comforting to see a quality ferret follow the bolter, close on behind, only to pause at the burrow mouth and then, return immediately back down into the bowls of the earth...

The Farmer can now hear, the thunder from down under, even from the comfort of his truck,.. and thank feck he is smiling like a Cheshire cat, as more and more rabbits, leave the safety of the bury...

Yeah,...Its a great feeling to own reliable, trustworthy, working Dogs and Ferrets,..in fact,..it is essential....😉

 

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