Q. Do you ship ? Yes when airlines allow It depends on your location and time of year (weather) You may also pick up in person at my home or at a ferret show. Pickup at a show may be done in my Hotel room if arranged beforehand. If approved for Shipping/Ground Transport will be done at Buyers Full Expense
Flying will only be done thru Delta's Pet Safe Program. The Buyer is responsible for the cost of a Fit to Fly Exam from my Vet The Crate & all the Supplies to ready the crate to fly and for the cost of the Actual Flight itself.
Middle Earth Ferretry is now working with a USDA Licensed Pet Ground Transporter and depending on their availability this is also an option for kit owners instead of flying.
Q. What is the cost to ship a ferret or use a USDA Ground Pet Transporter ? Price quotes below are current as of Jan 1st 2023 subject to change if the Airlines /Transporters Change there policies or prices. Flight Ticket after taxes (Under 7lbs) ~ $ 550.00 USD ( Domestic Within the USA ) International Flights can be discussed Pm me with location for Quote I cannot quote transport prices as those are set individually by the licensed transporter. *Below are the quotes for what you can expect to pay separately from the cost of flight or transport services* Fit to Fly/Health Certificate to Travel from state/state & health exam/paperwork from my vet ~$250.00 Crate/Veri Kennel & Materials ~ The Crate, Chicken Wire, Carefresh Bedding, Nuts and Bolts, Food Dish, Water Bottle, Zipties to make crate ready to fly, 24 hours worth of food inside the crate kibble/fdr and extra food in ziplocks taped to the top of the crate for emergencies, special made hammock that fits inside the crate ~ $175.00 Unlike other breeders I do NOT charge gas/milage to take your kit to the airport.
Q: What is a ferret? The scientific name for a ferret is Mustela Putorius Furo. They are closely related to the weasel, otter, and stoat. The ferret is domesticated and it is rumoured to of been domesticated for over 2,500 years.
Q: How do ferrets fare as pets? Ferrets can make excellent pets and live an average of 5-8 years with excellent care and diet. Ferrets are interactive and love to play. Ferrets typically sleep around 18 hours a day. They need to be let out for at least 4 hours a day for play and interaction. They do best when kept with other ferrets since they are very sociable pack animals and love to play and sleep together. The ferret also tends to be a very clean animal once a ferret is neutered/spayed they have a light musky odor that some people find offensive all of there bedding should be changed weekly.
Q: What do you feed your ferrets? I feed my ferrets a very balanced raw diet. Whole prey, Commercial Grinds & Freeze Dried Raw. Meat on the bone is excellent for keeping the ferrets teeth clean. I also give them organic quail eggs once a week along with various freeze dried meats and liver as treats. Do NOT feed your ferret ANY Sugar, Fruits or Vegetables. Ferrets are STRICT Carnivores doing so will cause major health issue for your ferret down the road.
Q: Should I neuter or spay my ferret? " ALWAYS YES " The Hob (male) will go into rutt/season and can give off an odor that can be quite offensive to some people. A hob will also try to mate with other ferrets whether they are male/female causing them extreme distress and he could tear up their necks badly trying to mate. Hobs also hike there legs & "MARK" everything when they are in season this is a mixture of Urine/Semen they this in hopes to attract a Jill. Once a hob is neutered/des implanted his hormones will calm down and can go back to living in harmony with other ferrets in the home the marking also stops.
A Jill (female) A Jill needs to be bred or brought out of season with a jill jab given by a licensed Veterinarian or put to a V- Hob (Vasectomized Hob). You can tell a jill is coming into season as her vulva will get wet and swell to quite a large size. If the jill is not brought out of season then she could develop Aplastic Anaemia and if left unnoticed she could die of infection. If a jill is left intact she could also develop Closed/Open Pyrometria which could also be life threatening.
Q: How does the Angora Ferret differ from a Standard Ferret? The full angora ferret has a few physical traits that makes them stand apart from the normal standard ferret. A full angora ferret has no undercoat and there fur can be as long as is 4 to 6 inches in length. They also have an extra fold in the nostril area and sometimes have tufts of hair inside the nose. The nose cleft can vary from very slight to very noticable. The female full angora is unable to produce enough milk to nurse their own young.
Q: Do Angora Ferrets require any special care or grooming? No special care & if they are kept clean you shouldn’t ever have any problems. Angoras do not smell any different than a standard ferret and they have all of the same grooming/diet/health requirements as a standard ferret.