Hints for the beginner, by Percy Heath

Rabbits are again becoming a serious pest of farmland, and even of allotments and
gardens.  The traditional country method of control involving ferrets involves no
chemicals and is safe, humane and effective. And you don’t end up with lead shot in your
Sunday lunch!  Our member Percy Heath, who has demonstrated his skills on television,
here describes the basics of keeping these delightful but often misunderstood pets.

Before taking charge of your new ferret, prepare his/her new hutch.

You can buy one, but if you choose to make one here are a few tips.

If the hutch is to be kept outside, a felted sloping roof is very important.  You will need to
make it with a closed sleeping area and an open mesh side, using welded mesh as chicken
wire is “too soft”.

For bedding you can use straw, wood shavings or even shredded paper.

Feeding: don't feed your ferret on bread and milk/water, they will be much healthier on fresh raw meat/offal.  A mixed diet is
advisable.  Remember your ferret will hoard any extra food and this will have to be cleared
away as it will rot and encourage flies.

Always handle your ferret regularly and then he/she will become a gentle and quiet
working friend.