there are seven,which is a normal litter,.They don't normally rear more than 8 even if a larger number are born.All ferrets are born white strangely enough.The ones that have turned a darker colour are going to be polecats,the others will be dark eyed white or silver.
your mum is wrong,they are excellent with other carnivores.
They play like mad things with both dogs and cats.The only risk is to the ferret and that really would only be from a dog that is not used to them.No denying they whiff a bit though.
The polecat ferret however, is not limited to just having the dark colouring, in my experiance it mainly describes the 'mask' and dark markings. My own polecat ferrets (3) were sandy coloured, dark and mid chocolate
Keeping ferrets is relatively easy. Mine (except one, once) never bit but they did nip when playing. You just need a large hutch (my dad built ours, it went from floor to ceiling of our shed and was made of plywood with like a white covering which didnt allow urine to soak through) and somewhere for them to play (for us it started out as the shed floor and then my dad built a run which connected to the cage and went outside into an enclosed area- Ill get some pics off him if you like) Do ferrets smell? Yes. I had males and females (all neutered) but my first Hob (Sonny) reeked before he was neutered, but I suppose you get used to the smell after a while but it was quite strong and your clothes reek after handling. Lovely animals though- they are like cats in a way, with the exception that they love to be with you and playing with companions and stuff. Very 'into everything' like rats are, if you have it they want it lol.
Ferrets are fab! I lost my last 2 old boys last year, they are such lovely playful animals. They do have a distinct ferret smell, but it is not really offensive. Mine lived in a converted shed with run attached, I'll have to see if I can find some pics. Those baby pics are adorable Sarah, I had no idea the polecat coloured ones started off so pale!
Absolutly adorable I love ferrets but my mother will not tolerate them in the house and it's to cold in Wisconsin to raise them outside. Plus they would like my rabbits to much . Aren't they hard to breed though?
no they aren't hard to breed but you do need to put a lot of effort into socialising the babies.The effort is rewarded with a very affectionate pet ,always young at heart.I don't think cold weather would be a hardship for them,you are right about the rabbits though.