07-18-2017 05:48 PM
07-19-2017 07:44 PM
It does seem like a case of dominance, and should pass in time, but continued "attacking" may be more than that. I had a female that always loved the boys, but was vicious with other females. She just wasn't having any other females around.
I have 3 males now. I have lost 2 ferrets this year. My oldest male is the alpha male. He's not bigger than the others, but he's the oldest and from time to time he will pin one of the others to the floor, holding them down by biting them on the back of the neck and laying on them. It usually only lasts a few seconds, and as long as there is no screaming, I let it go as just ferret behavour. It's rare now, and only happenes when they play and wrestle. When one just gets the best on the other too many times, or one is getting tired. They get crranky like kids do...lol
My youngest was just purchased at Petco last month. Oliver is my oldest ( 6 years old ), and Banjo is the youngest ( 5 to 7 months ). To show domanince, Oliver grabbed Banjo by the ear, and was dragging him across the floor. Oliver is normally a docile guy, and doesn't get aggressive to often, but when he did this to Banjo, my first thought was "he's going to rip his ear off". Banjo never screamed or anything. I think he knew what this was about, and they play together all the time now.
When there is any kind of, what I deem "aggressive act", that seems to go to far, I get involved. I usually push the aggressor from the side, at his back legs, to knock him off ballance. I never directly hit any of them for any reason. And in a very loud and stern voice, I scold him. "Loud and stern" usually will get their attention. And it sort of shows them that I am the Alpha Male....lol. I'll pick them both up and usually just talk to them normally. Not that it matters to them, but they see that I'm not favoring one over the other. Playing with both of them at the same time usually helps melt the ice too.
A good friend that runs a rescue once told me, when introducing new ferrets into a group that you already have, give them all a bath. She said "misery loves company". When they are all wet, and running around crazy trying to get dry again, they all seem to come together as a group that are all sharing the same "problem" so to speak. I don't cage mine. They all free roam through out the house 24/7. If there is one that gets too far out of hand ( which hasn't happened in a long time ) a 30 to 45 minute "time out" in the cage by himself usually helps too.
I would keep an eye on them, and not let it get to far out of hand. Some ferrets will never get along with others. Some..... just take longer to get use to the new ones.
Let us know how it goes with your crew.
07-21-2017 04:27 AM
07-21-2017 06:48 PM
I don't think I would let it go on for too much longer, without stepping in. Usually dominance is established, and settled. Occasional reminders happen, but not a daily thing.
Hopefully someone else here can give more insight and suggestions. I'll see what some of the rescue owners say too.
I do know one of the owners has split groups, simply because they fight and don't get along at all.
Keep up updated
09-29-2017 04:17 AM
Be careful. I had a three months old girl die shortly after getting a two months old male. They had to be separated due to rough play at times but mostly loved each other. Not sure why girl died but I can't rule out that rough play may have a part in it.
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