Yesterday’s weather was unhelpful, to put it mildly, so today saw the finishing-off of the new ferret run. We’ve nicknamed it the Ferret Palace.
It certainly gives them a lot more space to scamper about in! Attractively roofed in a medley of old feed sacks and compost sacks to keep the weather off, there are in fact two padlocked hatches under the sacks, so I can get into any part of the run easily for cleaning out, toy-replacement or whatever.
The end nearest the back door of the house has a couple of inches of wood shavings down to cushion the wire floor, for the sake of small furry feet, and I’ve put some old clay drainpipe sections in there. The ferrets adore playing tag in, through, round, under and over these!
In the middle is their old hutch, which is a sturdy, weatherproof construction that’s good for years yet. To give some idea of scale, it’s nearly 3 feet long and 18 inches deep. Since this sits opposite the conservatory doors, we can now watch the ferrets playing from the comfort of the inside of the house without needing to crane our necks!
At the far end is another run filled to the brim with fresh straw, hugely popular for tunnelling, rustling, ambushing each other and probably for nesting in and impromptu napping, which is something ferrets are very good at.
So, that was today’s job and I’m glad it’s done – I can go off to Orkney now with a clear conscience, knowing the ferrets have plenty of secure space to bounce around in!