Not for all time, merely the last due litter at the moment! Ivory has had about half a dozen or so, perfectly competently, in a properly-built nest. Considering she and Ebony are litter-sisters, you’d think they’d be equally good (or bad) mothers, but no….
I shouldn’t do Ebony down, she does seem to have the hang of it now and her remaining kits look healthy and wriggly.
Jezebel managed to lose a couple in the night, allowed them to fall out of the nest and die of exposure, but Trudy’s keeping hers well down in the nest and they’re growing nicely.
Yesterday was the annual vet-trip for Feisty Ferret, she’s come into season and needed her hormone jab to bring her out again. Ferrets are photoperiodic induced ovulators – meaning they come into season due to increasing light levels, and don’t come out again until after they’ve mated. A jill ferret left in season too long can develop leukemia and all sorts of unpleasant infections and I don’t want to breed baby ferrets, so every spring Feisty gets hauled to the vet and stabbed with the appropriate dose of hormones. She’ll start moulting in the next week or so and get into her nice, short summer coat again.