The last few days he has been eating a variety of chicken, rabbit, venison, and some lamb. The rabbit and venison I get from my dad. He hunts alot and often has extra so I run to his house and pick some up. I also managed to get him to eat a cornish hen yesterday. He ussually refuses to eat anything chicken like but I took the hen and soaked it in venison blood overnight, he LOVES venison and the trick worked. He ate the whole little hen! It's ok for him to eat the whole thing right? I know my cats don't ussually eat the bones but he did, he ate everything. I got 3 female mice and a male today as well. I got them from a place that sells mice just for feeders so they don't seperate the sexes and I tried to pick out 3 females that looked very pregnant. So I should have a few litters pretty soon.
How much did the hen weigh? That does sound like a lot of food, but I've never heard of a ferret gorging itself and also if he had eaten too much then I'm sure he would be acting uncomfortable so I'm sure he is fine. And there is also a chance that he stashed some of it somewhere where you could not see it.
So, yes, it is fine that he ate the whole thing and it is WONDERFUL that he ate the bone!!! Bones are good for keeping their teeth clean and are a must have for calcium and for a complete diet. A lot of ferrets have trouble getting onto bone in meat but young ferrets tend to go very easily.
Well it was a cornish hen. They are really little. Less then a pound I'd say, maybe a pound at most. He's still been doing well with eating a variety of meats and I'm giving him more pieces with bone in them now. I'm waiting for my two mice colonies to start breeding. I might even bump it up to 3 or 4 colonies with 1 male to 5 females, because I have an order from someone for 60-70 mice hoppers and I've had a few other smaller orders as well. I'm not really sure what to keep writing every other day until the mice start producing. He'll be eating the same mixture of chicken, lamb, venison, and rabbit. And he is doing great with everything. He is very easy going when it comes to food but I got him really young. I might be getting another female ferret. She is from the same litter and isn't doing well in the pet store. She keeps losing weight and has no energy. They have taken her to the vet multiple times and can't find anything wrong. I was buying mice the other day and a lady I know that works there asked if I'd try taking her because she might do better on a raw/ whole prey diet and she might be stressed out from being at the pet store. It's not a for sure thing yet but it might happen. I have more then enough room.