Message Number: YG911 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-08 13:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: EIA

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Chris Lloyd" <chris.lloyd2@b...>
> Hi all, although I have left ferrets in oestrus for up to 5 months
It is not a thing I would recommend, leaving a healthy jill in season
for 6 to 8 weeks will not cause any real harm to a healthy animal.
Far too many inexperienced breeders put the hobs in with the Jills
too early, not only causing the jill to resist mating but can also
results in non conception or very small litters.


One of the best signs of a jill being ready beside the swollen, wet
vulva is a thickening of the skin on the back of her neck. I have
some jills who take a LONG time to come fully in. By watching and
checking for the thickening I have found that the jill is more 'in
the mood' and the mating goes better. I have also found by putting
the jill with the hob too early, the jill may not go fully out of

Very good points Chris!