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From: "Tony Clarke"
Date: 2009-04-29 15:52:12 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Darkness requirements? Re: What should I do?

--- In, "Ann Withun" <Ann@...> wrote:
> How many hours of darkess would be a good goal to shoot for, and how
> dark does it have to be (is moonlight from a window a problem?)

I personally think that keeping to dusk to dawn times (with all
the normal seasonal variations) for darkness would be ideal.
This can be difficult for people who are at work in the daytime, in
winter you would never see your ferrets.
Try to arrange your ferrets active times to correlate to the number
of daylight hours for the time of year.
Sleeping boxes can be easily made from MDF or suchlike material.
You need a detachable top or side in order to change bedding and
remove food stashes, but only a ferret sized hole for normal access.
The size of the box depends on ferret population, it is best to
provide more than 1 box so that each ferret can choose who he sleeps
with (or on). Some people staple a dark cloth so that it hangs over
the entrance for light exclusion if the room has to be lit sometimes.
Ferrets do wake up and eat or drink or play in the nighttime but if
the room is dark this is not a problem.
I can't see that moonlight would be a problem, wild polecats can't
turn it off.
Being retired I have sacrificed my after dark ferret fix but this is
no answer if you work, just work out a good compromise.

Tony (not a vet), Sugar and Suki.
In memory of Sally and Sue.


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