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Outdoor enclosure for ferrets: you have to be aware of that


An outdoor enclosure for ferrets is the closest to a species-appropriate attitude. Here the little rascals can let off steam and keep their noses in the fresh air. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind if you want to keep your ferrets out. Every ferret needs a warm, weatherproof retreat in the outdoor enclosure - Shutterstock / Chipiko

There are many points that are essential for a healthy, safe and happy ferret life. When it comes to the outdoor enclosure for ferrets, sufficient space, security and protection, as well as suitable interior furnishings are important.

An outdoor enclosure for ferrets must offer enough space

In contrast to ferrets' housekeeping, the following applies to outdoor keeping: Ten square meters of pure walking space for two frets are a must. For every additional animal you should add at least two square meters more. In addition to the pure walking area, there is also space for the important elements of the interior, including dormitories, feeding areas, playgrounds and cuddly caves. The general rule for the ferret enclosure is: the more space, the better.

Safety comes first: the burglar-proof ferret enclosure

Ferrets have many enemies in nature, including cats, martens and birds of prey. An outdoor enclosure for ferrets must therefore be designed to be burglar-proof for potential predators. A close-meshed (!) Wire should be attached around the enclosure. Normal rabbit wire is too unsafe - wherever a ferret's head can fit, the rest of the body also fits. Hot-dip galvanized aviary wire is ideal, for example, which the clever little animals cannot bend. It is also important that everything is tight from above to keep cats and birds of prey away, but also to prevent the acrobatic ferrets from climbing out.

The edges of the enclosure should be reinforced with wood or stone for safety. Ferrets can easily dig 60 centimeters deep, which is why a grave barrier made of aviary wire underground is advisable - not only to prevent outbreaks but also to prevent predators from entering. Even better is a base made of solid material like concrete. Alternatively, you can use solid wood or stone slabs as the floor for the outdoor enclosure. The advantage of such a uniform floor: you can easily clean it.

Make the outdoor enclosure for ferrets weatherproof

An outdoor enclosure for ferrets must be weatherproof. One or more sufficiently large, insulated dormitories with a cozy interior are a must. The animals must be able to withdraw at any time in order to protect themselves from wind and weather. In general, the cute raccoon animals manage better at low than at high temperatures. Freezing temperatures are usually not a problem if there is a warm retreat in the enclosure. Temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius can be dangerous, however, as there is a risk of heat stroke. In summer, you should therefore provide your ferret with enough cooling options, such as a small pool with water and shady areas such as cool caves.

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Feeding places and play opportunities

If you keep ferrets outside, you must of course provide them with food and water all year round and replenish both regularly. To do this, set up feeding areas in the outdoor enclosure. Tip: To keep swarms of flies away from your bowls in summer, you can build a shelter in which food and water are provided. To do this, take a box or box, the entrance of which you provide with a cloth. The flies stay outside and the ferrets quickly learn that they can slip through the cloth. In winter it is particularly important that the water does not freeze - a safe, protected place for the bowls is therefore a must. Heated bowls ensure that the water remains ice-free.

Of course, ferrets in the outdoor enclosure also need a lot of play options. Provide caves and pipes through which the animals can hunt, as well as climbing opportunities in the form of different levels and stairs. Of course, all this should also be safe for the active goblins! There are hardly any limits to your imagination. Ask a specialist for suitable toys for ferrets. Important: do not neglect to personally tease your ferrets - employment is important and ensures the happiness of your little rascals.