Orion, who is about 12 weeks old, has always been a rough & tumble wrestler with my other ferrets. He does run around and play nicely, but he also initiates a wrestling match with the other three quite often, both in and out of the cage. I've found this strange over the past few weeks mainly because he tends to focus these aggressions on my oldest ferret Ezra who is about 6 months old and either fully grown or close to it. Orion on the other hand isn't nearly full grown, though he is -very- big for his age. He was always a big baby, but he's actually surpassed Starkes (almost 3 1/2 months) and is as long as and thicker than Vin (4 months). While the other three duked it out during their first few weeks together, usually initiated by the older ferrets in each situation which I know to be normal, none of the three really gave Orion much trouble. He integrated into their group so easily I was amazed and thrilled. But over the past week and a half, he seems to be getting more and more aggressive towards the others. I thought it was just normal play until today I noticed a small spot of dried blood on Ezra's back that was well-hidden in his fur. After closer examination, I can see a couple other little spots around there that look like small scabs. All but the first one I found are about the size if you'd stuck yourself with the end of a needle or pin. The first one I can't really tell if it's bigger or just bled a bit more, but this has me pretty concerned. I never saw actual marks on the others when they tumbled and wrestled or even fought. And while these marks are -really- small, I don't want to wait until I find a really big cut on any of them. I checked over Orion and, while I can't see his skin very well cause he still has that thick baby fluff, he doesn't seem to have any cuts anywhere. Vin was unmarked too but I found another tiny one on Starkes (who is the smallest of the group and seems to get pounced a lot).
The three older ones seem to get along well all the time. Yes, they wrestle, but it has never seemed to be malicious, just fun. I had thought Orion was doing well too. I still find them all sleeping in the hammock or sleeping cube together, so it's not as if he hates them. What should I do? Should I go ahead and move Orion into the extra cage? Whenever I do, he cries to get back with the others. I'm at a loss...
Sorry about the lengthy explanation but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Courtney - Animal Tamer of "The Wild Kingdom": 7 ferrets (Ezra, Vin, Starkes, Pacce, Bucky, Spin, and Marty), 3 Puppies (Reece, Pith, and Parker), 3 Kittens (Loki, Dante, and Elly), 1 Rabbit (Benny), 7 Gerbils (Nathan=Mom, Josiah=Dad, Lightning, Thunder, Hail, Rain, & Sleet), and 1 Hedgehog (Goo)
Last edited by CMorrow; 05-06-2002 at 12:40 AM.