Originally Posted by tycor2328
By the way, I hate to bring up troubling stories, but you said something happened with your cockatiel? My boyfirend has one and we all live together- so far so good. They only are interested when he's flying the room, but if you have a warning about the mixture, please let me know so I can try and prevent a terrible incident. Thank you so much. Good luck with the boys!!! My new baby (Andre) looks just like Buddy. Isn't that cute? Tycor
Hi, well Thank you for your reply.
As for the cockatiel thing, Yes, ferrets and cockatiels can be a bad mixture. I have heard of stories of a ferret cuddling with a bird, but those ferrets natrual instinct most had been breed out of them. Ferrets eat birds in the wild. Buddy and Jessie killed two of my birds and only one of my birds managed to get away. I still blame myself for it. I strongly suggest not to take the risk and either keep the bird in seperate room from the ferrets and make sure that the bird is locked up when ever the ferrets are out! That or find a new home for the bird. Its a hard decision to make and yes, I would recommend a new home for either the bird or ferrets. I had to give up my one cockatiel that did survive to my sister. Then she had to give her up too, because she is living with my mom and she has two cats and a dog.
I will tell you, it is very hard when your own pet that you love kills another pet that you love. In my case I had 2 pets that did the killing and 2 that died. What is really sad is the cockatiels that died were not that old, I had Cochise for 5 years and I had just gotten Charlie for a graduation gift and he was only a year old. He couldn't even fly.
I had a hard time reconnecting with the ferrets after that, because the cockatiels were my babies. It killed the relationship, and I am still not totatly over it. But I hope that people learn from my mistake. I did forgive Buddy and Jessie, and I still love them despite what happend. Powder was the bird that survived she was about 6 years I had gotten her from a friend who was moving. I think the only reason she did survive is because the other two were busy with the other cockatiels to pay any attention to her getting away.
I will not go into the detail of how my cockatiels died, but I will tell you that if you read up on how ferrets kill, it is very vampireish and they love to play with thier food. Also, ferrets are attracted to movement, so when they see your bird flying in the air, they want to catch him. Wether they would go as far as my ferret and kill him, who knows.
I actually think my ferrets had no clue what they were doing, they just got caught up in the moment because once they got caught, they acted really strangely. They kept drinking lots of water and diving thier heads into the dish. They were not themselves at all, and they seemed a little depressed, I don't know if they could feel my pain or if they felt bad about what they did or what. But by a couple days, they went back to normal, although it took me a lot longer to be able to handle them with out crying.
Anyhow... to a more happier note, because I don't like to end things sadly.
You will be glad to know that Buddy and Samson don't fight to much anymore.
Samson does tend to like to be by himself alot though and Buddy and Jessie seem to respect that. I can tell that Buddy and Jessie want to cuddle with him, but are afraid of upsetting him. It really dosn't take much to upset him, I think its because he is blind so he gets scared easy. I hope that one day, I will see them all cuddling in a pile.
Samson will be going into surgery on the 24th for his Pancratic Tumors. I am hopeing everything goes well. I think that it will, because there is so much Samson hasn't experienced yet. I am just really glad that All my ferrets get along pretty good now, because I would have hated to have to bring Sampson back to the vet because they couldn't get along.
Sampson even plays a little bit with us, he just likes to nibble on our ankles here an there and run off dooking. Its really cute. He dooks alot, but I heard that ferrets with pancratic tumors tend to be really vocal. Now if only I get get him to go in the litter box, he seems to think doorways is the litter box.
I don't know how many times I have steped in his poop!