Breeding ferrets because their cute is not enough reason for anyone to start doing it. It is nothing like breeding cats and dogs. You may be a responsible owner but it doesn’t mean breeding them is for you. This is not for the weak, mind you. Give this job to the real experts (and not the self-proclaimed ones).
#1 Know the reasons why you want to breed ferrets. If your reason is to have your own set of ferrets, then you better just purchase ferrets from pet stores, certified breeders or shelters. Shelters have abandoned ferrets that need a new home or caring owners. It would be best to rescue homeless ferrets rather than adding more homeless ferrets just because you were not able to maintain the needs of having ferrets.
#2 Ferrets sell from $50-$400 each but if you’ll consider the costs and the set up required to breed ferrets, you may have second thoughts. Consider the expenses for healthcare requirements, housing and veterinary costs. Unless you’re doing this as a big business, breeding ferrets won’t earn you profits.
#3 Courtship and mating processes of ferrets are not conventional. Hobs do not believe in romance during this time. They smell horribly and their attitude can be intolerable even for their own mothers. The actual mating process can be pretty vicious! A hob scruffs the neck of the jill and drags her around the cage, mounts her several times which makes the jill scream in pain. So, if you’re not ready to witness such “violence”, then just leave this to the experts.
#4 If the pregnancy has been successful, expect big litters. Having 10-11 kits is common. They may require a larger space. This may lead to overcrowding if the breeder won’t be able to provide the necessary space. Don’t forget to protect them from extreme weather conditions and provide proper ventilation because kits can really become smelly.