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Is There A Limit On The Number Of Ferrets In A Group?

Can there ever be too many ferrets in a group?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: February 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EST

Q: How many is too many ferrets to a business (group)? I say it can be up to 10, as long as they get along.

A: I have never heard anything definitive on this. Some people can house large numbers of ferrets together while others can't. It would depend on available space and resources (litter, water, food).

The best idea would be to stick with an average litter size of six or so ferrets. We can't look at the wild counterparts of ferrets to assess group size because polecats and black-footed ferrets are not found in social groups.

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I have 9 ferrets all living together, they have a whole room to themselves with 3 cages (left open and with multiple "rooms") so they can separate themselves from each other if they want. Normally there will be about 3 sleeping groups but who is in each group will change. The important thing is to make sure they all get on when you do introductions for a new ferret, it's best to do it in a neutral space and to clean out the cages before the new ferret is introduced to group (some people say bathing the ferrets together will help the introduction but I've never had problems not doing that)
Dominic, International
Posted: 6/26/2015 1:22:52 AM
I have seven ferrets all under 1 yr old and they get along well. They mostly live in my room outside of the cage, but have the cage to go into to sleep or play when they want to. So far, I have not had any problems with them, except that they don't allow me to sleep in anymore!
Lisa, Rochester, NY
Posted: 10/16/2010 5:24:36 AM
Hi, My daughter runs a home based ferret rescue. Right now she has one huge cage that has 11 ferrets living happily together and another large cage that has 10 in it. When she lets out groups to play, she can have as many out as 13-15 at one time. The main problem she has is watching to be sure none climp up to the top of a cage and decide to fly. (jump off and land hard.) It all depends on the ferrets in question and how they get along. On the other hand we have one ferret we can put with or let out with no others. So it depends on the ferrets, where you have them housed and where they play.
Leona, Tacoma, WA
Posted: 2/18/2010 9:22:20 AM
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