I am concerned with the lifespan of ferrets. I've heard that ferrets bred from Marshall Farms don't live as long as other ferrets. Is this a true statement, and if so, how can I avoid purchasing / identify ferrets bred there?
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Other criticisms are directed at the health care and living conditions of Marshall Farms' breeding population. Some groups have accused large-scale breeders like Marshall of separating ferret kits from their mothers and sending them to pet shops at too young an age, sometimes before they are fully weaned. As a result, several states have passed laws raising the minimum age of ferrets transported by commercial farms; a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted in 2004 seeks to make such regulations applicable nationally.
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Seek out private breeders. Petco gets their ferrets from Marshalls Farms. They breed them for experimentation, and testing also. Ferrets that do not sell, are killed. I have 3 now. Two from a local rescue. One sable and two chocolates. The ferrets that Petco gets are standard colors. Panda and black are not as plentiful. You can identify a Marshalls ferret by blue dot tatoo in or near the ears. The last ferret I got was from a Petco. It was Christmas eve. He was the last one in the display cage. The store was about to close. His fate was sealed if he wasn't bought. I got him at half price, and his name is Christmas. He is a pure bundle of joy.
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The reason they do this is so they can ship them to pet stores while they're still small and cute. Ferrets have a HUGE growth spurt at 5 weeks, so the decision for Marshall Farms to alter them earlier is because of that. The kits ears and eyes aren't even open at the time of the surgery.Marshal Farms engages in breeding practices that place an unhealthy strain on their jills(female ferrets). They use altered, artificial, lighting to bring them into heat three times a year so that they can maximize their production at the expense of the health of their breeder ferrets. Typically, this treatment results in two and a half years of productivity after which time Marshall Farms destroys them as they can no longer breed, and are no longer profitable commodities.