In this series of blogs we have spoken about the act of ferret reproduction. This week is the turn of ovulation and inducing jills to release eggs. Read on to find out more.
In this blog about ferret reproduction – jill induction, we will explore the four ways to bring your jill out of season, essential to her health.
Jills and induced ovulation
If a jill, the female ferret, isn’t induced to ovulate, therefore bringing her out of season, she can get very poorly. In some instances, this can even lead to death. Whole female ferrets (jills that haven’t been spayed) need to be induced. Because ferrets don’t just release an egg in the same way as humans.
It is the actual act of coitus, the penetration and the violence of the grabbing of the neck, which will induce a jill to ovulate. Until the induction happens, a jill will stay in season.
How to induce a female ferret
There are four ways to bring a jill out of season to make her ovulate.
The first is to get a full male to breed with the ferret, as we mentioned in an earlier blog. From that, the jill will ovulate, and she will fall pregnant. There will be little kits running around before you know it.
And, with an unspayed jill, this is what happens every summer.
The second is to get what we call a vasectomised hob, known as a hoblet, to mate with your jill to bring her out of season without the danger of her falling pregnant. However, like with other animals or other mammals, vasectomies aren’t 100% certain.
With the risk of unexpected pregnancy and the fact that the poor jill still has to go through the violent act of copulation, which is quite unappealing for all concerned.
The third way of bringing a jill out of season is what they can sometimes describe as chemical neutering. But think of it as being similar to HRT for women of a certain age. Essentially the jill is injected with a hormone that her body will recognise. It reprogrammes her body to come out of season.
This is a good stop-gap way of keeping a jill safe, healthy and out of season without having to go through the breeding process. She will receive an injection around once per year. However, this isn’t a permanent solution.
The only guaranteed and permanent solution is physical neutering via spaying – much like dogs and cats are spayed. This process involves removing the ovaries and the uterus to ensure your jill will have no more seasons.
This is a very safe and routine operation for a healthy ferret.