I adopted a new baby a few weeks ago . I noticed pretty quickly that he was deaf . He’s very young and very , very vocal . I was shocked when I heard him bark ! He also is quite a biter . I’ve been patiently working with him and have slowly introduced him to my other boys . Anyone have experience with training deaf ferret and nip training . I tried scruffing him and he becomes very upset . So for now I blow on his face when he bites and redirect his energy.
It sounds like you’ve found your own way of distracting him.
I’ve not had a deaf ferret myself but it’s not uncommon. They do OK but as you’ve already found can be more vocal and hard to nip train.
One too I remember is to find some way to warn them you’re there before picking them up, so they don’t fear bite.
He’s doing really well and my two boys have accepted him . He is biting much less and no more alarm barking . He makes an exhaling sound when he is excited or hungry. I’m working on teaching him simple hand gestures so eventually we can communicate with one another . He’s a true joy and a handful
That’s lovely to read. It sounds like you’re doing really well with him
He’s gorgeous. Seeing his colour and then you saying he’s deaf makes me wonder if he has waardenburg’s syndrome. Here’s a link which explains more about it.
Thank you I was reading up on that . I’m pretty sure that’s what he has . His face is different from my other Ferrets . It looks like a opossum.
He is extremely vocal and he bites my other dudes very hard . They like him and tolerate his bites . If he gets to worked up I give him time outs . He’s in the habit of circling me now and making a breathy sound when he’s hungry. He also nurses on one of the other Ferrets ear , I’m not sure what that’s about ! Maybe he was weaned to early .
He looks like butter wouldn’t melt
The ear thing is common and said to be related to early weaning. If it’s hurting the others ears put bitter apple on them to dissuade him.
She certainly is very sweet.