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Chapter 11
Housing Your Mink

I prefer to keep my mink outside so they have more room to move around, and have less trouble they can get into than they would in the house. I also like to give mink 24 access to a swimming pool, and that can be quite messy in the house. I do let my mink inside as well, I just prefer that there main home be outside. I know people who only keep there mink inside and it seems to work just fine for them, but I personally prefer to keep them outside as soon as they are about 8 weeks old or so. I think the best possible cage for a mink would actually let them go in and outside as they please through a tunnel or something like that, but I have yet to build a cage like that, though I'm sure I will some day!

Most of what there is to learn in this chapter I have made into a video showing my different mink cage setups. There is, however, something I failed to mention in the video, which is the type of wire that should be used in building a mink cage. Mink are very powerful and determined little creatures, and can tear a hole through a wire mesh that isn't sturdy enough. I've had my own mink tear through 1/4" wire mesh to get to my feeder rats inside their cage! I recommend using ether 12.5 gauge or 14 gauge wire with holes that are anywhere from 1"X1" up to 1"X2" (2.5cm X 2.5cm to 2.5cm X 5cm).

Here is the video that I made for the rest of this chapter. It will not only show you the different mink cage setups I use, but also discuss the important details in making and setting up a proper mink enclosure.

Posted : April 16, 2013 9:24 am
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Hello my name is Edward and I found an abandoned mink kitten it could not be more than a few days old I have been feeding it and stimulating it to go the toilet
I was wondering if you could give me some information on how to hand rear a mink.
Also from reading your posts I have found that you have not seen a tamed mink from a mink farm in Europe. Well I live in Ireland and have come across a mink kitten I know it was an American mink as there was a mink farm in the area about five years ago and I know that some escaped into the wild. I've obviously found one of their offspring.
I was wondering if you could give me some information on the hand rearing of very young mink and what should be done to tame them

Posted : June 29, 2014 4:47 pm
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You might get a faster reply from him on FB

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Posted : June 29, 2014 6:52 pm
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Hey, I'm not sure of what help I can offer as I haven't raised a mink yet, but I live in Ireland too & am getting my first mink kit next month (from a breeder though).

Here is a group mainly used by mink keepers in Europe, with mink from fur farms or sometimes caught from the wild (feral American mink, like yours) ... 7/?fref=ts
They mostly speak French, but a lot of them speak English too & might be able to help you also.

This group is all about raising mink & is in English & is a little more global. I think it will help you the most as it's focus is mink health, training, behaviour, diet etc. It was created by Joseph also I think? I'm not sure, but he's pretty active on it anyway. ... 8/?fref=ts

Posted : July 2, 2014 1:42 pm
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do you have any pics of minks with there eyes closed so I can figure out how old my baby is

your info is awesome!

Posted : May 15, 2015 12:01 am
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I'd love to have a mink. I think they're probably not legal here in Texas though considering all the laws they have on other fur-bearing animals like foxes, coyotes, and raccoons, though. :/

Exotic Wishlist: high content wolfdog or wolf,low to mid content wolfdog, Coyote, Coydog, Black-backed Jackal, New Guinea Singing Dog, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Mink, Raccoon, Coati,and Kinkajou.

Domestic Wishlist: dogs, cats, ferrets, donkey, mule

Posted : June 7, 2016 7:41 pm
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