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Fur Farming-Marten

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Fur Farming-Marten


Fur Farming-Marten-I would like to know what kind of an enclosure I would have to have to raise marten in, as I expect to give it a trial. Would an acre of ground fenced in on a small stream, say in Northern Idaho, in the mountains, be any good, and would a fence of woven wire, 1-inch mesh, with boards at bottom, on foot in the ground, and 4 feet of wire netting, and then a 2-foot strip of tin on the posts above the wire , making the fence about 6 feet high altogether, keep them in? Will they breed in such a pen? Of course, I would have to select a place where my fence would not snow under during winter, and among the trees.

Marten farming is in its infancy. Many of them have been kept as pets, however. A mere fence would not hold them. You would have to cover the enclosure with netting, too, in all probability. They are very strong, and would almost certainly swing up over tin on rough soldering. The better way to set the tin, I think, would be horizontal, instead of perpendicular. A marten can jump high and far. An acre would be ample-liberal in fact. I think it would be better to have several small pens, to start with, all enclosed, including top. One great difficulty with the weasel tribe is their tendency toward cannibalism. The males eat the young, and the males should not be allowed together in the running season-they fight to the death. Pair them off. If you could have the large enclosure for the animals to run in, the young and females part the time, the males part the time, your prospects of success would be greater. Your idea is a good one. Martens are very similar to mink in their habits and characteristics, and by applying mink farm methods to the marten farm, always being watchful over the climbing propensities of the marten, you should have no trouble. Idaho is a good country for it.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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