We ran out of meat and we still haven't been able to get up to the butcher before they close. I have Monday off so I'm going to walk up there in the morning. Until then, I'm sending my fiance out to get meat tonight. Last night the ferrets had chicken wings and Twitch had another rat wean. She loves them! I'm expecting a gerbil litter in about a month, so hopefully I will have those to try.
We went to the butcher today. They are expensive! I asked about rabbits since I don't want to breed my own just yet and he says he can special order them in for 12.99/lb and there is a 3 rabbit minimum per order. So yikes! No rabbit for our kids until I can breed my own. We did however, splurge and we got them something nice. Duck breast. Expensive, but we figured we'd give them something different. The only other things the butcher sold was beef, pork, chicken, and sausage. He did have cornish game hen but it was seasoned. I think I can get cornish game hen from the store cheaper and without seasoning.
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 20, 2008 19:22:10 GMT -5
If you'd be okay with ordering online Prey4Pets and Hare Today, Gone Tommorow have more affordable meats. Is there anyway to see if your butcher has scraps of meat that they are just going to throw out? You could see if you can get those scraps for cheap (or maybe even for free!)
I'll ask next time I go. I can go to the store and get pre-cut meat and meat on bones for cheaper than buying at the butcher. They tried fish last night, but it was only a little bit. (The cats went bonkers over it).
I'm going to write up a weekly menu tomorrow (hopefully) and post it up.
Ok, so the kids (ferrets and cats) LOVE chicken legs. Tyran will actually try and stick the entire thick end in her mouth and crunch down on the bone. She's getting really good at it. I left a chicken leg for them (I also had to put down kibble since I am out of wet food and Miki isn't eating raw as much as the other two) but anyway. I left the chicken leg for Ramman and Tyran and when I went to get what was left in the morning, there was nothing but a small sliver of bone. The rest had been devoured. The ferrets do likewise with their chicken legs. So those were a complete success.
Tonight they are getting a bit of pork and tomorrow I'm making soupy. Can the cat's have soupy? Also, I know that a good sized meal for the ferrets is 2-3 oz, right? So how much should the cats be getting, each?
Ok, thanks. I'll be away from the computer until I can get my internet back (I biked to the library to use the computer. )
We have tried pork, and they loved it. So far we have successfully fed them boneless chicken, chicken legs, chicken wings, boneless beef, boneless fish, boneless pork, turkey necks, and soupy. Tonight they will be trying the duck breast. I'll try and work on a menu for the cats and ferrets tonight and try and come up to the library tomorrow as I have the day off and I'll post the menu if I get one done.
Since we've been having some money issues over the past week or two we haven't been able to get out and buy meat for any of the kids. So I was forced to use up the last of the kibble. Which is good because it didn't go to waste and they finished it last night which is when I got my paycheck so I went out and got chicken legs, pork, beef, and some gizzards/hearts. I'm also expecting 2 litters of rats sometime soon so I will have tons of whole prey.
Twitch took another mouse last night. She didn't even give me a chance to put it down. She snatched it out of my hand, killed it, then took it to a corner to eat. Greedy little bugger head. She was so happy.
I've noticed Twitch is really thin. This was an issue when I first started the raw/whole prey diet. She weighed 1lb 6oz I think, or somewhere near there. She's down to 1lb 4oz. Will feeding her more whole prey, more fatty meats help with her weight? I would like to see her gain a few ounces since she looks so thin. The other two look great, but she's definitely on the thin side. I'm thinking of feeding her seperately so that I can make sure she's getting a good portion of food.
Do ferret's gain weight overnight. I went to pick up Twitch and she's gaining weight! She is a lot pudgier than she was. Makes me happy. Everyone ate meat last night. Miki, my cat, is hesitant to eat meat. She ate a few bites but that's all.
Surprisingly my dog would not leave me alone when I had the meat. He was actually snatching it out of my hand before I could even offer it to the cats. Of course he's an eating machine and needs some training but it got me all excited because I ended up fixing him his own bowl of raw meat and I looked away to give one of the cat's a piece of meat, looked back to the dog, and the bowl was empty! So now the ferrets, cats, and dog are all on raw.
Do you have any information on switching the dog to raw?
Post by Forum Administrator on Nov 9, 2008 23:39:29 GMT -5
Check out the Dogster Raw Feeding Forum (google it). Its the BEST forum out there for getting your doggy onto raw. I am adopting a dog soon, and I plan to spend some time over there, so if you join, you might see me.
Post by Forum Administrator on Nov 23, 2008 0:25:38 GMT -5
How is the switch going? What is everyone eating? Is everyone eating meat/bone/organ? Have you set up a weekly "feeding schedule" yet? If so, could you post it so that I can review it and "tweak" it as needed? Just wanting to check in and see how everything is going. Congrats on the new addition, BTW