Ok, tried D and D didn't take too well to the new duck soup. Once I put it on their lips they licked it off but weren't interested in taking it themselves. Will try again tomorrow! Can I mix in some of their current kibble?
Last night was great! They ended up having duck soup with no kibble. They had a portion with kibble and then wanted more and had no kibble on it! I'll try no kibble again tonight. They also ate bits of chicken skin that hadn't blended properly with no problem.
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 20, 2008 3:18:49 GMT -5
Excellent! This is wonderful news. Well if they ate the bits of chicken skin that werent blended with no issues, then I think it might be okay to go ahead and slowly start adding some small chunks of raw chicken to the soup. Start out with chunks about this big: [--]. and then gradually increase the size. If they won't touch the soup with a few chunks it it, then go back to the chunkless soup for a while. Slow and steady
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 20, 2008 15:24:31 GMT -5
Give them as much soupy as they will eat in one sitting. As for when you start feeding mice, the amount you feed will depend on the age, weight, gender, and activity level of your ferret (plus what time of year it is....summer means less food, winter means more food). For my 3.5 pound, semi-active, adult, male ferrets they usually eat about 3-5 adult mice per day (or they split one large rat or one medium guinea pig).
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 21, 2008 23:05:54 GMT -5
I would advise starting them onto whatever food you want them to be eating, straight away (raw, whole prey, whatever you like). I would advise starting them on pinky mice, but quickly working them up to adult mice. No need to give calcium tablets, just provide plenty of OLDER whole prey (adult animals, with a few babies here and there) and with raw food, provide plenty of raw meaty bones: chicken wings, chicken legs, chicken thighs, etc.
Let me know if you wind up getting them are not. The plus is that they will switch so fast it will be like a joke. On the downside, they WILL eat like little garbage disposals. You'll probably have a hard time feeding them JUST whole prey (they will be eating ALOT) so if you wind up getting them well work with you to develop and appropriate raw/whole prey feeding schedule so that they get all the nutrients they need to grow big and strong.
I should be seeing them tonight so hopefully will know then.
With chicken wings/thighs etc, I don't need to strip the meat from the bones, do I?
Also, how long can the duck soup be in the fridge for? I don't want to freeze it all...I guess a couple of days? I'm getting some meat tomorrow so I can make more duck soup and will also be able to add the chunks of chicken for my current boys. I haven't had a chance to add the chunks yet but they are happy with the soup!
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 23, 2008 5:10:46 GMT -5
No, no need to strip the meat off the thighs and wings, just cut some gashes into the meat so they can learn how to grab on. Once they get the hang of it, you wont need to keep cutting gashes into the meat, btw.
I am happy to hear that everyone is happy on the soup.