Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 6, 2008 23:57:43 GMT -5
So tonight I minced up a chicken tenderlion and ground up a small handful of the kibble. Threw it all in a baggie and vollia my own shake no-bake breakfast for the babies. I gave them for the overnight what ever mush I had left. I will post tomorrow night how they did on the new mix.
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 8, 2008 0:29:14 GMT -5
I can them the new mix and I came home to an empty food bowl Of course I am not sure who eat it all but it is all good. Tonight made another batch,this time I upped the chicken ratio in a chopped inside of minced size.
Have a good night, I will keep you all posted.
PS I know that Giuli that you have limited computer access so I appreciate you checking up on my babies progress.
Last Edit: Oct 8, 2008 0:34:13 GMT -5 by lovethefluffies
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 8, 2008 23:42:45 GMT -5
I saw Farcus eatting with Jack did not see the girls eat but they are all chockful on energy. I am also noticing that Lolly is growning. Mind you she was 3 in may and under a 1lb has a neck. She was never over weight but looks longer and like I said she now has a neck. I also noticed that she is not as shy as she used to be. We are very happy with their progress.
I love empty food bowls. I wanted to ask how much at this point should I putting out for them and how often.
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 9, 2008 13:57:54 GMT -5
Put out as much as they will eat Ferrets have a very high metabolism and are good "self regulators" even if it seems like they are shoveling the food back, its okay. It is very rare for a ferret to simply "overeat" and become fat on a quality diet. You can feed 2x per day and leave the food out for them to munch on in between meals. You can feed several small meals throughout the day too. Whatever works best for you and your fur kids.
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 9, 2008 23:04:36 GMT -5
Came home to an empty food bowl again This morning I watched lolly eat I put food out in morning before I leave for work and than give them more at night. I was wondering what you suggest that I leave for them as snacks. Most times when I come home they only want to play no interest in food. I am so happy with there progress. Thank you Talk to you soon,
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 10, 2008 21:26:05 GMT -5
Check out my reply #10 in this thread. All those foods make good snacks. Are your ferrets caged during the day? If so, you can leave them in their cage with some raw food. Some good ways to keep the raw food from cliping the meat to the side of the cage (once you get to whole raw foods, like chicken wings). OR you can give them access to a feeding den inside the cage.
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 11, 2008 23:55:36 GMT -5
Thank you those are great ideas. I bought some of the freezed dried food today so I will put that out tonight and see how it goes. This morning I made the chicken chunks bigger but is was not as suggessful so I will go back to the smaller bits. I also have the insides from a whole chicken I was going to add that in to see what they do with it. I know I can chop up the liver and gizzard to small bits and I was debating if it was too soon for me to give jack the neck? What are your thoughts?
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 13, 2008 23:41:30 GMT -5
I have to admit that I was so grossed out but the liver that the neck came with that I tossed it out. I will buy a package of just necks for him when I go to the store next. That I can handle and I will try to work my way up to the liver. I did give him jsut a piece of raw chicken that he happier ate. I was happy to see that he was just taking it plain and happily eatting it. The others are making progress slow and steady, all good. They all like the freezed dried food that I was happy about since when I gave them the same kind but raw frozen they others would not touch it. Talk to you soon,
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 14, 2008 19:55:40 GMT -5
Yeah, liver is pretty nasty lol. They do need to eat it, but you can wait a little before you start feeding it.
For the others to get them onto raw frozen, start moistening their freeze-dried raw food (if you havent already). Its a great way to adjust them to a new texture and eventually wean them onto ground raw, and then whole raw. Give that a shot and let me know how that goes.
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 14, 2008 23:11:57 GMT -5
so this morning I learned not to hand feed Jack raw chicken. I know now that he is ready to rip at meat. Anyhow so I was giving them this week the freezed dried and the raw in separate bowls. I was thinking that after tonight I should just go back to the raw. They all seem to like the chicken chunks sprinkled with some ground kibble. I also at times mix in some fish oils for the omega 3 factor. The kibble that I use is the EVO for cats. How long should I be sticking to the chicken tenderloin? I havev seem them all eat the chunks. I wanted to know what else you suggest so that I can pick it up this weekend. I have read a few posts but I am still overwhelmed so thank you for helping me along. I was wondering if the mentor that I first talking to is ok. I got a message that she was moving at her job but I haven't heard anything in a while. All good I know that life happens, I just hope she is ok.
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 15, 2008 13:29:02 GMT -5
If you feel more comfortable offering just raw, then that is totally fine
How big are the chunks of chicken tenderloin? Once you get everyone eating chunks of chicken that are about the size of a thumb, then we will move on to getting them eat bone-in meat.
Some good foods to pick up for the next stage of the transition are:
Raw chicken necks (if you can find them) this will be to teach them how to eat bone, you will need to provide additional meat with these necks, since they arent big enough to "fill up" a ferret.
Raw chicken wings
Cornish game hen (these are usually $1.50-2.00 each----depending on where you shop----You cut these up into chunks using regular scissors (you can easily cut through the bone with saftey scissors, kitchen shears, or a knife).
That is what I'd recommend for the immediate future. Once we get them eating bone-in meat we will expand to some more "complex" raw meaty bones, organ meat, and other types of meat (like beef).
As for your mentor, Ann. I am not sure where she is at. I'm sure she is fine. I will be contacting some of my MIA mentors tonight to see what is up. I'm sure things just got crazy with the office switch. I hope to have her back to help asap. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Post by lovethefluffies on Oct 16, 2008 0:12:21 GMT -5
The chunks are 1cm in size. I tried bigger but it was too much so I went back down. i will look for the necks. If I can not find them I know I can get the wings so Iw as thinking that if the others are not up to that I can try giving it to Jack and see what he does with it. I know he can rip, my finger can tell you that story. I should have known not to hand feed him when I am still sleepy. Lolly is getting so long and lean. It is like she is going through a growth spurt. She was 3 in may.