Hello, I am new to these forums and I was directed here from another forum to seek your advice. I have 2 fuzzies and there kibble food supply is running low and I was thinking of switching to a completely raw diet. This is mainly because I have heard it cuts down on ferret odor, cage odor, and liter box odor dramatically. I also heard that cost wise I would be saving money? I currently feed them a mix of Evo, totally ferret active, and zupreem. The diet I was hoping for would be easiest and least messy route as far as raw diet goes. If you can I was wondering if anyone can post their daily/weekly feeding schedules and what they feed so that I could get a good routine to start with. Thank you for your time
This is my rough schedule (certain things change as I go, though):
About four days bone-in/organ-in ground (duck, turkey, pheasant, goose) 2 days 1 big bowl of hearts (duck or turkey) in the morning; some kind of RMB (cornish game hen pieces, duck/chicken neck, f/t quail) at night 1 day boneless meat (usually duck or turkey) in morning, with a bone meal at night (usually ground).
Because my ground has organs in it, I don't really supplement a whole organ meal, since that would be too much, although I will be adding in a bit extra organ into a meal here and there.
I use Hare-Today exclusively, so my bill is about $100/month on average, and sometimes I splurge and push it to $200 or a bit over. A lot of people have coops and ethnic markets that have good product and a wide variety, but I didn't and the food at my grocery seemed to upset their stomachs and I didn't see *all* of the benefits (because I couldn't get the quality or the variety locally) there until I switched over to online shopping. That's just been my experience, though.
I also add in quail/chicken feet as "snacks" as well as fish (tilapia and salmon, mostly) occasionally, and raw egg/shell, too. Those just kinda find their way in, in no set pattern, though.
Hope this helps!
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2010 0:34:08 GMT -5 by sunnyberra
Post by sherrylynne on Nov 20, 2010 12:20:35 GMT -5
Please, yes, read through the mentoring threads, and that will give you an idea of how you want to try switching your ferrets. I've found cost wise, it is less expensive than the higher quality brands of kibbles. Once you've decided on HOW you'd like to start your switch, you can either apply for a mentor, and/or post a thread in the newbie section to get started
I buy in bulk because not only am I feeding my 9 ferrets, but my 3 dogs too... I spend for all 12 animals about $100 or so a month... 40 lb case of chicken backs is about $15 @ 2 a month 30 lb case of turkey necks is about $25 @ 1 a month 30 lb case of chicken/turkey gizzards $34 @ 1 a month 5 lb bag of pork heart is $4.50 1 a month 5 lb bag of pork ribs is $7.00 1 a month so all that's about $85 and then add the other $15-20 for gas to get to the slaughter house in Seville and get beef heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidney and other RMB's for free. When the boys go out fishing they use a cast net to catch their live bait...when the day is over they bring any bait they have left home for the ferrets...this includes minnows, mullet, and shiners. When they catch bigger fish that don't get tossed back in the water fast enough or if it just didn't survive the fight they bring them home for the dogs... I also get quail eggs and baby bunnies from my mil who breeds both critters, for free or for my labor when she's needing help with her business.