He should be fine missing a few meals and/or having a few lighter meals. It is actually good for them on occasion. Check out the Bob Church thread in the General Discussion Forum a few pages back. Unless he starts to loose weight and/or energy then I would not be too concerned. The hunger will just motivate him a little more. Of course if he stops eating entirely for a few days we may have to back track, but don't stress too much! Also, keep in mind that on a raw diet they will tend to become muh more lean. They will loose fat weight, and put on nice lean, sleek muscle as their bodies get more utilizable protein, so a little weight loss during the beginning of raw dieting is normal.
Haha okay So! Today in a brave attempt to get them to eat more chicken. I mixed some ground-up chicken (I have attachments for our kitchen-aid mixer to shred, grind and make sausages and stuff) with some baby food and a little pumpkin- NO KIBBLE With a little bit of ferretone, and they are eating it right now Both of them! YAY!!! So hopefully they'll eat all of that. Haha
Yaaaay! If they will eat that, then I would try giving them any other soups they have been eating without kibble, and remove the kibble from their diet entirely at this point! If you are worried they won't eat enough w/out kibble, let me know. I think they will be ok though as long as they are eating the soupies.
So! Hey! Yeah! I gave them some diced up chicken, just straight boneless chicken breast, and they ate the whole bowl So I gave them a little more, see how much they want to eat. So this must be pretty good
Better than pretty good! They are doing great! Since they will eat teh diced chicken, keep feeding them that instead of the soupies. Try and mix in some small chunks of other meats as well. I find it is easier to introduce new meats when they are in the chunk phase than whole pieces, just because it is easier to mix the chunks together and introduce "Strange" meats gradually. I bet that they would like turkey well enough, it is similar to chicken. Try some beef and pork too. They might balk at those at first just because they have a pretty strong flavor. You can always make say, a beef soup to pour over the chicken chunks, if they balk at beef, then when they eat that add beef chunks. Just like with the chicken and kibble. Now that they are eating chunks, see if you can find some heart and lover as well. Also, do you have a way to cut bones? We will want to start adding in bones very soon! Try and make the chunks a little bigger each time as well. They need to build up their jaw strength.
Congrats by the way! Your guys just made a HUGE step in the right direction!
Thanks! I'll have to take a trip down to the grocery story later today. I know I can buy packages of chicken liver and hearts Is there a particular like.. cut of beef I should buy? I'll grab some turkey for sure. A way to cut bones? I have no idea... What would be the best way? I decided last night to see how they'd do with a bigger chunk of chicken. It was pretty funny, they started by just licking at it, then martin grabbed the corner in his mouth and started knawing at it, then Calvin picked it up and flung it across the cage! They didn't eat it all, but they did pretty good, I was surprised.
Haha good boys! PM me your mailing address and I'll send you a present to help with the bones. In the meanwhile though, do you have a small hammer, and perhaps a sturdy butcher knife and/or poultry shears?
Uhmm Yeah I'm sure I have something around here If not I'll raid my boyfriends place and find something.
haha ok well let me know! I will let you know as soon as I send you your present, I have found that the shipping has been fast but this is the first one I've shipped to Canada so we'll see. In the meanwhile, perhaps a small hammer and a butcher knife would work? Try just smashing a chicken wing to bits with the hammer, then using the knife to cut the pieces smaller and divide the pulpy mass into small chunks.
Let me know how it goes! start out with making the bone pieces as Small as you possibly can and cutting the pieces into a size about the same chunks of what they are eating now. They might resist the first few times but keep trying and if they are too stubborn you could try soupies over the chunks again.
heyy! Sorry I got busy with work, and then I got sick. Go figure. Anyways. I was kind of bad and kept them on what they were. BUT Tonight I tried to give them some bone. And I wasnt too sure how to get them to try it. So my brother and I put a chicken thigh through the meat grinder. So they ate some of that... I don't think they're too sure about it. So I don't know, maybe I shoudl try giving them actual chunks of bone? Since thats how they're used to the chicken normally? They're doing great. For the past two days they've been eating a combined amount of 6-8 oz of chicken a day. So, yeah I think that's good?