Yay! That is good. Does the grinder totally grind the bone? I have never used one but I assume so? Yes, do try and feed them small chunks of bone, You want to smash the bone with a hammer to expose the marrow and tempt them a bit more.
How big are your chicken chunks? I suggest starting to add in new proteins, and to slowly being increasing the size of the chunks.
I've been getting bigger with the chunks. They're probably about.. the size of... hm. I don't know Maybe like 2inchs squared?
The grinder I have its an attachment for our kitchen-aid mixer, I've never really used it much, but my brother suggested it. It basically took the whole thigh and turned it into grounded meat. So it was pretty squishy. They ate it all last night, and I gave them some more this morning. So when I feed them tonight I'll just mash up the bone, so its larger chunks =] I also bought some turkey, so maybe when I feed them tonight I should mix in some chunks of turkey with the chicken?
Yes, go ahead and mix some small bits of turkey in with the chicken. Try chunks and see if they like that. If not you can grind it in your Kitchenaid *jealous* and mix it with the chicken so the chicken is kind of coated with it. Go ahead and try crushed bones and let me know how it goes. I haven't had a chance to get to the Post Office when they are actually open, but I will let you know as soon as I do.
I gave them chunks of Turkey about the same size as the chicken chunks, at first they didn't seem to interested in them, and picked the chicken all out of it. But eventually they actually started licking at it and got into it! So they ate most of it
No I haven't. What would you suggest for organ meat? For breakfast they had chicken thigh mixed with some turkey breast Last night they just picked the turkey out. But hopefully they'll decide to try it. If they don't I'll just have to make smaller pieces.
You want the diet to be 10% organ and that 10% should be half liver. You want to try to find liver from different sources if you can. Chicken liver is easiest and then sometimes you can find beef and pork liver. Also look around for other organs like kidney and spleen. See if you can find hearts and gizzards too. Neither are organs but the heart is important for taurine.
Sorry had a hard time finding grocery shopping time. I bought some chicken livers, hearts and gizzards. I saw that they also sell beef liver and kidney o.o I wasnt sure if i needed to buy those though. I gave them chicken wings for dinner tonight, but i will try them on the liver and stuff in the morning... should i just give it to them? or should i mix it with something? I'm not very sure of what im doing
lol That is why I am here! The beef liver - and kidney especially - will be needed later. Go ahead and try to give them a few slivers of the new meats and see how they react. If they aren't sure, try mixing it in with the wing meat. OR even making a soup if they don't go for that either. Hearts are a big favorite over here, I bet your boys will take to them fast. try little pieces to taste, then bigger bits. The gizzards are hard to chop as they are tough but you can always mix them with other things if you have too much trouble. Let me know how it goes!
I mixed in a bit of heart with the wings today, and they seemed... okay with it. The ate almost all of it. I also thought I should tell you this... I may be bringing home another fuzzy I found a little girl, she's super sweet. The moment I picked her up she started licking me all over my face. She's perfect. So, I'll probably be bringing her home on Monday or Tuesday So excited. She's still a baby, you think she'll be easy to get into the switch with the boys? She's on kibble right now. Yeah! So I'll give the boys liver tonight, mix it in with the chicken wing, and see how well that goes!
I mixed in a bit of heart with the wings today, and they seemed... okay with it. The ate almost all of it.
Good boys! Keep it up they will learn to love it.
I also thought I should tell you this... I may be bringing home another fuzzy I found a little girl, she's super sweet. The moment I picked her up she started licking me all over my face. She's perfect. So, I'll probably be bringing her home on Monday or Tuesday So excited. She's still a baby, you think she'll be easy to get into the switch with the boys? She's on kibble right now.
Awww Baby ferrets! Congrats! And how old is she? She should be much easier to switch. I would not even bother offering her kibble. Just give her what the boys are eating and she should take to it pretty easily. Koda and Kenai both switched Cold-turkey. Kenai was a little stubborn though and had to have soup for a day before chunks, and chunks for a day before bones. He basically did the whole "switching" process in 2 days. Koda went immediately to whole raw meaty bones and loved it. Kits are easy peasy!
Yeah! So I'll give the boys liver tonight, mix it in with the chicken wing, and see how well that goes!