To help mitigate Wilma's bum issues I am going to try replacing the fresh chicken liver in their diet with freeze dried (beef or duck, I can't get chicken here for some reason). So if I regularly feed them 1 oz of raw chicken liver what would the equivalent weight be for freeze dried? Does anyone know?
Last Edit: Nov 7, 2012 21:15:35 GMT -5 by bitbyter
What I do for liver and organ meals is just feed them an entire meal of organ. So if a normal meal is 2 oz, that's how much they get. If they eat 4 oz in a meal, that's how much they get. 1 meal out of 14 meals represents about 7% of the entire diet.
Yes, that is what I am asking. If I regularly feed 1 oz of liver how much freeze dried do I give since it is so light (having all the moisture removed)? I am think of grinding up the freeze dried and just sprinkling it on their regular meals. Wilma has no issues with heart, the raw fresh liver is just so soft and full of moisture that it aggravates her partial prolapse.
BTW: I think that's the first time I've been mistaken for a woman
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2012 15:11:40 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Thanks to mustelidmusk's post above I have created a new Ferret delicacy that I am sure will be a hit: Ferret Shake & No Bake!!
This is a small chicken wing and 1 quail chopped up and dusted with freeze dried duck liver. Approximately 0.3 oz which is the equivalent of 1 oz fresh with the product I am using (7% moisture). I ground up the duck liver in my mortar and pestle. I think this will work well for Wilma. She will get part of her organ requirement for the week without aggravating her rear end (which has been doing great recently).
Last Edit: Nov 11, 2012 21:23:45 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Well they ate most of it last night so I think between the liver shake & no bake, chicken hearts and the organs they eat from whole prey they should be ok. If I get blood workups done at the vets can they detect nutritionally deficiencies in their diet?
Well the Ferret Shake & No Bake is definitely a hit. This is the second time I've fed them liver this week using this method and it hasn't aggravated Wilma's bum at all. The coating of freeze dried liver doesn't seem to make them hesitate in any way when it's meal time.
The only downside I can see is the price of freeze dried liver vs. the fresh but if it is going to make things easier on Wilma I can accept that. Availability isn't a problem as freeze dried duck and beef liver are popular dog treats.