Okay soo today is chicken quarters. They are large but today they got a small part with some crushed bone. I'm also chopping up a drumstick in case they finish that off. Trixie is munching on it, but Pixie just stashed a piece
Right now I have chicken liver and pork heart. I can add more bone in easily. Thanks for finding that out for me
No problem! That is what I am here for! See if you can find another liver source at least. I know chicken heart is hard to get in some places, but the taurine supplement will help as will the whole prey. Also, let me know when you can get a hold of some mice pinkies.
Pixie is losing some weight she is looking awfully skinny. So I've been taking her aside and feeding her turkey/lamb soupie once a day. I give Trixie the left overs. I think it's filling her up so much because she hasn't been eating the chunks like she normally does. I have a package of pork fat that I'll try to feed instead of soupies.
Today is heart/liver day. They ate some chicken wing yesterday. I tried bigger pieces, but they were mostly untouched. Darn ferrets!!!
The cage was actually a fiesty ferret cage. The picture was really deceiving. And the people kept calling it a ferret nation. I was like.... Yeah okay.
Hmmm Keep hand feeding her. If you can find uncured bacon that stuff is great! Also, providing a lard lick might do some good. I didn't have much luck getting Koda or Kenai to like it, but I didn't put a ton of effort into it either. I did find that mixing a teaspoon or two of lard into their meat chunks (along with some pumpkin), and then mixing some strips of uncured bacon into the meat on other days, helped Koda to gain a little weight.
A picture would be helpful. And yes Heavy Whipping cream is ok, I just personally prefer to keep it's use at a minimum because ferrets are lactose intolerant. You can look for lard at the grocery store. I found mine by the baking section near the oils and crisco. It is just animal fat essentially with some preservatives (so it is best not to give consistently long term). I got snowcap morello lard, and I have heard of others using it as well so you should be able to find it. Check the butcher or meat department also for fresh lard sans preservatives because if you can get that that is even better! Also duck is very high in fat, as are certain pork cuts. Another name for uncured bacon I think is just Pork Side. You can see the fat. Lol Pork Skin might be worth a shot too as they have fat under the skin. Not all ferrets like pork skin though because it is very tough. I haven't seen any in a while so I have yet to try wih my boys but it could make a potentially great chew toy for Koda la Teeths.
So the Asian market didn't go as well as I hoped. They had pig hearts, so I got 2 lbs of those. But everything else wasn't labeled, and was pretty expensive (2.5$ per lb). So we just went to save a lot and I got some more pork, some stewing beef chunks, and some turkey wings. Got close to 10 lbs for only $17. So now they have pork, chicken, beef, and turkey. The hen there had %15 solution injected in it, so that was out. I'll check out the regular super market for some hen next time.
Hmm well pooper on expensive, unlabeled meats, and pooper on the hen! At least you got the pork hearts though! That is really good! The only hearts I can ever find here are beef and chicken. On a RARE occasion I can find some random pork organs at the asian market, so who knows maybe one will show up someday... I think I shall check tonight! ;D What about gizzards? You can get those right? They are great muscle meats, and really good for cleaning teeth. Another meat you might want to watch for is Bison. I know my grocery store almost always has ground bison, and like once a month has bison chunks. It would be good to swap out the Bison for the beef a few days here and there for a little variety. The meats are very similar, but obviously different animals so adding in Bison on occasion will just up the variety a bit. Also, something you might want to check out that I just thought of is dried lung. I was given some as a gift and it is a HUGE favorite of my boys. It is chewy so it gives Koda a lot of satisfaction. He thinks he is finally getting to eat some rubber! ;D They have lamb lung and bison lung. I think a google for dried lung should bring it up. They make great foraging cup fillers, and treats,
Keep me posted on Pixie, and let me know if you have any luck finding the lard! Drizzling some fish oil over the meats might help entice her to eat it. Or she could just lick it off. I have seen both scenarios happen.
I have often wonder the same thing about Koda. He looks JUST like Pixie. I read Heather's reply to your thread and I think she must be right. I don't know about Pixie, but Koda has always been much more on the leaner side. He has been bigger than he is now, but I read that they just like people - get baby weight, then lose it again as they grow. So it is possible that if she was significantly bigger before she was baby weight, then winter weight, and is now dropping into her adult summer weight. Ferrets are known to drop a LOT of weight come spring time...
So today they got mushy heart/liver/turkey. They finished a bunch of soup in the AM and got some chicken wing chunks this afternoon. They've been snacking on that. I'm not so worried about Pixie anymore
Just weighed her - she is about 1 lb 14 oz. Trixie is about the same. I think I was just being a worry wart
So tomorrow I'm going to try turkey chunks. I'm hoping they take to it well *fingers crosses*