That is great! I am glad that they all liked the mince. Keep it up! Start gradually increasing the amount and size of the meat chunks and decreasing the amount of soup in the mix. They will be full raw before you know it! They really are making fantastic progress. I expected them to be on the full soupie stage for a bit longer to be honest since some of them were being so reluctant. I have found that while you are in the soupie+mince and mince stages are the easiest times to try new proteins by the way. It's easy to mix new meats into the chopped up, soup-gravy-covered mix. Then the old protein (chicken) disguises the new and tricks them. Sometimes. Feel free to try out different meats as the mince portion of the mix!
Probiotics wouldn't be a bad idea for all of them to be honest. They are something you can feed regularly with no harm done and plenty of potential benefits. But right now while their systems are adjusting to the new diet it could certainly help their GI tracts along. As long as Chico keeps eating, playing, pooping, and isn't losing weight I am not overly concerned just yet. But as always it's good to keep an eye on IBD babies.
Haha Careful with meat in the blender! Can you get poultry shears, a strong hammer, or something along those lines to break up the bones? Were there bone pieces still in the ribs? I yes, then what did they think of that? I would keep the menu the same as far as texture goes for a day or two to let them get used to chewing their food, let them get a little more comfortable with the stage it is at now, and then keep them moving up! They are doing great, as are you.
The bone-pieces were slices of rib, and they're gone, so I assume someone either ate them, or I'll find them stashed somewhere soon. I do have poultry shears and a meat-hammer, I just spassed and didn't think of using either. Most of them are very glad to chew today, so things are going well. Weights 16-12-2012 Calvin 1,574 kg Ego 1,503 kg Sikka 1,082 kg Uno 2,010 kg ! The weight doesn't go any higher. It flickered between 2,010 and HHHH. Futte 1,620 kg Chico 1,602 kg, really putting on the weight on this diet. Ozzy 1,320 kg Konrad 1,128 kg
Yay! Great news. That is fantastic if they are already eating bones! That means you are more than halfway there. The better stools could be from the bone as it helps firm things up. If you can watch and see who is eating bone slivers and who is not.
Right, not so much with the bones, sadly. I found some, not all, of the bone-bits stashed.
Today they are on mince and bit-sized bits of heart and liver, mostly cause the blender died and I had to dice by hand. They've been eating the bit-sized bits of meat for a few days, stashing them for a few hours then returning to munch on them.
Stools are normal.
Ozzy's testes have made their appearance, so that's three little stink-temper-bombs I'm currently living with. The only one who needs a bit of a time-out, occasionally, is Uno. Sikka, my implanted Jill, has started beating up on my poor unaltered boys. Not sure why, but I keep checking on her to make sure her implant is still going strong.
Today and and the day after tomorrow are pork days, yesterday was beef and chicken, we have a fish and chicken day tomorrow(not sure what they are called in english, pangasius) . Yesterday - beef/chicken Today - pork Tomorrow - pangasius/chicken friday - pork/chicken
Not quite diverse enough, but money is a bit tight this december. I have found a place that sells 'barf diets' that are boxes of mixed frozen meats that I think I'll buy newt month.
Hey that's a pretty good start to variety, esp if they will eat it all at this stage in the switch. I would try hand feeding them some bone slivers, particularly the marrow, so they can see that it's food.
Hey, sorry about that. Christmas time is so hurried around here I've hardly had time to think.
Weights 23-12-2012 Calvin 1,645 kg Ego 1,445 kg Sikka 1,185 kg Uno 2,143 kg ! Futte 1,695 kg Chico 1,665 kg Ozzy 1,386 kg Konrad 1,208 kg
I broke the old weight, so now I am using an old fashioned one where I have to move a small weight along an axis until it balances to get the weight. As you can imagine, that's not easy while you have a wiggly ferret on there.
I have gone back to mostly mince at this point, given that some of the fuzz decided to go on chunk-strike and would only eat the mince. It is a beef-chicken day. They did not like the fish I tried to feed them all that much.
Stools look good for everyone, except Konrad, my youngest, has been having some weird pale stools. Consistency is fine, they're just sort of greyish-off-white. It is very odd, but I think it is from the tuna-stick treats that I've been giving, that are almost the same color.
If the tuna treats are the same color that very well could be the cause. The little brats are known to go on strikes, going back a step isn't uncommon so don't stress too much. I am sure they are picking up on the stress of the holidays too. Keep working on it and try them again with the chunks when things settle back down a little.