CGH=cornish game hen. Basically, a very small chicken. They sell them at the grocery store usually, though I find they are easier to get in the winter around here. For pork I mostly buy these packages of "soup bones" that the store sells here for .99 a lb. Basically it's just scraps they can't do anything else with as they're too small. When I can't get those I buy pork tails or necks and cleaver the pieces down a bit if I have to. Failing any of that they have pig's feet or ribs. Pork belly is great for a fat supplement. Just make sure any meat you buy does not have any solution added.
That sounds like a good plan, upping it weekly. I trim nails about every three weeks here for our crew. Wish they would wear them down naturally.
(dance) I cut up the Bravo Basic Ostrich into patties that I got for Sanuk. I mixed half Ostrich & half Duck (Bravo Basics)& added small chunks of chicken neck & bone with a 1/2 tablespoon of S&C FD duck. It was a HIT, he ate it with no force feeding at all!! I'm a happy mommy.
Well, I personally wouldn't know if it is delicious, but Sanuk does! I like that I can get so many different proteins in the commercial grinds & he hopefully won't get bored. Gotta keep him on his toes. I'm going to add more chunks of chicken neck & bone this week to his meals. Hopefully that will continue to go well.
I've had ostrich steaks years ago... it's considered a red meat believe it or not. So tasty!
Also you'll notice that even though he's not fulling eating bones yet, his teeth will stay reasonably clean. I have two ferrets that don't eat bones and have been on soup since September or so, and there must be enough bone pieces in the soup because every time I pry open their mouths for a look, their teeth are great. Not as sparkling white as the boys who chew on bone all the time, but not yellow/brown and cruddy looking either. Don't stress if it takes a couple months to get him fully there, he'll be ok if his teeth weren't all rotten before hand, which given his age was doubtful. Kibble does so much damage to teeth, he's already a world beyond where he was before starting to switch.
It sounds like he is not going to be a hard switch overall though, he might balk at some organs or proteins but I think he'll move along nicely. Keep upping the size of the bone pieces as you go and feel he's comfortable eating them. In order for him to start off on some of the larger pieces, you may need to steak or tie it to the cage for him to tug at to get used to.
I have heard that from other people as well about the Ostrich.
I brush his teeth a few times a week, just to keep up on it. I agree they look pretty good, but I do want to get away from having to brush all the time. He has one lower canine that is discolored since we got him at 3 1/2 months old.
Thank you for the advise & I will keep plugging along, I'm sure there will be good & bad days.
Nope, he doesn't do any of that at all. He is SO laid back & mellow. He is free roam when we are home, the only time he is in his cage is when we are at work or running errands. We even find him sleeping in his cage sometimes when he is out. He doesn't mind his cage at all. I thot it was weird too with his tooth, just keeping an eye on it. You really can't see it much anymore since I have been brushing.
Interesting. Hopefully it's just an oddity then and not a dead tooth or anything like that. Once he starts bone munching full time you shouldn't need to brush for him anymore, though you might have to help him dislodge a bone once in a while if it gets stuck in his teeth and he can't get it out himself.
I'm a proud Mommy tonight, even though I had to spoon feed(he is like that sometimes), he ate ALL his supper, including the bones from the chicken neck(no spitting them out). He had Rad Cat Lamb for supper with chicken neck & bones.
Was wondering, how often do you want me to post? Do you want me to post just once a week with what he has eaten & weight?
Ideally post every 2-3 days at least just so I know if he's balking at anything and if you're upping the size of chunks etc. Sometimes they'll be little snots like that and make you spoon feed them for a while for the attention.
Sounds good, I will do that. Sanuk did good with supper again tonight. I saw & heard bone crunching. (dance) I would giggle when reading other people post about how happy they were when their furbabies started crunching on bone & I now can totally relate. Funny how the smallest things make us so happy! Did have to do some spoon feeding, but overall he did fabulous.
He looks so very large reminds me so much of Sigma. And my boy Zar'thun I think is half moose, he's going into overdrive lately and getting bigger. He's very solid and heavy. He has like, super genetics. I wouldn't be surprised if he took first place at the show this year. He still allows Murder to be the alpha though, he's so chill. He could easily beat him if he cared to.