Post by goingpostal on Sept 30, 2013 14:02:51 GMT -5
If you take out some of the neck meals and replace with cuts like thigh or legs I wouldn't worry so much about adding the heart, basically just keep an eye on bone content you are giving them for the week and adjust from there, if they are getting a lot of necks this week add hearts, if not don't worry about it. And doing only those two for bone is fine, your mice will count too, big thing is just variety in cuts. Are they still getting extra egg for hairballs? You can brush them a bit too, sometimes that helps.
Sorry I haven't been on. Had a busy weekend with my rats. The girls are going quite well. Yesterday afternoon when I cuddled Clover, I pulled her away and was COVERED in fur. It is everywhere at the moment! They didn't have egg all weekend and surprisingly there has been no hair balls. But I think they might get some with dinner tonight. Their stools have been excellent and have been eating HEAPS more of some foods. They've suddenly taken to the chicken necks like it's their favourite food. Hoovering down 60+grams before we're even halfway through the day! When I get back home Ill fill out the questions again.
Clover 872g Eating about 60-65g on average per meal. The biggest meal being their liver and kidney which they ate 129g of! Stools have been consistent with items of food eaten. No runny/green stools. Has been more and more energetic, running around and dooking much more. Menu: Mon-chicken necks, liver+kidney Tues-turkey neck, chicken carcass ( they're a bit slow taking to the turkey neck, not a big fan) Wed- chicken necks, beef chunks Thurs-chicken feet, beef heart Fri-turkey necks( was meant to be chicken but I pulled the wrong one from the freezer Dx) and chicken carcass Sat- turkey necks, chicken necks Sun-chicken necks, beef chunks.
This weeks menu went a bit scewy as a couple of things got mixed up, was a hectic week :/ hopefully we can get it right this week haha
Zoey 747g Eating 60-65g between them. Her stools have been great. No sign of green or runny ones Her energy is through the roof again and is dooking at us more and running around the room for more than an hour at a time. Her menu was the same
Post by goingpostal on Oct 10, 2013 21:19:10 GMT -5
Ok so seems like maybe the digestive problems were just them adjusting which is good. I would try if you can to find one more protein or prey item to feed at least once a week for the variety. If they are still shedding like mad keep up with the eggs. Not surprising they are eating you out of house and home, newly switched tend to eat like that. Mine are prepping for winter and eating a ton right now too.
Yeah, it's weird that we are coming up to summer and Clover is just putting weight on and on. Their previous owner said that their eating patterns were backwards. Of course they have to be special haha The shedding has seemed to calm down now. So I'll keep an ear and eye out to see if they get anymore hair balls but they haven't had any for days.
Post by goingpostal on Oct 12, 2013 13:01:49 GMT -5
Seems like a fair amount of ferrets are totally screwy on seasons. Pork would be good too, 3 is the min recommended for variety but more is always better. My crew seems to like pork although I don't feed it much to them.
Haha yeah. At least they have their coats around the right way, so that's less of a worry even if they are fatter for the summer. We have had a bit of an issue Clover is off to the vets tomorrow or Tuesday to get a little solid mass on her neck checked out. We think it is a cyst, but are getting it checked to be safe and maybe removed. I'll introduce pork to the girls next time I grab some for em
We got her checked and it's getting removed next Tuesday. Our vet said that she can't tell what it is without getting it biopsied. So instead of making her sit still while try shove a needle in her neck I'm getting it cut out. :/ hope all will be ok