I'm terrible for estimating sizes and what will fit in the freezer. I always ordered loads for our dog and often I would run out of room in his chest freezer and it would end up in our counter top freezer...
Once we moved we the old owners left their undercounter freezer so we got a slight upgrade, but I swear half of the freezer is these bloody thick shelves! And then the drawers are so thick at the front and obviously all the mechanical stuff at the back. Maybe it's not much of an improvement. Did mean that the overflow could take up 1 or 2 drawers. But the freezer only has 3 drawers and an ice tray tray (where you put ice trays ).
It made sense to have the pet freezer to big since our dog could empty it in about 2 months, but these ferrets are going to take ages! And I want to buy some new proteins.
On the plus side, you and I wont have to worry about shopping any time soon.
How long will it take your fuzzies to eat through all that?
Awesome! I love a full freezer. I just got my order in from rodent pro, still have two guinea pigs to portion. I am getting a co-op bulk order in next Friday so I'm hoping my chest freezer is big enough!
Post by FerretsnFalcons on Apr 13, 2015 20:18:12 GMT -5
Oh man, that looks like my dream freezer, all stuffed with whole prey and meats! I'm trying to convince my parents to get a chest freezer so I can feed my ferrets and dog whole prey (we'd have to buy in some serious bulk to be able to afford it.) What size freezer would you recommend for 350lbs of whole prey (rabbit, quail, chicken, guinea pig, mice, and rat)?
While I do see how upright freezers might be easier to organise when I buy from DAF pretty much all the stuff comes in cardboard boxes. I find it much easier to just drop the boxes into the freezer than to try fit the blocks and bones into drawers or shelves. My freezer can fit 9 DAF boxes and a couple of bags without too much of a problem. You're right it's a pain to dig them out, but I've got a basket that it's on the lip at the top and each week I would simply have a rummage and pull what I needed into the basket. Now I just have the three little ferrets I can get a few weeks worth of food into the basket. I also have everything portioned into the right size and in tubs or freezer bags. Then they are in bigger bags market bone in, muscle meat and whole prey. It might be a bit more work, but I feel I get more room and I got my freezer free (relative no longer needed it). If I have to replace it I'd probably get another chest freezer.
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Post by FerretsnFalcons on Apr 14, 2015 21:21:46 GMT -5
You both have good points, Redsky and msav. Now I don't know which one I want to get! I guess I'll have to look into it more. But what do you think, size-wise (for 350lbs whole prey)? I was thinking no less than 13 cubic feet? Thank you for your help.
Post by robin faulkner on Apr 15, 2015 18:27:26 GMT -5
I have to ask. I have had Marshall Ferrets over the past 14 years but never fed them raw meats. Can you do that for Marshall Ferrets? Or European ferrets only? Also what are the benefits over say Marshall dry food other than of course variety? Also I find with Marshall ferrets they are very prone to cancers and our generally live 3,5 and sometimes up to 8 years. By going to raw food does it extend their live spans any?