So I know many of you feed a combination of whole prey AND frankenprey, and have been wondering just how to balance the frankenprey meals... Well, wonder no longer! We have come up with a simple to use guide on balancing frakenprey meals depending on how many meals/week you are feeding whole prey or CGR.
For half organ meals (because it's awkward to feed just half a meal) I usually make a single meal of 50% heart and 50% organs.
The number of bone in meals required varies per a ferret's individual dietary requirements. The general rule of thumb is liquid poops => need more bone, hard poops => need less bone.
If you aren't sure what is considered a bone-in meat or what is considered a secreting organ, our original frankenprey document (with descriptions) can be found here.
This guide applies to anyone feeding "balanced" meals during the week including whole prey, commercial raw grinds, and freeze-dried raw meals.
Well they really should have at least 3 different protein types in their diet and one of them should be a red meat source. Balance is key so dividing it up as even as possible would be best I would think although I believe most only feed one red meat meal a week usually and I will be happy to be corrected if I am wrong. (I'm still pretty new to this too!) So finding out what types of proteins they will eat and keeping as many of them in the rotation as possible is important I think before you can find a balance.
@missyann, like FireAngel said, ferrets need variety and balance. I would say you could feed up to 4-5 meals per week of adult mice. If they're baby mice they are not nutritionally balanced and should be considered a "treat" only.
Whole prey is considered balanced, so that means that only the non whole-prey meals of the week need to meet the nutritional balance (around the ball park of 10% heart, 5% liver, 5% another organ, 50-60% bone-in meat, 20-30% muscle meat). Depending on the ferret, replacing one of the muscle-meat meals with another bone-in one may be good (ie. if their poop is too loose).