Her stools aren't great. I don't think she has a severe allergy, but her poops are definitely more often liquid and never "firm". I'm worried about keeping her on quail longer if it's exacerbating the issue/irritating her digestive system.
Today I bought some pre & probiotics with digestive enzymes designed for carnivores and am hoping that will help too.
So I finished the round of quail. Nova's poops became relatively stable on it - a light-medium brown that were either formed, or somewhat loose and filled with shards of bone. Don't think it's "ideal" but I also wouldn't classify it as "super bad". (I.e. they weren't green, explosive, black & tarry, etc.)
I went back to lamb for a few meals to "reset" their systems before trying rabbit, and after the first lamb meal Nova had a horribly nasty poop.. So I'm thinking she may be more sensitive to a change in protein, rather than the proteins themselves. Just a theory for now, but in the future rather than constantly rotating new proteins for each meal, I might do a couple meals in a row of each protein for the weekly menu rather than spreading them out.
This morning they got their first meal of rabbit. I'm hoping this one will go over well since it's not fowl, although they seem to have a little more difficulty with rabbit bones due to size. If Nova seems to do well on rabbit I'll start introducing whole prey / other rodents.
Just a theory for now, but in the future rather than constantly rotating new proteins for each meal, I might do a couple meals in a row of each protein for the weekly menu rather than spreading them out.
I don't feed chicken, ever. The poultry proteins they get regularly are quail and duck (with the occasional partridge, although those are really expensive).
I started feeding a little bit of this digestive supplement (I just opened the capsule and sprinkled a little into her organ meals) 3 times a week, and it appeared to really help (although its difficult to say because it could also simply be coincidence or my imagination). When I looked up the ingredients, some are used for IBD and digestive issues in humans.
Her poops seem generally pretty good, although I find that they are generally either pretty soft, or just full of chunks of bone. Her appetite and energy are great though.
The proteins she gets most frequently are: quail, rabbit, duck, pork, lamb. They also get frogs legs every second week or so and she seems to tolerate them well.
Do you use probiotics? If so do they seem to help? I've tried them and my guys wont hardly touch the food that has it on it and it doesn't seem to help. Also I am having a heck of a time finding quail....any suggestions? Thank you.
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Nope! I feed everything. The legs I smash up just a little bit. The first time I deboned the rear legs and used for muscle meals, but then everybody told me I was crazy and that ferrets should be able to eat through that bone too! I think the part that they have the most difficulty with bone-wise is the spine. I usually cut little discs with the meat on each side. They don't usually finish the entire spine bone, but they do gnaw at it.
I actually found that their teeth got a lot cleaner after I started them on more "advanced" bones. Quail are great and easy for them to eat, but I think the shape/texture of the spine helps scrape of tartar more.
Rabbits also vary in size (for comparison you can see a ziploc sandwich container behind the rabbit). I would say this one is pretty big, but since there is only one "brand" of rabbit available near me, I don't have a lot to compare it to.