See if you can get another protein to start them on in the next few days. They're doing really well accepting new things. Give them another meal of pork and then let's work on bone again.
You still have the CGH bodies, so thaw those out and cut the rib section out. The ribs are small and should be easy to eat. Cut between the ribs so there are 1 or 2 little bones in each section and give them those. They shouldn't have any trouble with them, but if they do, give them a whack to break them up a little.
Alright! I'm hoping to go to the store tomorrow, and I might get to the butcher that I mentioned in time.
Will do! I've noticed that Layla is more cuddly now after play time rather than immediately wanting to go in the cage and Marty is less so. (He doesn't like sitting still anymore! Its great!) I currently have two pretty girls cuddling with me (Layla and Miracle).
Today's diet: 4oz of pork, with another 2oz for them to eat.
Layla: She doesn't seem to like pork as much as chicken... too bad for her. She did eat as usual though.
Marty: His spine is filling in! And I don't feel the gaps in his ribs as much! I'm so relieved I want to cry, but his belly seems to be a bit plumper than what I think is normal. The picture doesn't really show it well because his fur is fluffy. He also doesn't seem to like pork as much, but he was more enthusiastic than Layla for it, though he seems to have backed off on his eagerness for wanting more and more food today.
All in all: I'm not concerned with Layla's weight, its been consistent since she stopped growing despite her being smaller than the usual size range. Marty however, worries me. When I first got him he was maybe a pound and a quarter, then he gained weight on good kibble to be about two and a quarter, then he dropped to a pound and a half before switching to raw, and now up to two and a half! Is this just because of the seasons and him eating more due to being on raw? I hope you can ease my worries about his belly.
They just ate another ounce, and it was adorable because they kept switching where they were eating (bowl and a tupperware container I have propped up and attached to the corner of the cage). Layla was just nibbling, Marty ate most of it.
Did you mean give them more pork tomorrow? I have plenty prepared, I just don't know if you meant another meal today or another meal tomorrow, as I've been feeding them continuously like you said rather than meals.
They both look fine to me. If anything, Layla is a tiny bit thin. See how her sides tuck in a little. But it's only a tiny bit and its summer, so I don't see anything to worry about. Marty looks fine, and grumpy! His tummy doesn't look too big to me. He's just a little round. Both of their weights are right in the average zone. Marty's weight fluctuations seem extreme. What time span are you talking about?
I want you to get on a twice a day feeding schedule. You will eventually go nuts trying to feed them all day long. I know you're concerned about food being out that long, so I want you to take the next couple of days to prepare yourself mentally. We're taught from the time we're small that you don't eat food that's been sitting out, so getting past that is one of the big hurdles in raw feeding. Reread the section in the mini-book about how long food can stay out and still be safe. Ask questions of other ferrents. And get ready! Also, for the next couple of days, I want you to be diligent about weighing EVERYTHING. Everything you serve them, everything you toss. Weigh their food before you give it to them and weigh what they don't eat. Then subtract to find out exactly how much they are eating. Every time you feed them anything, do the math and write it down.
I first got him at the end of last September, his weight was up by December, then it was back down around two months ago.
What do I do about when Marty wants food in between feedings? And I've been as accurate as possible about measuring everything, but I don't have a digital scale so I can't be exact, and single pieces can't really be weighed. They never have anything left through the day, and I try to leave an ounce in overnight, which they always eat all of. My concern now is more about the ferrets not having enough food than not finishing their food.
I'm also worried about how you're saying that they'll eat less when they're transitioned... will Marty keep his weight up? Will their eating habits be regular or irregular? (They ate 8oz the other day and then 5.5 oz yesterday!) Should I only feed them at set times and ignore when Marty's banging for more food? I doubt he's starving but I know what its like to be hungry and not be allowed to eat.