Today I started my boys on Soupie. I made it with.... 8oz Chicken Breast 2oz Cow Heart 1.6oz Chicken Liver 1/2 tsp eggshell powder. I used my bullet and got it to the consistency of a mousse. It made about 1 1/2 ice trays worth. If this is to thick, let me know.
None would take it from a bowl, but after scruffing them and giving them a taste, each licked about 1 1/2 tsps off of a spoon.
Their beginning weights are... Oliver, aprox 2yr old, 2.13 lbs. Male Mozart, aprox 2 yrs old, 2.9lbs Male Beethoven, aprox 1 yr old, 2.4lbs Male
I left a half of a bowl in the cage with them, to see if they show more interest on their own. I'll post top view pics of them a little later tonight. If anyone sees anything wrong with my approach, please let me know. All advice is greatly appreciated and received.
Congrats on starting your self switch! The consistency sounds great! You're off to a good start. Sometimes switching can be a slow start, but as long as you stay persistent, they will all come around. Continue the way you are. I also recommend using a plate rather than a bowl. That way its visible and less overwhelming in a way. Try not to scruff unless absolutely necessary. You want them to feel that switching and trying a new food is a comfortable and rewarding thing. Try simply holding them and if they wriggle, tuck their back legs under your arm. Give alot of verbal encouragement to them. Let them know that when they lick it that they are very good boys. After a couple of minutes, if they still wriggle and struggle or refuse, try putting them down and giving it a break for five minutes. In that time, you can switch to another ferret. Your boys also look to be a good weight. Do you have any photos of your three lovelies? ^^
I hardly ever scruff them, i just thought it was the easiest and quickest way to give them a little taste, but I'll do it differently at their next meal. Thanks for the comments. I plan on adding pics this evening when i have a moment to take some current ones and document their progress. I made them a toy/bed I was going to post also.
Oliver and Beethoven play pretty rough together. His hair darkened and seems shorter between his shoulder blades since we had a flea problem early this summer. We got the fleas taken care of, but his hair didn't grow back to match the rest of his coat. I don't know if this is normal or not. Beethoven and Oliver ate great yesterday. Mo was much more reserved. I left a plate of food in with them overnight incase he got hungry, it was empty this morning, but not sure who are it. I'm going to cage him with food today and see what he eats. They are usually loose in their room during the day with food out.
The boys are all three successfully on the soup now. Mozart was hesitant, but he jumps right in. I give them 6 ice cubes 3 times a day and they eat all of it. I made the latest batch a little chunkier. Their poop looked black, so I went from 2 oz of liver/heart to 1 oz each. Hopefully that will correct that. I'll weigh them after a week unless you all think I should do it sooner. I think I'm doing this right. If not, feel free to chime in. Still preparing to go whole prey later on, but making sure I have a good foundation built first.
Our transition has been put on hold. Beethoven, my baby, managed to escape the house Wed night. I'm utterly devestated. I've been searching endlessly. I've put him on fb. Told animal control, the mailman, the water meter person, made flyers and gone door to door. My heart is broken. The other two are caged and on kibble while my time is on the search. I'll start over when my heart is more into it. Beethoven was my first rescue and the life of the family. We are all at a loss right now.