I count 8 bone in meat. Though you can have between 7-9 bone in meats, some ferrets require less and some require more. Tauntaun may require a little less bone in meat, I would say maybe it would be a good decision to switch one more bone in meat to a muscle meat or throw in an egg on bone in meat days and see how he goes. I'm seeing less turkey for bone in meat (Also one less meal of liver), I'm guessing you must have run out?
I'm happy to see the new protein in there, Great job! Are they enjoying the pork?
Great job on having 1 full meal of hearts.
Half of your menu is chicken. Keep working on reducing the chicken and preferably getting one more type of protein in. Maybe you can ask for a different protein for gizzard next time you go meat shopping. If you're lucky you may find duck gizzard or another bird gizzard. I would say that you would definitely be ready to graduate after you balance out that menu! You've done incredibly well~ Great job with Ezio, Tauntaun & Wampa~
Yes, I did actually run out of turkey necks. They were not happy about that either. I am definitely going to try and add some more muscle meat meals. Also, lessen the chicken. I just had a lot more chicken in the freezer and I am moving slowly with the pork. I haven’t found any pork with the bone in though.
They actually like the pork now; it’s not a struggle with Tauntaun anymore. The only meals they aren’t fond of are “other organ” meal days. They don’t really like the goat spleen I guess.
I can’t wait to graduate! My fuzzies have been so cooperative with this raw diet transition. I can’t believe they accepted it so quickly. I actually was reading somewhere that it can take up to a year.
I think most pork with bone are too large for ferrets but there is one called pork button's which are apparently good. ^^ I'm happy to hear they're getting used to the new protein ~ I also don't blame them with not liking organs, my guys are not fond of organs either. I sometimes puree it with an egg and that helps a lot. ^^
Yes, some ferrets take longer to transition. Its always a great thing when they adjust on the new diet quite fast. Tauntaun and ezio especially have done a great job!
Wow Wampa has reached 3lb! Big boy!! He must be so cuddly. I always love the big ferrets. My youngest is currently the biggest out of my three and he can be super cuddly most of the time (which is usually when he's sleepy haha!) I'm happy to see everyone is a lovely weight and to see a healthy weight gain. Wampa may shed his baby weight as he grows into an adult ferret, but hopefully it won't be all that much. I didn't notice much when Yuuki became an adult.
Your menu is looking fantastic. In advance, you're missing one meal of liver.
Chicken gizzards are fantastic, they are comprised of primarily muscle tissue and tendon, nutritionally they are considered a muscle meat meal in the frankenprey menu, so they cannot replace an organ meal such as Liver.
Gizzard are also great for building jaw strength and may help to clean teeth. (though they cannot replace bone in meat because nothing is as efficient as real bone in meat which are basically natural tooth brushs)
Since your current menu still is alittle chicken heavy, though you've done very good by reducing the chicken already, it may not be the appropriate amount for graduation. I can check with Heather who does the menu grading for graduation and the other mentors if you would like. In the meantime, try to reduce a few more chicken meals. Maybe get in a new bone in meat protein if you can. Have you considered in trying whole prey? They make a good new protein, bone in meat and they're also balanced as well. Something to think about~
Keep in mind that you need 10% Organ Meals per week, that is 5% Liver and 5% other organ. For next week, try getting in the liver rather than gizzard for Sunday PM meal. 1 meal of 1/2 Liver, 1/2 Goat Spleen (other organ). 1 meal of 1/4 Liver, 1/4 Goat Spleen (other organ), 1/2 Hearts.
I think you've done such a great job with Wampa, Tauntaun & Ezio. Both Tauntaun & Ezio have also done wonderful and have transitioned onto the new diet with such ease. They're all now eating like pros! :thumbsup:
Oh wow! The Chicken Gizzards was actually a typo, because I was copy and pasting so I didn't have to type it. Lol! (headwall)
I plan on getting rid of the chicken livers and replacing them with lamb liver. Also, I picked up some pork on the bone. I believe they are the pork buttons. I'm excited to see if they like it.
Yes, Wampa is super cuddly when I can actually get a hold of him. He is so wiggly and wants to fight and play with everything. He does pretty well when I walk him though. He seems to be more well behaved in his harness. I think it's because he knows he is going outside.
OH wow great work on the pork buttons!! I can't wait to hear how that goes. I've never seen them or tried them before. They sound so intriguing. We'll wait until you test them out with the pork bones and then we can start discussing how you would feel about graduating~ I definitely think you're ready. Are you able to get some dangle photos again? I would love to see how they're looking now, especially since everyone has gained some weight.
I have a question, is it okay that my boys steal food from each other and Ezio? She is always getting the food ripped out of her mouth. My poor girl is so sweet she just lets them have it. They steal food from each other even though their is food in the bowl.
Everyone looks lovely ;u; It's fine for ferrets to steal each others food. (Though totally not nice on their part rofl!) It's quite common, especially with fresh food. My guys even scuffle and get into fights over fresh whole prey. Usually its nothing to worry over and as long as you feed everyone a good amount then everyone will have their own share eventually. I tend to think of it as ferrets wanting the very best piece of meat. There is enough for everyone right in front of them, but noooo, they want THAT piece. Silly little children. :heehee:
I'm going to be offline for today and tomorrow, I should be back online tomorrow night.