Post by gnarlysalamander on May 1, 2011 20:54:46 GMT -5
yes. i know, a little overkill.
pork ribs, eh? i didn't even think of that. those are simple! i guess i just thought big animal, too big of bones.
whole chickens i can get. if i do that, how do i go about making sure everyone's eating things evenly? should i get a few so i can group the parts, or is it ok to just cut it in half/fourths depending on size and throw it in there?
The smaller pork ribs should be fine. Might take some getting used to
Whole chickens - I just cut and divide up into different sections. Wings are 1 meal, legs another, thighs, ribs, etc. Mine don't eat off of large pieces (-.-) so I chop everything. If you're fuzz will eat it, quartering the chicken into larger meals should work fine. Check the stools to know if they're eating enough. If you notice someone having loose stools on a bone in day, they aren't getting enough bone. I prefer feeding a single item, because I have picky fuzz who will pick out what they like. Whatever works for your crew
I think the menu will be ready once you add some more bone variety, either through whole chicken, pork ribs etc. Check the stores and see what you can get most small fowl bones are good to go
Post by gnarlysalamander on May 2, 2011 15:23:41 GMT -5
woo! almost there! they do eat the chicken thigh bones, just not the drumsticks.
the trouble with checking stool, is i now have the 5 of them all together and two litter boxes... so unless one of the funky ones happen while they're out playing, i'd never know who it came from.
in other news, i'm completely enraged today because my parents, stupidly, AGAIN, let my dog out when the other dogs were lose and now she's got basically hole punch sized tooth marks up her back that you can see muscle through. the vet said since they're not gushing blood it would be better to let them air out instead of stitch them so we're just sitting up in my room now. i may get lazy and feed the freeze dried tonight because i might lose it if anyone walks in the kitchen while i'm holding my meat scissors and tries to speak to me. i get yelled at for verbally threatening the other dogs after the fact, yet neither one of them has yet apologized or admitted to being the one who let it happen. i know it sounds like an accident, but it's not. this happens all the time just not to this severity... somehow it's always an "oops" yet since moving in here i have yet to have anything happen when i'm the one rotating dogs.
sorry... end rant. had to vent so i dont go throw the other dogs out on the road.
Post by gnarlysalamander on May 5, 2011 22:02:40 GMT -5
sorry it's been a few days. we've been having one major family issue after another... i will say i'm glad i can forget until last minute and run to the store for their food instead of having had to panic running out of kibble and needing to order it online. also eliminates worrying about moving and being able to find what they're used to...
haven't made it to the store yet, but i'm off tomorrow and get paid so we're gonna get whole chickens and ribs. i'll let ya know how it turns out. everyone's doing well living together and there haven't been any food fights.
Post by gnarlysalamander on May 8, 2011 12:23:37 GMT -5
last night they got their pork ribs. they gobbled it down pretty quickly. also got pork chops, some more hearts, and some gizzards. it was hilarious, i was bagging them up and a gizzard fell on the floor. my dog rushed over and frantically tried to eat it, then gave up because it was too chewy.
are "pork neck bones" safe? I cant imagine they can actually eat them but i thought they might try to scrape the meat off the bones... i dont know, they were in a package for 79 cents so i figured why not and bought them, but i'm going to wait for your response before i give it to them.
also got a whole chicken... i have to cut that up at some point today. i'm very... funny about touching raw meat/feeling bones breaking so i've kind of been putting it off. i found that youtube video link on the forum though, so i can figure out how to do it.
Post by gnarlysalamander on May 8, 2011 19:10:05 GMT -5
alright cool! yeah i figured they wouldn't eat them, but bandit and jayjay could use some teeth scraping
are they safe to give to my dog? i'm going to have to find a resource for her once the ferrets are done with. there really aren't any local butchers or things around here so i'm still debating if i want to go totally raw with her or just supplement or go BARF
For your dog, go to the pictures board, and there is a section for raw feeding dogs stickied. I would think the necks bones, but I don't own dogs so I'm not 100%. You could also start a thread in the other pet section in pictures board.
Post by gnarlysalamander on May 10, 2011 21:37:45 GMT -5
i apologize for not staying on top of the thread. my father suffered a serious injury at work and i'm mentally exhausted trying to decide if i need to/am financially able to move down there to be with him, not to mention how many freaking animals i have which is going to make finding somewhere to live nearly impossible... he lives an hour away from the closest petsmart that i'd be able to transfer to, so i'm hoping to stay with him for a bit and then move somewhere in between work and him if i can find someone EXTREMELY pet friendly[the 5 fuzzbutts, mid sized dog, 2 geckos.. i'm willing to leave behind the fish but would rather not]. that being said, if anyone knows a lead near salisbury, md i'd owe them a serious favor.
everyone has eaten everything i've given them, although the neck bones arent as big of a hit as i had hoped. they're not much fans of chicken backs and the thighs they really only want to eat the meat off the top and then leave the rest. other than that, they go nuts. someone's got the gross/stinky poo that sammy had when she first switched, so i'm keeping an eye on it and just hoping it's from adjusting and whoever it is will get over it soon. of course no one has runny poop when i'm watching
i'm going away for a few days next week and i more or less told my mom unless she was willing to pay for the freeze dried, she could thaw a pre portioned baggie and plop it in the bowl for them, so we'll see how she does. i honestly think she'll find it less annoying than having to chop up the patties into kibble sized pieces.
Alright just keep everyone where they are and hopefully the poops will resolve themselves. I'm sorry you've been dealing with so much. I hope everything works out okay - I'll pray for you. We can work out a menu once you get back.