On a separate note, I found a vet 40 minutes away who sees ferrets AND thinks it's great I'm transitioning her to raw meat. I explained the poops and she said not to worry but to call if they stay that way for much longer. She's having me make a list of everything I'm feeding her right now and I have a vet appointment on the 11th of August. She can also be boarded there and she will get another check up while I'm gone for a few days in October.
She's currently eating her Chicken Wingette, and I'll watch to make sure she eats the bone that I smashed.
Poops don't look to bad. Still a little soft and green but nothing to scary. I am going to link you to my old transition thread so you can see what a chicken allergy looks like.
I am so happy that vet is good with raw! You are very blessed!
Can you make a soup of chicken and then make a soup of beef and just freeze the beef? The reason I ask is because I want to see the chicken poops for a couple more days to see how they look. Instead of the pork Saturday do the beef instead and pork can be last. The chicken poops don't look to bad as you can see from my thread those were some nasty poops and they didn't smell to good either. Obviously ferret poop doesn't smell like roses but you know what I mean.
If the temperature is from 77 and above its called the danger zone which means ferrets can over heat. So if its in that zone I would definitely have the frozen water bottles. If Piper gets to cold she should just move away from it.
You can up the egg shell to 3/4 tsp and see how her poops look. Shelby needed more egg shell to make her poops solid when I finally got her on the beef her poops looked good. I am sure you saw the alien poop too. That made me laugh when people commented on that haha.
I'll do exactly what you said and feed her the Chicken soup for a couple more days. She ended up eating half of the bone of that Chicken Wingette and a lot of the meat. It's hot again today so I've got the A/C on and a cold bottle in her cage though she's out and about at the moment.
When I saw the "alien poop" I had no idea what to think!! Must have been so weird!!!!
Here's a stool from earlier today:
And two more recent ones:
Poops aren't bad but they aren't great so keep feeding her the Chicken and we will go from there. Take a picture of the poop that would be the wingette.
Keep her cool she will be fine. Keep her hydrated too. Yes the alien poop was pretty funny not going to lie lol
The scale just came in! It reads 1lb 5.8 oz all three times I tried her. That seem about right?
Yes that's a great weight for her. I have 5 kids. My smallest is 1 lb 5 Oz and she is a year. Her name is Nala. Shelby weighs 1 lb 10 Oz she is a year too, Freya weighs 2 lb 4 Oz at 7 months, Apollo is 3 lb 6 Oz at 5 months and my rescue who was aged at 7+ years old is 1 lb 10 Oz.
I was hand wrestling with Piper and noticed something strange...I just checked under her tail and noticed that her anus is red. It's not a prolapse or anything...It's just changed colours from pink to red. She isn't scooting around the carpet or anything until she poops, she doesn't seem bothered by it at all.
Well, redness and swelling are back, don't really know what to chalk it up to at this point so I'll just wait until the end of tomorrow and see what's up with it... She ate all 50g of soup today, so I'm putting out 61g in her bowl tonight!
Those poops look good. I would add a sprinkle more egg shell to her soup to see how her butt looks after that.
The random odd poop is fine. There have been some questionable poops that have came out of my ferrets. As long as it's not consistent as well. Right now she is switching so you are going to have some odd poops anyways. Have you tried the beef soup?
She didn't have any mucousy or watery stools last night/this morning so I'm assuming her body has gotten better with the chicken! She actually ate 80% of her food last night, which hasn't happened in awhile. I will start on the beef soup tonight, giving some time in between since she ate chicken this morning. Hopefully, it won't cause her any problems!
I do have a question - is there any particular reason that she doesn't eat anything/barely anything at night? Even when I kept the A/C on it didn't make much difference. I'm going to try buying her a small plate instead of the bowl she has.
I'll keep updating this thread, thank you for sticking with me!!
Night time my kids don't eat as much either. They get up to go potty and go right to bed.
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So from here, do I feed her the beef soup over the next couple of days and then add in the slivers of beef? I have beef stew meat and ground beef, is one better than the other to feed her? I can also go out and get some different cut of beef if I need to.
I'm still searching for rabbit, goat, cgh, etc. locally. If I find nothing when I go back into town August 12th, I will order from Hare Today and/or My Pet Carnivore as soon as I get back home the same day. Supposedly Walmart and HEB will have cgh, lamb, bison, turkey, duck, deer, etc., I know I can get duck and quail from an Asian Market as I know the owner, possibly even rabbit, and I have someone looking around the butchers in that town as well. Can she have too much "bird meat"? Is it okay to keep feeding her chicken? If I can find cgh I will put her on that instead of chicken, but can I add duck and quail, or should I feed her other meats?[/quote][br
Yes keep feeding her the beef. Try adding small chunks of the stew meat in there the size of your pinky finger and mix it in with the soup. The beef stew meat works well for my family.
The more the different proteins the better. She can also have fish too. Though I haven't tried my kids on fish yet. I bought herring from Hare Today and will be introducing it soon. No they can't have to much bird meat so to speak.just to much of one protein can make her diet lopsided. So if you can you can switch menus different weeks. So say you have about 10 proteins you can alternate them in weeks so she doesn't get board. Does that make sense? I hope you can get everything locally even if it's two hours away you can get more food for your money instead of spending a third of it in shipping.