I just wanted to let you know that as per the Mentoring Program Rules: You are required to post every second day during the "soup" stage of the transition. From the "sliver" stage, through to large chunks, you will be required to post a minimum of every 3 days. Once you hit the large chunks, once a week will be acceptable.
If you wish to post into your thread more often, that will be MORE than welcome The above are simply the minimum requirements so we can help with sticky spots, and not have to "catch up" to where you are presently at.
I apologize! Things at work have been crazy. I will type up his menu as soon as I make it home. He is doing well. Starting to eat the beef and rabbit grounds on his own. His fur is starting to fill out now too (:
You can either start slivers with a protein that has already been introduced (chicken, beef or rabbit), or try starting a new protein altogether such as pork.
Basically, buy a bunch of meat and cut them into long, thin pieces. You can try started with pieces about the size of a bobby pin, and if he takes to that quickly, then move up in size. As you make the pieces thicker, it helps if the ends are tapered/pointy (at least at one end) to give him an easy place to start.
Have you had a chance to pick up pork yet? In the meantime, here is a mini lesson on eggs, since (in most climates) it will be shedding season soon.
During shedding, a great way to help prevent hairballs is feeding egg. The lecithin in yolks helps break up hairballs before they form by dissolving the fat that binds them. A ferret can have up to 1 egg each per week (a little more during shedding season) but a whole egg at once can be hard on their digestive system so what I would recommend is mixing up an egg (yolk and whites together) and feeding 1/3rd of it at a time, keeping the rest in a container in the fridge.
Alternately, you could just feed a yolk (half of one to start) and save the whites for omelettes for yourself or something. One thing you don't want to do is feed whites alone, as they contain avidin, which binds biotin and can lead to a biotin deficiency over time. Thankfully, yolks are VERY high in biotin so feeding the whole egg together is perfectly safe.
I picked up pork yesterday! Who knew skinning it would be so hard! Haha. We did manage to get all the fat off the skin to mix in with the rest of the meat though! I gave it to him for dinner last night. He didn't eat it all but he did eat some of it so that's good! I cut it into large chunks. That didn't seem to bother him. He has 14 portions of it left in the freezer before we have to buy more.
The local butcher has frozen whole rabbit and quail. They can grind it for me but it's not really a grind. They end up as pretty large chunks! I will go on Monday or Tuesday. I'll get a picture of the chunks to make sure that it's sufficient (: