Also wanted to mention with the way Loki is chowing on meat, I wouldn't even bother getting any ground rabbit or quail - he will do much better with the larger chunks and both are very easy to prep! I've made a video on cutting quail, and one of our other admins has made a video of chopping rabbit. It takes me maybe 30 minutes to chop, portion, label and store one rabbit.
The main reasons that I recommend feeding larger chopped chunks is that:
It will force him to really chew his food and eat slower. Eventually ferrets often become obese on grinds (even large-chunk grinds) because they are so easy to wolf back.
Larger chunks of bone are much better for exercising jaw muscles and cleaning teeth.
With coarser grinds ferrets are often lulled into a false sense of security as the pieces are small enough to be swallowed whole, but they don't realize there are larger bone chunks in the mix, and when they try to swallow a mouthful with bone it can be a choking hazard.
Awesome! Hopefully I will have time on Sunday or Monday to go grab a few rabbits and quail and chop them up! Did you have a chance to see the video I posted? That is the size of the pork chop slices I made for him...what do you think about the size?
Any cut of beef is fine - the cheaper/fattier the better! Usually I buy chunks of stewing beef as it is both cheap and fatty, and then I just cut the chunks into half or so.
Now that Loki is doing great with chunks, I highly recommend you switch over to the frankenprey diet.
Frankenprey Menu weekly menu based on two meals/day) 7-9 meals bone-in meat 2-4 meals muscle meat 1.5 meals of heart 1.5 meals of liver and another organ
I personally prefer to combine the heart and organ meals (since feeding "half" a meal is confusing) so I feed 3 meals per week which consist of 50% heart, 25% liver and 25% another organ. This also makes it easier to prep and freeze many organ meals in advance.
A sample frankenprey menu might look like this:
Monday am: edible bone in meat Monday pm: edible bone in meat (or muscle)
Tuesday am: edible bone in meat Tuesday pm: muscle meat
Wednesday am: edible bone in meat Wednesday pm: heart
Thursday am: edible bone in meat Thursday pm: edible bone in meat (or muscle)
Friday am: edible bone in meat Friday pm: ½ heart + ¼ liver + ¼ other organ
Saturday am: edible bone in meat Saturday pm: muscle meat
Sunday am: edible bone in meat Sunday pm: ½ liver + ½ other organ
You can still feed your whole grinds, just follow the guide here for balancing them with the frankenprey menu.
So we were completely out of beef which we were going to feed him tonight so instead we gave him raw ground beef just to see if he would go for the flavor. Didn't take to it at first so I added a little bit of salmon oil and it seemed to do the trick. We will go grab some fattier beef that I can cut into chunks tomorrow when I get out of work (:
Just ordered chicken hearts,duck liver, and goat pancreas to get started on his frankenprey diet! It will ship on Monday so it should be to my house by the end of next week! I am also going to still go grab some quail and rabbit from the butcher. Also going to pick up some beef.