I will do that for you tomorrow after work! Also, I got a new baby today. Little girl about 3 months old...trying to get her to eat the turkey but no luck. I figure she will eat it if she gets hungry enough, right?
Aww, what a cutie! I'm glad she's going straight for it. Kits are often described as "tummies with teeth" since they are growing and full of energy they are always so hungry.
One thing to be aware of is that kits have slightly higher calcium requirements due to them growing, so when following the frankenprey menu where it says "7-9 bone in meals" I recommend going to the upper end of the range for 9 bone-in meals.
I will make sure to make that adjustment! To be honest, they do get a lot of bone meals haha considering the grinds and the chicken wings. I'll post my menu for you tonight once I get home from work and have let the babies out!
Dinner tonight: turkey and duck hearts...so usually Loki picks out the duck hearts and only eats the turkey...this time I puréed the duck hearts and mixed it in!! Haha, take that stubborn ferret! Try picking out the hearts now!!
Meeka as usual dived right into the new protein (for her,anyways). Loki was eating it too (: at least he is getting his taurine now!!
I got th organs in yesterday! I blended them (eventually I'd like to not have to blend them but for now, it will be easier to get them to eat it) and then I portioned out every meal baggie with 2.5oz of chicken heart, 1.25 oz of goat pancreas, and 1.25oz of duck livers. I have enough for 4 weeks if they get three organ meals a week!
- 5 boneless (muscle) meals - 5.5 whole ground meals - 3 bone in meals - 0.5 heart meals
With a total of 5 different proteins.
If feeding 5 grind meals, you would need the following to make your menu balanced: - 5-6 bone-in meals - 1-2 muscle meal - 1 heart meal - 1 liver/organ meal
So based on your menu for this week, your ferrets' diet is NOT balanced. Thankfully you have have made the heart/organ meals since then, so in order for your menu to be nutritionally balanced with 5 grind meals, you will need 2 heart/liver/organ meals per week. So what I would recommend is replacing 2 of the muscle meals with the heart/organ soup. You will also need to replace 2-3 more of the muscle meals with bone-in ones.
A balanced menu might look something like this:
- 5 grind meals (say, 3 rabbit and 2 turkey) - 5 bone-in meals (they can all be chicken for now, but it would be better if you could source an additional bone-in protein such as quail) - 2 muscle meals (one each of pork and beef) - 2 heart/organ meals
Feeding an unbalanced diet is especially dangerous for kits/young ferrets as they are growing and need a lot of nutrients. In particular, not enough bone/calcium can result in Swimmers Syndrome in young ferrets.
In regards to the funky poop, it could be as a result of any number of things including sudden diet change, stress, or she could have eaten something. White poops can also be a sign of too much fat in a single meal. How have her poops been since then?