Just how the switch is going in general (what stage everyone is at), are any of them (or you) having any issues, any questions you may have, are you having difficulting getting any specific meats, etc?
Weekly weights and some kind of progress report every two days or so. Is everyone ok with eating their organs? Is anyone still having issues with bone-in meats?
It looks like everyone is getting fairly consistent with their weights.
I noticed last week I tended to have organ meals together then muscle meats together. I will try to split that up this week. I have a lot more meat all read cut down to ferret size. The average serving that I prepared this week is about 4.2 ounces. I will continue weighing the food out and in.
Things are looking good weight wise for everyone (good job!!).
Chicken and game hen are considered the same protein. Quail is definitely a separate protein. If you want to get whole prey as treats, I'd stick to fuzzies's or hoppers. The best way to think about whole prey is by weight.
I'd say anything smaller than 1 oz / 28 gr could be considered a snack. Anything over that weight and you are starting to get into partial or full meal territory. As I stated above, mouse fuzzies or hoppers are probably going to be your best snack sized whole prey. Rats get into meal size pretty quick. Day old quail chicks would work as a snack as well but that are REALLY expensive (not worth it in my opinion) compared to regular day old chicks*.
* I wouldn't bother plucking chicks but there will be some mess.
The ASF's (African Softfurred Rats) I feed mine are usually 1.4 oz / 41 gr to 2 oz / 56 gr in weight and that is enough for my girls for a day in the warmer months. In the height of winter, I have to double that.
Sorry, I think I misinterpreted part of your last post, lol.
So for whole prey,
Snack size rodents / whole prey = anything under 1 oz / 28 gr in weight. (mouse pinkies are really tiny and are like ferret M&M's, rat pinkies are larger).
Meal size rodents / whole prey = anything between 1 oz / 28 gr to 2 oz / 56 gr in weight for 1 ferret (winter feedings or large males may need more than 1)
Anything larger than 3 oz / 85 gr is probably going to need to be gutted and will either have to be shared between more than one ferret, chopped up or eaten by a large male ferret. I used to order medium Guinea Pigs in this size from Rodentpro and would gut, skin and chop them up (was a pain).
Lastly, baby / young rodents are considered snacks not just because of their weight, but because they aren't fully developed and lack the full nutrition of adult whole prey. Once a rodent is sexually mature they are considered "adults". So for Rodentpro mice, that would be adults and for rats that would be small size or larger.
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2017 14:02:51 GMT -5 by bitbyter