Sorry I've been a pretty boring student. I really appreciate all the help you've given me.
The girls are looking really good, they smell better, and their winter coats are coming, so they're all soft and fluffy. I'll try and get some photos. I didn't have them on kibble for long, but I can still see the big difference.
You are not boring at all. I'll need you to post your menu for Heather to review, if it does not reflect all of the protiens they eat you can add a note at the bottom telling us what else gets rotated in and out, and answer these questions, 1.) How many eggs should a ferret eat a week and should it be the yolk, white or both? 2.) Give 3 examples of edible bone in meals. 3.) Is heart a muscle or an organ meal or niether? 4.) Name 3 organs. 5.) What is the average length of time that it takes for a ferret to digest a meal? 6.) Is it best to leave food out all day for them or feed them a strict amount at a strict time?
Sorry about the slow reply. I thought it would be easier when I could sit at my computer rather than use my mobile phone and I've been pretty busy. 1.) How many eggs should a ferret eat a week and should it be the yolk, white or both? 1 chicken egg per ferret, per week. ore if they're quail eggs, but I have free range chickens and wouldn't have a clue where to buy quail eggs. 2 eggs per ferret per week during malting season. Edited because I missed part of the question. It should be the whole egg or just the yolk. Never just the white.
2.) Give 3 examples of edible bone in meals. Chicken wings or necks Turkey wings (although larger bones may be difficult) Duck wings or necks
3.) Is heart a muscle or an organ meal or niether? Heart is technically a muscle meat although for the purposes of balancing the menu, we treat it as its own category. Heart can also be given extra in place of any of the muscle meat meals.
4.) Name 3 organs. Liver Kidney Brain
5.) What is the average length of time that it takes for a ferret to digest a meal? 3-4 hours
6.) Is it best to leave food out all day for them or feed them a strict amount at a strict time? It's best to ensure food is out all day, especially for growing kits or those with insulinoma. Old food should be taken away and fresh food given twice a day. If you want to leave any of the previous food out, follow the guide to how long each type (eg soup, chunks, bone in etc) lasts.
Saturday: am: (bone in or muscle meat) Giblets with or without chicken feet pm: (bone in) Turkey wing
Sunday: am: (Organ meal) 1/2 chicken liver, 1/4 lamb kidney, 1/4 lamb brain pm (bone in) Duck Wing Notes: I intend to find a larger variety of organ meats and will rotate those into the organ spots, leaving the liver the same amounts. I know where I can get duck liver and lamb liver, so I will rotate those through with the chicken liver. I know where I can get duck hearts, so I will introduce those into the heart meals as soon as I get some. I fully intend on trying some fish and will include that sometimes. No more than one meal a week. The beef mince will be beef chunks again next time I need to buy some. That is just what was available at the time.
I hope that's ok. thank you again for all your help. I'm glad you didn't find it too boring.
Looks great! Just a little reminder, it's great to be able to feed multiple different types of hearts or organs but they do not count in the protein variety count, so don't stress it if you have difficulty sourcing those or getting them to accept them. I will submit your menu for Heather's approval today and hopefully we can get you graduated! Sometimes she has a lot on her plate so do not worry if it is a day or two before you hear anything. Nice job!
Congratulations :beer: You've graduated and you're ready to walk this path alone. You have the foundation to help you feed your fuzzes in a more natural and healthy manner. Please remember that your learning never stops, and dietary needs change from ferret to ferret and throughout each their lives. I would like you to be aware that though you now have the capability and the knowledge to create your little ones diets you are never alone and that your mentor (you need only pm) is always available to you. The list is also a very good resource and you should always be aware that it's available to answer any questions you may have either about diet or care. Good luck, in a few days Sherry will lock down this thread and place it in the archives but be aware that you can always look through it as a reference tool but you just will not be able to post to it. Your mentor will be in to congratulate you shortly :thankyou: ciao
Thank you so much for your help! You really helped me stay on the right track and I learned a lot from the little lessons. I'm so glad to have the girls on a much healthier diet. I could only find one kinda decent kibble here and it was expensive! So I think it's a cheaper diet too.
Oh and side note, I found some fresh salmon pieces on special yesterday, because they were coming close to their expiry. They'll be going in the freezer. I hope the girls like them