LindaM Yes id still like to incorporate some whole prey into the girls diet.
Quiz: 1. What is the weekly limit for raw eggs and should you feed only the whites, only the yolks, or the entire egg? 1-2 raw eggs per ferret per week with the acceptation during shedding season I think its 2-3? I feed just the egg yolk but have read you can feed the entire egg or just the yolk its kinda conflicting because ive heard it from several sources. 2. Name 3 different organ meats aside from Liver. Kidney, Spleen, heart? 3. Name 3 different edible bone-in meats. Chicken wing, Duck neck, Quail (whole thing) 4. You have run out of hearts, what can you use as an emergency source of Taurine and can these be a permanent solution or only temporary? Taurine powder? and I think its temporary. 5. What can you use as a bone replacer and how much of it should you use? Is this a permanent solution or only temporary? Bone meal power or egg shell 1/2 to 3/4 tsp per every 10oz of protein? 6. Why are cooked bones dangerous but raw bones safe? Cooked bone splinters, raw bone does not.
Good job on the quiz! I've tried to clarify some points on them for you as well.
1. Correct. Personally I try to stick with 1 egg limit (chicken) per ferret, per week and double that in the shedding season. You can also feed quail eggs, 3 quail eggs normally and around 5 in the shedding season. The entire egg is best, but you do come across some very fussy fuzzies who simply prefer eating only the yolk. It's important to remember just to never feed the egg whites by themselves as that could lead to a biotin deficiency over time.
2. 2 out of 3. Heart for the purposes of the ferret diet is considered a muscle meat. Kidney, Spleen, Brain, Testes, Uteri, Pancreas, Thymus, Lung, etc. are all good organs.
3. Correct. Good bone-in options are Chicken Spine/Neck/Wings (feet can be given with extra muscle meat/thighs can be given bashed but can be too dense for some ferrets), Duck Neck/Wingtips/Ribs, Turkey Neck (bashed)/Wingtips/Ribs, Pork Rib-ends/Riblets (this might be too tough for some ferrets) and of course most adult whole prey such as mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, quail, cornish game hen, rabbit (rabbit weight bearing bones like thigh might be a bit dense for some unless smashed).
4. Correct, BUT there is another even better option. Taurine Powder OR better yet, beef tongue. And both are only temporary. When using Taurine Powder, the daily amounts are 250mg morning meal, and 250mg evening meal, totaling 500mg per ferret, per day. It should always be given in 2 sessions, or they just pee out the excess.
Whoops that sucks, but you'll be fine until then though. Also, Heather has created your official switching thread where FireAngel will be mentoring you. I wish you and the girls luck, but I know the three of you will do great. I was happy to help you get started on your switch and I will still lurk over your official thread just to see how things go for you and the girls. You guys will be in excellent hands with FireAngel.