Until he starts eating chunks he can stay on the one protein keep introducing sliver until half sliver half soup. Increase by a few at every mealtime. Once he reaches that point- start increasing the size of the slivers by a wee bit, while steadily working toward just slivers with no/just a topping of soup. Then keep increasing sliver size until approximately 2" long by 1/4- 1/2" thick. At that point you can start introducing some smaller bones
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OKAY. WHILE EVERYONE IS TIRED OUT FROM PLAYING I WEIGHED THEM
Binx, 11 Months: 829 grams Today Ate: Turkey Soupie Stool: A variety of poops I am sure are Binx's. Pale one is the 'freshest' imgur.com/a/TziiT
Thackery: 425 grams Today Ate: Marshall Kibble Mix at the petstore, a few licks of soupie. Just ate a tablespoon of ground rabbit Stool: Looks like a kibble fed poop according to this chart: www.all-about-ferrets.com/ferret-poop.html
(Thack is a better raw eater than Binx is)
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2017 17:53:04 GMT -5 by pegleg
Both ate some bone in game hen today! So I think I can start expanding! I don't weigh their food as I feed it, I just keep food in there for them at all times due to age Plan for this next week:
Fri - Ground Rabbit, both meals. Sat - Bone in Game hen in the morning, turkey soupies rest of the day Sun - Heart chunks in the morning, boneless meat rest of the day. Mon - Bone in chicken winglets, both meals Tue - Chicken gizzards morning, soupies with little liver chunks next meal Wed - Commercial frozen raw, rabbit Thur - Bone in game hen, both meals Fri - Ground rabbit, both meals
1. Ferret's name: Binx (11 Weeks) 2. Ferret's weight: 874 grams 3. Ferret's Daily Medications: N/A 4. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal: Didn't weigh it, but he eats unlimited 5. Stools on various proteins: Stools good color and consistency. A little runny after a big liver meal one day, but otherwise fine. 6. Activity levels: Extremely active. When out, war dances around the house. 7. Weekly menu: Mon: Turkey Soupies with small chicken slivers. Tue: Turkey Soupies with small chicken slivers. Wed: Turkey Soupies with small chicken slivers + ground rabbit. Thur: Ground rabbit + Game hen backbone Fri: Ground rabbit + turkey soupies. A bit of beef tripe. Sat: Chopped up steak and pork Sun: (Planned) Beef Pancreas, venison chunks, and game hen backbone.
1. Ferret's name: Thackery (7 Weeks) 2. Ferret's weight: 442 grams 3. Ferret's Daily Medications: N/A 4. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal: Didn't weigh it, but he eats unlimited 5. Stools on various proteins: A bit runny when I first got him, but now good color and consistency except on liver day when it was a bit runny. 6. Activity levels: Alternates between extreme activity and passing out for a nap 7. Weekly menu: Wed: Turkey Soupies with small chicken slivers + ground rabbit. Marshalls at petstore. Thur: Ground rabbit + Game hen backbone Fri: Ground rabbit + turkey soupies. A bit of beef tripe. Sat: Chopped up steak and pork Sun: (Planned) Beef Pancreas, venison chunks, and game hen backbone
LindaM They've been eating everything I put in front of them~
I am wondering a little about some recent poops. Here's an example of what most of them look like:
I know the diet change changes poops, and I think this one was from Thack who is of course younger and newer at this than Binx. But I'm still learning about the poops of ferrets haha Dog poop I could tell you what looks good ferret poop... I was last told their poops look a little dry (those were old poops though) So here's a fresh one with and without flash. It look okay?
That is excellent news! Good little munchie faces! <3 Which proteins are they currently eating without issues?
Hmm, a bit on the seedy side it seems, I'd say it's likely just a Detox poop at this stage though. Have the others (fresh ones) looked just like this one, or perhaps more stiff/dry-looking? I did see the other poopie pics, and they did seem a bit drier on those.
PS. This are gonna be a ride for you then, that's for sure. Ferret Detox oopies can be all over the place when it comes to consistencies and colors. And of course, there is the smell.. phew. Detox poops can range around 4-6 weeks.
They've had: Chicken, beef, pork (with issues, they get fatty poops those days but so does my dog lol), venison, and whole silverside fish. And of course they've hard heart. Offal wise they've had: Kidney, liver, and pancreas. They've also had tripe, and Thackery ate a whole hopper once.
And they've all been looking around like this. They're a little firmer from time to time, but I attribute that to bone in. And those poops were in part try because they were older haha [img src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif" src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif" style="max-width:100%;" src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif"] I pulled them from the litter box. That recent pic was made a few seconds before the picture.
Yeah I've noticed that while a lot are in the box, we have a few oopsies [img src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif" src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif" style="max-width:100%;" src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/.gif"] but like you said, i'm assuming a lot of this is detoxing off kibble. Binx has only been on this diet since around the 21st and Thack since the 27th. Their little guts are getting used to it, but they love it! I just clean daily to avoid the stinky. Thankfully they keep it to one platform LOL
edit: OH. and they've had cornish game hen~ and rabbit LOL
I meant more issue-wise as them not wanting to eat it, or you needing to resort to finger or spoon-feeding, haha. For the next while they are likely to still have odd poops as they switch and Detox, and as it begins to normalize again so too will their poops. Have you familiarized yourself with the Ferret Poop Chart yet?
Remember to keep fish to a single meal per week only. I also avoid fish treats if I fed a fish meal and vice versa, thus excludes doing salmon oil though.
As for the tripe.. which kind was it? White/Normal or Green Tripe? The usual one should not be fed because it gets bleached. As for the green one.. if yours ate it without a hassle, I'm impressed. It is usually something avoided by ferrets as they don't like eating intestines like that and at best will just make a mess by flinging them around the place.
If pooping mistakes become a hassle for you, you can always resort to doing the Litter Box Boot Camp, it can be a real help in the cage. Outside of the cage is a bit of another story. And just remember, a ferret will never be 100% without mistakes, sometimes one will simply slip through. ; P