I'm using the example menu for her food. Well as much as I can. I don't have a food scale right now, so I have no idea how much she weighs. (Lately she's been getting more Rabbit+Bone) Is this a good diet?
Am- Rabbit+ Bone
Pm- Rabbit+ Bone or Beef Strip(s)
Am- Rabbit+ Bone
Pm- Full Heart Meal
Pm-Rabbit+Bone or Beef Strip(s)
Pm- 1/2 Heart, 1/2 Liver
Pm- Beef Strip(s)
Rabbit+Bone and Liver
I also feed her Chicken Gizzards sometimes and got her some Turkey Necks. For a couple of days she had really dark poops, so I gave her more Rabbit+Bone. Right now they are a touch runny. I don't have another Organ to give her at this time. But hope to get her some Kidneys soon.
you can give chicken backs and wings---if your ferret is not sensitive to chicken for some variety. I would not overwhelmingly use chicken.
Also if you want to add some mice or rat (considered an alternative meal) this chart will let you know how much organ, hearts, muscle and bone in meals you need for the rest of the week. For example, feeding a ferret 1 mouse meal, you would feed 8 bone in meals---2 muscle meals---1.5 hearts --- 1.5 organ meals for the remaining 13 meals.
Above the chart you will find what is considered an alternative meal.
What kind of hearts are you using? I may be wrong but I thought I have read that rabbit heart is not a good source of taurine for ferret----I stand to be corrected if someone knows. Chicken heart is considered the bomb for taurine--- duck heart is good and probably turkey hearts. The heart that really packs the punch is mouse heart----but it is so tiny:) Of course you can get taurine in muscle meats too---like in thigh of chicken. Muscle meats r darker in color. I skin and gut frozen guinea pig and noticed the tiny bit of meat on jaws is really dark. Maybe from chewing? Also tongue of cow is source of taurine. I have never tried it though.
She needs a LOT more variety. Also you will need to increase her heart meals as rabbit is very low in taurine. Our menu depends on variety, and since most muscle meat has a decent amount of taurine 1.5 meals of heart a week works well. If at all possible, no protein should be more than about 4 meals a week max.
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She doesn't eat rabbit heart. I give her chicken hearts. I'm going to check out a few other places for her foods. I'm also going to look at the info on here again.
I really want to make sure I'm feeding her the right foods. If I were to buy her whole frozen prey how I go about that? I know I can buy her frozen mice, but can she eat only that or would I need to buy her other whole prey also? (I'm pretty sure I know the answer though) I'm looking at the places that sell whole prey and I'm going to buy from them asap.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2018 14:47:04 GMT -5 by palecat5
I know I can buy her frozen mice, but can she eat only that or would I need to buy her other whole prey also?
She will need to eat more than mice---the minimum variety of proteins is 3---but remember the more the better. So you can find some quail, mice, rat, chicks and meat from store. Chicks can be considered an egg(Heather) or a snack. So maybe just one a week for a meal (since eggs are to be given once a week). The chick doesn't have mature bone to be a good bone in meal.
I skin and gut whole frozen Guinea Pig from Hare Today but they have ground. Now you have to buy at least 10 lbs of stuff from Hare today, but you can basically get all proteins there. However, I use Perfect Prey for my mice and rats.