Post by hamstacraze on Jan 12, 2020 21:56:17 GMT -5
Does it mater what species your organs are? Like would I be able to feed an organ mixture that 50% heart, 30% liver, 20% kidney? Or would it be better to feed chicken heart, liver, another. Does the species have to be chicken or does it matter?
Post by caitmonster on Jan 12, 2020 22:10:32 GMT -5
Muscle and bone-in portions of the diet absolutely must come from at least 3 or 4 different animals. As for the heart and organs, the more variety the better, but it's not as big a deal if you only have access to one. I wouldn't do all chicken for the organs, though. For one, a lot of ferrets actually develop an allergy to chicken, and secondly, most mainstream groceries only sell chicken giblets anyway (heart and liver plus gizzard, which is actually a muscle). I feed pork organs since that is what the Asian market I source most of Rocky's food from sells. Ethnic markets and butchers are your best bet for organs, aside from ordering online.
Post by hamstacraze on Jan 12, 2020 23:56:17 GMT -5
I was thinking of having 3 species of grinds and a separate species for the organs and bone-in/boneless. Maybe something like whole pork, course ground, whole turkey, course ground, and either mutton, duck, goat, rabbit, or beaver (course ground and similar prices to each other) and then feed a beef organ mix of 50% heart 30% liver 20% kidney, and then feed chicken giblets and necks.
My ferret isn't a fan of chicken so when I give him chicken heart he eats some but not all of it. I know he loves his beef so I was able to find beef heart! It will last a very long time because it's so big!! Now he eats all of his heart meal! I give him beef liver and kidney too. If I find pork liver or kidney he gets that and I also give him rabbit liver and kidney too. Variety is good if you can get it. The more variety you have the better because if you can't get one kind at least you have other options.
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2020 19:45:38 GMT -5 by Charlie
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Jan 24, 2020 19:44:14 GMT -5
I save the guinea pig livers that I gut and clean for mine and they eat that. I can get lamb liver and kidney at farmers market. However, I have to put that in the blender and they will eat it as a soupie. But I usually just serve guinea pig organs. Don't have to blend that. They do get a little bit of organs from the mice that I feed about 3-4 times a week. But you can just serve one type of organ and give variety by way of bone-in meats and muscle.