Hi everyone. I've recently been trying to find the best way to start on a raw diet for my 14 month old ferret. After researching the frankenprey approach nonstop for over a week I decided to try to make my own "menu" for him. I was just wondering if someone could possibly take a look below at what I have come up with and let me know if he will be getting everything he needs when it comes to bones, fat, muscle meat, ect. If I haven't got it quite right what can I do to improve it?
am: Bone in - Chicken feet
pm: 1/2 bone in & 1/2 muscle meat - Chicken neck & ground duck
am: Bone in - Duck Neck
pm: Muscle meat- ground turkey
am: Bone in - Turkey neck
pm: Heart - Chicken heart
am: Bone in - Chicken wing
pm: Muscle meat OR bone in - Gizzards if muscle meat
Post by abbeytheferret6 on May 20, 2020 7:18:54 GMT -5
Monday: am: Bone in - Chicken feet pm: 1/2 bone in & 1/2 muscle meat - Chicken neck & ground duck
Tuesday am: Bone in - Duck Neck pm: Muscle meat- ground turkey
Wednesday am: Bone in - Turkey neck pm: Heart - Chicken heart
Thursday am: Bone in - Chicken wing pm: Muscle meat OR bone in - Gizzards if muscle meat
Friday am: Bone in - Rabbit pm: 1/2 chicken heart, 1/4 beef liver. 1/4 lamb kidneys--- 1/2Organ & 1/2 Heart
Saturday am: Bone in - Duck neck pm: Muscle meat - Ground beef
Sunday am: Bone in - Turkey neck pm: 1/2 beef liver, 1/2 lamb kidney---Organ
I think I would give the ground duck for Monday's PM meal as chicken feet r pretty boney. You can give 3 bone-in meals in a row. I would look at how boney are the bone -in meals. If feces r chalky and dry give more muscle or give a bone-in that is more meaty.
You may have to pound the turkey necks I am thinking if they are big.
Back legs of rabbit are probably too tough but ribs and front legs are ok---though mine could not crunch front legs. It may depend on type of rabbit. The farmers market I went to always had these big rabbits, but ribs are ok for sure---I would just put some rabbit meat with them.
You can make soupies out of organs by blending it all in a blender too if they are picky and leaving something out. I did make lamb organ soupies for mine while on the frankenprey diet.They liked it pretty well.
Yes, you do have the variety and all bone, muscle, organ, and heart meals correctly.
Post by caitmonster on May 20, 2020 11:21:53 GMT -5
Looks good to me! Yes you will most likely have to pound the turkey necks, unless you have a particularly large and strong ferret that can go through bones of that density already. You may need to pound the chicken feet too if you are just starting him out, but offer them as they are to start with and see how it goes.
Mine has been able to eat all parts of a rabbit without me needing to break any of the bones, but the rabbits I buy are generally around 8 pounds so I can't speak to anything bigger.