Hi I have a couple questions about raw food diet. It's been about a week since Dolly has begun eating raw food. I skipped the soup since she is so young and she quickly adjusted to raw food. She is eating 2.5 oz per meal. I pretty much skipped the soup and grinds of protein. Dolly is eating chunks. I'm using the guide from this site to feed her. She is given a wing tip and chicken wings to start as a bone in meal. Now the question...
The site recommends a hammer or meat mallet to break up the bone. I notice the bones in bone in meat is sharp. Is that okay? I don't cook the bone. She removes the sharp pieces and separates it from the chicken chunks but she needs to have enough bone in her diet. Any ideas, suggestions so she is eating safely and without her injuring her mouth or intenstines.
My other question is her poop is drier when she is given bone in meals but overall her poo is wet. I even notice some bone fragments in her poop, which could be a sign she is not digesting the food properly. What to do? And how long does it take for her poo to harden and look normal?
My other ferret has yet to transition. He is 11 months old.
Post by caitmonster on Jun 18, 2020 11:23:56 GMT -5
Don't feel too bad, it's tricky to break the bones without ending up with pieces that are the wrong shape for them to eat. You might just need to pound it more until the bones are completely broken up. Or in the case of the wingtips, since for chicken they tend to be pretty small, you could just give it to her without pounding and see how she does. (She may still need to build up jaw strength, too; gizzards are great for that.)
It does take a little while (maybe a few weeks?) for their systems to completely adjust to digesting bone. If you're seeing little bits in their poop, that's normal as long as there are no other obvious issues.
Thank you for your help. I watched a video from a member on this site on breaking apart bones, it was helpful. Since this post and watching the video I am pounding the bone more. I am going to hold off on giving her a whole bone.