We recently acquired 2 ferrets. Both are supposed to be 5-6 months old. They have taken to raw feeding like Champs! I do have a few questions though. I have been using boneless thighs and making a chunky soup for them. I have stocked up on organ meats from chicken, beef,and pork. Ive been using the boneless thighs as the muscle meat and switching up the organ meats. For example...the last batch I made was boneless chicken thighs, beef heart, chicken liver, pork kidney, and bone meal. I have offered them bone but they don't seem interested just yet. They have only been on raw for about a week. My question is what other cuts of meat can I get for them other than chicken thighs. I prefer to stick with grocery store meats at this time but may order them some grinds online at a later date. I can readily get most chicken, turkey, beef, and pork cuts. I would also like to know what percentage of fat the meat needs to be.
Post by Corvidophile on Sept 26, 2020 17:58:07 GMT -5
Ideally the meat should be 15-20% fat, you can find this in beef and lamb easily but it’s a little harder with other meats for some reason, they tend to popularly sell leaner cuts of other stuff. Maybe stewing pork, like butt and shoulder, would have some chunks of fat but it isn’t marbled throughout like the ungulates are. You can use chicken wings readily to introduce them to bone as they’re nice and soft, but it’s a pain to debone them yourself and the “boneless wings” sold in supermarkets are actually typically chicken back tenders. With birds, white meat has less taurine and fat than dark meat, so it’s probably good to stick with the thighs for your boneless chicken cuts.
Thanks. I found 85% lean ground turkey yesterday. I was pretty disappointed with the way it turned to complete soup when mixed with the organs. They didn't touch it over night. Not sure if they didn't like the consistency or the turkey. They have eaten all the organ meats before so not thinking it was that. We did give them each a fresh born pinky rat before bed last night. They both killed theirs. The male ate his right away. The female kept stashing hers then carrying it around then stashing it again. When she did decide to eat it he took it from her and ate it in a few bites. Stinker. Good first step into feeding whole prey. All prey will be pre killed if bigger than pinkies. We currently raise chickens and rats. Plans for raising quail and other prey for them is in the works. Just need to see that they will eat whole prey first.