New to Ferrets and DEFINITELY doing a raw diet - some ?s Jul 4, 2021 19:12:33 GMT -5
Post by smithde83 on Jul 4, 2021 19:12:33 GMT -5
While I realize food consumption is based on your ferret (I've been reading every thread on here I can find) - is there a ball park for 4-6 month old kits for ounces? When does their food dial back - like 1 year old? I have done rescue for years (bottle fed kittens) so I already planned to weigh weekly. I will be getting a female this month (so I was thinking 6-9 oz) and hope to add a second baby next month although I'm not sure sex (6-12oz for a boy?), they are already fixed so I won't have to worry about that, just have to pace out my spending and save for bulk food orders. I did order from Hare Today and a rather extensive amount lol, I got carried away and knowing I wanted two I think I ordered for 2 (almost 24 pounds by the time I was done and now see why the 55 ld boxes are a good way to go). I wanted to start with grinds, I got both complete and then muscle/organ/bone because I know they are currently on kibble (yuck) and I will have to transition. I also got items on the bone, fdr bone to add a little to make sure they get enough, pinkies, chicken necks, chicken hearts and beef on the bone. I wanted to break everything down into freezer vacuum seal bags once it gets here and transition towards a whole prey diet which is why I got a little bit of everything. We are an active house with a 5 and 7 year old (kids lol) and I work part time while my husband is active duty military (think 12-14 hr days 4-5 days a week). But I have no idea what size whole prey items they eat - like is a large pinkie right or are they eating larger by 6-12 months? From what I saw and put into carts - RodentPro seemed like the best for whole prey items but I'd like to get a rough idea of how many and what size so I can see what it would cost monthly. Can I package recommended amount in grind ounces and then add one of the other items like a heart, chicken neck and slowly add in bone in items and whole prey? Or is that too much food? I take having pets seriously and want to make sure I've thought it all out (I have both a dog who eats FDR and cats the eat the best I can afford and might also transition to grinds from HT). I also take in consideration vet costs (my vet does "exotics" like ferrets) but how often do they go? What is the stance on vaccines as she does lean more towards a holistic approach but won't argue if I ask. Just trying to get an idea on cost so I can tuck it away. But I realize food is going to be my biggest spending item after their set up. I did get a 2 level Midwest Critter Cage with saving for a third level. I have so many cat and dog toys that all I bought in addition was hammocks and some wand toys. I've also realized I need way more litter boxes or to convert the ones we already have to pellets over clumping clay. Will they share with cats as possible prey to them? Is that safe? I use tote containers and cut a hole in them as they are cheaper than litter boxes and seem to need to be replaced just as often because the smell gets into plastic period. Thanks guys and gals! I have learned so much from you already and have really enjoyed having most of my questions answered already, it's so hard to find answers for ferrets and one that I align with like a raw diet. Also what is considered a treat and ok for treats? I know fruits, veggies, carbs are out but what about dehydrated things that Hare Today has like beef, bison - organs or meat? The jerky sticks? Thanks!