Sounds good! Let me know how they take the beef and pork. And no worries on the meal plan, let me know if you have any questions. Just keep in mind in the end it should all balance out to about 80% muscle, 10% organ, and 10-1& bone.
Hey! So I tried to send you your present today (finally) but since you are in Canada I have to fill out a custom's form...which requires a last name.... I figured that "Rah Rahrah" or Sarah Rahrah" wouldn't work/ Can you PM me or post your last name so I can send it to you?
Haha no worries, Its McNeil So last night I did some shopping And this morning the fuzzies had pork Zoey jumped right in, the boys were a little hesitant. I also bought some beef chunks, and some turkey necks. So we'll see how those go soon
If they were hesitant, but they ate it that is ok! As long as they are eating it they will get over the hesitation. They are doing great and your little girl is setting a good example for her big brothers! Let me know if you have questions about the beef or neck and how they do. Also, can you make me a list of ALL of the foods (meats and parts) that they will eat right now, as well as the foods that you are getting ready to try (like the beef), and then also what you Want to add.
Okay Has of now they will eat: Any form of chicken meat Chicken Livers Chicken Hearts Chicken Gizzards Pork
Getting ready to try: Beef Turkey neck
Want to try: Cornish Game Hens Beef Liver Beef Kidney
Anything else you suggest that I try I am down for trying
Awesome! I think they will take to the CGH quickly it is a lot like chicken. The beef organs should be easier after they will eat beef muscle. You should also look around and see if they have any beef heart. Some other things you might want to look for are some commercial ground raw for a little variety here and there, and duck is great during Christmas time. It is very high in fat - aka tasty and good for their winter storage.
Also, what about whole prey? I forget what your feelings were on that (sorry)...? I am tired, but I will think of mroe ideas for meats to try.
OH! Lamb! It is good to have them Familiar with lamb just in case you ever need to feed a belly-gentle diet other than their usual meats. Goat too if it is available in your area.
I mailed your present today by the way. Sorry it is coming so late!
I forgot to add turkey to the list of things they will eat haha
I gave them some meat chunks mixed in with some chicken chunks today for breakfast, for the most part they just picked out the chicken and stashed the beef off in a corner I'm still trying out different places to see where I can find different meat types, and thanks for all the suggestions! As for the whole prey... Yeah I think I could handle it. Mice maybe. I don't know if I'm cool with the chicks or anything though...
And I'm excited about said present! I love surprises ;D
You might have to mix up some beef and chicken soup, and pour that over the chicken chunks and then slowly add chunks of beef just like you did transitioning from kibble to chicken. Beef tends to have a much stronger flavor, so it can take some more convincing to get them to eat it.
Yeah I've heard that beef can be a pain in the butt. They seemed to eat a good amount of it, I'm rather surprised. And they took to the pork really well I asked around at work for any good local butchers, and I think I have a lead, so I'm going to try to check them out this weekend - assuming they're still open by the time I get off work
I think Zoey actually really helps the boys get into trying things. She isn't nervous about ANYTHING. She just goes at it full force. When the boys get to the bowl they tend to sniff around, lick it a little bit before carefully biting into the meal. Zoey on the other hand comes barreling down and pushes through the guys and grabs a chunk and takes off! Its hilarious!
hahaha Sounds like a kit alright! They are in "tummies with teeth." I am glad that she is setting a good example! If they actually ate some of the beef, that is good keep offering it. As they keep eating it they will learn to like it more. For the pork as well, you might want to look around for a place that sells uncured (NO salt or flavoring) bacon (so basically just pork-butt slices) as that is very high in fat. They love it, if you need to put weight on skinny ferrets *ahem Koda* it is good bc of the fat content, etc. Also, what do you have for pork organs? If you can find any that would be good. I would give the beef bits (hear, liver, kidney ) a shot here soon too. start with one first. I would start with the Kidney personally because their diet should be 10% organ, and half of that should be liver and half other organs. So the kidney will give you that "other organs" that they need. If you can find some spleen or kidney from pork of chicken as well that would be even better - more variety.
For whole prey, I would start by looking around for a place that sells frozen feeder mice/rats. You will want to start with pinkies. They can be cut in half and mixed into their regular meat. Then mixed in whole, then fuzzies cut in half mixed in, then mixed in whole, then given plain whole. That is essentially the slow way. If they take to it faster you can bypass a lot of the chopping. Once they will eat fuzzy mice then it is easy enough to increase to adult mice. The hardest part is getting them to eat something covered in fur. lol Rodents are GREAT though because they are a perfectly balanced meal, high in natural fiber (fur, nails, etc), and obviously part of what they were really designed to eat. The ferrets REALLY enjoy them as well and seem to have fun eating them. My boys absolutely LOVE miceicles (frozen mice). It doubles as a toy and a meal!
Well, I've picked up way too many extra shifts at work so I haven't had a chance to go check out the mouse deal. As for the beef they are eating it alright I'm going to try them on turkey neck tonight, see how they do.
I noticed something this morning... Calvin is changing colours! He's a lot darker, and his blaze is very defined, its adorable. I'll have to post some pictures today, I finally got a hold of my moms camera, so I'll take a whole bunch and post them
Ooo yay! I can't wait for pictures! It is pretty common for significant coat changes to happen on Raw diet. It is also getting to be Spring-Shed time. Have you tried some beef chunks? Start mixing some chunks into the ground. Let me know how they do on the turkey neck. Also, let me know when you get your present - it will help you with the whole bone-thing.
Since they are eating the beef now as well, let's try to get more organ variety in their diet. Why don't you try them on some beef heart and liver. Be prepared for some dark poops though. Just a fair warning. lol
They had beef chunks for dinner last night, and they ate it all. So far so good I'm going to try the turkey neck for breakfast tomorrow so I'll let you know how it goes Things around here are really hectic, my boyfriend (we got back together ) and his friend and his friends girlfriend/ my best friend are moving out, so we've been packing up and moving everything to the new townhouse. The ferrets are going to be living with them since I'll be there so much more often than I am at home. its pretty crazy and exciting