Sounds good. I'm glad that Duke is enjoying this copious amounts of food ;D Some ferrets remain lean. Mad Max was my lean mean brat machine but when I thought about it he was the first out the door in the morning and still going strong and getting into trouble after everyone else had gone to the sleep boxes. He also ate twice as much as everyone else. He always looked skinny.....but he outlived all his playmates (passed on at about 9yrs). Some are just built that way. I will be interested to see if he does bulk up now he's eating raw though ciao
I just had to say Boo joined the rest of the group on the upper level and dined with them on chicken thigh chunks. I wound up praising him only for him to look at me as if to say "Why are you so excited? I do this every day." and went back to eating with the rest of them.
I was out shopping and on the way back I had one of those "D'oh" moments when you realize you forgot the most important item so I wound up stopping by a local Save-a-lot I usually avoid on the way back and found they have an interesting assorted meats section. Causing me to come home with some chicken feet among other items.
It went over well and Boo even wound up in a corner slowly chewing on one. He's been at it for a good 20min just working on it slowly. He gave me an odd look when I put one in his personal bowl just to see how he'd react. He nibbled then looked confused at me and repeated a few times when I praised him. After a bit he just started slowly gnawing away.
I've been watching and I think Duke has been helping him since Duke likes to join and copy my girl until she gets annoyed and holes up where he can't get at her while eating. Then he'll take his food down to Boo and eat in front of him.
Still keeping at it. Boo is starting to show more intrest in eating with the rest of the pack.
He's also eating soup out of the bowl without me needing to give him a few finger fulls of it first. He's also starting to perk up in general.
I'm lessening the amount of kibble breaded meals and rotating them in and out with un-breaded chunks. The breaded chunks still get eaten first and completly but he's starting to trust meals that dont come breaded.
Sorry my updtes are a bit spread out. I haven't had any big changes or problems.
Boo is moving along slowly, he's joining in on meals but is a passive eater so when someone gets worked up he usually back off and waits for things to calm down.
He has officially found a favorite food though and is willing to get possessive over it. The chicken feet returned and he immediately comendeered all of them in the snuggle hut promptly kicking everyone else out until he was satisfied.
Duke is moving along wonderfully. He's figured out that if it comes in the big flat bowl it's edible and usually pretty good. He's even started to take to the bone in meals recently with the latest round of chicken wings that were cut up for easier chewing.
I've tried different proteens and so far he seems most keen on lamb. Other than the chicken feet it's the second most liked meal and he'll eat that with little encouragement and no breading of any kind.
When breaded I've gotten him to try out a good variety of different meats. Chicken, pork, beef, cornish hen, frog.
Unfortunately due to a restricted budget at the moment I can't buy to much lamb for him in order to up his meals.
P.S. what would stomach be as a meat? Mussle or organ? I think organ but I'd like a second opinion.
Well...you wouldn't find it in a store.... ;D Tripe is the stomach of any ungulant...I would think if you found the pig stomach in a store that it's been bleached and treated so that humans can eat it. If that's the case and it's similar to the bleached tripe that you find in stores, then it has no nutritional value for your wee one. You can buy tripe in cans (green tripe) I gather that it's worse than the fresh stuff you can get. I buy mine from a raw supplier and it's frozen. It has a very high nutritional value and if you can convince your wee ones to eat it and not roll in it (it smells worse than an overfilled litter box) its wonderful stuff. I'm going to say it's muscle, it is I just looked it up ciao
Darn I was hoping that it'd be a organ. I don't have much varity in my organs right now. Organ meals mainly consist of chicken livers and beef kidneys.
I haven't seen tripe in a can. Any idea where one would find it?
Boo has also shown intrest in the last few meals by abandoning his bowl on the lowest level and going up to the top level to eat. So far he's joined in on chicken gizards and salmon chunks. I'm hopefull that he's starting to come around to the idea that what everyone else has been eating is prety good.
yay...Boo... your find your good foods Are your wee ones ready to graduate? are they eating bone, different proteins, their organ meats. I know all about limited organ meats. If I use traditional meats (grocery stores) then I'm limited to beef liver, kidneys and chicken livers. Sometimes I can get pork. Now, my guys eat whole rabbits, so that's brains, liver, lungs, kidneys. My guys also eat mice and rats so they get the organs from them too...so I think I've got my guys organ meats covered. If you occasionally buy commercial they too, have organ mixes. I believe that either Hare today or rodentpro also have organ mixes that might be worth looking into. I don't know this for sure, I can't get those up here. ciao