You mention he does eat ground? Is he not fond of the liquid or just the mixture? Out of curiosity....will he actually eat chunked meats? Some ferrets just don't like the consistency of soupy or liquid meat. I think Sherry has one. Have you ever fed just chunked meats? ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Mar 28, 2012 19:57:47 GMT -5
I believe he was the one who ate the ground the best and one of my gals hated soupy but she took to it and cleans it all. Off to get chicken and I'll try something like a chunk. Not a soup. See if he does, my only worry is that he gets sick someday and needs soupy, unless there is a chance once on the basic meats, perhaps he hates liver etc. he will eat the soupy prepared with rabbit for example? ground I believe he liked as well as likes whole-prey chicks.That size is a treat however. I'd need to try a mouse. He is just giving me a hard time. All the rest like it. The consistency is hmmm creamy? Not super thin? I can make some super thin tonight and see if that helps? My blender was maxed. I did the creamy. Like a clam chowder type cream. Still thin but not too thin either.
Last Edit: Mar 28, 2012 20:01:40 GMT -5 by ferretlove67
It is easier if they will eat soupy but if you can't get him to, then for now move on to see if he will eat whole meats. If he will then we can alway move back or continue seeing if he will accept it as we progress. We can also see if you can get them to eat baby food. You can either use the usual jarred stuff, pure meat or I can give you a recipe for a homeaid type too. This is food that you can create to be able to use with a syringe. There are many different methods of getting protein into your wee one when sick so don't stress too much about him not wanting to eat soupy. We will get him there one way or another but perhaps taking him forward is something that we can look at right now ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 1, 2012 9:52:39 GMT -5
ok, made it like paste with some chunks. hard to explain I swear. Hoping this goes well! I'd like the bump up the chunks and get onto full raw. Have a huge rodentrpo order coming and I shared with a friend. Not sure where I'll put it all yet, so shhhhh. My spouse is already complaining it takes up a lot of freezer space. It does and doesn't. Sure it'd be easier to throw kibble in, BUT I'm good with raw/whole prey.He respects me for it and even helped last night and had the dishes soaking, cleaned, washed the blender before I was even done. All I have to say is I have the best ferrets, best spouse and best family in the whole world. After much reluctance, but respect, over the raw, I think he finally see's why I am doing it. He takes pride in my passion. That in itself, is what a spouse should do. The very fact he had everything ready, out of the freezer for me was incredible. Before, it was do it yourself, and a gag. Now he doesn't care, even touches it and says, " nothing different than the chicken i cook you when you dont want to touch it,".ME: " its slightly different in that it has hearts and livers?", HIM: " used to live on a farm, Just wash my hands and its the same". I was shocked. Even I won't touch it without gloves. Yes, I have the best spouse in the whole world. He's a keeper!
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 1, 2012 23:06:39 GMT -5
never-mind, since it was so liked, I did go ahead and get the food processor out. I added some chunks of chicken and a little heart to see if they would like it. They really like the goats milk idea and I do a little goats milk when puree-ing and then add warm water depending on consistency I am aiming for. In this case, it was rather thick and like play-doh with chunks. It'd take a second to fall off a spoon in other words. Let you know how it goes, it looked promising, and I did some more in depth cleaning, playtime, so time passed me by before I knew it. BTW: I despise my food processor. You have to clean between buttons and all the nooks and the thing is ancient!
Last Edit: Apr 1, 2012 23:07:13 GMT -5 by ferretlove67
Your food processor, is like mine I only use it for pet food any more because I don't think I can really get it clean I still think your guys are doing awesome. So, does your soupy only consist of chicken right now? ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 2, 2012 22:44:38 GMT -5
it would take the tiniest toothbrush that doesn't exist to get in the groove where the top slides into place for safety. Nope, not human consumption no more, but does that mean I get to bribe the spouse into something new? ;D They are on chunky monkey made by me soupy. Chicken, liver (chicken) and hearts plus calcium, goats milk and water a bit and taurine. They are almost totally chunk. should give you an idea as to how chunky it is. I will mince the hearts a bit more but the chicken is meaty 1cm cubettes?
Last Edit: Apr 2, 2012 22:45:06 GMT -5 by ferretlove67
Sounds great. Now, when is your order due in? You can start to make some thoughts about what you want to do. You can continue making larger and larger chunks of meats. Eventually you're going to run into stashing (if you haven't already). A feeding den will help with that. One of the things you're going to have to consider soon is adding your new proteins. There are a number of ways of doing this from starting over with soupy of the different proteins, mixing it with existing already accepted proteins or just offering the new meats and seeing if they will accept it. Your guys are doing great. You can continue adding more sizes and seeing how things go with this. Another thing you can do is also cut up some chicken wings and see if your guys will chew on this. ciao ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 3, 2012 20:25:13 GMT -5
Thursday. I also have a lot of HT order too. OH we had stashing~ on the chicks! OMG I about died. Only one though but never again! I have feeding dens, so all I need now is a way to secure it yet wash it off? Suggestions as I have chewers as well. Rope wont work. My clips might though that I hang their bedding with? I just want to make sure I can assemble it right? Suggestions? I ziptied the dens in place otherwise it'd be all over. So far no chunks have been hidden however I suspect a piece of chicken would be! So how can I transition to it and best method to hang from a 15 qt approximate sterilte bin without them chewing through any rope? Only a couple would but Jacob definitely would. He took a 1/2" solid litter pan hook to the cage and chewed in half faster than I could retrun the next morning to them. He looks all sweet.......hmmm...hmmmm. till you add in the fun stuff for him to cause trouble! What proteins do you suggest? I was thinking of getting out the pheasants? Maybe some rabbit? Mice?