;D ;D The easiest method is using those shower curtains hooks. My guys won't eat their food if I tie it down, but you might be lucky As far as next protein source, go for any of them...you choose ;D ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 4, 2012 18:27:19 GMT -5
ok well to transition I thought i'd do the chunky soup plus rabbit chunks in it. Is that ok? I am thinking I will do it without bones, if I have to i'll take them out. I could include it but i really want to see if they take to it tonight. If so, i'll transition off to the bones and get some hooks. we'll see how it goes! Hope that was what you were looking for. I will dethaw some quail; tomorrow so I can do some de-feathering I will be a whole prey and raw soon enough .....well maybe i'll give myself bad luck so cross dem toes for me. or did you want me to go straight to the meat and bone?
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 4, 2012 23:35:41 GMT -5
well I chunked it included bone in parts even and lots of chicken and rabbit parts. I think I would have lost a finger if I tried to take it away. [img src="http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h352/JW_2012/Emoticons/0_0.gif"].gif[/IMG] I definitely feel once tomorrows is gone, we are onto whole pieces and it may take some time to get their jaws going, so unless you have another suggestion to build up that jaw power? , I'd say right on track!!!! Am I getting boring to mentor LOL! I hope it goes well with whole chicken etc. I wouldn't go dipping fingers into the dish, I got my warning
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2012 23:38:09 GMT -5 by ferretlove67
Take a hammer to those bone pieces. That way they can deal with smaller bones fragments and build up the strength of their jaws. The hardest thing you will have to do is convince your guys to eat bone. Ferrets are a lazy chew and if there's an easy way to eat meat (without bone is the easiest) that's the way they will choose. ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 5, 2012 9:12:19 GMT -5
Its an old tiny cuisinart brand I think. Only fits about 3 cups worth in. Only has low and high settings. It screams as it is. Wouldnt put them in my blender but it got them good. I made sure to leave chunks. I did throw in some organs like kidneys and heart of rabbit in proportion to what the soupy recipe calls for. Basically , it had a little thickness to it but real pieces to chew. The first bowl I got in after a good clean, was taken out. I was like " don't you dare go stash that " lol. Should be all gone. Going to check and clean dishes here soon. My first rabbit entire dissect. Got me a bit scared doing it, but wasnt too bad. Took as much meat anywhere I could. I think the processor would take gizzards. I have had it from my mother since I was like 15 years old. The thing is ancient. Too bad its nearly impossible to clean like I want. It does have some kick though. I think the old days had the best things at times. Now we have cheap plastic etc.
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 6, 2012 17:51:59 GMT -5
ok so I think we can move onto some meatier things. Gonna try some duck and chicken, perhaps rabbit too. Gave an adult mouse as a treat. One had it gone before I could look back, some looked at me like " what the heck am I supposed to do with this?" I will be checking to see that no one hid anything. I have a couple packers and hoping we can do raw and whole prey as My freezer is stocked full here waiting for them to get there. Gonna add in maybe chicken wings to start, or hammer as you said. We shall see. Keep you updated!
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 9, 2012 12:24:53 GMT -5
Yeah hard to keep up!!! LOL onto chunks and bones now, still have some packers that will chew bone as much as they can, but getting those jaws primed now! They like rabbit best and chicken but will eat duck now without hesitation. Like making sure they get to know each meat for better variety. Just fed some duck and organs and bones and some chicken chunks. We are getting there! Can you believe I don't have a hammer! Food processor hasn't blown a blade at me tho! hahahahaha I figured out what it was, its a 4 cup proctor-silex, imagine that. It will get the non thigh bones to chunks with much hatred in the process by how loud it gets. However, it doesn't smoke and just screams a little higher! Happy belated Easter too!
So, because you and your guys are doing wayyyyy wonderful.....I have to ask. Where are you hoping to take your raw feeding? Are you working up to prey? or are you going to just do frankenprey? or a mixture? Is everybody eating whole meat chunks of every flavour? ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 11, 2012 2:30:26 GMT -5
yes want prey and whole raw foods with occasional ground perhaps. So far will eat and chew as much as they can of any chunks of duck, chicken and large mice and the chick treats. working way to just adding in the whole chicken breast here soon. Think they are ready? They will eat rabbiit and bones as well and organs. I have a couple a little inquisitive that play with the adult mice and the rest are bthe ones that pull that out first. I'm going to try pheasant whole or halved and quail whole prey as well this week. Might try the course ground pheasant with feather first. More interest tonight in adult mice so we shall see! I am adding calcium to any chunks that dont have bones and tauring and Icelandic oil as well plus pumpkin which they love. If I am missing anything or should try just whole legs and breasts already and not worry lol, let me know. I am all for it. Jaws are getting stronger and well that is the plan!
Go for it. Your guys are ready. With the breast and legs....I usually cut into the meat (not through). I will cut criss crosses, just slices. It makes it easier for them to get hold of the meat. I find that just giving them a leg seems to discourage them. The will chew on the bone but not rip and tear at the meat ciao
Post by ferretlove67 on Apr 11, 2012 18:54:40 GMT -5
will be trying tonight. I have a couple that love the adult mice, another couple that will eat the heads only, and then a couple that "play with it. I have the chicken sitting out and ready and will be doing that! Found my hammer too. Also got out some treats: baby rabbits. See if that will entice the couple that like rabbit meat, mine will do anything for rabbits, and then get the mice out next. So here goes to some chicken and all that and a good sized baby rabbit treat that is bigger than my adult mice. Let you know the progress! I think they are definitely ready, everyone cleans dishes here. To the last lick usually. I might even add too much, we'll see if that decreases or not. But as of now, its a good amount of chunks