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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Whole-Prey trouble

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I've started feeding my guy Fitz raw, he is adjusting very well. We are on month 4 or 5 now, and he is thriving. I am introducing now whole-prey to his diet to add more variety, and this week I got 20 pounds of whole rabbit. He's had whole chicken and nice slabs of pork, whole fish as well, but is relatively uninterested in the rabbit. I think the fur is what is freaking him out. Any advice for a picky eater? Do I play the classic you eat what I give you card? He usually wolfs his dinner down. (See what I did there?)

I've tried slicing the chest open for him, he sniffed, licked, and walked away. I'd really rather not waste the money on the rabbit if at all possible, just looking for advice to get him interested if I can. Should I try skinning it?

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I would try skinning the rabbit and see if he likes it that way first.

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I would try skinning the rabbit and see if he likes it that way first.
Since I'm an apartment dwelling Chicagoan who's never hunted in my life, tomorrow will be a squeamish experience I think.
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Rabbit definitely has a different odor and flavor. My guys too right to it, but it was skinned and dressed ...but they were already used to eating venison which was also pretty gamey because it was from a buck.... I would say skinning it and offering a management piece like a leg may be a good start.

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Alexis and Deja will not eat rabbit. I quit bothering. The rabbit I get, though, is farm raised so not gamey. Deja, OTOH, will eat wild rabbit that she has caught. Go figure.

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I have found that dogs either LOVE whole rabbits or hate them. Good luck!

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tie a string to it and twitch it, that should get her going, if not then you bought too much.
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Since I'm an apartment dwelling Chicagoan who's never hunted in my life, tomorrow will be a squeamish experience I think.
Hey - I was a suburb raised kid that never HEARD of hunting and yet I raise, kill and butcher my own rabbits.

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A friend of mine raw feeds her gsd pretty much all the usual meats including rabbit (which she loves). One day she bought some rabbit meat from a different butcher and gave it to her dog. She took one sniff and walked away. Later she found out from the butcher that the rabbits were gassed. Which is strange because I always thought that gassing was only used as a method of pest control.
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