I appreciate the help from those who know something about this area. Despite snide comments to the contrary, I have put much more than 30 seconds into looking for a local source. It isn't an easy thing to find in this area for some reason. The Mexican market idea is a good one, I'll definitely look into that one, thanks!
Not meant to be "snide" .....just part of one's due diligence when deciding to feed raw and own a dog.
The problem with "cheap" chicken at many grocery stores is the fact that they plump the chickens....Plumping
, also referred to as “enhancing” or “injecting,” is a term that describes the process by which some U.S. poultry companies inject raw chicken meat with saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract or some combination thereof. The practice is most commonly used for fresh chicken and is also used in frozen poultry products. Too much salt for the pooch.
There are many raw feeding groups and co-ops you can join which include the Chicago area, as I am sure there are thousands of pet owners who feed raw in your area. My point was, I found 2 sources in 30 seconds and I'll bet you can find dozens more. Try calling the dozens of meat processing and wholesale meat suppliers in your area and simply ask them what they do with the offal. Many times getting more "rural" uncovers great finds on raw. I drive 240 miles round trip once a month or so and score 200 lbs plus of most anything that comes on a cow,chicken etc. I pay .35-.50 a lb including green tripe, "oxtail", gullets, beef heart, etc. Even after gas it is a ton cheaper than any dog food one can buy....including the cheap crap. If you join into some of the raw groups out there, I am sure you will find a camaraderie amongst fellow raw feeders who pool their resources and certain individuals will do the driving at a nominal fee.
Here's a link specifically for the Chicago area of folks who are feeding raw and willing to shares their sources.
You're welcome,.....now that was "snide"....