|11-14-2012 08:52 AM|
OOPS ... I'm at work, and wasn't supposed to hit submit yet ...
It's a very small hen about 2-3 pounds - nothing massive (she wouldn't eat it all anyway!) I get them from the organic butcher, so they are quite small compared to the ones you see in the grocery store.
She gets this once a week (usually on Friday or Saturday). Kyleigh only eats once a day (her choice, she flat out won't eat in the morning).
So if she gets this meal on Friday evening, I certainly don't expect her to eat a full meal the next night.
I'm lucky in that Kyleigh controls how much she eats. There have been plenty of times she only eats half the chicken, and she's done. I toss it in the freezer and give her the rest the next weekend.
Also, in terms of normal feeding, I put down about 1.5 pounds of food (meat / bone / organ, etc.) and she eats until she's full and I put the rest back. Some nights she eats it all, other nights, she leaves some behind.
|11-14-2012 08:46 AM|
For those new to feeding raw, feeding a whole chicken at once/not what I'd recommend.
|11-14-2012 08:43 AM|
|Kyleigh||I don't cut up ANY of the chicken when I give it to Kyleigh ... I simply toss the whole thing on the floor and sit on a chair and read a book. Takes her about 15 minutes to eat the whole chicken.|
|11-14-2012 01:41 AM|
I just saw the local grocery store had turkeys at $.57/lbs! I need to just get some crazy turkey cutter or mini chain saw and hack away.
|11-12-2012 04:24 PM|
|lhczth||I feed whole turkeys and around the holidays can get really cheap turkey backs. I feed them without issue.|
|11-12-2012 02:26 PM|
The cut chicken bones may seem sharp but if you try to bite into a raw chicken bone, you will find very soft and crumbly - like biting into a cracker (yes, I've tried it, wanted to see for myself).
Get some better kitchen shears! Takes me 2 1/2 hours to cut up a Moose carcass given to me by friends who hunt. I do it in the kitchen with a hacksaw. Granted, the guts are gone and the carcass is cut into quarters when I get it, but cutting up two chickens should not take as long as cutting up a moose!!
|11-12-2012 01:28 PM|
Congrats on going raw!
A few tips...
1) Do not feed raw meat and kibble together.
2) 50% raw meaty bones, 45% muscle meat, 5% organ meat is a great formula: rawdogranch.com.
3) There is nothing on a chicken they can't eat.
4) Add variety after two weeks on raw.
|11-12-2012 01:24 PM|
I have fed an entire cornish hen. I get nervous about the wings, as they are very boney and he is prone to gulp any thing, but never had a problem.
Lisa, turkey backs seem very boney and tough to me. I fed them last night in any case, since I was able to cut through a piece with a dull knife. do you think they are a safe rmb to feed?
|11-12-2012 01:14 PM|
|lhczth||There is nothing on a chicken that can't be fed. I feed whole chickens and whole turkeys (though I often cut the meat off of the legs and don't feed the large leg bones). I would wait for a bit before feeding too much organ meat. I would also read the raw feeding articles at Welcome to the Raw Dog Ranch .|
|11-12-2012 02:22 AM|
Congratulations for trying out raw feeding with your dog.
Be sure and read up on the specific "mix" between raw-meaty-bones (rmb), muscle meat (mm) and organ meat (om). The first thing that concerned me was the comment about giving your dog just livers (om). We give only about 10% of organ meat in each meal. Check the amounts and percentages appropriate for your dog and give him some rmb, mm and om combination. Try to rotate various protein sources (chicken, beef, duck,...).
Raw bones should be fine in terms of not splintering. Chicken backs are a usual staple for our dog. How much you have to cut up depends on your dog. Our dog for example, eats the whole chicken back by chewing it up for a few seconds to "prepare" it for swallowing. I can hear all the bones breaking and "softening".
There are a lot of very experienced raw feeders here to help you. Keep reading too.
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