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03-01-2014 05:49 PM
A girl and her dog We just got a 5c' freezer And Chx legs were .79 this week! Plus I found a guy to give me scraps from his processing business. Major scores here!
02-19-2014 08:06 PM
BlairTheGSD If all else fails for you, look for a meat co-op in your area! You'll have to buy in bulk, but it will be worth it in the long run.
02-06-2014 11:43 PM
A girl and her dog
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Originally Posted by msnorth View Post
I have an 18 lb beagle & it's only like...$13 a month to feed him. Not bad at all. But I know GSDs weight 4x as much, but I'm hoping it doesn't cost 4x as much?! Where does everyone get their meat from?
No, it won't cost 4x as much. $13/month is great for an 18# dog though! I'm still adjusting for Nonny's diet, but I've been spending about $20/mo for a 7.5# Chi. I expect that to triple when it's all worked out with Nonny.

Just watch the sales and dig for good deals. I get mine from the grocery store(s). I watch out for sodium content and try to get a variety of meats when I can. Chx wings are expensive right now, so they haven't had those in a while. Legs were on sale for 1.29/lb so I have that right now.

I'm doing everything I can think of to avoid having to order raw food online. That's expensive!
01-26-2014 12:10 AM
Harry and Lola BARF or ready made raw is expensive but they are selling them now in 1kg and 3kg bags rather than patties and they do include everything - muscle, organ, bone, vegies.

I purchase chicken carcass from the local chicken meat shop for 35cents each - how cheap is that! One carcass is enough for a meal. Also I know a Vet totally into raw feeding that goes to a local slaughter house and has a huge variety of frozen muscle and organ meats for sale, really cheap. I purchase 3kg of cow pancreas for about $4, 2 cow hearts for $6 and a whole skinned rabbit (guts and all) for $11.

You just need to persevere and find the right place for good value raw
01-25-2014 10:55 PM
d4lilbitz
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Originally Posted by Kaimeju View Post
Yes, there is nothing wrong with feeding grocery store chicken. (Some people only feed all-natural, antibiotic free, organic, etc, but human grade is good enough for me.) You can also ask the butcher about "soup bones" (necks and backs). The carniceria where I live often has chicken necks and backs for 1.29/lb. Turkey quarters are the same price. Safeway has good sales.

You won't want to feed this way forever, but it is an acceptable way to start. My understanding (I don't feed 100% raw but am doing research to transition) is that you will want to add other types of proteins and definitely organ meats over time.

Thank you! I am going to try and see how they like it! By the way, love the name Gypsy...I have a lab named that!
01-25-2014 09:10 PM
boomer11 chicken wings are great for pups. i wouldnt just feed tripe. you need to feed bones also
01-25-2014 09:08 PM
mspiker03
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Originally Posted by msnorth View Post
Can I feed an 8 week old pup on raw? Or should I start with kibbles?
My puppy was weaned onto raw. You can start a pup whenever you want!

And greentripe is great - but not a complete diet unless it is mixed with other things!


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01-25-2014 09:00 PM
misslesleedavis1
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Originally Posted by msnorth View Post
Can I feed an 8 week old pup on raw? Or should I start with kibbles?
I am no expert (just learning myself) but i have been told tripe was a great way to introduce them to raw, it is super easy on tummys.
01-25-2014 06:15 PM
msnorth Can I feed an 8 week old pup on raw? Or should I start with kibbles?
01-24-2014 11:38 PM
Kaimeju
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Originally Posted by d4lilbitz View Post
I too am interested in feeding my two dogs raw. Since I'm a beginner, could I just start out with chicken buying it from the grocery store?
Yes, there is nothing wrong with feeding grocery store chicken. (Some people only feed all-natural, antibiotic free, organic, etc, but human grade is good enough for me.) You can also ask the butcher about "soup bones" (necks and backs). The carniceria where I live often has chicken necks and backs for 1.29/lb. Turkey quarters are the same price. Safeway has good sales.

You won't want to feed this way forever, but it is an acceptable way to start. My understanding (I don't feed 100% raw but am doing research to transition) is that you will want to add other types of proteins and definitely organ meats over time.
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