Raising Raw? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 43
Raising Raw?

I have 3 dogs in house, 2 that are puppies. One full GSD, one GSD/husky, and one full Bluetick Coon Hound. I plan on switching them onto a raw diet completely after I move. Where I am moving, I will have a yard and some land to work with. I was wondering since chicken seem to be a good starting staple in most raw diets, if I would be able to raise my own chickens and then take them to a butcher. Has anyone had any experience with this? Is there some kind of special supplements they would need or anything to avoid? Any other raw feeding tips you have to give before I start would be appreciated. Thanks.
Xyst Sin is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 11:05 AM
Senior Member
Oisin's Aoire's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: North NJ
Posts: 478
I would actually ask the vet about anything to be concerned about regarding farm birds etc in your area..such as common parasites etc. I know that the prevailing advice when feeding wild caught game ( including game birds) ia to freeze them solid for a few weeks to kill off any parasites. I am not sure if that applies to birds raised on your land , but it would probably be a good thing to check. Aside from that I think it is awesome you can raise your own meat ( and have fresh eggs all the time )

As far as starting out , start with chicken quarters for the first few days , the slowly add organ meat and more muscle meat. Too much too fast is a common cause of the runs and such when starting raw. I know I did it wrong at first

Alvin - GSD - born @ late February 2013
Bo - Boxer/Hound - born @ late June 2008
Greta - English Mastiff - born somewhere between 2003 and 2005 ,estimated.
Oisin's Aoire is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 02:31 AM
Elite Member
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,152
I get chicken for 50 cents a lb. Id guess its not much more effort to raise 200 chickens than 10. They grow up in around a month. So unless you want to raise 200 then its worth your $$$ to just buy it vs your time and cost of raising a few. 5 or 10 chickens would be eaten in less than a month by my girl. Youd be far better off working at kentucky fried chicken part time than spending all the hours on raising poultry. 10 lbs of chicken per hour...

Last edited by volcano; 12-10-2013 at 02:33 AM.
volcano is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 10:46 AM
Senior Member
Oisin's Aoire's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: North NJ
Posts: 478
Yeah , that too. My 9 month old GSD eats about 2 pounds of food per day , all 3 of my dogs together need 6 pounds per day ..you will need quite a few chickens handy lol My brother in PA use to raise meat rabbits for the family. They reproduce very quickly and may be a more economical way to keep a food supply going for your pups.

Alvin - GSD - born @ late February 2013
Bo - Boxer/Hound - born @ late June 2008
Greta - English Mastiff - born somewhere between 2003 and 2005 ,estimated.
Oisin's Aoire is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 12:28 PM
Crowned Member
wolfy dog's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 6,255
Our free range chickens were infested with parasites that they got from the wild birds. I finally decided to buy our eggs. So yes, check with your vet to see what is going around in your area so you can feed your dogs healthy meat.
wolfy dog is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 12:48 PM
Crowned Member
Lilie's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: South Texas
Posts: 12,391
I can't speak for everywhere, but here in south Texas even buying chicks is an expensive 'hobby'. It would seem to be a better financial decision to purchase a freezer and watch for sales.

Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA
Lilie is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 01:09 PM
Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Chris Wild's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 13,602
If you butcher the chickens yourself you may be able to raise your own economically, especially if going with breed bred for meat which grow very quickly. If you're paying someone else to slaughter and butcher, I doubt you'll be able to do so at prices that are competitive with buying chicken at the grocery store. Though at least if raising your own you'd know how they were cared for.

While chicken is a good staple part of a raw diet, it alone isn't enough and you need to add several other meat sources for sufficient variety and a proper RMB/MM/OM ratio.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Chris Wild is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 01:14 PM
Knighted Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: FLORIDA
Posts: 3,173
I think it's a great idea! Sure, it is probably cheaper to buy chicken at the grocery store. But those chickens are raised in nasty, overcrowded coups. It's probably cheaper than buying free-range chicken at the store/farmers' market (I know around here it's about $2/lb for necks and everything else is way more expensive). It's very important for me to purchase ethically raised meat for my dog (I don't even eat meat), so I think it's great!

I think Lori (rawdogranch.com) raises rabbits for her dogs. Maybe she can be of help

ADCH Mikko (USDAA) SCH-B; (NADAC) EAC, EJC, TN-E, TG-E, VerO; (AKC) NAJ, CGC; (NACSW) NW1 - 9 year old GSD

I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:02 AM
Knighted Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,159
I agree with those who say you'll need variety in the diet, so you'll need to feed more than just chicken, but in theory, I like the idea.

If you're moving out to the country, can you ask around to see if you have any neighbours who raise animals for meat and buy directly from them?
blackshep is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome