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I have my butcher do mine. Chicken and chicken quarters are the main staple, and he includes the appropriate proportions of bone and organ meats. I sub in other meats (mostly beef, sometimes turkey) for variety sometimes. I add vegetables, blended, and a spoonful of pumpkin. Sometimes she gets a raw egg, but I'm finding she prefers them hard boiled and cut up. The meat costs me less than $15/week. When I add the veggies and supplements, it probably still comes in well under $20/week (a $40 container of supplements lasts a LONG time). I have a standing order at my butcher for 50 lb at a time, and I just call a week ahead and have him make up more.
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I don't use a butcher but I found a supplier that does all the work and goes through farms to get good pricing. For exams I get a case(30 pounds)of Turkey hearts for $30. I get 40 pound cases of chicken hearts and gizzards for $44 each. 40 pounds of leg quarters is $24. We stay away from beef heart--none of my dogs tolerate it well.

For my dogs I need about 210 pounds of meat per month plus everything else.

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I don't use a butcher but I found a supplier that does all the work and goes through farms to get good pricing. For exams I get a case(30 pounds)of Turkey hearts for $30. I get 40 pound cases of chicken hearts and gizzards for $44 each. 40 pounds of leg quarters is $24.
Holy moly, that's a great deal! I wish I could get that price where I live!
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Right now the staple is grass fed beef or Lamb heart and green tripe.

It's pricier then a good kibble but cheaper then the super premium kibble I feed (ziwipeak)

I'm fortunate enough now that I can manage to feed grass fed, antibiotic, and hormone free meats.

In the past though... chicken quarters from wally world. 10 lb bag for less then 5 bucks.

When it was really tight for me I didn't even bother with balancing out the food myself. I deboned the chicken and added one of the vitamin and mineral premixes designed to balance out meat. If I bought the vits in bulk the large dogs got fed for around $30 per month.
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It's pricier then a good kibble but cheaper then the super premium kibble I feed (ziwipeak)
Holy cow, am I reading correctly that an 11 pound bag of this ziwipeak kibble is 180 USD?!? I imagine it would be cheaper to feed them chunks of gold lol.
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Call you local butchers.

I get poultry parts for 0.25/lb. Duck for 0.50/lb. Ground beef blend of heart, tongues, liver for 0.75/lb. Beef tracheas for 1.50 each. Beef/pork/lamb necks for 0.45/lb

Find the meat wholesaler for the local restaurants. I order thru Dudley Poultry in Middlesex NY. Turkey hearts for 0.65/lb. Duck wings and necks for about 1.20/lb. most everything I buy is less than or at $1/lb




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Holy cow, am I reading correctly that an 11 pound bag of this ziwipeak kibble is 180 USD?!? I imagine it would be cheaper to feed them chunks of gold lol.
Haha. The Venison one runs about that. The beef and lamb ziwipeak runs about $130 for 11lbs.

But this is special stuff. It's not really a kibble. It's more like a jerky. It is a Dehydrated raw diet. Here are the ingredients:

Lamb - Meat (includes up to 3% finely ground bone), Lamb - Liver, Lung, Tripe, Heart and Kidney, New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, Lecithin, Chicory Inulin, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamins & Minerals.

You feed MUCH MUCH less then regular kibble. 1 oz of ziwi is equal to 3 oz of fresh meat. That 11 lbs would last my 1 year old male nearly 3 weeks.

They have quality control out the wazoo. Never had a recall. The meat they use is all grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Environmentally sustainable practices. No ingredients from asia. They dry the food at a low enough temperature that the enzymes stay intact. Great customer service. I've had questions answered by the cofounder of the company. It is one of the few brands I really trust.

It is way cheaper then the commercial raw food. I used it a lot when my pup was growing so he got everything he needed. Now I keep a bag on hand for days I forget to thaw and to use as training treats.

I buy most of my meat from mypetcarnivore. My boyfriend also feeds raw so we split the shipping cost. If not for buying in bulk and saving on the shipping ziwi would probably be cheaper.

Of course if I fed poultry instead of red meat, and if I didn't stick with grass fed then it would be a different story lol
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Thanks for all the advice everyone, seems like chicken backs/chicken quarters are good for me to get start. I'll most likely let this bag of Fromm LBP I have run out while I start acquiring supplies.
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