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Chicken Necks - treat, meal, supplement?

Just got myself a 5lbs bag. New to chicken necks. Pup is 14 weeks. They came frozen and I defrosted the whole bag. Man are there a lot. Wondering if I should refreeze so they don’t spoil before I can use them.

Anyhow, I have him 5 as a meal last night. I was surprised at how small they were. How should I be using these? As a snack/treat? Meal? How many?

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That is a lot of bone, watch out for him struggling to poop. If you want to feed raw do your research, there is ALOT of info out there about how to do it correctly. With a young puppy each meal needs to be properly balanced. Chicken necks alone are not a balanced meal.



If you don't want to feed raw I would use the necks as a treat. I like to feed that sort of thing frozen because it slows a dog down. I lay out stuff like necks on a cooking sheet, freeze and then repackage so they stay frozen individually.


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That is a lot of bone, watch out for him struggling to poop. If you want to feed raw do your research, there is ALOT of info out there about how to do it correctly. With a young puppy each meal needs to be properly balanced. Chicken necks alone are not a balanced meal.



If you don't want to feed raw I would use the necks as a treat. I like to feed that sort of thing frozen because it slows a dog down. I lay out stuff like necks on a cooking sheet, freeze and then repackage so they stay frozen individually.


https://perfectlyrawsome.com/


https://rawfedandnerdy.com/


Thanks. I’m doing a raw hybrid per my breeder. Kibble with fish oil, Nupro, chicken broth once a day. Raw the other meal. He’s getting all the nutrients he needs from the kibble feeding. The raw is usually chicken thighs or drums or beef ribs. Poop is perfect.


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If you are doing a hybrid, you still need to make sure both meals are balanced. If your relying on the kibble for all his daily needs and feed the about of kibble required all in one meal, and then give him a ton of raw anything at his second meal, it’s not balanced. If you’re given him a reduced amount of kibble than the daily recommended amount, and trying to make up the rest with raw, it’s still not balanced as far as the chicken necks go.

I would still put in the time to research like crazy, 14 weeks is young to get those ratios wrong. I tried to go raw. My head spun at all the information, and what to feed in what amount. I had each meal separated individually into 2 weeks of meals for 2 adult dogs. Wasn’t cheap. Should have just tried one meal to start with. Neither dog would touch any of the raw meat. Not frozen, not thawed, not half cooked if it was bone free. So I had stuff in my freezers that cost more than it would to feed my family for two weeks, and it was useless to us. None of us enjoy organs and necks and tripe, etc. I tried once a week until it all ran out, and the most they would do was a quick sniff and lick, and then give me a dirty look and run off 😂

Until you get the raw balance down, I’d stick with kibble at both meals with a raw “treat” now and then.
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Until you do more research I would use the necks for treats. Talk to your breeder, read, ask questions. Raw is not that hard (though I have never mixed it with kibble), but you do have to pay attention to what you feed making sure to include multiple protein sources (4-5 over time) and organ meats. Tripe is not needed (for those that hate the smell), but many dogs love it.



Necks can be used as part of a meal. You just balance out the bone with other muscle meats. I wean my litters to raw and I don't tend to use necks beyond little puppy stage because of their size.

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Until you do more research I would use the necks for treats. Talk to your breeder, read, ask questions. Raw is not that hard (though I have never mixed it with kibble), but you do have to pay attention to what you feed making sure to include multiple protein sources (4-5 over time) and organ meats. Tripe is not needed (for those that hate the smell), but many dogs love it.



Necks can be used as part of a meal. You just balance out the bone with other muscle meats. I wean my litters to raw and I don't tend to use necks beyond little puppy stage because of their size.


Thank you. This is the info I was looking for. His diet is balanced. I read on these forums that chicken necks are good for the ears so I though I would buy some. Just wanted some input on what to do with them.


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Necks can be used as part of a meal. You just balance out the bone with other muscle meats. I wean my litters to raw and I don't tend to use necks beyond little puppy stage because of their size.
Do you know if chicken and duck feet are okay to give to dogs past the puppy stage or are those too small, too? We've never given them to the dogs before, but I was looking into it recently.

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Thanks. I’m doing a raw hybrid per my breeder. Kibble with fish oil, Nupro, chicken broth once a day. Raw the other meal. He’s getting all the nutrients he needs from the kibble feeding. The raw is usually chicken thighs or drums or beef ribs. Poop is perfect.


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Not really. If he's only eating half the recommended kibble in a day, thats only half the nutrients and chicken necks, thighs, or ribs only is no where near a balanced diet. Feeding him like that is one of those things that's ok, until it isn't. Problems pop up out of the blue.

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Not really. If he's only eating half the recommended kibble in a day, thats only half the nutrients and chicken necks, thighs, or ribs only is no where near a balanced diet. Feeding him like that is one of those things that's ok, until it isn't. Problems pop up out of the blue.


Ok, before I reply with how much kibble i feed him. How much puppy chow kibble would you recommend I feed a 30lbs pup a day?


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Whats the recommended amount? Are you saying you feed the full amount in the first meal and the 2nd meal is just added on?

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