|Barked: Sat Aug 11, '12 8:42am PST |
|There are many types of raw for one thing. People find different ways work best for their animals and most of all the final complete diet doesn't look anything like the starting diet!
This is a lot like transitioning a baby to solid food. You don't mince up spaghetti, green beans and a salad the first week, you give watery cereal. Plain bony chicken is the raw food most like kibble, higher in waste bone, lower in fat. The final diet is high in fat and low in bulk.
For a final prey model raw diet look to be feeding about 1/3-1/2 bony chicken, 5% of the diet in a variety of livers, 5% of the diet in a variety of other organs [kidney, pancreas, thyroid, brain, eyes, spleen] and the remainder in boneless meat like beef, pork, lamb, ostrich, venison.... Instead of bony chicken you can use bony pork, turkey, rabbit, fish, lamb, venison, beef as well but most of us do use quite a bit of chicken.
So next year you might be buying 3 pounds of chicken, 2 pound of boneless pork, 2 pounds of boneless beef, 2 pound of lamb, .5 pound of beef liver and .5 pound of beef kidney in a shopping trip when the freezer is bare. That would feed Max for 2 weeks and a 50 pound dog for 10 days. Around here 3 pounds of chicken is half of one so I would be feeding a piece of chicken every other day for its bone content and if it wasn't enough bone to firm the poop I would feed more chicken and less boneless stuff.
Right now you would be buying bony chicken and more bony chicken!
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