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|A diet of nothing but chicken won't give her everything she needs, but the all chicken phase should only last 1-2 weeks. A sudden change in diet can upset a dog's stomach so one protein is introduced at a time to give the dog time to adjust. Chicken is good starting place because it's cheap, fairly bland, and contains easily eaten bone. Once stools are looking normal on chicken, you can begin slowly introducing new proteins like beef, pork, lamb, ect.
Eventually, the diet should be 80% meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney, spleen, thymus, ect. But every new meat, especially organs, needs to be incorporated into the diet slowly. Balance over time is the goal, so it's not a big deal if you don't get this ratio right away, and even once the dog is adjusted to all the components of the diet, the 80/10/5/5 ratio doesn't need to be fed every day. Most people aim to get those amounts of the course of a week.
As far as amount, you want to feed around 2-3% of your dog's ideal body weight per day. So a dog that should weigh 50 lbs would be fed 1-1.5 lbs of food per day. That amount can be adjusted based on the individual dog's needs, activity level, ect., but it's a good starting place.
The only supplement most balanced raw diets need is fish oil because commercially fed meat doesn't have the correct balance of omegas. If you're feeding grass fed meat or oily fish like sardines, you won't need to worry about it. But again, that's something that can be added into the diet later, after the dog is adjusted.
Dog's are designed to eat raw meat. Their saliva contains enzymes to break down harmful bacteria, their digestive tract is short so food moves through quickly, and their gut is extremely acidic. All told, it's very unlikely fresh meat will make a healthy dog sick. It's also worth considering how often kibble fed dogs have bacteria like salmonella in their feces. All foods have bacteria in them, and all foods have the potential to make a dog sick, but the majority of the time, those bacteria cause no harm to the dog.
Have you looked at Chance's Beginner's Guide To Prey Model Raw PDF? It should answer all your questions and then some.
Edited by author Sun Nov 18, '12 5:19pm PST
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