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|This is how I do it (my dogs are on PMR diet):
On the first 2 weeks that I transition my dogs to PMR, I feed only chicken - the whole chicken without the innards. The whole chicken I get is on average 3.5 lbs. My dog eats roughly 1 to 1.5 lbs a day. So, the very first whole chicken the dog gets, I would cut up into 4 parts and I feed one part a day. Then his 2nd whole chicken is cut up into 3 parts and I feed one part a day. After the first 2 weeks, I introduce another protein source that will be added to the chicken.
Okay, so I know (from reading about PMR all over the place) that a chicken is roughly 25-30% bone. So when I introduce the 2nd protein source, I would feed without the bone. My 2nd source is usually beef. My dogs don't get beef bones in their meal except for ox tail. They're too dense for my liking. I would give beef bone marrows and riblets as chew toys and not main meal. So, this is how I achieve the 10% bone ratio that is recommended in the PMR method. I feed one whole chicken and 6 lbs of beef meat-without-bones spread into 9 days of meals. To make it easier on me, I would do the exact same thing with the chicken - cut it up into 3 parts and feed one part in one day, then I would feed a pound of beef without bones the next 2 days, then feed another part of chicken the next day and then 2 more days of beef... When I add the organs, I feed one whole chicken, 6 lbs of beef, half a pound of liver and half a pound of other organs all spread into 10 days.
I also feed rabbits. The rabbits are easy - I just feed the entire rabbit - skinless but with innards all intact - and that rabbit has the proper ratio already.
Hope this helps.
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