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Old 06-14-2012, 01:59 PM
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Hi all
just needed to get confirmation that I am giving my guys all they need. I have gotten way more comfortable with this and Im a few months in now. I keep reading that an unbalanced raw diet is worse than kibble so i want to confirm.
both get around 2 oz a day (starting to give more cause they are losing weight)
they eat
beef, pork and chicken for meat (usually 1 oz - 1.5 oz a day)
liver (given a few times a week slivered into the bone in 1 oz of chicken)
starting kidney today and Ill do the same as with the kidney - freeze it into the ~ 1oz of bone in chicken)
They get chicken feet a few times a week
is this balanced?
I found pork toes today - not sure if that is just a treat or what?
what else should be added in? I cant find green tripe - just the white which if i have read correctly isn't the one i want?
I found heart today but i think that is just muscle too... ?
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:05 PM
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Looks good. Chicken feet are almost 100% bone so I wouldn't give a whole one. Maybe let them chew on one and eat half and then take away for later. (Trade up to something yummy so you don't have problems with resource guarding.)

Heart is a GREAT meat to add. Very nice red meat full of nutrients. Certainly would be a nice addition to the diet.

Keep the diet heavy in red meat (mostly beef and pork) and use the chicken mainly as your meaty bone-in pieces and you are good to go. Add in the liver and kidney to equal 10% of the diet and you will have no problems at all with balance.

I'd say you are definitely on the right track.

Feed to healthy weights. Some chi's have fast metabolism and require more than the recommended 2-3% of body weight. Brody is 5 pounds and typically eats about 4 ounces a day.

You can add in a squirt of fish oil a couple times a week for the omega 3's if you are feeding grocery store meats.
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Once betsy is transitioned fully then her main meat will be heart ,it's the best meat to feed,she's on pork at the moment ,taking it slow but can't wait to try fish ,I think she will eat anything she's so greedy ,gone from picky to greedy!,karen
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