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Old 12-05-2012, 04:12 AM
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I have been feeding Jazz raw chicken since I have gotten her (2 days ago) and she is doing great. Her poops look good and small (and not stinky). I just can't get her to eat bone ... She ate some when I gave her a chicken neck and some from breast meat but she won't eat any other bone (going to try and see if she eats the bone from a wing). How could I get her to eat bone? She gets scared by loud noises so i'm thinking maybe that's why she won't crunch them?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:58 AM
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Take a hammer and bang up a wing or neck until its floppy. She will learn to eat her crunchy chicken. Also you can start with softer bones such as cornish hens or the cartilage part of the chicken breast and work up from there.
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I was thinking of banging the bone with a hammer but I don't... I guess I got momentarly scared pf her choking... But i'll do it thanks for the advice

She doesn't seem to want to eat the chicken unless I hold it, which I know isn't good. Should just put it up if she isn't done within 30 min?
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Every dog is different. Some people don't like to advise holding the chicken as it can cause a dog to 'gulp' if they think that you are trying to take it away. Some dogs accept the help and will eat just fine if their owner is holding the chicken for them. Do what works for you at this early stage. Once she is used to eating well, then you can start weaning her to a towel and letting her eat for herself. Remember that bone is only 10% of the diet and that is very little. Ok to be bone heavy in the beginning but you will eventually just be doing bone-in meals a couple times a week to meet that requirement and the rest will be meaty meals.
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I was just scared that if I hold it for her now she will never want to eat it by herself. I will definitely try the hammer trick this afternoon. She has taken some bone like I mentioned so I'm not too worried but I just want to get her used to eating bone.

One last question. I know organs come in last in the transitioning process but I was just wondering exactly how much organ does she need (like so many oz of liver and lung or something like that)?
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Organs are 10% of the diet. 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney. For Brody, who eats about 3-4 ounces a day, that would be 1/3 of an ounce of organs, just a sliver. So I feed organs as a meal once a week on the weekends. Sometimes I'll add just a tiny bit during the week with a bony meal. I have built up to that over time. Organs will cause loose stools in a new to raw dog. Go slow. NO rush. They are added in last, after the dog is fully transitioned onto raw, with most of their meaty meals being red meat. I use the chicken for bone content and fill in the rest with red meats... beef, pork, venison, lamb, goat. Rabbit and quail when I can get it. Cornish hens are used for bony meals a couple times a week.
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Thanks so much!
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