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ok so I've been trying to catch up with everyone's raw stories and research and make notes. I actually decided to start sooner than later I am thinking of going to the health food store tmw and checking out what they have as well as the grocer and possibly the butcher.

I read posts about starting out with chicken for a month and 1/2? Also how do I know if I'm feeding the right amount? I read that 2-3 oz per day (3 ice cube sized portions) How do I break up the meat into these smaller pieces if there is bone in it?

I read mention of wings, legs, breasts, cornish hens etc. I think Brodysmom mentioned she buys 16oz cornish hens and cuts them into 8 pieces with meat and bone how did you cut it is it fairly easy?

If it's only required that Ninja gets 2-3oz per day how many wings or legs would I give? and is it broken up into 2 meals? He eats 2 meals now and since I am not switching them all over at once I would like him to stick to his 2 meal a day plan because he is such a food hound I don't want him to be devastated at dinner when the others are eating.

I have a digital kitchen scale here so I can weigh everything out since I don't want to be over feeding my boy I just got him down in weight a bit and he needs to lose another pound at least.


sorry if this sounds repeated some of this whole thing just confuses me
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:52 PM
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ok so I've been trying to catch up with everyone's raw stories and research and make notes. I actually decided to start sooner than later I am thinking of going to the health food store tmw and checking out what they have as well as the grocer and possibly the butcher.

I read posts about starting out with chicken for a month and 1/2? Also how do I know if I'm feeding the right amount? I read that 2-3 oz per day (3 ice cube sized portions) How do I break up the meat into these smaller pieces if there is bone in it?

I read mention of wings, legs, breasts, cornish hens etc. I think Brodysmom mentioned she buys 16oz cornish hens and cuts them into 8 pieces with meat and bone how did you cut it is it fairly easy?

If it's only required that Ninja gets 2-3oz per day how many wings or legs would I give? and is it broken up into 2 meals? He eats 2 meals now and since I am not switching them all over at once I would like him to stick to his 2 meal a day plan because he is such a food hound I don't want him to be devastated at dinner when the others are eating.

I have a digital kitchen scale here so I can weigh everything out since I don't want to be over feeding my boy I just got him down in weight a bit and he needs to lose another pound at least.


sorry if this sounds repeated some of this whole thing just confuses me
You don't have to do chicken for 1.5 months. Just a few weeks until stools are stable and they are eating well. For some dogs that might be 2 weeks. For some it might be closer to a month. You will become a student of your dog.

You feed 2-3% of their correct, ideal weight. For Brody that is 2-3 ounces a day. Your mileage may vary.

Cornish hens can be cut easily with kitchen scissors. Or you can use a cleaver.

Yes, I buy a one pound hen and whack it up into 8 pieces. That way I have 2 ounce meals. You can also cut up chicken wings into 3 portions, the drumstick, the middle part that has the two long bones and the wing tip. Weigh them out at first until you can eye ball it and give him 2-3 ounces a day.

I cut the skin off for new dogs. It's hard to get the skin off wings, so just take kitchen scissors and do the best you can.

During this transition phase, don't do kibble or treats. Put him solely on chicken/hens until he's eating well and pooping well. Then you can mix it up later.
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Ninja is 7.4lbs right now @ 3% it's 2.2 oz did I calculate that properly?
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Here's a calculator. Put in his IDEAL weight if you want him to lose a little and then it will calculate the daily amount for you.

http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm
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Thanks!! according to that calculator he needs to eat 1 oz for 1 meal or just about 2oz total. I'd like to get him down to 6lbs and see how that looks to determine if he needs to lose more.

thanks so much for your time I am going to purchase some raw meat tmw so I will post the results and pics!!! very excited I am even teaching my mom about it she is seriously considering changing the mastiffs over as well.
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Great! 2 ounces will be pretty easy to calculate. An ounce is about the size of an ice cube. Glad you have a scale as it's really easy to eyeball it and be off quite a bit. If he starts losing weight too fast, you can increase it. Some Chi's take more than 2% as their metabolism is fast. I've heard of some chi's that eat 5-7% of their weight daily. So just use that 2 ounces as a beginning guideline and adjust up from there. You want slow and steady weight loss, just like with people.
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Ooo exciting!! Good luck starting.

My 4 1/2-5lb pups ate 2-3oz a day. Matilda (just over 7lbs) required 4-5oz a day & Milo (he's 8 1/2lbs now) ate about 3-3.5oz a day and his metabolism & energy level is super low.

I'd personally start out feeding Ninja 3oz a day & keep a close eye on his weight & adjust from there. That's JMO anyway. Can't wait to hear how he does!!
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Good luck if you want him to be alb I'd feed h 3-4 ounce a day 2-3 is for a 5 - 5 1/2 adult it's really easy once you get goig just remember slow and steady and go by your dogs body condition and stools

Stools should be dark and firm and turn White over night ifthey come out whit ease up on the bone if too sloppy add more bone!!
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