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Old 09-07-2012, 02:57 PM
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As I said earlier I checked out my local market to see what meat products were available and it is like an animal parts shmorgus board in there. I picked up a few chicken necks to let Biscuit (He is going on 9 weeks old)try them as his mid morning snack...I gave it to him about 30 minutes ago and he will not let go of it. I have tried to take it from him gently and he holds on with all his might. He is chomping away at this thing like I just gave him puppy crack lol! He is much more enthusiastic about eating this than he has ever been about kibble wet or dry. So I think this little man has let me know we need to lose the kibble and go raw. I am going to do a few more days of just the necks as snacks and see how he likes them, but I know that the kibble is on it's way out. I just want to spend a little more time doing some research and figuring out what all I need to do to properly transition him over to fully raw.

So for now, until I am ready to 100% raw is it okay for him to have a neck or wing as a snack?
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Thats great that you have so much stuff available to you!
It will be great for Biscuit to have necks and wings as a snack, but will he just eat until he's full, or might he go overboard and eat and eat and eat? Might be something to watch out for, that he doesnt get too much
For the transition, i just fed Honey on wings for a week or so, then moved onto necks/backs, then boneless thigh meat and other parts of a chicken! She, like Biscuit, soon told me she was ready to give kibble up! She just refused to eat it! x
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Sounds like Biscuit knows what he likes. This is a good time to get some training started. Sounds like he is very possessive of his new yummy food. That's fine, but he needs to know that YOU give the food and YOU take it away. No questions asked. I don't have a lot of time to look up links, but if you google resource guarding and 'trading up' as the solution, you can get started on the right foot with your raw meals.

Chicken necks are fine but very bony. Be sure and add in a few bites of chicken meat so that he's not eating 70% bone. You may notice his stools being small and firm. That's fine, but if they get dry and crumbly, he needs more meat.

Sounds like you are in a great place with such a good variety of raw foods. Excellent!!!
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So for lunch I offered the other half of the piece that he didn't eat earlier... So still loving it. I looked up the guarding and I worked with offering him other things and leaving it. If I ask him to sit he will walk away from his food so I am not too worried about it, but I am going to be working with him on it anyway just because I feel like good training is never a waste of time.

Thanks for the answering of my questions. I will get some other cuts of chicken this evening and get everything organized to go full on raw. I just keep reading and reading all of the benefits and I can really see no reason not to feed him that way. I was raised on a farm so I am in no way bothered by the prep work, my city boy hubby may be, but the most he would be doing is serving it to biscuit.

So would you suggest the wings or do I need to go with boneless thighs cut into appropriate portions?

My other question is since he is a puppy, I want to make sure I have his portions right. I need to feed him on a daily basis 10% of his expected adult weight so if I expect him to be around 5 lbs 10% would be 8 oz spread throughout the day. So since he likes to eat about 4 times a day it would be 2oz per meal. That number however should be adjusted based on his condition i e his weight and/or poo.
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Your calculations are correct. 2 ounces 4 times a day is fine. With puppies you don't want to rush through the chicken parts, but you can certainly add in some red meats in a few days if he's doing well. Puppies don't need quite the adjustment period that older dogs do. So take your cues from him and start slowly adding in some red meats (beef, pork) over the next week.
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Can I say that when I first heard of people doing this and lightly read about it it looked like such a huge undertaking to feed a dog in such a way. But now that I have actually read the material and really looked at what is required of me, it almost seems as though this will be far less of a hassle than kibble. We can all shop at the same store Lol and I can buy when things are on sale and freeze so we always have what we need on hand. And as long as I can stick to a general 80-10-10 plan then it should be easy peasy.

By the way Brody's mama You are the most responsible for this I spent a few weeks before I joined and after I joined reading what you had to say about raw and I think the pics of Brody speak to how good this is for our babies. So thank you.
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You are welcome!! Yes, its really not hard to add some extra meats in when you are shopping. Meat, a little bone, some organs... you are good to go. If you need to venture into the pre-made raw foods ....ZiwiPeak, Stella and Chewy's, Primal, or Bravo are all good. I'm glad everything is going well for you! Great news. And yes, it just makes SENSE, doesn't it? Brody has been raw fed for almost 4 years now and he's doing great.

To me it's similar to feeding babies. Breastfeeding is best. It's the most natural and complete way to feed our babies. But the huge formula companies get new moms confused with all their snazzy commercials and 'studies' saying that formula feeding is so great. But really. What can be better than nature's way? Nothing. Now formula fed babies do FINE. Nobody should feel guilty if they can't breastfeed. This is how I think of feeding our pets. Natures model is always best. Meat, bones, and organs. PERFECT.
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Thank you again for your help. I have another question. I am feeding Biscuit 8 oz a day plus a little cottage cheese. It is 10:30 pm and he is hungry. Is it OK to feed him some more or should I have him wait until morning? I don't want to over feed, but I also do not want him to be hungry either. So what is your advise?
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