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We had the cute bully stick thread, and the countless threads of our babies looking adorable. Why don't we depict them as the beasts they really are? ;)

Post your raw eating pictures! Freezer pictures welcome as well!

First off here is my newly stocked and semi bagged up freezer! (No its not ALL for the Chis! Feeding a Great Dane and a Bull Terrier as well.)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4455768778_10f0e77a88.jpg

Defrosting in the fridge, 2 beef hunks, 40lb chicken necks, tripe, and tomorrow's meals.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/4454990475_c04c11c9d1.jpg

And now the beastly images!

Phoebe vs Chicken Neck



Phoebe vs Pork Rib



Schroeder vs Pork Rib

Yikes I think the rib is winning..!


Oh wait. He's got it




And (hope you don't mind) Mr. Halpert

Whole chicken



Pork Shoulder


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4356638989_8bba67b068.jpg

I couldn't fit them all but many more can be seen here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnchilla/sets/72157623305676721/

Now raw feeders - post yours too!
 

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Wow! That's what I call a nicely stocked freezer. I absolutely love the beastly pics! What a great thread.
 

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Woo hoo! Hubby even enjoyed looking at those pics...yep he's a proud raw feeder. ;)

Here are a few of our crew... I'll have to get a freezer pic at some point. That was pretty interesting!





The weather was nice enough the other day for our first outside raw feed - yay! Can't wait to get "cleaner" green grass but the pups didn't seem to mind the extra dried grass. LOL


Ribs (and Marley a chicken neck since he's having crunching issues...)


And this one cracks me up. Mari has had a problem adjust to beef. The first 4 meals she vomited up immediately & then wouldn't touch beef at ALL. So I've been slowly mixing in ground beef & organ with ground whole chicken. In this pic...she was picking out the chicken & spitting the beef out onto the floor. Silly girl!
 

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OH yes! This thread is awesome!!!

Brody sitting by a beef heart and kidney that one of David's co-workers gave us when they bought a side of beef ....



Checking out our order from rodentpro.com. We wanted to try whole prey so I bought whole frozen rabbits and quail! These are the quail. Whole and complete with feathers and all organs. They arrived frozen hard as a brick. It took 2 days to thaw them out!



"I eats everything! Evens the antlers!" LOL



Raw chicken wing, the middle portion. Don't really feed these much anymore as they are pretty bone heavy, but they are great when you are starting out!



Super yummy!!!

 

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Quinn - your pups look sooooooooo great! Love that shine on Halperts head! They look awesome. Your freezer puts mine to shame. I only have a large drawer full. Now I am seriously jealous. LOL.

Heather - those pics made my night! I love the one of Mari picking out the beef! That is hilarious! Your crew looks like they are having a great time. Love it!
 

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Heather - those pics are great! You're lucky your pups can all eat so nicely together. Some times I want to ring my guys necks. Schroeder would probably eat nicely (maybe try to steal though!) but Phoebe is INSANE about food. Even things she doesn't want to eat she guards (she is still refusing to touch beef and venison UGH). I feed crated :(
Mari is tooo cute! And I love the 1st one of Marley.

Tracy - Haha that heart is as big as him! I really hope Phoebe will at least eat heart. She's becoming such a pain! Has Brody eaten the rabbit and quail yet? I almost wanted to try chicks and maybe mice for my guys but I don't know if I could brave it... When they have fur and faces it makes me sad haha. I'm pretty sure Schroeder would eat it though, he eats anything.
The chis only have a drawer full too! Its mostly for Halpert.
The freezer is as follows: top shelf - things needing to be bagged, next 2 shelfs (or any gallon bags i think there are some in the door) - Halpert's bagged food (thats about 4 weeks worth for him 4+lbs per day on average. Need to buy some pork and bag a bit more beef for him though.) Bottom drawer is the Chis cut up stuff (beef, chicken thighs, necks, venison). The door is for "my" Bull Terrier. And my mother and her chihuahua are moving back into the building so his stuff will need to go in there as well.
And then the fridge is all more stuff I need to cut and bag. Ahhh.
I bought like 230lbs of food a week ago and I'm still defrosting and bagging! I will have more than a months worth of certain things though so thats good.

YAY FOR RAW! Maybe we should start a raw poop thread too :p
 

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Has Brody eaten the rabbit and quail yet? I almost wanted to try chicks and maybe mice for my guys but I don't know if I could brave it... When they have fur and faces it makes me sad haha. I'm pretty sure Schroeder would eat it though, he eats anything.
Yes, he's eaten both the rabbit and quail. Although he would NOT eat them whole. I had to dress them out myself which was NOT pleasant. I wouldn't do it again. It bugged me more than I thought it would. And the shipping made it pretty expensive. It was a LOT of work to dress them out and not very much meat! He is CRAZY about rabbit ears though and obsessed with them. After he ate the ones we had here, the fresh ones, I have had to continue to buy him dehydrated ones. They are one of his favorite treats!

He loves beef heart. I thaw it out, then cut it up into chunks and freeze. Then I just take out one portion at a time.

He used to be MR PICKY, but he's gotten so much better on raw. I'm sure the variety has a lot to do with it. I wouldn't want to eat a bowl of Total cereal twice a day for the rest of my life either!! LOL!

Oh - and I ordered some bison that should be here this week. There's a big bison farm a couple hours from here with all organic, grass fed bison. I made an order for us (mostly burger, it's expensive) but they also had tongue, testicles, heart, and liver so I ordered those for Brody. I need to get him his own freezer. HA!
 

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Yes, he's eaten both the rabbit and quail. Although he would NOT eat them whole. I had to dress them out myself which was NOT pleasant. I wouldn't do it again. It bugged me more than I thought it would. And the shipping made it pretty expensive. It was a LOT of work to dress them out and not very much meat! He is CRAZY about rabbit ears though and obsessed with them. After he ate the ones we had here, the fresh ones, I have had to continue to buy him dehydrated ones. They are one of his favorite treats!
I need to get him his own freezer. HA!
Yeah that doesn't sound so fun! Maybe if I could split an order or just buy one off someone sometime I'll try, I could prob just give it to Halpert if the wee ones wouldn't eat it. But it would certainly be too expensive to do a lot.
And I've never tried rabbit ears. Where do you get yours from?

And you should get a small freezer! Something about doing a big order and having a stocked freezer feels so good!
 

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After I used up the fresh ears (from the rabbits I ordered), I ordered some from haretoday.com.

http://www.hare-today.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=104

I see that bestbullysticks.com also has some which I haven't tried yet.

http://www.bestbullysticks.com/home/bbs/page_5786_27/rabbit_ears.html

Hare-today has better prices on them and I have bought dehydrated goat and rabbit sticks from her and also some dehydrated chicken strips which were all good.

You should try the ears! They are more fun than chicken feet since they are furry. LOL!
 

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Oooh, I only have pics of my freezer from before we filled it up. I will get new pics this week. :)

I like your freezer, Quinn! And the food pics from everyone are lovely. :)
 

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Is feeding raw really expensive? Also what about the hormones and whatnot they often give chickens/cows etc to get them to grow faster? Do you have to purchase organic hormone free meats?

If they aren't fed raw, can they still have the odd raw treat, such as pieces of raw chicken or lean beef?
 

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Quinn, they do pretty well eating as a group... Of course, if someone gets done first & gets nosey or tries to steal most will give a growl to warn them off. Though yesterday I caught Matilda trying to steal Milo's chicken away & he didn't seem to care! LOL Marley tends to get a little rumbley because he takes the longest & doesn't like others "looking" at his food. Matilda is the only one who I seperate at times because she has a bit of possession issues and tries to INHALE her food. She used to have food aggression with kibble but we overcame that by me slowly moving them closer while eating. So she can eat raw out of a dish w/no issues - even will walk away if someone tries to steal her food. But when it comes to whole pieces she gets a little possessive. ;) She has come far though - the first raw meal she ate (chicken neck) she ended up swallowing it WHOLE & now she crunches every last bite so she's doing very well as far as that goes.


I just love the Brody pics! Look at that beef heart next to him....hehe I really want to try some whole prey - may start with some 3 week old quail or something. Maybe next time I order from hare-today. And yes, Maxie used to pull some picky days where he'd refuse to eat breakfast. (Love your Total cereal comparison btw!) None of my pups have been picky in the least bit since starting raw. Except Mari with the beef but thats only because it made her sick the first few times she ate it & THEN she began to have an aversion to it. She's getting used to it though...it's such a learning process for us all. :)
 

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Oh what a fab thread.;. wish i'd had the camera at the ready this morning whilst Daisy was chowing on quail!! As she's a pup i'm still taking food away mid meal (obviously give it back) but she's so funny she trys to run away or swallow the lot until she realises mummy takes the food and gives it back!! WIll try get some photos later!!

Really need to get a photo of the bones i got from my butcher which we will never ever get through!!!
 

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Is feeding raw really expensive? Also what about the hormones and whatnot they often give chickens/cows etc to get them to grow faster? Do you have to purchase organic hormone free meats?

If they aren't fed raw, can they still have the odd raw treat, such as pieces of raw chicken or lean beef?
We're still fairly new to raw but I can tell you...if you find a good butcher you can get foods that have no hormones or any additives for relatively good prices. As close to the real thing you can get is best - so yes, organic is definitely what you want to look for! While I have spent probably close to $200 in raw food in the past month (that sounds scary!) - I have fed my pups for the past month with that AND we probably have enough food to go another 3 months or so if not longer. And that's for 5 Chi's as well. It may add up to be a little bit more than kibble but I've ordered a lot from Hare-Today (so that's an additional $40 in shipping alone). I plan to get some things from my brother come warmer weather since he is an avid hunter/fisher. So those things will be FREE...can't beat that!

And this isn't even adding in the costs savings for not needing to visit the vet as often. ;) Personally, I'll be saving about $500 a year because my dogs won't be needing dentals every few years. That was the biggie for me when deciding to switch to raw - dental health. :)

Anyway, I'm sure Brodysmom will be able to answer you with more detail. As I said...we're still relatively new & still learning lots ourselves!

Oh & I don't see a problem with giving the occassional raw treat every once in a while. I know someone who gives a turkey neck weekly for dental cleaning - the feed a dehydrated form of raw otherwise but I don't see any harm in a kibble fed dog having a treat every now & again. ;)
 

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We're still fairly new to raw but I can tell you...if you find a good butcher you can get foods that have no hormones or any additives for relatively good prices. As close to the real thing you can get is best - so yes, organic is definitely what you want to look for! While I have spent probably close to $200 in raw food in the past month (that sounds scary!) - I have fed my pups for the past month with that AND we probably have enough food to go another 3 months or so if not longer. And that's for 5 Chi's as well. It may add up to be a little bit more than kibble but I've ordered a lot from Hare-Today (so that's an additional $40 in shipping alone). I plan to get some things from my brother come warmer weather since he is an avid hunter/fisher. So those things will be FREE...can't beat that!

And this isn't even adding in the costs savings for not needing to visit the vet as often. ;) Personally, I'll be saving about $500 a year because my dogs won't be needing dentals every few years. That was the biggie for me when deciding to switch to raw - dental health. :)

Anyway, I'm sure Brodysmom will be able to answer you with more detail. As I said...we're still relatively new & still learning lots ourselves!

Oh & I don't see a problem with giving the occassional raw treat every once in a while. I know someone who gives a turkey neck weekly for dental cleaning - the feed a dehydrated form of raw otherwise but I don't see any harm in a kibble fed dog having a treat every now & again. ;)
Thanks! I don't even know if my picky little one would go for something raw...but I might kind of try to gauge her reaction with little pieces of raw meat/bone. I'm not sure I can afford to feed raw, we are coming up on 3 chis and I feed Innova (but am considering switching to grainfree...long story...worried about my little one's patella in one knee...vet visit soon) which is pretty high quality food but it is also cheap...probably spending less than $200 a year on food...but I want to do whats best for them, so we will see.
 

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Actually, we fed EVO (grain free portion of Innova) prior to switching to raw. It really isn't a whole lot more cost wise if you add it up over a period of time & especially if you are able to buy all your raw locally. Had I saved $40 on shipping - the price would have been about the same as kibble since I have purchased about 4-5 months of food. But I wanted to add some whole ground carcus into the pups diet since they seem to do better on 2 small meals a day & it is time consuming supervising one bone in meal for 5 pups let alone 2 (2 pups of which are inhalers & one of which is slowly learning to chew bone - lots of supervision & some help! LOL).

Saying that, Innova/Evo I think are great foods! And I certainly hope the vet doesn't find anything wrong with your pups patella....:( But if you wanted to also add in a bone in chicken piece every week to possibly help with their teeth (and as a special treat) - I would think that would be ok... :)

Oh & you'd be surprised about them liking raw. I thought maybe some of my pups would initiall have a problem & they totally proved me wrong! LOL You just never know!
 

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Is feeding raw really expensive? Also what about the hormones and whatnot they often give chickens/cows etc to get them to grow faster? Do you have to purchase organic hormone free meats?

If they aren't fed raw, can they still have the odd raw treat, such as pieces of raw chicken or lean beef?
I don't think it's expensive. Quality food such as Orijen or Evo, etc. are expensive. There are no antibiotics added to chickens, that is a USDA rule. Yes, there are with beef. But it is the same meats that I feed my family. I will occasionally buy organic, but not all the time. I figure that the fresh meat I give Brody is WAY ahead of cereal (kibble), so I don't stress over it.

Certainly you can give raw as treats, but be aware that some people suggest that kibble and raw meat digest at different rates. So don't give kibble and raw at the same time, as a precaution to a tummy ache. Some dogs are fine with it though.

Its all a matter of learning your own dog. :)
 

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I have never fed raw but do go to a local place that cuts cow parts and I get raw bones from them, the dogs do look a bit wild when tearing into those bones ;-)
 

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I give Rico raw treats/supplements...he does just fine eating both raw and kibble. the only problem he ever had was when he was fed commercial doggie treats--by a well meaning friend. He vomitted it up. Another time when he was being doggie-sat he ate something off the floor (crackers and cheese we think) and got the runs from it. He has never had a probelm eating the wide variety that he does.

He loves any raw meat and especially a bone with meat on it--heaven for a little chi !!
 
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