1. I just started feeding Delta raw about a week and a half ago. She's eating 80% meat 20% of a veggie mix I made based on a guideline recipe from one of Glas' coworkers who has been feeding raw for over a decade.
Meat: I'm buying whatever I can get for less than $1/lb :p I think I will always buy meat more frequently than other raw feeders because I lack freezer space.
Stuff I'm using in her veg mix atm:
frozen okra, turnip greens, green beans, carrots (going from memory here, I think that's right)
tiny bit of minced garlic
Stuff I'm avoiding:
Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, corn and any bread or grains
fruit (haven't found anything she likes besides watermelon)
spinach (something about the phosphorous balance with the rest of the mix? You'd have to get her to clarify this one.)
onions and grapes (aren't dog-safe to begin with)
I also give her scraps and leftovers if they are "dog-safe" -especially rice since that's not in her veg mix. She also currently still gets a fish-oil supplement.
2. When I added it up, it costs me less than $2/day for Delta. She eats a little over 1.5lb/day, but is smaller than a lot of the dobes on here. That's ~$1.50 for the meat, and a little for the veggies (the veggies cost me $1.04 - $1.59/lb BUT she eats so much less of the mix. )
And as a backup, I have Nature's Variety premade raw (Rabbit version). It's considerably more expensive but very convenient.
3. We had to review crate-stay the first couple of days as she was so more reluctant to wait patiently, especially if I walked out of sight. :p She also really wanted to carry anything with a bone in it to the living room to eat on the rug, but obviously I don't want raw meat on the rug! It was not hard to convince her to take it into her crate instead though.
4. The veggie mix took me a little bit in the store because I was price-checking and comparing everything, then a bit again at home to mix it up and separate for freezing (partially because I kept having to dig out big pots and bowls!), but normal-sized bags of frozen veggies and such made enough of this mix to last me over a month at least. It was also strangely fun, tbh - kind of like cooking but without the pressure of needing it to turn out well!
5. Raw Food Calculator
is what I used. I used a 5lb scale to measure things out, but realize you're never going to have it precisely identical every day since the cuts of meat are never identical.
6. I split her food into 2 meals/ day.
It's too soon to tell if it's helping with her skin allergies as we haven't quite even finished the meds from her last breakout yet.
ADVICE: Separate the meat into BEFORE you freeze it. Otherwise it solidifies into a giant-meat-popsicle that is a pain to get out of the freezer, much less cut into portions. (Plus, you feel dumb.
) So now I measure out my meat as soon as I bring it home, then wrap it in aluminum foil to freeze.