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Today we have started the girls on their new food regime,last week we went out and purchased a large freezer and today we went and got the first batch of raw food for them,went to the market early and picked up 100lb of chicken backs for £20 on todays exchange rate about $19.66 dont know if it is a bargain stateside but pretty good going here,the money doesnt really come into it though i just don't want to put any more additives into my dogs which is my main reason for feeding raw.We then went to a raw pet food specialist's and purchased some minced beef and minced beef heart and the biscuit feed to mix with it.Anyway when we got home i got out some chicken backs to try the girls on and was so surprised when the 2 fussy eaters(Mischa and Amber) just wolfed them down and the 2 eating machines (Tia and Chelsie) took a little encouragement to start eating them but in the end when we were bagging up the rest of the stuff for the freezer they all stood there drooling,so i am expecting it to all go well(fingers crossed) we will be mixing the raw with their normal Kibble and slowly winding the dried food out of their diets to wean them off it.Anyone who already feeds raw and has any tips please send them in my direction,i have had people at our breed club advising me but any extra info is always welcome.
 

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I buy chicken hearts, livers, and gizzards, and also find cow liver too to feed, the kids LOVE it. Turkey is also a big favorite around here, I find the big old turkey legs they usually sell in two's or three's.

Have fun with it! The girls will think they've went to doggie heaven!
 

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That's great brumwolf!! You got some great prices to. I am curious though what is the biscuit feed made from?
My only suggestion would be to feed their kibble in one meal and the raw in the next meal rather than together due to differences in digestion times. Good luck and keep us updated!
 

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Congrats Brum, I think money-wise you got a great deal on the backs in bulk and glad to hear the girls are willing and able to work with you on the switch. Good luck. Hey, do you have Frosty Paws (doggy ice cream) over there? Now that you've got that great big freezer...hmmm.....plenty room for more treats for good girls!
 

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Brumwolf, you got a really good deal compared to what I can find - I'm jealous. Glad to hear your girls are liking RAW. I just fed mine their meal after we worked on tracking- they each got a whole rabbit (minus head and hair). Figured I spare my neighbors (as the dogs eat it outside) and feed them early - don't wanta freak any of them out. Coda ate the whole rabbit, although she was not very interested in eating the liver, heart etc - took her about an hour. My male only ate a little bit of it - so I bagged it bag up and put it in the frig for later.

I got some really great elk bones (huge) that have a little bit of meat on it, for a semi-recreational bone. My ol' Rotty (11 yrs) went to town on one of them the last few days.......got all that tarter build up off her teeth. I am amazed.....her teeth look like my 18 months old now - sparkling white. The best thing is that it keeps them occupied and lasts alot longer then pig ears or biscuits and now I don't have to take my ol' girl to the Vet to have her teeth cleaned ......hopefully it will continue to keep my destructive little one (Coda) from eating my trees and bushes.
 

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Sounds good but why do they need biscuit mix?

Good luck with the new diet Brum. Take before and after pics =) What does your wife think about feeding them raw meat?

I feed my youngest some pre-made raw patties a few times a week as a whole meal (we keep getting free bag samples when we buy that brand of kibble).
I just switch the meal over cold turkey and haven't had problems, but then again that dog has a stomach of steel and nothing seems to bother her =)

I don't really feed raw though and generally cook all extras, meats, eggs, etc. My other animals never get raw food on purpose, the youngest dog only does b/c it came free with her kibble so I decided to go ahead and try it. She loves it, but then again she loves everything.

There is a really neat online yahoo group, I think it is called rawfeeding, that might be helpful. Seems like a good group.
 

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Good luck with it. Let us know how it turns out.
 

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Congrats Brum! and welcome to the "raw" world. Sounds like you got a great deal on the price.

I am sure you will start to see/hear/and feel the difference very soon.

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Good for you. Am not quite ready to take that step, but am moving towards totally eliminating processed good-quality kibble from Java's diet. Was able to find chicken giblets in bulk, roasted them up with a chicken and she had a little feast.

Will have to re-read raw feeding threads, am still a bit unsure about feeding raw chicken. Any concerns about small sharp bones from chowing down on chicken backs? I cook up a chicken and remove the meat from the bone to make sure no splinters get mixed in.
 

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Brumwolf, you got a really good deal compared to what I can find - I'm jealous. Glad to hear your girls are liking RAW. I just fed mine their meal after we worked on tracking- they each got a whole rabbit (minus head and hair). Figured I spare my neighbors (as the dogs eat it outside) and feed them early - don't wanta freak any of them out. Coda ate the whole rabbit, although she was not very interested in eating the liver, heart etc - took her about an hour. My male only ate a little bit of it - so I bagged it bag up and put it in the frig for later.

I got some really great elk bones (huge) that have a little bit of meat on it, for a semi-recreational bone. My ol' Rotty (11 yrs) went to town on one of them the last few days.......got all that tarter build up off her teeth. I am amazed.....her teeth look like my 18 months old now - sparkling white. The best thing is that it keeps them occupied and lasts alot longer then pig ears or biscuits and now I don't have to take my ol' girl to the Vet to have her teeth cleaned ......hopefully it will continue to keep my destructive little one (Coda) from eating my trees and bushes.
Holy smokes a whole rabbit up here is $18.00!! A little to pricey for me. I also give ******* raw bones with some meat on them. Last night she had venision. (sp)
 

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Good for you. Am not quite ready to take that step, but am moving towards totally eliminating processed good-quality kibble from Java's diet. Was able to find chicken giblets in bulk, roasted them up with a chicken and she had a little feast.

Will have to re-read raw feeding threads, am still a bit unsure about feeding raw chicken. Any concerns about small sharp bones from chowing down on chicken backs? I cook up a chicken and remove the meat from the bone to make sure no splinters get mixed in.

I think I said it in another thread about raw chicken. You can place them in boiling water for a minute and you can also pour a little apple cider vinagar on them. They use to use a.c.v. when there was no refridgeration. Chicken bones when raw (including the small ones) are actually chewy. But if you are nervous or you feel your dog will chow down on them start by feeding one after their dinner. I find when they are full they are less likely to inhale them.

Another option which I believe is a good alternative is to lightly cook everything. This is what I do with Bandit my Shiz tzu, although you can't feed any of the bones. You have to take the meat off like you have been doing. You could go with kibble in the morning and semi cooked at night...just a suggestion.
 

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Actually Lexus I think these bones come from commercially raised deer, I say that because they always have them available. ******* loves them, but I find venision stinks!

Sorry brum, not trying to steal your thread!!
 

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JavasMom said:
Good for you. Am not quite ready to take that step, but am moving towards totally eliminating processed good-quality kibble from Java's diet. Was able to find chicken giblets in bulk, roasted them up with a chicken and she had a little feast.

Will have to re-read raw feeding threads, am still a bit unsure about feeding raw chicken. Any concerns about small sharp bones from chowing down on chicken backs? I cook up a chicken and remove the meat from the bone to make sure no splinters get mixed in.
Yeah i did question the bone thing because i have always been told not to feed chicken bone ,but that is only if it is cooked i have since been told and if you think about it when wild dogs catch a bird of any any kind they will eat it whole bone and all.We have also bought some minced raw chicken that has minced bone content as it is supposed to be better that way.
 

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My guys have never had a problem from the bones. I buy the chicken backs and turkey legs, and they chew them up with out incident.
 

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I think I said it in another thread about raw chicken. You can place them in boiling water for a minute and you can also pour a little apple cider vinagar on them. They use to use a.c.v. when there was no refridgeration. Chicken bones when raw (including the small ones) are actually chewy. But if you are nervous or you feel your dog will chow down on them start by feeding one after their dinner. I find when they are full they are less likely to inhale them.

Another option which I believe is a good alternative is to lightly cook everything. This is what I do with Bandit my Shiz tzu, although you can't feed any of the bones. You have to take the meat off like you have been doing. You could go with kibble in the morning and semi cooked at night...just a suggestion.
Yeah i was told not to give cooked bone of any description as that is when it is more likely to splinter when it has been cooked.
 
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