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Raw feeding my new pup
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Author:  Grady [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Raw feeding my new pup

Picking her up on Friday. I wanted to start feeding raw right off the bat. Here is a list of stuff that I picked up.
- chicken necks
- chicken gizzards
- chicken leg quarters
- Boston Butt
- I have a good bit of raw deer meat
- beef liver
- split chicken breast
- pork kidney
- chicken backs
Everything was around a $1.00 per pound (or less) except the chicken breast and the deer meat was free.

I want to make a bunch of meals at a time and freeze them so that I don't have to fool with it all the time.I understand the 80/10/10 rule I was just wanting some input on what to feed the puppy for the first go around.
Here is what I was thinking. Her ideal adult weight would be around 35 pounds. 3% would be 1.05 lbs of food per day but she is a puppy so I may go 1.5 pounds and split it between 2 meals.

I am planning on a huge portion of plain meat (pork, deer, chicken), then meaty bone (neck,back,thigh, drumstick), and small piece of an organ (gizzard, liver, kidney) in each pre bagged meal. I know at first I will have take the chicken quarter bones from her until she is bigger and can finish them.

Does this sound like a good plan? Any ideas on what to do would be appreciated.

Oh yea Betty this is your Lucy's granddaughter.

Author:  Betty L. [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Raw feeding my new pup


Sounds like you have done your homework! I am always glad to hear about another raw feeder, but it's especially good when it is one of Lucy's progeny! $1.00 a pound for all of that is great. If you figure in your deer, etc, then you are actually feeding cheaper than that and that is great! Fixing up the bags ahead of time is a good way to handle things.

I think that you have a good plan in place. As you watch her eat, you will learn how and why if you need to change or keep up with what you are doing. 1.5 over 2 meals would be a good starting point. If you can feed her 3 times a day for a couple of months, that would be great, but if you cant, that's ok. A raw fed pup doesnt have that big pot belly like a kibble fed pup does, so it will be pretty easy to tell if she needs more food, or less.

Gizzards are actually muscle, not organ, so change that. I would either cut them up a bit or wait until she is strong enough to chew them herself. I'm a little worried about the size of them and the solidity of them if she were to try to swallow one. I have never had a problem and dont want to worry you, just am thinking here. The end of the thigh bone and drumsticks are soft and my pups loved them, but like you said, take them away when they get that eaten. Usually, my pups would leave the long part of the bone, but I would pick it up and get rid of it.

Abe had terrible eating habits as a pup. He still doesnt chew his food like the others do. He will swallow huge pieces of food. When he was a puppy, he would swallow a piece of meat that was too big and he would whimper as it went down. It always would go down, but it sure bothered me!! Now, he takes a huge piece, chews a couple of times, holds his head up so that his throat is straight and swallows. I am careful what I feed him and the sizes, since he will swallow most anything.

Author:  Grady [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:29 pm ]
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Thanks Mrs. Betty. Good to know about the gizzards. I am also going to throw some fish in there at some point. I will update as we go along.

Author:  Betty L. [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:33 pm ]
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Updates will be nice!!

Let us know when you get her home!!

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:52 pm ]
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It sounds like you are extremely well-prepared! My only tip is to not be too worried if she doesn't dive right in at first, especially if she's never had raw before. All of our dogs like chicken, but a few of them balked at the gamier meats at first.

Author:  Grady [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:32 pm ]
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She had deer meat (which she chased down and yanked off the string) , half a chicken back , and a small piece of beef liver. All is well first afternoon good now let's see how much sleep we get tonight!o

Author:  Betty L. [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:22 pm ]
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How goes it today?! Did you get any sleep last night? Bet you are having fun with her today!

Author:  Grady [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:22 pm ]
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She curled up with me on the couch and we took little 2 hour naps then outside to bathroom then back on the couch till about 2 a.m. After the 2 a.m. potty break I put her in the kennel for the first time with a little peanut butter kong and the towel I been using the last few days. I slid the kennel over by the couch so she could see me and I could put my fingers through the door off the couch. She finished kong and started whining for about 5 minutes then went to sleep for till bout 5:30. She started whining in there at 5:30 but I waited until she calmed down (5 minutes) and went back to sleep before I let her out. Then back in kennel (same whining) till 8:30 when she started whining and I made her wait again then outside and up for the day.

She got her feet in the river and saw some other dogs playing and those other dogs where perfect with her. Oh yeah and she is a natural retriever.. see ... ata_player

Author:  Bluedog [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:14 pm ]
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sounds about right.....intermittent sleep and all....

Author:  Betty L. [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:49 pm ]
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Oh, she is doing good! Loved the video! Pretty good for one that young. Thanks for posting it!

Author:  Grady [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:45 pm ]
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her stools are small, dark, and pretty firm. she is not eating quiet as much as she did the first feeding but she is eating. Probably just going to cut her portions back and cut the meat up a little instead of feeding one big chunk of meat. She is doing great in the kennel and quiets down pretty quickly.

Also she doesn't drink a lot of water. Some but very little.

So far so good.

Author:  Betty L. [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:20 pm ]
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She doesnt need to drink much water. They get most of the water that they need from the raw meat. I dont remember the portions, but raw is largely water. Which, when you think about it, a wolf couldnt be trying to find a watering hole several times a day. If my dogs have run, like chasing a rabbit, they will drink some, but they just dont need much. And, since they dont have to process so much water, it is better on the kidneys. All in all, a good thing.

Stools sound just fine. She's processing and using most of her food.

She is probably getting to where she has caught up on what she needs and is cutting back on her food on her own, so you are wise to cut her back on food some. You will find where she is best and you are doing a good job!!

Author:  Grady [ Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:31 pm ]
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I switched over to some pork meat today and beef liver. gonna go chicken quarters in a day or so and start with the pork kidneys with that.

Thanks for the reassurance. I will keep updating. Gonna try fish here some time this week.

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