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I thought this would be an interesting thread, I did a quick search and didn't see anything, so I appologize if it's been done already.

What's on your raw feeding menu for a week? What do you feed, do you supplement? Oh, and how much your dog/s weighs ;)

I thought it'd be interesting to see - and maybe get some new ideas from others to add to the rotation!
 

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I feed my 80 pound Lab mostly whole chicken and beef. Once a day. Sometimes some chicken liver and pork country style ribs although I guess they're not really ribs. Doesn't matter. I can get whole fresh sardines but are they really okay to feed? I don't supplement. Should I? I have feeding raw for 4 months.
 

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On a weekly basis I feed:
Chicken. I only buy Chicken Leg Quarters because they're the cheapest cut, and easy to cut in half for smaller dogs.
Turkey. I buy whole turkey when they go on sale, or necks.
Pork. Ribs or chunks cut off of a picnic roast.
Beef. I give beef ribs and supplement with either a chunk off a brisket or ground beef, depending on what I have. the ribs don't have enough meat to be a meal on their own.
Lamb. Breast, cut to the right portion.
Fish. Whole talapia, sardines, or bass. I bought a huge carp once and cutting it up was a nightmare, so never again. I rarely use canned fish, but sometimes will use canned salmon, mackeral, or tuna.
Goat. I honestly am not sure what cut it is...
Eggs. I give them once or twice a week whenever I remember.
Heart. I prefer to handle whole pork hearts, but sometimes buy the cut up beef hearts too.
Liver. Usually chicken livers as they're the perfect size for my dogs, but sometimes I do beef liver.
Kidney. Beef kidney.

I also feed any other special sources I can get my hands on as they are avaliable to me, like elk, venison, buffalo, phesent, and quail... but I don't have those on a weekly basis at all.

I generally feed two meals per day, one rather smaller, one larger. The smaller one is almost always chicken, and the bigger one is... whatever i'm feeding that day. On fish and pork days I usually just skip the chicken because those are pretty affordable sources, too. I preportion all of my days in advance, and toss in a chicken liver, and a chunk of kidney in each day's baggie, rather than doing whole meals of organs. I generally give egg on fish days, and I skip the liver/ kidney on days that i feed whole fish or heart.

Dog's weight/ lbs of food per day:
Grissom, 20lbs, .5 lb per day
Annie, 55lbs, 1.5 lb per day
Chesney, 20 lbs, .75 lb per day (growing puppy)
 

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I have a little guy. 5 pounds. So cornish hens are a staple for bone. I take a regular sized one pound hen and whack it up into about 8 pieces. Each piece is about 2 ounces each. He gets those interspersed throughout the week, about every 3rd day or so.

In between he gets a couple ounces a day of beef heart, pork tongue, rabbit, or whatever other meat we have on hand. Just got an order from hare-today so I have a big supply of meats and organ grinds.

We usually do organs on the weekend. I remember them that way and he gets a full meal (one ounce of each) of bison liver and kidney alternated with beef liver and kidney or pork/chicken, although the bison is his favorite. I follow with a bony meal and no stool problems. He has an iron stomach.

We do whole prey occasionally. He eats pinky mice like they are popcorn shrimp. :) He's not a big fan of feathers or fur so he doesn't usually get larger prey.

He occasionally gets a premade - stella and chewy's or canned tripe. I use the tripett brand.

He's little so he's easy. :)
 

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Some beef and pork, and loooots of chicken, because its cheap and I can now get all the chicken I want free from a local Tyson chicken house. I also give beef and chicken livers weekly.
 

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I'm curious how you get the free chickens from Tyson?
We have a close family friend who owns chicken houses and raises chickens for Tyson. He probably has 12 houses. I called him the other night asking what he does with the chickens that die daily, and he said he gets them out puts them in a freezer. There is a monthly truck that comes by and gets them all. He told me I am welcome to get all I want out of his freezers.
 

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We have a close family friend who owns chicken houses and raises chickens for Tyson. He probably has 12 houses. I called him the other night asking what he does with the chickens that die daily, and he said he gets them out puts them in a freezer. There is a monthly truck that comes by and gets them all. He told me I am welcome to get all I want out of his freezers.
What an awesome deal for you!!! Wow!!!
 

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I am VERY happy! I just wish I had thaught of it sooner! I'm kicking myself for that!:smile:
Have you seen the chickens you will be getting? If not, I'm thinking once you do, you won't be as excited. However, I have known people whose dogs ate chickens with feathers on and maybe yours will also. Whether you pluck the feathers or your dogs do, it is a messy job. Personally, I had rather buy them at the grocery store than fool with dead whole intact carcasses with feathers on. My brother has 16 chicken houses and I could get all the free ones my dogs could possibly eat but I have never gotten one chicken from him. :smile:

ETA: My brother won't even eat his own chickens because its much easier to buy them at the store than to bother with all the prep work.
 

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Is there a particular reason why people choose organ from one type of animal over the other? For instance, would chicken liver be easier to digest than beef liver, or is it all the same? Or is it just a matter of price and availablity?
 

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Have you seen the chickens you will be getting? If not, I'm thinking once you do, you won't be as excited. However, I have known people whose dogs ate chickens with feathers on and maybe yours will also. Whether you pluck the feathers or your dogs do, it is a messy job. Personally, I had rather buy them at the grocery store than fool with dead whole intact carcasses with feathers on. My brother has 16 chicken houses and I could get all the free ones my dogs could possibly eat but I have never gotten one chicken from him. :smile:

ETA: My brother won't even eat his own chickens because its much easier to buy them at the store than to bother with all the prep work.
Yea, its a lot of work. Last year we raised and slaughterd about 50 ourselves. We are going to do the plucking and organ removal. I don't mind it.
 

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Alot of people feed chicken liver, I don't think for any other reason than its availability in the stores, all stores carry chicken livers that I've seen.
If your dog isn't fully into the raw feeding program, you'd definitely want to start with chicken over beef as it wouldn't be as rich.

I prefer to feed my dogs lamb liver as I know exactly what I'm getting as I get it from my community food co-op, grass fed, hormone/antibiotic free.
 
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Is there a particular reason why people choose organ from one type of animal over the other? For instance, would chicken liver be easier to digest than beef liver, or is it all the same? Or is it just a matter of price and availablity?
I choose to feed pork organs because of their size based on relative ease of working with them. Beef livers are HUGE and hard to deal with. Same with beef kidneys. I care about the size mostly with my dogs because three out of four will not voluntarily eat them so we have to shove them down their throats. Which this can get messy if you and I find pork kidneys the perfect size to shove down throats. I won't ever feed chicken livers because they are basically just mush and hard to handle but are perfectly fine to feed. If your dog eats organs voluntarily then what you should do is feed organs from a variety of different sources.

With that being said, the best and most nutritious organs to feed are from young animals because they are generally more healthy when they were slaughtered and have more to offer. But organs like this can be hard to find.
 

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With that being said, the best and most nutritious organs to feed are from young animals because they are generally more healthy when they were slaughtered and have more to offer. But organs like this can be hard to find.
Huh. I'd never considered that before.... Makes sense, though. Especially since liver is the body's crap filter. Younger liver = less crap.

I have seen veal liver at WalMart, just never gotten it because it's a tad more expensive.

You've given me something to think about, Natalie...
 

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Is there a particular reason why people choose organ from one type of animal over the other? For instance, would chicken liver be easier to digest than beef liver, or is it all the same? Or is it just a matter of price and availablity?
I pick mine based on: Price, size, availability, and ease of handling.

My dogs willingly eat everything (except my cocker who refuses heart of any kind) so I don't have to worry about force feeding.
Chicken Liver is in just about every grocery store, it's cheap, and the size is perfect for my dogs without ever having to cut them or anything. (small dogs get one liver per day. Boxer gets two)
Sometimes I buy beef liver IF it's on sale and cheap enough to justify it, but I don't like to have to cut it up.
Beef kidney is the ONLY kind of kidney I have easy access to, so that's the kind of kidney i go with.
I prefer Pork Heart over other kinds of heart because I find it to be less messy (maybe it's where I buy it vs. where i buy beef heart, but pork heart is *clean*) to handle, and perfect size for Annie to eat one whole heart, and grissom and Chesney to split one. The Beef Heart I buy from wal mart is messier, and all sliced up into odd shaped and sized pieces. It has to be on a good sale to convince me.
 

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so far, our dogs get beef liver from our co op...i think my dog's beef looks better than what we buy at the store..these are grass fed.....
and they eat it willingly.....it's a treat in the morning with their salmon gelcaps...which they eat...we feed inch cubes every morning....balances out to about 5% of their diet over a week's time.

we also feed beef heart from our co op....so that's the other 5% of the 10% :)

our menu consists, so far, of

lamb - shoulder/shanks/leg meat/rib meat
beef - most cuts
chicken (mostly for the bone)
pork
sardines/smelts - whole and frozen
turkey necks/turkey
llama
ground bison - rarely. we don't like ground because bubba is a gulper and gets no benefit from ground
rabbit - soon
maybe venison and bison - still on the fence because of the price and not so sure if the nutritional value makes it worth buying over our price point...
 

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we also feed beef heart from our co op....so that's the other 5% of the 10% :)
For nutritional purposes, heart is not an organ. It is muscle meat. I'm not sure if you are aware of that. It's not that big of deal. Liver is just about the only organ my dogs and cats get and I'm pretty sure it's not 10% of their diet.
 
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