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Old 16-02-2012, 06:39 PM
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Raw Chicken

ive started my dogs on raw diet ive started off feeding them chicken mince and tripe mince little bit of plain yogurt ...... its coming to end of there first week on raw and i want to know whats the best raw chicken to start off with i was thinking chicken necks but i cant get to the butchers at min so only got the local tesco would should i pick up ?
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Re: Raw Chicken

Many start on wings.....
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Re: Raw Chicken

Chicken necks, wings and stripped carcasses are the best by far, they have the correct meat/bone/fat ratio thereabouts and not too much muscle meat; they are also easier for dogs new to raw to cope with, the smaller softer bones are more easily managed
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Re: Raw Chicken

If they have chicken wings, they're good. If you think your dogs might try and swallow them whole, then keep hold of one end of the wing (a piece of kitchen roll will help you grip it)

I have a dog that used to swallow them without chewing them and she never had a problem, but better safe than sorry.
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Re: Raw Chicken

i was thinking about wings as i can get hold of a big pack from tesco but thought they might be too small for my medium size dog

when i go into town ill ask the butcher for some chicken necks

how many times a week do they need chicken bones ?
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Re: Raw Chicken

If they get constipated then cut back on the bone.
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i was thinking about wings as i can get hold of a big pack from tesco but thought they might be too small for my medium size dog

when i go into town ill ask the butcher for some chicken necks

how many times a week do they need chicken bones ?
The ratio is 80:10:10, meat, bone, offal. This should be balanced over a week or so.
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Re: Raw Chicken

I'd give them actual bones at least twice per week, to help clean teeth which the minced stuff doesn't do. Once you start introducing other meats, with denser bones such as lamb, then they will take a little longer to deal with them, chicken wings are gone in a few seconds flat here.

Instead of using them as a whole meal, why not just give them minced chicken, and end it with a chicken wing each for now? Once you've got other bones and meat introduced to their diet, then hopefully you'll have got a supply sorted out for them by then, I can honestly say, it's a lot less faff giving a bone than it is weighing out minced stuff, and they love it so worthwhile sourcing suppliers of chicken carcasses if you can. And I will get round to posting a few photos of how to take apart a chicken carcass leaving the boney bits for the dogs, promise
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Re: Raw Chicken

so its ok to give chicken mince then twice a week replace the tripe mince there getting with chicken wings?
ill be going to the butchers next week should i just ask for necks ?
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Re: Raw Chicken

What type of dog have you got?

Terence is around 20kg and he inhales wings. Hasn't done him any harm, but he's used to it. If you are worried about him not chewing, I personally wouldn't go for the necks. They are small
If you go to the butchers, ask for carcasses. Personally, I much prefer them to wings, they are cheaper and it takes Terence less than a second to eat.
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