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    Sooo I have a grinder on the way, and I was watching my breeders "technique" on youtube - he pretty much feeds chicken backs and heads and beeks and feet into a meat grinder, and it comes out in little bits, into a big bowl. then he adds a bunch of veggies and whatnot. Is it as simple as that?

    Where would you guys recommend I get the chickens?

    What if I wanted to splurge on organic / steroid free, etc stuff? Whole foods is highway robbery. Possible to find that outside of a crappy "processed foods" grocery store?

    Do you use beef ever?

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    *gagging* Sorry I am so glad I personally know the butcher here in town I don't think I could do that myself. I have considered going raw and I have even gone so far as thinking about using deer meat.

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    LOL do what? the grinding? I can stomach it I hope.
    The breeder had whole chicken heads going in though.
    I dont want to deal with that. But to grind up the bone and stuff - apparently very healthy / useful.

    Where do I get this stuff?

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    It's really not quite as simple as that...you should feed at least 3 different animal meats. Preferably bone matter from 3 different sources as well. Chicken don't live so long that their bones have enough calsum to be the only source. Dogs need red meat too and organs. Plain chicken lacks a LOT of nutrients and I wouldn't even use it as a base.
    I use...different parts (meat, bone and organ) from beef, pork, turkey, chicken, lamb, horse, reindeer (just got some ostrich) eggs (with shell), kelp and I'm sure I forgot something...

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    @RiiSi is spot on. I stay completely away from chicken . Currently my freezer is stocked with ground quail w/bone, ground venison w/bone, ground beef w/bone, ground duck w/bone, and ground turkey w/bone. The fruits and veggies don't do a whole lot as the dog can't process them u less they are first frozen and then puréed. You need organ suck as liver, kidney, spleen, tripe. I too purchased a grinder and was grinding my own food- it gets tire some and unless you spent $900+ on a grinder it can be a real pain in the @$$, simply because most grinders can't get the job done. I spent $300 on a grinder from amazon that had stellar reviews- I went through two units in less than six months. Then I joined a local co-op and found a supplier that has everything a raw feeder could ever want and they offer proteins ground with bone. I pay about $1.50 per pound. As far as the organic movement- I fully back this and yes there is a difference. I can't see sped ing double the cost. I am lucky enough to have meat packers locally and even getting the organic stuff from the source is uber expensive- especially that I'm feeding two bullies. Even sourcing direct my cost would be about $5 per pound- no yanks my dogs do just fine on regular stuff. I constantly get comments on how silky there fur is. I almost ever have to clean their ears, baths are minimal. I supplement with salmon oil, probiotic-digestive enzymes, apple cider vinnegar, coconut oil, I was using a multi vitamin but recently stopped as I didn't notice a difference. I might start again for a month too gauge if I see a difference. But with the right mix of proteins and organs a multivitamin isn't needed. Good luck

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    I have no idea where to get all this stuff.
    @Scueva
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    Plus I live in a condo tower so I dont have a garage I can toss an extra freezer in. Am i toast? :-P

    Is baxter toast? Will he die of malnutrition?!

    I planned to use more than one meat ultimately. And i did research on grinders (the ones that can truly handle bones aren't on amazon for less than $500).

    Im moreso wondering where to get the meats and whatnot, without breaking the bank.
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    @baxtertiberius - I too live in a condo in a high rise! I found an upright freezer on craiglist for $50. It's a little bigger than a mini fridge. I manage to find a corner for it and I put a bunch of bulldog photos and photos of cuts if meat like you would see at a butcher- I dunno it works. I beleive I sent you a link once before via pm of co-op in your area. Google "yahoo barf groups" in your area or "yahoo raw feeding " in your area. I remember there was quite a few. Rawpaws.org or mypetcarnivore.com are a couple suppliers in my area. Check out their websites and maybe even contact them to see if they have any connects in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter Tiberius View Post
    I have no idea where to get all this stuff.
    @Scueva
    etc

    Plus I live in a condo tower so I dont have a garage I can toss an extra freezer in. Am i toast? :-P

    Is baxter toast? Will he die of malnutrition?!

    I planned to use more than one meat ultimately. And i did research on grinders (the ones that can truly handle bones aren't on amazon for less than $500).

    Im moreso wondering where to get the meats and whatnot, without breaking the bank.

    When I was feeding raw, I used a $130 grinder , meat must be 75% frozen to go through grinder well. go slow, don't force let the grinder do the work, I started off with exclusive protein ; chicken legs , breast, necks and backs the first two weeks also added fresh veggies 1 at a time broccoli and green beans, sweet pot,
    I used a meat cleaver to chop the meat up when in the case frozen, of course I needed a freezer with 5 dogs. then I added beef heart , pork tenderloin , beef liver in small amounts, turkey, fish, for bone I used chicken and or pork . I also added enzymes , probiotics and fish oil or coconut oil

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    @Sherry I had the same grinder except the "upgraded" model with forced air induction. It got to be a pain- I do use the grinder to make homemade sausage so not a total waste. Much easier for me to buy meat pre-ground with bone, but if i had 5 dogs I would still grind myslef as cost would be a factor. 2 bully's and a Chihuaha currently eat 100Lb per month at $1.5 per LB - manageable- 5 dogs holy crap it's a small fortune!

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    I wonder if our local butcher did something like this if not maybe I can get him to

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    I just get the Darwin's Natural Selection Raw food. They deliver every 4 weeks and the price is reasonable. http://www.darwinspet.com

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    @tekstrand24 what do they cost? How many LB do you consumer per month?

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