Basic Frankenprey Menu
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- Monday am: edible bone in meat
- Monday pm: edible bone in meat (or muscle)**
- Tuesday am: edible bone in meat
- Tuesday pm: muscle meat
- Wednesday am: edible bone in meat
- Wednesday pm: heart
- Thursday am: edible bone in meat
- Thursday pm: edible bone in meat (or muscle)**
- Friday am: edible bone in meat
- Friday pm: ½ heart + ¼ liver + ¼ other organ
- Saturday am: edible bone in meat
- Saturday pm: muscle meat
- Sunday am: edible bone in meat
- Sunday pm: ½ liver + ½ other organ
For the Visual Learners:
– Read more on Balancing Frankenprey with Alternative Meals
Edible bone in meat:
is just that, meat with bone included. It is NOT bones with just a bit of meat on them (ie: most of the meat removed). If you fed bones like this you will throw the balance of the menu off. See below for some acceptable bone in meats:
- Bone Sources:
- Chicken: any / all
- Quail: any / all
- Rabbit: any / all
- Turkey: necks, ribs, and wing tips
- Duck: neck, ribs, spine, and wing tips.
- Pork: button bones, rib ends
- Frog: any / all
- Any small, adult bird: pheasant, partridge, ptarmigan, etc: any/all
- Cornish game hen (CGH): any / all. NOTE: CGH is a young chicken with potentially immature bones and thus NOT acceptable as a primary source of bone in the menu. It should only be used as a bone-in meal for a few (1-3) meals per week maximum.
- Any commercial frozen raw with 10% to 15% ground bone.
- Any freeze dried raw with 10%-15% ground bone.
**These two meals can be either bone-in or muscle meat depending on the consistency of your ferret’s poop. Dry, chalky and firm you should reduce the bone-in meals and feed muscle meat instead. Loose, unformed and overly liquid, increase the bone-in meals. Do not change the menu beyond these two optional meals or you could affect the nutritional balance of the diet.
Any heart meat. Chicken (including gizzard), turkey, duck, lamb, goat, beef, Cornish Game Hen (counts as chicken), venison, elk, basically any meat (unaltered such as smoked, pickled or injected with salt) without bone.
Note: HEART is considered a muscle meat but is ABSOLUTELY necessary as it is their primary source of taurine. Lack of taurine in their diet can lead to neurological diseases, eyesight problems and other very serious issues.
Liver, kidney, thymus, pancreas, reproductive organs, lung, brain, basically any part of the body that secretes. Read more HERE.
Fat is an important part of a carnivore’s diet as this is where they get their energy. It works for them in the same way carbs do for humans. Make sure to pick fattier cuts over leaner cuts when buying your meat (thigh vs. breast, shoulder vs. tenderloin, etc)
For optimal health a minimum (more is preferable) of 3 different proteins need to be in the diet. At least one of the minimum 3 proteins needs to be something other than: chicken, rabbit, cornish game hen or fish. This is to ensure enough Vit B, iron and a good base of taurine in the diet (most taurine comes from the heart in the diet however).