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I noticed there aren't a lot of people who feed rabbits to their dogs. Is there a reason for this? We raise meat rabbits so this would be the cheapest and most convienient option for us.
Cost. When something is $4-6+ per pound I'm not buying it. I did score like 20 for $1 each (not per lb, but $1 per whole rabbit) that were show rabbits. Either beyond showing age, or not show quality. Photo of dead rabbits in Ziplocs. Killed via cervical dislocation.
 

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Some dogs don't much care for the taste either as it is bland. I had to play keep away with Max's first rabbit head to get him to start eating it versus he was bouncing on me and worked a llama head for 45 minutesx4 days until I got sick of the thing and tossed it.

On topic, this week my dogs have had -
Beef heart, organ grind, chicken grind
Rabbit, chicken, organ grind, stomach grass in a very bony grind
Ostrich chunks to go with the rabbit grind and also venison bone
Ostrich liver
Venison meaty bone
Scrambled egg, dogs don't like it raw and it is easier to divide between 2 small dogs
 

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So i just bought chicken legs(back attached) chicken thighs bone in and chicken thighs bone out. How would you feed. This will be his first "whole" meal and I dont want to feed him red meat yet. Please let me know thansk
 

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I'd peel the skin off the chicken leg and offer 2% of your dog's ideal weight per day. If the cleaned leg is 1 pound and your dog weighs 50 pounds he gets one per day so I'd cut some meat off for the second meal of the day. If he is 50 pounds then cutting the drum, thigh and back apart could make the second meal too tempting to swallow without enough chomping, a small meaty meal is safe though. Even my formerly chronic bile vomiter was fine on unequal meal sizes from the start much to my surprise.

If things go well and his tummy doesn't get upset then leave some skin on a little at a time until he is eating the skin as well. Then take away a little meat and offer a bite of another protein.
 

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My dogs mostly get goat and pork,raw eggs without the shell(no need for the shell they get a lot of bones and they don't love the shell anyways),some salmon,poultry.Basically they eat everything I can get my hands on to.Later when they will eat empty the 250liter freezer which is now full of goat and pork(my stupid idea),I'm planning on buying them some lamb or sheep depending on the price,guess I will have to butcher it myself as we do with the goats.
 

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I bought about 30 pounds of frozen skinned rabbits for $40 from a friend...My dog wants nothing to do with it! I have tried feeding it to him frozen, thawed, cut up, hand delivered, smeared in peanut butter and olive oil...Nope! He just sticks his nose high up in the air...Any other suggestions? I guess I could try to find someone else who could use it.
 

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I noticed there aren't a lot of people who feed rabbits to their dogs. Is there a reason for this? We raise meat rabbits so this would be the cheapest and most convienient option for us.
I feed rabbit when I can get it cheap, it's something everyone loves. Price is the reason I don't feed it often, I'd love to raise meat rabbits.
 

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That's too bad he doesn't like it. At least it wasn't expensive. Those rabbit heads were something like $.50 a pound and I was still determined to get them down him. Max did better with a huge whole rabbit because he adored organs but refused to eat the skin.

You could try searing that nice rabbit over high heat to brown it a bit, you could offer it warm, you could offer it frozen. You could offer it twice daily and he gets nothing else until he eats it. You could offer tiny bits along with something he likes and he would accidently eat a little then keep offering more until he eats the whole thing.

I did the searing when Bucky started on raw but probably he just needed a day to settle in before eating. I tried the eat it or else with Max and he stared at the nice salmon head for 3 days in a row. I did succeed in mixing a little of something new with the usual to get Max to eat fish though.
 

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I feed my 4 dogs 2% of their body weight per day.
80%meat
10% bone (non weight bearing)
5% liver
5% kidneys

Seems to work fine. Mix it between chicken beef pork and rabbit.
 

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I have 2 dogs, but they're around the same weight so I'll just post for one. They weigh around 14-15 lbs, both Havanese, 1.5 years.

I change it up every week, but this was last week's menu for both of them:

lamb necks (they can gnaw off the softer parts)
green beef/lamb tripe
beef roast
beef kidneys
beef heart
beef sweetbreads
beef spleen
beef/chicken liver
chicken carcass bits
duck quarters
rabbit ears (raw w/ fur)
rabbit quarters
pig ears (dehydrated, I don't feed raw pork)
Steamed Salmon
raw sardines
ground lamb
a small chicken (split between the two of them, w/ organs)
raw chicken eggs
chicken gizzards
chicken hearts
some odd chicken bone bits I had in the freezer
ground eggshells for boneless meals. (I was running out of proper bones)
extra blood I froze in cubes
their vegetables/fruit this week included: salad, celery, sweet peppers, apples, berries, a teeny bit of banana & spinach.

+ their supplements, which included their joint supplements, their probiotics/enzymes, some supp. for the minerals/vitamins this week's 'menu' was lacking and coconut oil to get them to eat their veg. I personally feel like coconut oil is way, way overrated but mine love it and it's not doing them any harm so why not? Also some extras like spirulina, curcumin and such.

They're not fed an entirely PMR diet (didn't work out for them), so I try to follow 70% muscle, 10% bone, 10% organ, 10% vegetable.

P.S just got them some goose as well. Also, one of them ate a mouse over the weekend, if that counts for anything! :redface:

And one of them won't eat rabbit, which is why I have both rabbit + duck quarters (with most of the skin removed)
 

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Our dog is a tiny 12 lb dog. Our cat is 15 lbs. So we give her small portions. 3% of her weight.
AM and PM they both get
cubed chicken (breast or thigh)
Chicken hearts
Chicken Liver
Ground Beef (Dog only, she is a high energy terrier and needs the fat)
Fish canned in WATER
Neck bones with meat (this is the only bone the dog gets, shes so tiny, if I give her anything else she would most likely choke on it. It also takes her a while to finish it because shes so tiny)
I also give yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, carrots, pumpkin, cucumber, sweet potato, egg shells.
I have tried other organs and meats, they hate them. They sniff them and walk away. It actually keeps it pretty basic.
Our dog was abandoned on the side of the road. We soon realized why. She had bad diarrhea, gas that could clear a room, immature and nervous bladder. Luckily I had worked with dogs that ate raw and had these issues (our cat was already semi-raw because of his bladder crystals, we already had food ready to go for the dog). So I made her a diaper, fed her raw, worked with her and she is just THE best!
I have enjoyed reading everyones raw food they give their dogs. I may have to try some of them!
 

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My 13 pound princess can eat whole prey chicken and she's missing two carnassial teeth. She has a dainty head and is half chihuahua. You are short changing her, give her bigger bones and she'll eat what she likes and you can toss the rest. That helps with dental health as well. Both the dogs in my avatar came with horrible teeth and two of hers were rotten and breaking and giving the occasional big bone polished the teeth up nicely. She took a week to eat organs, I just offered her a fresh toothpick sized bit daily and she finally decided it was edible. A complete hoot watching her process too.

Anyway diet these days is boring but apparently delicious.
Chicken necks with skin and fat is daily bone
Ground beef heart, trim and organ mix second meal of the day
When it doesn't come out even cooked scrambled egg
Pork bone for big fun meals once a week, the elk is gone. They can usually eat about half the actual bone.
 
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