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Hey all, I can't go totally raw but I could do one or two raw meals a week to start out with ..... IF this plan works, in town there is a chicken processing plant (Holmes foods) would they have things like chicken backs that I could have? I don't have a separate freezer so I could only pick up a few at a time but do you guys think they would have them? Processing means they slaughter them there right?

Another question... Where to you raw feeders get your meat? The organs & such?
 

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Another question... Where to you raw feeders get your meat? The organs & such?
I find a pretty decent selection at the grocery store. I've had no problem finding chicken and beef livers and hearts (not considered an organ) as well as chicken gizzards. When I run out of selections I intend to buy some online, either in whole animal grounds or individual whole organs. If you want chicken backs, you can just buy a whole chicken at the grocery store. I have no idea what the processing plant would have or if you can buy from them directly. I'd just give them a call.
 

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I have a great Co Op near by, as I am in the Detroit area. I can get Venison at near dirt prices and many other foods. I would do more shopping at Whole Foods and other establishments, but I have a very chicken intolerant dog. We got a freezer juts for the dog food, but before that we were using ground mixes so we could store easily and feed raw - it cost more, but it made it possible to take them off the kibble!
 

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I would check with the processing plant. There is a local meat packer here who sells raw food food for pets, you can get carcasses, backs, wings, necks (chicken, turkey, lamb, or pork), or ground trim/bones/organs, recreational bones, organs... lots of stuff that would otherwise probably be largely wasted for them. Even if the plant in your area doesn't start an official program, I bet you could set something up individually to "take that stuff off their hands" inexpensively.
 
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