Message Number: YG1628 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Brett Middleton
Date: 2001-03-23 14:18:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Open to suggestions

"G Kelley" <gkelley0@h...> wrote:
> So his diet right now is the cooked meat <see variety above> and a
> rat pup every second day at bedtime.
> I am worried that he may be missing something with this kind of diet.
> What other foods should I try? Is the rat pup a "complete" meal for
> him on the days he gets one?

I presume that the cooked meat is just muscle meat (no organs, bones,
skin, etc.). If so, this is not nutritionally sufficient. Pinky mice
and rat pups are also problematic, because they are immature and have a
different nutrient composition than adult prey would have. (Note:
there is nothing wrong with feeding either cooked meat or pinkies/pups,
but you need some additional items to round them out.)

Bob Church's Chicken Gravy ( might be
one option for you. You don't have to make this as a soup -- you can
make it something like ground beef, since Hobbs seems to want something
he can chew. Some other things you can try: organ meats (such as beef
liver or chicken giblets), turkey or chicken necks, and frozen adult
mice. For a supplement, you might want to take a look at the Nupro
Ferret Formula (, which some swear by,
though I haven't tried it yet myself.

Good luck!


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