Message Number: YG2459 | New FHL Archives Search
From: bill and diane killian
Date: 2001-04-10 22:06:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: duck soup

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From: "Mike Janke" <mjanke@m...>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 11:09 PM

> "duck soup" has become a term to mean any kind of special, supportive
> type diet for a ferret. There WAS an original duck soup and it was
> so named when it was developed to help a sick ferret named Lucky
> Duck, or so the story goes.

The ferret in question lived in Virginia with the Davises. Although now
more or less out of the organized ferret world they were well noted in
earlier days.

> There are probably dozens of duck soup recipes out there.
> Personally, I find that good ol' Gerber's 2nd stage chicken baby food
> works great for the short term. For longer term, I use 1 jar of
> Gerbers with 1 can of A/D (prescription diet available at your vet).
> Mike

One shouldn't confuse mixing up conctions found in internet ferret folklore
with the best choice of diet. Straight A/D is something we do use. We use
A/D for kits making the transition from mama's milk to solid food. We start
with it straight and over time mix it with increasing amounts of Totally
Ferret until we end up with straight Totally Ferret. A simple paste made
from ground moistened Totally Ferret is much better balanced as a diet than
any of the "soups".