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#1 Riika

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:18 PM

I'm not sure if this belongs in this section so please move it mods, if it does not.

We'll be butchering 23 meat chickens come Saturday and I was wondering what parts I can keep to feed to my dog as part of his raw food diet. So far I've heard the feet, liver, heart, and gizzard. Is that all I should keep? Or should I even be keeping these?

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:46 PM

I feed all those to my dog. Never had anything negative happen.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:01 AM

Throw out the feathers, stomach and intestines.  Everything else, your dog can eat.  Brains and eyeballs have some micronutrients that your dog won't get in natural form anywhere else.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

Bones, head, and feet make good stock. You can break up the carcass(es) and throw it (/them) into a pot to boil down after you've taken off everything you want to use, and then pick the last remaining bits of meat off.

 

I have fed all of the bits you mention to my dog, and eaten all of them but feet myself. Giblets can make an excellent soup: gizzard, heart and liver are nearly the best bits when cooked properly.

 

The neck, lungs and intestines can be used too, though I haven't tried them. But the latter need to be washed.

 

Damn it, now I want giblets.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:26 AM

I'm with Gideon's Girl.  Save everything except the feathers, intestines and stomach. 

 

I actually pay a private poultry processor $.25/lb. for the stuff he'd normally compost.  My dogs get parts (including uncleaned gizzards) that many raw feeders aren't able to supply, I get it all nicely packaged in gallon zip-lock bags, and the processor's pleased as punch to get a few extra bucks now and again.  Talk about win-win.

 

So, yeah, save everything.  Heck, I wouldn't even worry too much about separating stomachs and intestines.  Let the dogs sort out what they don't want to eat.



#6 Riika

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:49 PM

Thanks all! I ended up keeping mainly skin, lungs and feet as my grandpa took the liver, heart, and gizzard.

So I gave Duke a chicken foot and he gnaws on it for awhile and promptly swallows it whole. Hmmm.... Anyone know how I can prevent his doing that?



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

Someone I know has a gulper and he took the metal tube vacuum cleaner attachment and used cable ties to fasten raw meaty bones to it to slow down his gulper.  I know someone else that uses visegrips to slow down her gulper.  Good luck!




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