Re: Starting to feed raw, preparing chicken gizzards and hearts
Dont' start at point A if you don't have to, meaning don't start them on ground food if you can avoid it, just chop the meat more finely in the beginning. You can also put some parmesan cheese on it to tempt them. You'll be surprised gizzards and hearts smell much different than plain meat, so plain chicken may be just what they need. Organs in general smell much worse--plain meat really doesn't smell unless is venison or some wild game. I cut kidney and liver tonight and the kidney smell just won't leave my throat, even after eating ice cream, its starting to really gross me out...
How did you warm the meat?
As for how long its safe to leave the meat out, I don't know the real answer, I don't think I'd feel comfortable with more than about 40 minutes or so, but it would never last that long here--if it did I'd know there was a problem with what was fed.