Originally Posted by PinkWhiskers
Ok, so I don't actually have Tigger on the RFD yet but I've got all the amounts, costs and meats sorted out. I spent all yesterday up until 5am and today, working it all out. I figured if I feed Tigger on just chicken legs, wings and pig liver then it will cost me 8p a day to feed her! I worked it all out and showed my parents(they didn't believe me) and they agreed to get Tigger on it(they pay for Tigger's food but I will be paying for the kitten). Im just so excited and relieved that I worked it all out and that it's actually possible! Obviously, I won't be able to feed her on just chicken legs, wings and liver all the time, so I'm going to look round the butchers and see if I can get some organs and other meats.
Just remember that you need to shoot for 80-85% meat, 5-10% bone, and 10% organ (half of which must be liver). That is a LOT OF MEAT and NOT THAT MUCH BONE. And you will not be able to hit those numbers using primarily bone-in chicken, which is more like 30-40% bone for the parts you mentioned. You need to find a good meatymeat source. Cheap-but-good meatymeat includes heart (beef, pork, etc.), which is fed as MEAT, not organ; chicken gizzards (again, fed as meat); beef or pork "trim" (which is the part the butcher cuts off and may discard--if you can hook up w/ a butcher who will save that stuff for you, you'll be golden!).
And you need another organ, other than liver -- kidney, brains, eyes, pancreas, etc. all qualify.
I responded to your PM about the kitten -- do try to not bring a kitten home at 6 weeks -- kittens need to stay w/ the litter until at least 8 weeks (10-12 is better). Starting out on pinky mice is fine but you must move off them ASAP as immature members of any species contain less nutrition. There are mail-order suppliers of frozen mice in the UK as there are in the US -- find them and you'll save a LOT of money.