Well, we have had a fair amount of itching with the chicken, so I've kind of been playing with it a bit to see if I can figure anything out. I'd been putting a half pound in the ground rabbit, the chicken muscle, fat, and skin, then also feeding a few cubes of straight chicken at night for a snack. I had bought some gizzard, but Kitten was the only one who would eat it, so I was only feeding it to him. I noticed him start to dig in his ears after a couple days of eating gizzard, and I was getting more itching slowly over time with him.
I'm not sure exactly what it is, if it's the amount of chicken they are getting, and I also pulled all the skin off completely when I make my mix now, so does it possibly have something to do with that? Not sure. So right now the only chicken they are getting is the half pound I put in my mix, just the muscle meat and fat from one thigh. No skin, no gizzard, and no extra chicken at night for a snack.
The digging in the ears has stopped, and the itching is slowly subsiding each day. I think this is what I'm going to stick with, and just give it a few weeks. They were shedding ALOT, but that is even better, well, with everyone but Kitten. He is shedding much more, but he has a really really thick fur, and I'm almost wondering if it's because it's spring. I can brush him several times a day, and I still get a fist full of hair every time I brush.
I've been brushing them alot, and Lucy just loves it! She jumps up on the half wall by the steps, and walks back and forth while I brush. I have a little pony saddle we bought, sitting on that wall, and I haven't had the heart to move it because she LOVES to sit on it while I brush her there too. She is just so goofy!
It's just a crappy cell phone pic, but it's just to funny not to share! She even jumps up on the saddle to hide when I pull out the vacuum, and sometimes when I wake up in the mornings, she's sitting there when I open the bedroom door.
Ya can't help but laugh at her!