Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Options for Bone in Raw Diet
I'm getting a bit nervous because Sunny has started to reject bone after having a good start with eating it. I have tried chicken wings, a turkey neck, cornish hen wing and a turkey wing. The turkey parts were broken up a bit with a hammer because they are so large, but the chicken wing and cornish hen wing were given to him whole. He has been on the raw food diet a week today and has only eaten part of a turkey wing and probably a whole chicken wing (altogether), but that was earlier in the week.
I'm going to keep trying him with the raw bones, but I just want to be prepared as I'm nervous about him not getting the calcium he needs. So far I think he must have had enough bone for right now because he hasn't had any diarrhea. But if he won't eat bones going forward, what are my options? I know I can use bone meal (if he will eat the meat with it on there), and someone on here said something about grinding up egg shells and sprinkling them on the food. Has anyone else used these methods and how did they work?
Also, I know a lot of variety in muscle meats is ideal, but so far he is just eating pork and beef heart (and of course beef liver and tonight he had some lamb kidney). He doesn't like chicken but he may eat turkey because he did eat the wing, I just haven't gotten any yet. How concerned do I have to be about the variety right now? I do intend to increase the variety as I find other meats that he likes but is it crucial right out of the gate or will he be okay for the time being?