Duck soup
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Ferret Duck Soup Recipe

This a great soup to feed for young ferrets and older or healthy ferrets. It also good for sick ferrets, but please note, this recipe is not good for ferrets that insulinoma. I feed my ferrets this once a day. If they are underweight, I will feed them twice a day if they can take that much in.

This recipe is for a weekly amount of soup: (our weekly menu is based on these ratios):.

You can hand feed a ferret raw soup. We sometimes add a little salmon or fish oil (no more than 1 tsp total over the course of a week), and/or whole raw egg (no more than 1 chicken egg per ferret per week) to entice them to try to raw at. Ferretone is not recommended because of the BHT (carcinogen) but you can mix 1/2 ferretone/ 1/2 salmon oil to start and then wean the ferretone out of the mixture if you end up with a super picky ferret.

Ingredients:
8oz boneless raw chicken (thigh meat preferred).
1 oz raw chicken liver (or other raw liver).
1 oz raw chicken hearts (approximately 1-2 hearts) or 1 oz other raw heart.
1/2 to 3/4 tsp bonemeal or crushed egg shell (air-dry egg shell then crush with mortar and pestle or in a clean coffee grinder).

How to Make Soup:.
Weigh out your meat and organs. It is helpful to chop the meat into small pieces first.
Add bone meal or egg shell.
Add water until about the consistency of thick cream (no thinner!!). Blending up in a food processor is the easiest.
You don’t want to know what they put in the bone meal that they sell for pets …

65-70% muscle meat (heart, while a muscle, is included separately to ensure adequate taurine intake).

10% organ (1/2 liver, and 1/2 other organ which includes kidney, spleen, brains, etc.).
10% heart.
10-15% EDIBLE bone.
** Please note, we no longer advocate adding pumpkin to their diet due to insulinoma risks. The only time pumpkin should be used is in an emergency blockage situation.

Taking away the kibble for 2-3 hours before offering the raw is recommended but only if you KNOW your ferret is healthy and does not have insulinoma (only really a concern if you get an older ferret with unknown health history, but getting a kit or seemingly healthy adult examined by your vet before the switch is also always recommended).

You don’t want to know what they put in the bone meal that they sell for pets …

Kibble can be used to “coat” the raw at first (i.e. kibble crumbs on the raw) but if you end up getting a kit, they should take to the raw no problem, older ferrets are definitely a bit trickier. (CRUSH the kibble into tiny pieces and then “bread” the meat with it). this will not create a problem because the kibble is only “coating” the chunk of meat and the kibble is in very tiny pieces. if you can grind the kibble up in a clean coffee grinder, even better).

Kibble can be used to “coat” the raw at first (i.e. kibble crumbs on the raw) but if you end up getting a kit, they should take to the raw no problem, older ferrets are definitely a bit trickier. (CRUSH the kibble into tiny pieces and then “bread” the meat with it).

It is typically recommended to avoid mixing DRY kibble and WET raw due to concerns that kibble may alter the chemistry of the ferrets digestion which MAY create a potential for bacterial overgrowth which MAY cause upset tummies and funky poops.

Our soupy recipe is not to be used on pregnant jills and infant kits without proper direction or dietary supplements.

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