mommy2kane wrote:Wow, the backs and necks are pricey in your area! I'm sure there's got to be cheaper finds. We pay $8 for a 40# case of backs (and they're pretty meaty, which is nice). We don't feed necks -- I've heard they're just way too much bone and generally small for most dogs. The chicken quarters have gone up to $23 for 40#, which is still not bad. I think that puts us at approximately $100 to feed all 5 DOGS for an entire month (plus whatever beef heart we get and liver/kidney).
I've tried damn near every butcher and meat market in the area, and so far that one was the cheapest. I was really surprised when talking to my farmer's market and other smaller, locally owned butcher shops that it seems to be down to a science now and a lot of the stuff that you all say you can get for next to nothing from the butchers is already SOLD because of how little waste they are trying to produce... I've got a few weeks before I start and this weekend I'm going to check out the International Food Store and Asia Grocery near my house... I know they will have the fish I want to feed dirt cheap (and damn near all of it comes from the Chesapeake Bay, so I'm not as concerned about the salmanoid yucky, what a relief) as well as quail eggs, ox, more parts of a pig than you can imagine, etc. After that and reptile feeders I'm thinking I'm spent on research for this weekend at least. :P If any of you are in the VA/NC area, or closer than NY or IL and know of sources that will ship cheap, feel free to let me know! I was actually anticipating a lot of things being more expensive, seeing most of you try to stay under $1.50/#. The varieties I plan on introducing within the first month or two being chicken to start, then turkey, other poultry I can find decent and fish I have found less than $1/# and I'm going to start getting the pork that goes on sale so it can be well frozen by the time I'm comfortable enough (and the doogies are too!) to introduce it.