B.A.R.F. 101

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:03 am

IMO kidney is the worst smelling organ! You can cut and portion when it is partially frozen. It is easier and cuts down on the smell. What type of kidney did you feed?

I give a small amount daily or my boy gets cannon butt! You can usually get beef liver at most grocery stores. Organ should be 50% liver. So you need to feed it from some animal.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby MkatUmich » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:39 am

FBODGRL wrote:IMO kidney is the worst smelling organ! You can cut and portion when it is partially frozen. It is easier and cuts down on the smell. What type of kidney did you feed?

I give a small amount daily or my boy gets cannon butt! You can usually get beef liver at most grocery stores. Organ should be 50% liver. So you need to feed it from some animal.


I think i'll pick up some chicken livers next time i'm at the store, I think they are pretty cheap. The beef kidney was over a lb and I just gave Gauge the whole thing. He seemed to do ok, though I didn't follow him around outside so I couldn't say for sure. He did throw up but that wasn't until more then 24 hours and two kibble meals later so i'm not convinced they are related. Probably better to cut the kidney up and refreeze it though and parcel out small frozen bits in the future mixed with liver.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby Shutterwolf » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:23 am

my friend used to work for this company in the bay area, and he feeds it to his husky mix and she loves it. she has food allergies so not much she can have, but this is great for her and she does very well on it.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby Bambina23 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:52 pm

I think we are ready to take the plunge... after reading this thread and doing my homework with a few more sites.. i feel fairly confident in making a go at it... stay tuned for questions lol

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby amalie79 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:30 pm

We have been feeding raw part time for a while-- 40-50% of their meals are raw. I'm starting to add in kidney and I'm not sure if I need to do anything particular with it? I got it fresh from the abattoir, so it came from a cow butchered that morning. They vacuum packed 4 lbs for me, and I just tossed it in the freezer since I didn't have time to deal with it that day... Now I'm wondering if I need to do anything special... Just partially thaw and chop it up? Fully thaw it and rinse it? Anything that I need to remove? I know my mother-in-law has complained of it making the house smell like urine the one time she cooked it.

Blergh.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby Bambina23 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:35 pm

we have been feeding raw for almost a month now and she loves it! thanks for the advice!

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby KingofDiamonds » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:58 pm

i would partially thaw and cut up into smaller pecies and refreeze it and jus give it frozen as needed...thts what i do with most my organ meats

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby mhocker10 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:53 pm

well, after reading about 60 pages of this thread I went out today and got a 16oz tub of NV Rabbit and Produce. Im going to start out with small servings of raw and work him up to 100% over a few months. He loves raw egg, so I figured 2 eggs a week with his morning kibble(Iams, I didnt know what I know now). Once the Iams is gone, I will use 1/2 TW and 1/2 raw. The NV is expensive so I will be looking at our local Supermarkets and butcher shops for cheaper forms of protein.

thanks for the great info. I will be revisiting this thread quite often. I want to see my boy reach his full potential, and this seems to be the best for his overall health.

Im also hoping that a higher protien diet will calm him down a bit. He seems to spike hyper-activity about 20 minutes after eating the Iams, which I now know is due to the carbs in the kibble.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:07 pm

I haven't been on here for a while, but still hop on when I am subscribed to a thread.

Anyway...there have been quite a few threads about RAW. I think they are all shorter than this one! If you search my user name I responded/posted in a lot of them.

I now raw feed 5 cats and my pit bull.

If you can find raw feeding groups in your area...that is one way to make it cheaper. Get a dedicated freezer so you can buy bulk and stock up on sales. I generally try and not pay more than a dollar a lb. Some stuff much less.

I would keep researching and then start feeding 100%.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby mhocker10 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:50 pm

I believe Im going to use TW Wilderness Elk as a base for barf and feed my RMB and raw protiens at his nightly feeding.

He gobbled the NV Rabbit and produce like it was steak tartar.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby mhocker10 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:52 pm

well, my local store didnt have TW... so I ended up getting NV Rabbit kibble. He's going to get 1 scoop of it tonight to flush out the Iams crap aswell as 5 more oz of the Rabbit and Produce. Tomorrow he will get his first chicken leg.

the guy at the pet food store also feeds raw/barf.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby mhocker10 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:20 pm

about a week now feeding NV kibble and raw. he loves the fresh chicken! he gets some gas now and then...will that pass as he gets used to the higher protien diet? how long is long enough on 1 protien to try a new 1? and how long till I should add organs?

thanks all for the great thread!

1 last question.... is behavior effected by providing a high protien diet? and if so, in what ways.

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby FBODGRL » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:47 pm

I wouldnt worry about organ for a while.

Do you plan on doing 100% raw at some point?

I would stick with 1 protein for 2 weeks or more if he is having trouble adjusting to the protein.

Certain proteins can cause gas for them. Every dog is different. Also changing food and adding raw is probably what is causing it. Around here pork causes the worst gas!

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby Thalia_Cache » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:54 am

We have been doing raw for a few days now and the dogs seem to really love it! I have yet to find some really reasonably priced meat though; the cheapest I have found so far was at T&T Supermarket in Coquitlam. Anyone in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley area know of any butchers/markets? All of the ones I have spoken to have their meat shipped in and don't deal with any of the leftover bits/organs.

Also, I cannot find the page that touched on fasting and the broth people use? Could someone touch on that again, please?

Thanks!

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Re: B.A.R.F. 101

Postby mhocker10 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:06 am

well, I went to my local butcher shop yesterday and hit the mother load. I got fresh un-frozen marrow bones and frozen meaty half knuckles. He gets 1 cup of kibble in the morning and 1 marrow bone at night. He has the meaty knuckles whenever he wants to chew. I bought 1 weeks worth of afternoon raw meals for under $6... less then a dollar a day for his meals. He's chewing on a knuckle as I type this.

Chicken quarters will be his next rotation protein and they were on sale for $1.69 / lb. I'm sure though I can get them at a better price if I shop around.

I will continue to provide him kibble as a base for his nutrition....

he also receives ( and loves ) ... peas, green beans, carrots, apples, cottage cheese, lightly cooked eggs, peanutbutter and berries. I will be adding yogurt soon.

he was just at the vet yesterday so I know his true weight is.. 63.8 lbs. Therefore, his afternoon raw meal is around 8/10s of a pound. 1 marrow bones contents basically.


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