This past weekend I spent many hours in the basement preparing a batch of chicken dinners for Cora. She didn’t take to chewing chicken on the bone when we transitioned her to a raw diet, but did find that she would eat it if it were ground up, bone-in(cluded). Unfortunately she doesn’t get the teeth cleaning benefits of chewing up the bone but it is what it is. She doesn’t need any more strength to her bite so that part is fine. Josh enjoys his chicken drumsticks and thighs on the bone. Good exercise for him too. We don’t give wings to Josh as he is too big and fear of choking. Then breasts are too big and lots of bone, so we stick with drumsticks and thighs with him.
I write this blog post because many times when I explain about Cora and the grinding that must be done, I never have photos to share of what this actually entails. It is not as labor intensive as preparing their breakfasts, but it takes some muscle and patience to finish the job. I have it down to a science now, and have myself entertained while I am grinding with my iPhone and with earphones hooked to a television so I can sit and watch Lifetime movies through the process.
SamBaere TS110 Meat Grinder for Pet Food (0:54 shows bone-in drumsticks)
(note: this is no my video, shown here to brag on this grinder. It is 5+ years old and still running strong)
Note: This chicken is just for dinner. We balance their diet with chicken for dinner, and a beef, organ meat, vegetables, eggs, rice, yogurt (and a few other supplements) mix for their breakfast.
See the slideshow below with descriptions explaining the process.