Last Saturday, the kids had their first taste of lamb. I bought them Autralian Lamb Ribs and I must say it went well.
Belle and Rascal had 2 ribs each and a breast quarter, while Cleo and Lucky had 3 ribs each and a breast quarter.
Rascal attacked the ribs first and then took a little break and then ate his wings.
The rest of them ate their chicken quarters first and then contemplated how to eat the ribs as it was quite large. I didn't serve them the ribs individually but in a "rack" if you can call it that as it was only 2 and 3 ribs per piece.
Lucky decided to have his lamb on the sofa! It was a bit icky but I didn't mind - seeing as this sofa is really theirs anyway...
So yes, they definitely like lamb ribs, and so it shall be a regular feature in their meals from now on.
Every dog was quite content after the meal. This meal was a double meal actually as I decided that they needed to fast the next day to give their tummies a break.
Every dog seemed perfectly fine the next day with no food. No one seemed hungry so that was good.
They all had good poos the next day as well although it was a bit darker than the normal light yellow/grey colour.
Apparently, alot of raw feeders practice fasting their dogs on a weekly basis. This is supposed to be very good for them, and Lucky already does it on his own... He skips a meal once a week and he seems perfectly fine. I am not sure if I will do this every week just yet though.
Source : RawFed.com
"Fasting is implemented by many raw feeders with great results, and mimics a condition seen commonly in wild canids. Fasting is known to have wonderful benefits in cleansing and toning the body while helping the dog lay down muscle, not fat.
The fast also allows raw feeders to feed bigger raw meaty bones on the other days and gives the digestive system a "break".
One technique commonly used with fasting is called the "Gorge and Fast" technique. The dog receives a large meal the night before the fast, and then fasts the entire next day.
Some people give a light breakfast the morning after the fast, while others just wait until evening to feed the dog its full meal.
Some feeders incorporate this technique even further by having several fasts per week, each preceded by a gorge night (where the dog may eat something like a whole chicken or a whole turkey or half a goat in one sitting).
This mimics a more natural way of eating and allows the dog to actually eat until it is full, allowing the stomach and intestines to fully function as they were designed to.
Regardless of what method you choose, once the dog is old enough/ready, at least one day of fasting should be incorporated.
Often the dog will dictate this for you, particularly if it has had a large meal the day before. If your dog eats sporadically—heartily one day, then picking at food the next—incorporate a fast day on the day your dog would usually be picking at its food. Also keep in mind that canids are incredible fasters and can go for weeks without food (Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation.)."