I've been raw feeding my dogs for over 15 years. I started my first when she was 8 years old. You can start them anytime. There's many ways to do raw feeding. I used to do whole bones, but I have gulpers that swallow everything whole, so I feel better grinding everything. I choose to feed a veggie mix, many don't. One of my dogs passes ketones in his urine if he doesn't get carbs, so my vet wants him on non cruciferious veggies and a grain. He doesn't do well with rice, so he gets quinoa. He gets this twice a day. The other dogs get it once or twice a week. Dogs can't break down the cell wall in vegetables, so they need to be pureed and frozen before being fed.
If you're thinking of getting into raw feeding, check for raw feeding groups in your area. We are very lucky to have a meat processor that was talked into starting a dog food business. He now has a separate building just for the dog food. He may also start another in a different state. He has a different route every week and now one mid-week and one into Oklahoma and Colorado as well. We get whole bone, grinds and mixes of tripe, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, wild boar, lamb and some fish. Sometimes we get goat and rabbit too.
I would never go back to kibble. You can feed raw for about the same price as a premium kibble. Asian and Hispanic markets are another good place to shop if you have them.
Cooked, homemade diets are another good option, but you need to watch the calcium/phosphorus ratio.
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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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