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Prey Model,Barf,or Kibble?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Kevin565, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    1.Which are you using?

    2. How many dogs do you have?

    3. What breeds?

    4. Monthly Cost?

    5. Why do you prefer this method?

  2. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

    Jun 4, 2011
    I'm feeding kibble right now, Nutro-Source Grain Free. $80 a month for 2 German Shepherds.

    I would prefer to go back to raw feeding, but I have too many problems find a reliable source in this small town.
  3. pinkfoxfarm

    pinkfoxfarm Chirping

    Oct 6, 2011
    In LaLaLand
    right now im feeding diamond naturals chicken and rice.

    2 chinese crested and 1 young (11 week old) am-bulldog x corso

    i paid $28 for a 40lb bag and itll last another 2 weeks or so at the current rate (so a total of a month and a half...)
    but the pup is growing, so i cant give an accurate guestimate on how much well go through once hes matured...
    40lbs used to last almost 6 months with just the 2 cresties.

    i am planning on going at least partially prey model raw once i get this place settled and start raising my own meat (rabbits, quail and chicken primarily).
    itll probably be a little more expensive when everythings accounted for to go full prey model, but i do prefer raw...
    money is definatly a part of the equation right now thoguh.

    in the past ive fed kirklan and 4-health brands too...
    my big rule is no corn, no soy and no bi-products...and it has to be budget frinedly lol
  4. watchdogps

    watchdogps Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Central Ohio
    Prey model

    3 anatolians ([email protected] 125lbs, [email protected] 85lbs), 75lb chessie, schipperke, jrt, ngsd, chihuahua and ten cats

    Right now I have a nice supply of free food (ok, I give him baked goods, so a few bucks a month), but when I have to buy it I still only spend around $200/mo

    I do prey model because it makes the most sense to me and is also the least amount of work. I feel that if they cannot utilize veggies and grains without them being processed, and they don't have thumbs to process their food, then they aren't supposed to get them. Nature makes creatures able to digest what they need without our help.
  5. pinkfoxfarm

    pinkfoxfarm Chirping

    Oct 6, 2011
    In LaLaLand
    well put watchdogps
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    About $30 a month, home cooked diet, feeding 5 Papillons and one Welsh Springer Spaniel.

    Cost depends upon what I put into the feed and what is on sale. I can buy 10 pounds of catfish on sale for $2.50 a pound, but it cooks down to almost nothing. So the Catfish dog food is pretty expensive. On the other hand, I can often buy pork sirloins for $1.38 a pound, and they are virtually fat free and cook down very little, so that dog food is much less expensive. It averages out. If I do a batch of fish and a batch of pork, I am still in the ballpark cost-wise.

    I am not adding in the cost of the power to cook the dog food. I've got no way to figure that out.
  7. rwbwfarm

    rwbwfarm In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2011
    Prey model (same reason as watchdogps [​IMG] ). We're feeding a Doberman, 4 Majestic Hounds, and an 8 mo. old Border Collie puppy. Right now I'm spending about $300 a month (just started again 2 mo. ago) but when we have our steers/pigs/goats butchered cost will go down. DH did get a deer however it ended up being bad (cut into the hindquarter & it started oozing [​IMG] ). Only one he got this year, too...

  8. sommrluv

    sommrluv Songster

    Jul 17, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    1.) Kibble (Castor & Pollux Organix weight control)

    2.) 3 Dogs

    3.) two 30lb terriers and one 100 lb mastiff/lab

    4.) Around $55-$60 monthly. A bag is 30 lbs and $45.75 via Amazon's subscribe & save service. Delivered to the door and cheaper than the pet store. They go through a little over a bag a month. I free feed all of them with some limitations.

    5.) I would prefer barf or prey model, but I have a dog who 'failed to thrive' on that food. I have another dog with corn & lamb allergies. This is the best quality kibble for the price. It's not completely grain free but grain free food makes the mastiff heavy...so many rules! LOL
    The kibs are nice and have dried veg right in it.

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