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    I've been reading pretty much every raw food thread there is and googling like crazy tonight & there is so much conflicting information I'm now confused
    My boy is 6 months old now, is this too early to start a raw diet? He is currently only having dry food 3 times a day & he couldn't be healthier, but i have read that raw diets are better for Rottweilers. Should i leave his diet as is or add some raw food in there?
    Also, half of the information i have seen is to give the chicken carcass as is & the other half is to mince it finely, bones and all??

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    Het Tam, I give my dogs raw chicken necks or whole frames a few times a week, beef mince or chicken mince raw (bones included)with a couple of eggs and cooked veggies a couple of times a week (have just started phuds in with it). I also give them just one handful (between 4) of dry food in the morning cause their watching there weight..lol

    This just what I do, there are many good variations and everyone has their own idea, all just as good, but i like raw and would'nt ever feed can food,
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    6 months is perfectly fine to introduce a raw diet. Many raw feeders introduce raw bones and meat as the puppy is weaning off mum. It's also my opinion that feeding raw is actually healthier for any dog- think about it- processed food versus fresh.

    But some dogs who have been fed processed McKibble and McCan find it difficult at first to process the bone component as the stomach fluid is not acidic enough to actually break down bone. Thus if you go straight from processed to bone, your dog may chuck it up, get it blocked etc etc. thus, many suggest to start with smaller portions of ground bone and to introduce the raw slowly in order to really increase stomach acidity levels.

    Then, of course, there is the complexity of ensuring that your dog is actually getting all of the required nutrition- raw feeding is a little more complex than just 'give your dog a bone' and can be more time consuming and freezer space needy than many would like.

    I like the following guide- but there is as much agreement as there is disagreement in any type of feeding argument.

    http://www.claremiddle.com/docs/BookOrderForm.pdf

    I've always fed raw, however used to use a portion of kibble weekly as I learned exactly how to make it work best and most healthily for my dogs. But I have noticed since I ditched the kibble altogether that my dogs have improved just that little bit more in shine, weight, activity level, 'mood'... And, of course you can buy pre packaged raw food (Big Dog BARF for example BARF - Big Dog Pet Foods which is just one option out there) but for a young Rotti, it would end up being quite expensive.

    Hope that helps.

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    as V&F said, lots more to it than just chucking out a bone

    In regards to the bones, raw chicken bones I would for sure feed. My guys eat chicken necks and whole chicken frames on a regular basis...no mincing. Giving Pippi a chicken neck though is almost like giving her a cannon bone she takes so damn long to eat the thing lol

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    My dogs get all sorts of bones, includng chicken carcases, but someone on this site? is always removig the wishbone, which I must say, only once occurred to me and I ended up not doing anything about it. The argument being, that if one side is snapped off, halfway, for example, you've got a pretty nasty fishhook effect, as it travels down the bowel. Has this actually happened?

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    Its never happened to me. I dont remove the wishbone...or any bones

    But then my mum always has and still does feed her dogs cooked bones left over from meals and nothing has ever happened there, but that doesnt necessarily make it right.

    Defo something to think about with the wishbone

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    My Staffy loves his raw chicken necks and has been having them since he was 3 months old.

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    I gave my puppies chicken necks at 8 weeks, they didnt really chew em as such, more sucked the life out of them, but was good to get the whole chewing thing happening while still with mum to learn from.
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    I feed RAW...Except when we are traveling for long periods...I use http://www.watercubs.com/en_articles...andfeeding.htm She has working giants....her dogs do water rescue with helicopters and are really fit and healthy.........If you look on the page you will see a lot of links...i use her feeding table and suggestions.

    I would happily throw a whole chicken at a dog, we actually buy older chickens from an organic chicken free range egg farm. The chickens are too tough for human consumption, but the clever man sells them to people like me for $2.00 per chicken (dead and plucked)
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks for the replies everyone, has definitely helped & i now have chicken ready to be eaten lol
    That link is exactly what i needed newfsie explains it simply!!

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