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    ok so I would like my puppies to leave here eating raw food.
    In my personal opinion and experience, raw is better.

    Would like to hear a breeders routine for feeding puppies from approx 3 - 4
    weeks of age.

    I am a firm believer of RAW so please don't judge me as this is what works
    for my breed..

    I have searched for a post on this but can't seem to search back far enough or
    find anything on this topic so please guys post up your routines ..
    Love to hear and learn what others do or are doing, each person has their own
    tips and tricks so please share away..

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    My Breeder gave her puppies RAW bones (very meaty) from 4 weeks on..Was so cute to watch the little ones struggle with big bones....

    Do you use additives or are you a make from scratch RAW feeder?

    Raw oats soaked overnight are quite good, I know it gets used by some and also adding Raw mince (mixed) and i suppose they will still be on mum too.

    I do know a newfie breeder who used blended veg fruit very early in the piece too with the meat/oats/egg/milk.
    Pets are forever

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    Bare in mind when selling your pups many people won't want to continue feeding raw. I would contact the buyers and find out if they are prepared to feed a raw diet, no point getting a pups tummy used to eating raw only to be taken to a new home and fed dry food.

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    I make my food from scratch yeah..
    Pups are 3 weeks and 3 days and I am so amazed at how big they are..
    When I breed cattle dogs they didn't eat let alone get up and run around until
    week 4 - 5..
    These guys are full on and so big..
    Mum only feeds them twice a day as I think she has had enough..Puppies nails
    are scratching her and she is starting to bleed..
    I have clipped just the sharp bit of the nail(the very end) off to ease a bit of this problem.

    I gave them a big dish of soggy weetbix today and they loved it..
    I just wasn't sure if the raw food is too much for them at this age.
    A friend of mine told me to put rolled oats in a dish , cover with hot water
    and milk and serve that up to them warm..
    I guess I could gradually add raw mince every day to the oats..

    What age would you recommend putting down raw mince for them ??
    I will def be giving them oats every morning and I have a few meaty bones
    that I am dieing to put down for them and I will upload a video of them..

    Edited to say: when I bred many years ago I always feed canned food..
    This is why I am asking for opinions on when to start raw.
    Only in the last few years was I introduced to raw and I'll never look back..
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    I think the meaty bones are a good start, and maybe a little Raw home ground meats.......Definitly make sure there are no chemicals in it. Some places colour pet mince and put preservatives in it. I would not give too much at all before 5 weeks.

    There are a few RAW Forums.......I used to have the site, but have been off it for so long cannot find it. they are really helpful and very dedicated, give them a go.
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    Eeek don't give them weetbix!

    Weetbix are not a good thing at all for large breed pups. Wheat is a sensitiser and common allergen, and weetbix fill puppies tummies and don't actually give any nutrients. They lead to nutritional deficiencies, all nutrients but importantly - calcium and linked minerals, very quickly.

    We start our babies on beef mince. For big litters this will be at 3 weeks. We make "puppy milkshakes" to start with. A warm milk replacer mixed in the blender with the mince. You can start out very milky and increase the mince over a few days until it is less like a milkshake and more like mush. They will eat fast but you'll be able to tell when they are full. They will have little bellies and run off to poo. Don't let them gorge though or they'll vomit.

    The amount they eat will increase a little, but a definite little, every meal.

    For a milk replacer you can use Biolac or Divetelac. But as we have big pups and lots of them we use Palastart Lamb and Kid Milk. It comes from good produce shops/feed merchants, and retails for about $55 for 10kg of powder. Great stuff. It includes trace minerals and seaweed. If mum will tolerate it a drink or two a day will put some weight back on her too.

    If you're staying raw, after about a week on the beef milkshakes, you can start adding a little bit of your rice/veges or whatever it is that you normally use. Again, running it through a food processor is a great way to feed it. As you get closer to the 7-8 week mark you can gradually reduce the milk and increase the rice veges etc until they're having a normal sort of ration.

    As I cut down on the milk I change over from beef to a chicken mince than includes ground bone material to maintain calcium levels.

    Pups can have meaty bones from day one. Chicken necks are great. They can move onto wings in a couple of weeks and I would be offering frames at about 7 or 8 weeks.

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    Nattylou - That is the same diet I fed my little ones except i used a little barf as well and the goats milk. Mum was offered the goats milk as well whenever she wanted it and it really made an amazing difference in helping keep condition on her.

    My last mum stopped eating half way through pregnancy so was imperitive to hand feed and use the best food to keep her in good condition and deliver nutrients.

    Lucky - I think those babies are going to eat you out of house and home..lol
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    Weetbix!!!!!! Nooo.
    My oops litter I did basically the same as Natty. Mine also had half a chicken wing, meaty bones, I gave the odd sardine, yoghurt along with supercoat as the basis. I wanted them to be able to eat anything their owners wanted.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    You're right Cavalierqld, they do eat you out of house and home. Our last monsters were eating through about $30 of food a day at their peak... Fingers crossed I never have a litter of 12 again... Much as I love them all to bits!!

    The goats milk is awesome. The Palastart kid milk replacer powder is just a cost effective way to get a similar result with big hungry pups!! We used to have dairy goats and our dogs were soooo healthy!!

    Getting them into a feeding routine means they sleep better and both mum and owner can catch up on some rest. Those first 2-3 weeks are a sleep deprived nightmare!

    Oh, and when I said meaty bones from day one - I didn't mean day one from birth, but anytime from day one of solid feeding onwards. Oops!

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