I have an adault Staffie and a 4-1/2 month old staffie pup. I feed them both on raw chicken necks and dry food and the Vet recommends this as it's a great source of calcium. I've seen web sites stating chicken wings are good as well. I have not been keen on this as i fear a broken wing bone might puncture something on the way through. My vet has also told me to be careful with wings and and drumsticks and supervise them eating them, particularly the puppy. I will stick with the necks as i can buy bulk (12kg) for around $2.80-2.99 per kg which lasts a week for both dogs and they both love them.
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My lot all get chicken wings for breakfast. The Min Pins get 1/2 a wing which takes Mischa 10-15 mins to eat, but Cleo is a guts and usually done in a few minutes. Carl gets a whole wing and it can take him anywhere between 5-7 minutes to finish. Never had a problem with the wings but I always supervise their eating, just in case.
I've worked at a dog rescue for three years where the dogs are fed exclusively on raw chicken necks/wings and beef mince mixed with rice & vegies. Never seen a problem there, either.
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My SBT's are fed fresh chicken mince or necks or minced carcass only. No wings though as SBT's are known to be scoffers & not chewers. My dogs vet has warned me about the dangers of dogs intestines & stomach's being punctured by sharp wing tip. My 1st SBT had internal bleeding from a piece of lamb shank bone piercing he's stomach, so it's only softer bones such as lamb necks & chicken necks for my dogs now.
If you are worried about the gone in one mouthful trick, try hanging onto them. This way the dog is forced to take bites.
The rescues all thrive on necks, wings (cut up and hung onto) and minced chicken carcass. Personally I don't do legs but I know a lot of people who do and who have great success.
ETA My Bella has had a couple of chicken necks per day every day of her 4 yrs. Every time she sees the vet he makes comment about her beautiful clean teeth (from the chewing). I can't really see the point in giving this to the pigletts (unless you hold on to them as I do with Bella) as I use them for teeth cleaning really, not so much to prop up their diet.
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What issues can pop up with drumsticks? Ok to feed if the dogs chew on them rather than gulping down whole, or are they similar to wings in that the pointy bits can cause damage on the way through?
Mine have necks and frames without any dramas but they're not always available when I do the shopping, so would be interesting to know if I could branch out to other bits of the chook
Meegs, I feed all pieces, whether it be necks, wings, drumsticks, thighs, maryland. It's all chicken. Whatever is on special that week, really. A couple of weeeks ago it was Chicken Maryland, far cheaper than wings or anything, so I grabbed heaps of that.
Good to know! And thanks stubbie for resurrecting this dead thread
I only feed my two Staffies chicken necks, had a bad experience with wings so avoid them now. Sometimes i have to hold on to the neck to make my 5 month old pup chew them as he will swallow them hole, my 9 y/o staffie takes his time chewing them and love them. with 2 dogs i negioated with a supplier for a better price and buy them by the box (12kg). Brought some large containers and break the box up and store them that way. Can get the price down to $2.80 kg - sometimes lower where coles & woolies want $3.60 & $3.30 a kg for them. Woolies will often match the price of competition if you ask. Kevin
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