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Author Topic: Finding Rabbit and other meat varieties.  (Read 2335 times)
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straybaby
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« on: September 26, 2007, 02:34:36 PM »

if you're having trouble finding variety in your area, you can sign up with this yahoo group for sourcing, co-ops, etc:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/

i get my ground with bone and organ meats here:

http://www.hare-today.com/

i also buy meaty bones for the dog and organs to mix in with meats i get from other sources. i've tried the ground duck, rabbit, goat and mutton along with the poultry staples. the dog, of course will eat anything, lol!~ and to my surprise, the cats seem to have no problem switching meat varieties from there. they also have tripe for those looking for a fresh source.

there's another source, prey4pets (think that's the name!) but i haven't tried them as i'm just outside of the cheaper/faster delivery zone.

for those of you who are planning to continue the homemade diets as a lifestyle choice for your pets, i encourage you to invest in a second freezer if you haven't already. i bought a 5cf chest freezer about 4yrs ago and it's more than paid for itself. i think it was around 200 bucks. didn't notice any hike in the electric either. and if you think you're going to end up being a food nut like me, skip the small chest freezer and just invest in a good ol' 16+cf upright! lol!~   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 12:01:33 PM »

What a timely post, Straybaby!  I am four to five months into feeding raw and am now at the stage of racking my pee-brain on how to give the boys more variety.  I have heard about HareToday (is that right?) and would be very interested in your experience with this supplier.  I mean, in what condition does the shipment arrive - frozen, half-frozen, thawed... how safe to feed already ground meat... I am a little leery about buying meat already ground for me... can I buy the rabbit whole?  Also... this may sound kinda funny, but my 9 year old once had a rabbit freind... could that be a factor in why he sometimes refuses to eat anything with rabbit mea in it?  My 1 yr old on the other hand loves rabbit (in cans). 
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007, 08:36:09 AM »

yes, i'm pretty sure you can buy the rabbit whole. many of the other meats you can buy in chunks/pieces to grind also. i've had no problems with their grinds. i've come to the conclusion that there will always be a risk, but by going to the smaller processors, the risk is minimized. same with foods for myself. i can buy the same free range chickens that Bravo uses in my grocery store, but i'm looking for smaller poultry suppliers as the smaller the operation, the more control they have over the handling of the meats. same with eggs/dairy/veggies/fruits. and we gotta eats sumpthin' 'round here! lol!~

when i order from HareToday, it arrives still frozen. i order in 50lb or 100lb batches. she ships it on a Monday and i get it on Wed AM. one day (the tornado/flood day!) i was a tad worried as it was one of the hottest days of the summer and the delivery didn't arrive until almost 4pm. still pretty much frozen. i think a few items had just started to thaw, which is fine because they are still very cold. one of my boxes from the ranch took a wild ride with DHL and ended up in Ohio. Items were mostly thawed but still enough was frozen and all was sufficiently cold when it arrived to me. that box was 23lbs.

not sure on the rabbit issue. i do know that it does have a different texture/smell, and that can be enough for some cats (and dogs?) a couple of mine were a bit hesitant, but now it's one of the fav meats. i have to make sure one doesn't eat (inhale!) too fast. last night i was slowing him down and he shot me one heck of a nasty look!

again, i'm not too worried about the grinds like i would be at the grocery store. god only knows what's in those and where it's from. but i feel better knowing the meat source and that it's a fairly small operation. and it does save time when i'm busy. i can just toss a 5lb roll into a bowl with the chopped clams and such and mix up food for a few days. for the dog, i buy on the bone or pieces with bone. takes her longer to eat Wink
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