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Old 11-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been talking to a breeder (no I'm not looking for a new pup) who feeds raw about feeding raw. She said that she strongly advises people not to feed chicken legs. She feeds chicken backs instead. She said she does know of several boxer owners who've had issues feeding legs, some of which required surgery. Needless to say, I'm thinking of switching to backs now. I've been feeding legs with no problems at all for the past year, but I'm all about preventing issues whenever possible.

My question is, who feeds chicken backs here? Do you feel they're better/healthier than legs? Are they meatier? On average, how much does a single chicken back weigh? Just trying to get a feel for how fast I'd go through a case.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feed both. Right now with the raw order I got backs and turkey necks. He gets one for breakfast and the other for dinner. I also throw in some organ meat and other ground "filler" (beef, pork, heart etc).

The backs I received seemed fattier than at the grocery store. There's very little meat from what I can tell on them. It's mostly skin/fat. However by all the bone/fat in a back an all the muscle in a neck it really balances out well for Wyatt

My backs range anywhere from 8 oz. to 15 oz. anything over 13 oz bags I mark with how big they are and grab a small bag of something else for that days meal to equal what or about what he should have. I think in a 40 lb box of bags I had like 46 of them.


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Old 11-25-2013, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's personal preference. I have never had issues with feeding legs. I actually prefer them over backs.

Backs are stripped of most meat, they are to bone dense for my liking. Legs have a higher meat to bone ratio
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isnt there a dangerous bone in chicken legs?

very pointy one?

I prefer backs and necks
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Blaaaaaahh!!!!

This whole feeding raw thing is enough to make one's head spin!! LOLKari you're saying there's a better bone to meat ratio legs, but this other breeder (who is also reputable) is saying it's better in backs. She also said that the legs are weight bearing bones (which make sense to me since they're legs afterall) and that they're too dense for her liking and that she knows several boxers who've needed surgery after eating them.

I haven't had a problem with legs either, but I know she also knows a lot of boxer people too and it worries me that she's heard of issues from legs.

What to do... what to do...
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I also prefer legs over backs. The backs have much more bone and Rosco has painful poops are eating backs usually so I try to feed backs after feeding organ. But I would like to now feed larger. Like the whole chicken, and then it doesn't bother them as much.


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There is barely any meat on backs. Backs are what I recommend if you get loose poops cause they are mostly bone.

If you are concerned about the density of a chicken leg bone, think about purchasing a quality meat grinder.
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Mandy you could buy a package at the market and see how they are. The packages here usually come 4 to a pack at .99/lb in the market. That way you can see if you like feeding them, see I they even like them and you can try to balance out their meals properly.

Wyatt doesn't have issues with chicken legs just turkey legs. He can't seem to digest the end knuckle looking part. Every time he had one was when he would throw up at night. I'd wake up at 1-4 am to him puking and lone behold an end part of his turkey leg:-( I quit feeding him the turkey legs altogether.


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We feed both. Usually buy leg quarters with back attached and usually separate the drumstick portion from the rest right now to get closer to the weight per meal that we feed. We are feeding three meals a day since he is still a pup and the whole leg quarter is too large right now. Haven't had any issues with either back or leg portion.
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Ya, I don't feed turkey legs at all. They are way to dense and my guys always end up throwing a chunk back up.

I feed turkey necks and backs
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