It can be hard to balance raw poultry diets because they often lack certain trace minerals. This recipe combines delicious ground chicken and chicken necks and it’s formulated to meed AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals.
NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only.
Makes 13 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 7 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog’s breed and activity level.
Raw Chicken With Necks Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
3 pounds 92% lean ground chicken
3 pounds turkey or chicken necks with skin removed (be sure to weigh your necks but this is about 3 to 6 turkey necks or 33 chicken necks)
2 pounds turkey livers (do not substitute with chicken liver)
1 pound chicken heart
10 pasture-raised eggs without shells
5 large stalks kale
8 ounces (2 stalks) broccoli
12 ounces (2 small clamshell packages) blueberries or mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries)
If you have a grinder, grind the necks, heart and liver. If you don’t have a grinder, that’s okay … most dogs are able to easily consume necks. If you don’t grind them, simply set the necks aside and chop the liver and heart into small cubes.
Puree the kale, broccoli and berries in a food processor.
Mix the ground chicken, liver, heart and veggie/berry mix together. Also include the necks if they were ground. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
Place the mixture into smaller containers and place them in your freezer, along with the turkey or chicken necks if left whole. It’s best to freeze your food in 1-3 day portions.
It isn’t important for your dog to get both the necks and the meat mixture together. If you don’t grind the necks into the meat mixture, feed just the necks for one meal and the meat mix for the second meal.
If you use poultry that isn’t raised on pasture, this recipe will have an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of 6:1. This is a bit rich in Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid that can cause chronic inflammation if not properly balanced with anti-inflammatory fatty acids including GLA and EPA.
We recommend feeding Safe-Sea daily to help balance your dog’s fatty acids. This will bring the omega-6/omega-3 ratio down to 2:1
But don’t add any oil to the recipe directly. To reduce oxidation, you don’t want to expose the oil to oxygen for too long. Instead, give it daily with your dog’s meal.
The ingredients in this recipe have been carefully chosen to meet AAFCO minimum nutrition requirements for adult dogs. Don’t replace ingredients or vary the amounts too much … this may unbalance the food. The berries are optional but all other ingredients need to be in the recipe in the listed amounts.
How Much To Feed
In general, dogs should eat about 2-3% of their body weight daily in raw food. Here’s a rough guide for this recipe:
10 lb dog: Recipe will make a 22 day supply
25 lb dog: Recipe will make an 11 day supply
50 lb dog: Recipe will make a 6-7 day supply
75 lb dog: Recipe will make a 4-5 day supply
100 lb dog: Recipe will make a 3-4 day supply
Typical analysis on a caloric basis:
- Calories per pound: 494
- Protein: 14.10%
- Fat: 6.29%
- Ash: 2.24%
- Moisture: 74.89%
- Fiber: 0.71%
- Carbohydrate: 1.77%
- Total fat: 57.67 g/kg
- Saturated fat: 12.57 g/kg
- Monounsaturated fat: 18.09 g/kg
- Polyunsaturated fat: 17.55 g/kg
- Omega-6/omega-3: 6:1
- Omega-6/omega-3 with Safe-Sea: 4:1
- Calcium: 3.44 g/kg
- Phosphorus: 3.16 g/kg
- Ca:P Ratio: 1.09:1
- Potassium: 2.83 g/kg
- Sodium: 0.69 g/kg
- Magnesium: 0.39 g/kg
- Iron: 27.17 mg/kg
- Copper: 2.43 mg/kg
- Manganese: 2.56 mg/kg
- Zinc: 21.19 mg/kg
- Selenium: 0.18 mg/kg
- Vitamin A: 214,535 IU/kg
- Vitamin C: 199.93 mg/kg
- Vitamin D: 173.70 IU/kg
- Thiamine (B1): 1.12 mg/kg
- Riboflavin (B2): 5.29 mg/kg
- Niacin (B3): 42.67 mg/kg
- Pantothenic Acid (B5): 16.54 mg/kg
- Pyridoxine (B6): 3.92 mg/kg
- Vitamin B12: 0.04 mg/kg
- Folic Acid: 1.29 mg/kg