This is just what I use; I am not a nutrition expert by any stretch of the imagination. I just do a lot of research and try to pull together pieces of the puzzle.
These are the general guidelines I follow when pulling together a meal:
Recipe with Chicken Wings as the Calcium Source
I use a base of four pounds of chicken breast with skin (1814 grams), and view the wings as an additive. All totaled, the batch below makes 103ounces (2920 grams). By the time I add eggs and yogurt, it turns out to be a little over 13 meals (6.5 days of food) for Phoebe.
- 4 pound (1814 grams) Chicken Breast and Skin – 612.5 mg calcium
- 1 pound (454 grams) Hamburger – 36.32 mg calcium
- 10 ounces (283 grams) Offal
- 10 ounces (283 grams) Fruit and/or Veggie
- 1 wing (3 ounce; 89 grams) – 4895 mg calcium
- 13 Tablespoons plain yogurt (1 Tablespoon per meal) check label for calcium value
- 4 eggs (1 egg per pound of chicken)
Chop the meat, offals, fruits and veggies in the food processor. Stir in the yogurt and eggs. Weigh out individual portions, and store in the fridge or freezer.
The Finished Product
Meat to Bone Ratio: 1.5% bone
Calcium from Meat: 648.82 mg
Calcium from Wing: 4895 mg
Total Calcium Per Batch: 5543.82 mg
Average Calcium per Day: 853 mg per day
The daily average of calcium leaves wiggle room, and really it nearly all come that wing.
The meat-to-bone ratio is low, but the point behind giving a dog bones when feeding a ground, raw diet is the calcium factor. If I were going for the chewy, teeth cleaning benefit of bone, then this meat-to-bone ratio would be a problem.
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