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So I offered Leo and Rex the “drum stick” portion of a raw chicken wing yesterday morning. Leo promptly set about the business of crunching it up as if he had eaten a raw chicken wing every day of his life! Rex, our truly froufrou doggie, delicately attempted to nibble at the skin then meat. He kept looking st me as if to say “Mom, help me here!” I took a meat mallet to it but the bone seem to break into pieces the were pointy and sharp. I picked those out and let Rex try again but he still couldn’t work his way through it. I gave it to Becca, our larger dog, who knew exactly what it was for- chomp, chomp gone!
I don't feed raw bones/meat often because I have a compromised immune system, and the clean-up on dogs with facial hair is more trouble than it's worth to me. But every once in a while, if I'm roasting a chicken or turkey, I will give try to give them the neck. (chopped into 3 pieces so they all get some) From the time Kodi was a puppy, he knew JUST what to do with these, and chomped them down. The girls are so funny. Both seem to know it is something "precious" and will guard it against all comers. But they won't EAT IT!!! They will sit there and guard it for hours. (I give them to them in their own crates, with the doors closed so they can't bother each other) I keep thinking they'll finally catch on, but it hasn't happened yet. I think they'd starve if I tried to feed them a "prey model" diet... "But mom! It's not cooked!"
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Yesterday I tried a chicken neck with the dogs as I had found a pack at Publix. Even Rexy managed to eat one. I tried it with the kittens. They chewed on one for awhile but didn’t manage to crunch up the bone. I’ll try again. Maybe a couple of chicken necks a week will help with their teeth and improve their jaw strength then maybe I can try a chicken wing again.

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I get chicken necks at the butcher and use a cleaver to cut them into one-inch chunks. I put a few chunks on top of my pup's food every day (breakfast and dinner) and he usually eats them after he's finished everything else. He stays at his food dish to eat them.

The first time I tried I just gave him a whole chicken neck, thinking he would chew on it. He carried it to the other side of the kitchen, set it down, and barked at it for 10 minutes straight! It was too funny to take it away or try to make him stop. I finally picked it up and cut it into pieces, and he's been happy to eat them ever since.
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