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Uncle Mike's Chicken Gravy

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Ingredients:

  • 5-6 pounds whole chicken (including giblets if included)

  • 7 cups water

  • 2 whole eggs, room temperature (leave in shell to hard boil)

  • 2 cups high quality ferret kibble

  • 1 cup quick oats

  • 1/2 cup Brewers yeast

  • 1/2 cup Linatone (Ferretone)

Directions:

  1. Remove chicken and giblets (if included) from plastic and place in a large Dutch oven.  Cover with water and place on medium high heat.  Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat approximately 30 minutes.

  2. After the 30 minutes of cooking, add the two whole eggs into the hot water containing the chicken and continue to simmer another 15 minutes to cook the eggs.  Chicken should be cooked until fork tender and the juices run clear.

  3. Remove from heat and let for 15-20 minutes.  Remove chicken and eggs from pot to a platter to finish cooling - reserving the chicken stock.

  4. While the chicken is cooling, add the kibble, oats and brewers yeast to the chicken stock to soften.  Stir well to dissolve the brewers yeast.

  5. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bone and cut or tear into small pieces.  Discard the bones.  Be sure to use all of the fat and skin.  Peel the eggs and dice or finely break into pieces.

  6. When the kibbles and oats have softened, stir in the chicken meat, eggs, and Linatone.  Stir together to mix well.

  7. Using a food processor or blender, puree the mixture to baby food consistency.  Add additional water if more liquid is needed to achieve the right consistency.

  8. Place in smaller containers and freeze.  (A serving size for each ferret is approximately 1 ounce which is the size of a shot glass.  Freeze no more than a five day supply in each container.)

Preparing to feed:

  • Spoon a shot glass size amount of chicken mixture into a small bowl.  After the mixture has been frozen and thawed it becomes thickened.  Add enough water or canned chicken broth to achieve a creamy, pudding like consistency.  Heat in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds (just enough to remove the chill).  Feed ferret by dropper, syringe or just from the bowl.

  • If ferret is very stressed a 1/8 teaspoon TF Animal Stress Pak can be added at the time of feeding.

  • DO NOT EXCEED 1/2 TEASPOON PER DAY OF STRESS PAK

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