I will be cheering Mason on!
The board here is excellent for raw feeding support. Without it, I would never have been able to feed Grimm raw myself. I can feed raw for LESS than I could feed kibble. ( I tried Orijen, Timberwolf, etc.)
You can find Yahoo groups local to you who have people happy to dish the dirt for cheapest local sources to nab a nice haul of bulk raw.
Plus, Lauri's site helps explain the percentages pretty well. Right now, a meal for Grimm looks like this:
One chicken quarter (weighs maybe 12 oz)
A couple of turkey hearts (maybe 2 - 4 of 'em)
a teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy chunk o' frozen beef liver (size of my thumbnail)
a chunk of frozen pureed veggies (can be found in freezer sect at grocery)
a tablespoon of plain yogurt
2 squirts of fish oil
1 200 IU vitamin E capsule
(Grimm was slowly accustomed to chicken, then turkey, over a few weeks time with the help of people right here on the forum guiding me!:) )
You can also try this: For the first month, grit your teeth and pay for the expensive
premade raw.... THEN transition him to whatever homemade raw diet you like, one protien source at a time. Why is this a good way to transition? Because dogs who start raw will happily sometimes puke up some chunks of bone, and that's 100% fine-- but we owners get scared about it when we see it!
Feeding premade for the first month lets a dog's tummy acids and enzymes learn to handle bone easily while it's all ground up anyhoo.
I began the cheap-o way though.... so I kept bugging people on the forum about the "scary" bone chunks that sometimes happened during the first frew weeks.
No problem for the dog-- the owner just worries!
A cheap way to nab a freezer is on Craigslist, or Freecycle, or I bought one for just $16t8 with free delivery from Best Buy or Home Depot.
Whatever you decide to do, however you transition Mason-- I am so very proud of you, and so very HAPPY for Mason!
Here's to happy, healthy skin!