Knowing where to look for your RAW foods is probably the most difficult part of RAW feeding. Once you have that down, it becomes a simple part of your household chores.
Many families order their food by the case and pre-package meals one month or one week at a time.
· Here in North Idaho, I order many proteins through the butcher counter at my local grocery store (Super 1). These include:
Chicken: leg quarters, legs, breast, backs, necks, feet, hearts (I do not use chicken livers)
Beef: Kidney, liver, sweet breads (thymus gland)
Pork: tails, cushion meat, liver, kidney, sweet breads, feet, brains
Turkey: wings, necks, feet, gizzards
Fish: whole mackerel, smelt
· You may have access to Asian or Mexican Markets in your area where you can get organs, feet, heads, etc.
· Wild Game butcher or Small, local butcher shops.
Here we have a small butcher shop that caters to farmers and hunters. They do not sell meat to the public, but we can go into their scrap freezer and take anything we want for free. Some of the things I have been able to get are:
Lamb bones with scraps attached
Organs from various animals
Large beef bones that I use for making bone broth and recreational chewing.
· Ranchers. When we lived in Mariposa, we had rancher friends that would call us if they had cattle that they couldn’t take to auction. We gave them a small monetary amount and we would butcher it ourselves or send it to a butcher. We have raised our own hogs as well and love using that meat for ourselves and the dogs.
· Local ads and local social media groups
Put out an announcement about taking peoples freezer clean out, ranchers’ scraps, etc. You’ll be surprised at what you might get!
Think out of the box! Take a chance, ask where you might not otherwise. Feeding your BB is in art and can be tailored to whatever you can get your hands on.