chicken raw or cooked

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chicken raw or cooked

Post by drewelmo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:54 pm

hi i was reading on here chicken is good with the bones for rats so i bought me rats some chicken ( i dont eat meat )

do i give it raw or cook and how much should i give them thanks

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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by Rhona » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:00 pm

they can have it either way tbh sometimes i buy wings or legs and boil them up other times they have a wee bit raw
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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by KateR » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:45 pm

Personally I wouldn't risk raw.
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Post by acapae_wolf » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:07 pm

I do the same as Rhona - mostly cooked, but the odd bit raw. If feeding raw it's mostly wings or feet from the butcher/ grouse or pheasant rather than chicken, or the carcass/ bit of bone. Lots of people do the latter, especially if they have big groups of rats and can chuck the whole thing in :lol:
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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by drewelmo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:09 pm

ok i am boiling in it hope i dont poison them lol at least at work i have a thing to check the temp

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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by stuffster » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:46 pm

I know with cats and dogs you are not supposed to feed cooked bones because of the risk of bones splintering etc - is this not a problem with ratties?
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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by Jemma » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:51 pm

Nope rats grind the bone up rather than chomp it into splinters.

I would probably cook any chicken mine get, i am a little paranoid about salmonella, wouldn't take much to cause a lot of problems in rats. I am a bit of a worrier though.
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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by drewelmo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:33 pm

molly just turned her nose up at it

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Re: chicken raw or cooked

Post by Rattybabe » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:58 pm

I would never give chicken raw - I had a rat with Campylobacter, and it's not pleasant, and he ended up with a permanent bowel problem after the infection cleared (which took 8 -10 weeks!) I have no idea how he got it, but I would certainly never risk raw meat with my rats.
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