Why you need duck soup:
When your ferret gets sick, is recovering from surgery, or just plain isn't feeling well your ferret may not want to eat kibble. Hense the need for duck soup! You want to get your ferrets used to duck soup while they are happy and healthy because most ferrets imprint on food at a very young age and will not accept new food sources, especially when they don't feel good.
Duck soup is also a good way to slip in some medications so they will take them more easily than syringe feeding. And since duck soup is so good for them its the best daily treat you can give to them.
My duck soup receipe:
1 lb of chicken thighs or leg quarters with skin
1/2 cup main kibble (the less kibble the better)
1 tablespoon ferritone
1 tablespoon Nupro (suppliment for digestion - can be made without it)
1 tablespoon Uncle Jims Duck Soup Mix (suppliment for digestion - can be made without it)
1 jar Chicken & chicken gravy Gerber .2 baby food
**Note: the most important part of duck soup is the chicken. So even if your recipe is only chicken and kibble it's still great! Mine is just more comprehensive.
Grind up kibble (add Nupro and Uncle Jims) in blender or food processor put in large bowl. Boil the chicken thighs or leg quarters for 20 minutes. Cut the meat and skin off the bone and put the small pieces and put into your blender or food processor in small sections (add about a 1/2 cup to a cup of cool water with each blending). Put all the blendings into a large bowl and stir. Add all other ingredients into the bowl.
Add water for soupy consistancy, so it's not clumpy. And it should have a creamy, smoothe consistancy. Pour into ice cube trays. Repeat until finished. Freeze one day in the ice cube trays and then transfer cubes into a freezer safe bag. Frozen duck soup cubes should be good in freezer up to 3 months.
One defrosted ice cube of soup is the perfect serving for one ferret.
Your ferret may not think you are good cook the first time you offer it to them, as I explained they imprint on food at a young age. If your ferret wont take duck soup directly out of the bowl here a few things you can try.
Try offering some on your finger. A lot of ferrets love to be handfed and this might work. If not, scruff your ferret and then dip your finger into the soup and gently rub it on his/her lips. Do this a few times (in one sitting is fine) until they will lick it from your finger willingly. The two main things that you need to remember are: be patient and persistant.
YOU NEED YOUR FERRET TO LIKE DUCK SOUP NO MATTER WHAT!!
This process could take up to 6 months but the importance of duck soup out weighs not giving it to them at all. Just keep on them. It took me 3 months for my picky Meko to take duck soup and lax after I adopted him. But now he goes crazy when I show him his duck soup dish or the tube of lax.
Duck soup is also a good stablilizer for insulinoma. Duck soup contains more proteins and less carbs for less sugar highs and lows. It won't prevent insulinoma but it aid in controling blood glucose fluxes. The less kibble you put in and the more meat the better the recipe is!
If you have questions about duck soup - post them here. My 3 favorite ferrety subjects are duck soup, treats and food.