mhikl, thanks for your continued input. When I say "turkey" I mean ground, whole turkey, bone-in. I will remove the drumsticks just because the meat grinder can't handle it. I found when I switched Myka to raw that she had a hard time recognizing whole portions of raw poultry meat as food, and wouldn't eat the bones. Grinding it and searing it made the transition much easier.
I have already dropped the grain (rice) idea, and switched to lentils. I just have to find somewhere that sells large bags for a reasonable price.
I have thought about raising chickens and/or turkeys for meat for myself as well as my critters, but my zoning won't allow it. I would rather raise larger animals so fewer would have to die. I don't think I could continuously kill dozens of mice/rats/hamsters.
Roxy - Feb 2005 - 75 lb American Staffordshire Terrier (adopted Jul 2011)
Peewee - Jan 2006 - 8 lb Chihuahua (adopted May 2009)
Myka - Nov 1998 to Jan 2010 - 85 lb American Pit Bull Terrier cross
Lacy - Sept 1992 to July 2003 - 18 lb Reg Shetland Sheepdog