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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40839

I was wondering how deerhound owners are coping with the cost of feeding their deerhounds in these times of financial austertry (sp)? With prices rising every week it can be hard to keep on top of food bills for both us and our hounds.

I buy lots of reduced bits and pieces to add to their main meal. Liver, fish and bread are all things that are regularly reduced in local supermarkets. I soak the bread and add it to the meat which I buy in bulk from Raw to Go. Cooked liver, tins of 'value brands' sardines or fresh fish found in the reduced section of supermarkets. Cooked pasta and rice make the evening meal go further too.

I have also started to make my own doggy treats - I can make a huge batch for a fraction of the price of commercial dog treats. I then freeze them in batches.

Has anyone else got some money saving tips?
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40840

We have two deerhounds & two bedlingtons, my old deerhound has a urinary problem & her food is mega (over £50 per bag) :( + one bedlington is on puppy food which is always expensive....feeding never bothered me when I worked but it's hard now I am not :(
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40847

My husband came up with the brilliant idea of saving money by feeding the tropical fish to the cat. Then we can feed the cat to the pups!! We've also got 2 young children and I'm worried what his next suggestion will be. I think the dogs would be well fed though!
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40848

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My husband came up with the brilliant idea of saving money by feeding the tropical fish to the cat. Then we can feed the cat to the pups!! We've also got 2 young children and I'm worried what his next suggestion will be. I think the dogs would be well fed though!
LOL :laugh: LOL :woohoo: LOL :whistle:
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40849

Independent butchers are good to go and see, mine gets me sheep's stomach ( same as tripe but stronger smelling and lambs heads cheap.

only have one deerhound , 5 lurchers (one temp) and a mutt - mine are fed Dr johns and do well on it, plus add occasionally cooked sprats with rice, pound of sprats and bag of rice
will do two - three meals mixed with some of their dried, pound of raw meat cooked with some pasta will do a few meal toppers.

just had a look at that raw to go there expensive arnt they - for minced chicken i only pay about 55p per pound and depending on how much i order
delivery for orders over 50 quid its free anything less then its under a fiver.
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40852

Unfortunatley all the good butchers and abbatoirs round here have closed down so I am limited to where I can get meat ect. Raw to go is one of the cheaper companies and they have an excellent delivery service. One place locally sells chicken mince at 30p a pound but only has it now and again. I find it easier to buy in bulk from raw to go and put it in the freezer. I do wish I had somewhere locally where I could get lambs heads ect.

I also use Dr Johns and my lot like it and it is not expensive either.
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40853

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My husband came up with the brilliant idea of saving money by feeding the tropical fish to the cat. Then we can feed the cat to the pups!! We've also got 2 young children and I'm worried what his next suggestion will be. I think the dogs would be well fed though!

:laugh: Gives a new meaning to the 'food chain' :laugh:
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40854

Would DAF not deliver to you or at least close to you where you could pick it up ?

They use their own vans with delivery's so i know are limited on where they go to.
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40855

Who is DAF?
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40857

Havent heard of these - will look them up when I get back from hound walking. Many thanks for this.
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40858

No worry's, one tip though if you do order, the half pigs heads they are large - i had to cut them in half again for the dogs,
the bulk packs if you have a few hounds do work out cheaper but do take up space.
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40859

Have had a look - they are really cheap but they don't deliver to Wales :(
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40861

I used to get chicken mince delivered from www.thedogfoodcompany.co.uk 2lb blocks which I froze, I ordered 50lb at a time and with a £5 delivery charge it came to £25 and lasted me 3 months, 1 deerhound and 1 border terrier.

Sorry, meant to add, but the door knocked! Try googling dog meat companies in your area? or ask some of the breeders locally to you to see where they get it from. I sure as hell couldn't afford these £50 bags of dry food if I had a few dogs, so am sure they find a cheaper alternative. I always added table scraps and would buy meat from the 'reduced' aisle at Tesco, 9p for a bag of liver etc.

I had just ordered 50lb of meat when we lost Murphy but did manage to sell it on, the terrier just eats dry food and table scraps now, but it did cost me less than a fiver a week when I had the two.

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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40869

Probably shouldn't admit this but when the children were little and I ran out of dog food I'd give the dogs a breakfast of frozen waffles, which I always had on hand for the children. :blush:
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40870

:laugh: :laugh: Well, I have also resorted to giving mine bowls of cornflakes with milk (NO SUGAR) and some slightly stale scones and butter. This happened when I was laid up with Scarlet fever and I was so ill and couldn't get to the shops. They could have eaten me for all I cared at the time. They didn't suffer from there weird supper and I think that they really enjoyed it. In fact I am sure I have heard them whispering amongst themselves that they wish I was ill more often :laugh:
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40885

Hello,

Here is a link to 10 healthy homemade Dog Food Recipes and Organic Treats.

Sorry, I have not testing this recipes, only for your information.

Link: www.moneycrashers.com/hom...-treat-recipes/

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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40887

Joerg and Yoki wrote:
Hello,

Here is a link to 10 healthy homemade Dog Food Recipes and Organic Treats.

Sorry, I have not testing this recipes, only for your information.

Link: www.moneycrashers.com/hom...-treat-recipes/

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Thank you for that. Looks like I'm going to be busy later cooking!
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times of austertry 4 years 3 months ago #40899

Big Dog Lover wrote:

Thank you for that. Looks like I'm going to be busy later cooking!
I hope Big Dog Love you send us later an information over your results in the kitchen.
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Thank you for that. Looks like I'm going to be busy later cooking!
I hope Big Dog Love you send us later an information over your results in the kitchen.
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I tried cooking once but found it difficult as the recipe stated 'first place the oven at 180 degrees' - I couldnt open the door once I had done that :laugh: !!
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