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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Animal Care.

For this BB, you will prove that your animal’s food is fit for human consumption!

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- 12 Perennials to Plant for Chicken Feed
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- How to Feed Your Chickens without Grain


(source: The Great Big Thread of Sunchokes)

To document your completion, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
     - 500 calories of the omnivorous animal's food
     - actively eating the omnivorous animal's food (video preferred)
     - finished eating the omnivorous animal's food (video preferred)
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The BB description didn't specify it had to be chickens, so I hope my dog Molly counts! (And if not, y'all get a video of my dog enjoying dinner. I like to think she's pretty cute.) When my dinner is dog-safe Molly gets the same thing I eat - in this case, I had beef brisket and carrots so she got chopped beef brisket and mashed carrots. I added extra fat on her vet's recommendation - she's very old ("beyond geriatric" is what the vet said) and losing an unhealthy amount of weight so he recommended adding additional fat to try and slow down that weight loss. Technically rendered beef fat is fit for human consumption, even if most humans would find it pretty gross!

I had to do some googling and math to make sure this meal went over the 500 calories required for the BB.
Brisket: 72 calories per ounce
Beef fat: 191 calories per ounce
Carrots: 82 calories per cup
Total calorie count: 745.6 calories

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Note: Omnivore is the keyword. Looks like she omni'd it right up!

 
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My dog eats a mostly raw diet of human food. It's mostly chicken wings from the supermarket. She gets a small amount of either cooked potatoes or rice, an egg every other day, some kind of veggies and some kind of fermented milk product. Today she had 4 chicken wings in 8 pieces, an egg, some buttermilk, some cooked potatoes and some soup I made for humans. Twice a week she gets a beef bone - keeps her busy and teeth nice and shiny.

Chicken wings are about 90 calories each, and egg is 72 calories, 2 oz of cooked potatoes is 50 calories, half a cup of butter milk is 48 calories which is 530 + a few more for the soup.

Here are three videos - start, middle and end:







Here is the food she eats and a picture of her eating a beef bone



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Well sign me up! Looks great Edward

 
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Thanks Jordan! She's in amazing shape and no scary vets bills to date.
 
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Thanks for sharing!
 
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I raw feed my Rottweiler Goose pretty well. He is 122 pounds so he needs quite a bit of food. I usually supplement this from elk/deer/bear meat from hunters cleaning out their freezers. He will be 11 this year, so I try to feed him the highest quality food I can. However, when I am not feeding him that, he gets a lot of meals like this one below:

1 can (12 oz) of tuna = 210 calories
2 fresh eggs = 140 calories
2 tbsp honey= 128 calories
2 large tablespoons of peanut butter= 188 calories
1/2 large sweet potato= 57 calories
Total= 723 calories

I included four videos just to make sure it is clear Goose ate the whole thing.

Full bowl
Chowing Down
Almost done
Empty bowl
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Our dog came down with a finnicky stomach, so we had to start making her food for her.  This particular batch is antelope meat, pumpkin, green beans, cottage cheese, and white rice.  Not terribly appetizing to me, but I did have a bite (and swallowed/digested it).  We make 2-3 days quantity at a time, so there is well over 500 calories in the mixing bowl.  She does not eat over 500 calories at a feeding.
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I ate some, it wasn't delicious to me.
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Dog enjoys it.
Dog enjoys it.
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I wish the original post had a bit more information. What is the spirit of the task?

For example: would it suffice to buy dog food, eat it, and post the documentation?

If the spirit is to ensure that animals are being fed at a quality that would not make humans ill, then I might conclude that eating dog food would accomplish this challenge.
 
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I believe the spirit of the task is to show that you provide such good food for your critters that you wouldn't mind eating some yourself to earn 1 point in the program.  I think "fit for human consumption" might also imply that it is "human food grade" if it came from a store.

When I buy oats from a feed mill, if I ask them if I can eat, it they get a worried look on their face and say it isn't for human consumption.  I'm not sure if it has extra bugs in it or what is different.  Even though I could probably make oatmeal from it, I'm guessing it wouldn't qualify as "fit for human consumption" since they told me it wasn't fit for human consumption.

Mark William wrote:If the spirit is to ensure that animals are being fed at a quality that would not make humans ill, then I might conclude that eating dog food would accomplish this challenge.


I think I'd look at it in the reverse.  If eating the dog food makes/keeps you healthy, it would accomplish the challenge.
 
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