Bone Hunting

Now that the snow is finally melting in the forest, we can go bone hunting again. It’s one of Kali’s favourite activities – wandering the forest and showing me proudly what she finds.

Last spring her biggest find was this deer leg, which she carried down from a hike in the mountains for almost an hour.

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Most of the bones we find are bare, and don’t have any meat on them anymore. Although Kali is raw fed, I don’t feed these bones. I break them and give her the marrow, if there’s still any marrow left, or use them with other bones to make Kali’s bone broth.

The only ‘big’ carnivores we have here are red foxes (and badgers…), who are only somewhat smaller than Kali. They seem not to eat the weight bearing bones of deer, as we find them regularly. On the other hand we never found rip bones or vertebrae, and only one head years ago, so I guess the foxes eat those (or it’s just all a big coincidence and I’m totally wrong on this one… We’ll see what time shows).

The weight bearing bones are the hardest bones, maybe too hard for the foxes to risk loosing teeth while trying to eat them. This caution is what we try to copy in our raw feeding as well. Kali eats a lot of deer meat, and loves deer ribs, but I don’t feel comfortable in feeding her the leg bones. Or antlers, at that.

However, even if she can’t eat them, she loves finding these bones. And she’s happy to report back to me. After an evaluation, she’s then either allowed to eat what she found, such as the brown hare leg bellow, or we trade it for some treats or a game.

And this is the yield of yesterday’s bone hunting:

We were out in the forest for about two hours and found lots of fresh deer tracks, deer hair (including tons of deer ticks) and three deer bones. Pretty good, eh?