Bone Content

A Ratio Fresh Food diet includes around 10% Bone, however this percentage relates to the actual bone content not including the flesh.

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This calculation is where many novice fresh food feeders give up because it's just more maths and it's ok not to be good at maths!

The 10% relates to the actual bone content, for example, a chicken wing contains around 45% actual bone content i.e. the bone not the meat and this is what the 10% relates to.

I would just like to take a moment to remind you that there are no rules here and that 10% is merely a guide, some people feed more.

A good way to see if you're giving too much bone is to look at your dogs poos, are they crumbly and dry, is your dog constipated?  If yes, reduce your bone content.

For those just starting out, we have a web app on the tools page that will do the calculation for you so you don't have to stress out about it, you simply choose the bone type you wish to give or if your bone isn't listed, choose something that is similar and it will tell you for instance how many grams of an entire chicken wing you need to feed in order to meet the 10% ratio.  Keep in mind, that you don't need to feed this every day,  you can add up all the days bone ratios and just give it in 1 or more meals, whatever is practical for you and your dog. 

In the beginning, you are likely to weigh everything because you'll be worried about making a mistake, it's ok, you don't need to stress out about this because meeting the weight exactly down to a milligram is how no animal in this world eats - close enough is fine and even then, it's just a guide to get you started. 

For those who like manual calculations, you can find the estimated actual bone content percentages below:

  • Beef Ribs - 52%

  • Chicken Back- 45%

  • Chicken Drumstick - 30%

  • Chicken Feet - 60%

  • Chicken Frame - 80%

  • Chicken Head - 75%

  • Chicken Leg quarter - 30%

  • Chicken Neck - 36%

  • Chicken Split breast - 20%

  • Chicken Thigh - 15%

  • Chicken Whole - 25%

  • Chicken Wing - 45%

  • Cornish Game Hen - 39%

  • Duck Feet - 60%

  • Duck Frame - 80%

  • Duck Head - 75%

  • Duck Neck - 50%

  • Duck Whole - 28%

  • Duck Wild - 38%

  • Goat Whole - 33%

  • Goose Whole - 19%

  • Guinea Hen - 17%

  • Kangaroo Tail - 65%

  • Kangaroo Tail Tip - 95%

  • Lamb Neck - 32%

  • Lamb Ribs - 27%

  • Lamb Shoulder blade - 24%

  • Lamb Whole shoulder (arm and blade) - 21%

  • Mouse/Rat - 5%

  • Ox Tails - 45%

  • Pheasant - 14%

  • Pigeon (whole) - 23%

  • Pork Feet - 30%

  • Pork Brisket - 32%

  • Pork Ribs - 30%

  • Pork Tails - 30%

  • Quail - 10%

  • Rabbit Whole (fur and all) - 10%

  • Rabbit Whole (without fur) - 28%

  • Rabbit Head - 75%

  • Squab (pigeon) - 23%

  • Turkey Back - 41%

  • Turkey Drumstick - 20%

  • Turkey Neck - 42%

  • Turkey Thigh - 21%

  • Turkey Whole - 21%

  • Turkey Wing - 37%

  • Veal Loin -  30%

  • Veal Ribs - 35%

  • Veal Shank - 48%

  • Veal Shoulder - 21%