Reason to feed Duck Soup:
"Duck Soup" is a catch-all name for any special food used for supplemental feeding of a sick ferret. None have actual duck as an ingredient! The term was used years ago when a ferret named "Lucki Duck" was fed such a mix to help him over an illness. There are dozens of "duck soup" recipes. Chicken baby food is probably the best thing you can feed your ferret on a temporary basis to help during times of illness.
Ferrets who are not eating should be fed around 80-90cc's per pound of ferret per day. Divide into 4 to 6 individual feedings.
TIP: It's a good idea to feed "duck soup" to your ferret as a treat while the ferret is healthy. Then, when/if they become ill and don't want to eat, it won't be as big a battle to feed it to them and and they will think it's a treat.
This is our recipe for several ferrets. The recipe can be cut down to make a smaller amount.
1) Family pack of 10 chicken breasts cooked about an hour. We've also just started using turkey cooked in a crockpot.
2) 6 raw eggs including shell (optional)
3) Bag of Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost duck/turkey Recipe or
whatever kibble they are use to eating.
4) 4 cans Hill's Prescription Diet a/d from the vets office
5) 1/4 - 1/2 cup Nupro Ferret http://www.ferretdepot.com /Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=NPR16
6) Several squirts of salmon oil and olive oil mixed 50/50.
7) 4 cans Gerber stage 2 baby food chicken or turkey
8) 2 cans of pumpkin
Soak the kibble in the chicken broth until it is soft. Tear the chicken into smaller pieces.Blend all together in a blender or food processor until creamy.
Freeze in tupperware containers. We use the large size here. If you only have a few ferrets pour soup in smaller containers. You can also pour the soup in ice cube trays, freeze and take out the next day and put in freezer bags. This way you can only thaw what you need. Defrosted it will only last about 5 days in the fridge.
All kids at the rescue get their soup twice a day no matter if they are healthy or not. Soup is very important to give to a ferret on prednisone for low blood sugar as the prednisone can cause stomach upset.
Most ferrets will not know what to do when being introduced to Duck Soup. To get them use to it we suggest smearing some on their lips to get them to lick it off. You might have to repeat this several times until they realize it's actually good! This might take some time but keep doing this and eventually they will come running when they hear the microwave like mine do.