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SexyBear77
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:08:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Common sense to some, bizzarre to others, hence this picture thread!!

For some reason, chick thigh seems irresistible to all but the most stubborn and fussy of snakes. It is seemingly a very good way of tempting non-feeders, force-feeders and corns that seem to have gone off their food.

Note- this is the way I prepare it, you do not have to follow this to the letter if you don't want, it's just what I find is easiest and works the best.

So, here you go.

1. First, get your chick. I buy mine in bulk from A&N Frozen Foods for 1.75 per bag of 25 (pretty cheep eh?!). It might be cheaper for some people to source them a few at a time from a local shop. I'm lucky in that 13 of my snakes will happily eat them, so its not OTT to buy so many at a time.



2. I get the leg off whilst the chick is still frozen, that way it snaps off easy peasy. Sometimes make a sound like a cracker being pulled- lots of fun. Aim to pull the leg off by pulling it totally away from the body. This should help get plenty of meat off with the thigh.




3. Get a pair of scissors. I use meat ones because it is easier. Cut the leg above the joint (as shown) and this will leave the thigh.



4. If you are feeding this on its own, then warm the thigh up and jump to step number 9

5. If you are feeding this before a mouse/rat, and you want to scent the prey item with the chick to tempt a fussy feeder, then get yourself a square of tin foil and place the thigh and prey item/s on it.



6. Make a wee parcel with the foil, and leave somewhere warm to defrost. I put mine on the radiator. If you defrost this way, DO NOT FORGET ABOUT IT. It's gross.



7. Once defrosted, remove the skin. It should peel off like a banana. I have found the feathers can put off some nervous snakes, though some will not care. I also leave the bone in mine, but if you are worried, pushing down on the top of the thigh will expose the bone- this can then be cut off.




8. If you are using the thigh to scent prey, then rub the thigh thoroughly over all the prey, especially the head. Do this quickly before it cools down too much- hot is most tempting!



9. Offer the prey item or thigh- if your snake is nervous or shy, I would recommend you leave the thigh/prey in the enclosure for the snake to eat in its own time. Hopefully they should be on it within minutes. Here, a deep in shed Nala has just struck at a scented fuzzy. She is a previous force-feeder of some 5 months.



WARNING! Chick thigh is sticky stuff and substrate WILL stick to it. I don't recommend removing a bad feeder from its enclosure to feed it, so if you are concerned about substrate ingestion then feed off of paper or a dish.

Hope this has been helpful, and best of luck with your fussy feeder!!


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madmartyn
Hatchling

United Kingdom
139 Posts

Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:18:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thats what i love about this forum easy to understand illustrated topics for the well being of your animals


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ScalySituation
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:18:16  Show Profile  Visit ScalySituation's Homepage  Click to see ScalySituation's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
this is a rlly good guide, can we sticky it?

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Georgina
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:19:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I vote to sticky it :)

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smart bunny
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:29:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a fab guide, with such excellent photos.

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WannaCornSnakeTeen
Hatchling

United Kingdom
163 Posts

Posted - 28/01/2012 :  21:59:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
definatly sticky it i was loking for something like this everywhere! Thanks

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tordyjo
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
2036 Posts

Posted - 29/01/2012 :  00:37:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thankyou for that pick tutorial sexy bear, following on from my previous thread, will definately have to get me some of those chick thighs.

Sticky?? i think it should be

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Vince_the_snake
Yearling

United Kingdom
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Posted - 29/01/2012 :  08:56:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
really helpful guide, definitely sticky it!
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a33272
our battery charger

United Kingdom
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Posted - 29/01/2012 :  09:54:15  Show Profile  Visit a33272's Homepage  Send a33272 an AOL message  Click to see a33272's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
i used chicks to scent rats for my JCP for a few months, the scent from the main body feathers was enough for it to work on him. hey Rach try skinning the chick thats fun :D



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smiffy89
Hatchling

United Kingdom
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Posted - 29/01/2012 :  10:23:17  Show Profile  Click to see smiffy89's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
my missis looked at me completely gone out when i tried this with our sand boa but it worked she was a non feeder for 4-5 month.
sticky this as illustrations are 1 of best ive seen for quality
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darrkang3l
Hatchling

United Kingdom
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Posted - 15/04/2012 :  11:48:25  Show Profile  Visit darrkang3l's Homepage  Reply with Quote
WOW thanks for the guide! im trying this out tomorrow! STICKY THIS AWESOME GUIDE!

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lupi lou
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
3670 Posts

Posted - 15/04/2012 :  13:47:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
a agree definalty should be sticky'd great guide!


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kev 5
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
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Posted - 15/04/2012 :  15:53:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
very useful. I've been lucky enough not to have any non feeders yet,but you never know



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SexyBear77
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
3796 Posts

Posted - 16/04/2012 :  11:46:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, any chance this could be stickied mods? Before it gets lost forever!

9.11 Cornsnakes
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1.0 Dwarf Burmese python

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cobweb251
Hatchling

United Kingdom
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Posted - 16/04/2012 :  13:29:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been thinking of trying chick thighs for a variety in my snakies diet, and now know exactly what to do. STICKY!-
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ScalySituation
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
5292 Posts

Posted - 18/10/2012 :  17:43:12  Show Profile  Visit ScalySituation's Homepage  Click to see ScalySituation's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
trying this tonight, i know you should only offer every 5 days but we're going away on Sunday and I'm worried about leaving her with no food in her tummy

EDIT: A few minutes later, all wrapped up and defrosting, fluff comes off everywhere btw

1.0.0 Butter motley corn (Sheldon)
0.1.0 Caramel Corn (Maggie)
0.1.0 Caramel motley corn (Echo)
1.0.0 Cat (Angus)
1 mealworm colony
RIP Skye x
Sleep well Sonny, Mummy loves you xx

Edited by - ScalySituation on 18/10/2012 17:46:59
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herriotfan
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
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Posted - 18/10/2012 :  18:25:52  Show Profile  Click to see herriotfan's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Super guide....well done and thanks!
I'm sure one of our mods will sticky this.....


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Emmerz
Hatchling

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Posted - 18/10/2012 :  19:45:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well done SexyBear, great post!
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ScalySituation
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
5292 Posts

Posted - 18/10/2012 :  20:20:48  Show Profile  Visit ScalySituation's Homepage  Click to see ScalySituation's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Found a snake that will refuse it ;)

1.0.0 Butter motley corn (Sheldon)
0.1.0 Caramel Corn (Maggie)
0.1.0 Caramel motley corn (Echo)
1.0.0 Cat (Angus)
1 mealworm colony
RIP Skye x
Sleep well Sonny, Mummy loves you xx
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QueenVic
Yearling

United Kingdom
849 Posts

Posted - 18/10/2012 :  22:51:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
def needs to be a sticky :D
love this idea, will try it on any non feeders i get this coming season.

THANKS!

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1.0.0 Snow (Midnight)

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1 very needy staffy (Coco)

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SexyBear77
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
3796 Posts

Posted - 21/10/2012 :  12:06:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ScalySituation

Found a snake that will refuse it ;)



Try chick yolk Abzz, I was experimenting the other week and got 2 non-feeders to eat boiled, brained and yolk scented pinkies- both had turned their noses up at live the week before.

9.11 Cornsnakes
1.1 Hogg island boas
1.0 Dwarf Burmese python

Location: Watford
Website- http://rassnakes.yolasite.com/
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