So I've decided to start Archer on a raw diet tomorrow morning. He's a GSD mix, about 4.5 months old, and weighs about 25 lbs. I'm switching to raw because he seems to have a chicken allergy (hopefully just to chicken kibble though), and all the grain-free, chicken-free kibble that I like is outrageously expensive, and I decided that, for that price, I would rather feed raw.
I went to the grocery store today and unfortunately they didn't have chicken backs available, but the meat clerk recommended that I go with chicken necks instead for the same bone content (also didn't blink an eye when I said I was buying it for my dog) and the bones in the neck are a bit softer than back bones. I bought enough chicken necks to feed Archer for at least the first three days (up to 2 lbs each day since he's ravenous) since I didn't want to go running around town to look for chicken backs or have to carve a whole chicken.
I know that chicken necks aren't recommended for bigger dogs because of their size, but he's a teeny little guy and I'll be supervising him while he's eating, so I'm not overly worried that he will swallow it whole. But for three days, will chicken necks be a suitable meal or should I add in the leg quarters sooner? Another prey model raw beginner's guide says that chicken backs are about 44% bone and chicken necks are about 36% bone. Are the necks a decent substitute or should I start him on leg quarters sooner? I'm sure I won't be as paranoid about this once I actually get started with feeding him; I just want to make sure that I don't mess up the beginning transition. Thanks for any help!