I have nine dogs on my current bird dog string. We can be on the road for weeks at a time. I do my best to carry all the dog food that I will need for an entire trip. I feed Purina Pro Plan Performance (that’s a lot of Ps) and it can be purchased in a lot of places (Tractor Supply is usually a good bet), but I don’t like to leave things to chance. So I carry my dog food with me.
Space is always limited so I want to carry very close to the exact amount I’ll need. This requires a little math.
First I need to see how much food I’ll need per day. I use an exact dry measuring “cup” for my dog food. I prefer to be real specific in how much they get every day.
- Moose 6 cups
- Pearl 4 cups
- Jack 6 cups
- Tilley 4 cups
- Bull 6 cups
- Belle 5 cups
- Cowboy 4 cups
- Pepper 4 cups
- Dot 4 cups
That’s 43 cups a day. On a 10 day trip I’ll need a minimum of 430 cups.
A 37.5 pound bag of dog food contains exactly 150 cups. Don’t ask me how I know that….
430 cups divided by 150 cups in a bag makes 2.87 bags. We round up to 3 bags dry dog food.
I also feed a little canned food while I’m on the road. I have a few picky eaters and this gives them a little inspiration. It’s also a little boost for a hard working crew.
Wet dog food – 1/3 can a day X 9 dogs
3 cans a day.
10 days X 3 cans a day is 30 cans
12 cans to a case equals 3 cases of canned food.
One of my favorite new add-ons to my dog truck is the slide out holder for my feed bin. It has freed up some room and makes a pretty slick work space for mixing up my dog food at the end of the day.