Duck Soup, also called Ferret Soup and similar things, is a high-calorie, high-protein concoction meant to be fed to sick or old ferrets in order to fatten them up and help them regain their health.
-The Ferret FAQ
Edited from WNYFLFA Ferret Chatter p. 3 Vol. 7 Issue 5 Sep/Oct 1999 - original author Sandy DeBout
There are many different recipes for Duck Soup. A number of our members have asked for the recipe we use, so here it is.
It will cost about $50 to buy all the ingredients initially and many of the ingredients have a shelf life. To extend the life, after making a batch, you can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze them. Then transfer them to a plastic bag so you can have them available when you need it. You would use 1 or 2 cubes, microwave until they are just slightly warm. Make sure you test the temperature on your wrist before giving it to your ferret.
Here is the recipe:
1 can a/d by Hill's Prescription Diet (5 ½ oz)
1 tablet crushed papaya 65-75 mg
1 tablet crushed chromium 250 mcg (use for ferrets with insulinoma - otherwise, omit)
1 cc Karo syrup
Take these above ingredients and thoroughly mix. Let stand for about 45 min.
1 tsp. Pet Tab granules
1 tsp. Brewers yeast
1 Vitamin E 400 IU
1 cc Pet Tinic
Add the 4 ingredients above to the first mix and stir well.
10 oz. Water or chicken broth - heated but not boiling.
Add water/broth slowly until well blended. Serve warm
Refrigerated shelf life is 24 hours. Soup can be frozen in ice cube trays.