Grinding Bones with Meat Grinders

We've found many Meat Grinders are capable of grinding both soft and small animal bones from chickens, rabbit's and other smaller game animals. It's rare to find a grinder that can grind large thick bones. Keep in mind most manufacturers do not claim their grinders will grind bones.

Why Grind Small Animal Bones?

Most consumers grind soft bones for making pet food for their animals. This practice has become a large industry over the past several years and will continue to grow. If you're making your own pet food and need to grind bones, we suggest using the highest wattage all-metal grinder you can afford. We have found that Weston meat and bone grinders go through soft bones like butter because of their powerful metal gears. We do not recommend using a meat and bone grinder for beef, deer, pork and other large animals.

A general rule of thumb, if you can break the bone with average human strength, it should go through 1HP steel geared grinders or larger. Consult your owners manual before grinding bones in a meat grinder.

What Grinders Can Grind Bones?

As mentioned above, most Electric Meat Grinders are capable, however the smaller the horsepower, the quicker the motor may burn up. We've found throughout years of selling meat grinders; 1 horsepower or more meat grinders are ideal for grinding small animal bones.

Our #22 and #32 Butcher Series & Pro-Series Electric Meat Grinders are warrantied for grinding small animal bones for a period of 5 years. These grinders are used by many in the pet food industry.

Contact us with any questions you have about grinding bones. Our staff is glad to help assist you in picking out the best meat grinder for your application.