Hey, Beth...and thank you for feeding your dog more naturally, just like you're doing yourself!
1. how big is the puppy going to be when you come home? 10 week old great dane or 10 week old dachshund?
I fed my 3 guys from 8 weeks till present on raw chicken as a base, beef liver a few times a week, an egg a few times a week, and a spoonful of left over veggies from our meals here and there. My guys were around 10lbs at 10 weeks. So, I started them on chicken wings that I'd pounded with a mallet to break up the bones. For a pup new to raw, they prob don't have the jaw strength to break the bones. Don't worry. It won't hurt them. I prob fed 3 - 5 wings with other assortment stuffs right off the bat.
Dogs absolutely go nuts over the big beef rib bones!! And turkey necks!
I wouldn't go a few weeks with no organ food. It'll be the cheapest thing you buy. Chicken gizzards, beef livers, kidneys, etc. Usually easily found in the meat section...and frequently on clearance price.
You can feed left over egg shells, sure. I prob would only do a few a week, esp if you're giving them whole eggs w/a small crack in them. <So the puppies can smell/taste it's food, not a toy.
no need to make patties. Go get a stainless steel dog bowl and just dump everything in it.
I prob feed around 2 - 3 percent my dogs weight. Even as a puppy. Now, if they start looking heavy, I trim back. One of my guys, Mikey, always looks too lean for me. So he typically gets a little extra. My guys range from just over 2 yrs to almost 18 months.
Check your area for a raw feeding coop. Example of Austin's coop: http://www.arfcoop.org
If not, just buy in bulk when you can and freeze. I bought a $50 upright freezer just for my dogs' food!
Read read read all the material you can find and form your own opinion.
I do this: I try to think of what Allie would eat if she were hungry and on her own. She'd chase down the closest rabbit, eat it's guts, then work on the remainder...bones, fur, heads, eyes, all of it. The guts have predigested grass, carrots, broccoli...whatever that critter just ate...in it. The veggies are already starting the breakdown of cells by aid of the rabbits digestion. Makes it easier for your dog to digest them. (Cooking them does the same thing!)
Here's a couple of links to MDA threads regarding this subject.
RAW dog food recipe and cost!
If you want more specific info, holler at me offline!
But again, your hound will thank you for this just like your body has thanked you for changing your diet...by making you feel better! My guys' have wonderful dog breath, no stinky poops and a fantastic coat!
Edit: I also have my cat on a raw diet now as well. She's acting so much younger than ever!
Pic of my pack...