I actually read your post last night about the item spoilage rate last night before I made this post and I appreciate all the testing that you’ve done so far.
In my case I have tried 2 black bear Cubs, 1 tiger cub, and 1 frost wolf pup, and they have all passed.
I am currently trying an experiment with being logged into the server while the 1 black bear cub is “growing” and here is what I’ve found so far, and things ive gathered from those that passed.
The first bear cub & tiger were put in at the same time, except there was only their retrospective “shade spiced” food in the pen with them. I later added a frost wolf pup along with some pork and honey. When I logged back into the server the 1st time the black bear cub and the tiger had died but the wolf pup was still there. Later after I came back in again the wolf pup had died.
In the animal pen was: 41 honey, 11 pork, & 6 shade spiced honey afterwards. I put the 2nd bear cub in last night and logged off because I was pretty tired. This morning when I logged on the 2nd bear cub had passed. I was never logged out of the server for more than a few hours until I went to sleep, which was roughly 7-8 hours.
The 3rd black bear cub, which I currently have “growing” is doing just fine. I am “babysitting” it while it grows; checking it periodically to see what it has and how often it has eaten. Also I am seeing that if it does pass I can see around when and what conditions could have caused it. As of right now it is between 1/2 & 3/4 the way done and has eaten 1 singular honey. I have 40 honey also in the feed box that way when is done growing it can feed from that immediately if that’s the case. Honey doesnt expire so it couldnt be that the food spoilage is the problem. If the bear does finish growing I will take and catch another bear cub, and this time log out for a while, and then come back to see if it is still there.
I am testing on the server that the issue occurred on just incase it has something to do with the server. Unfortunatley I can’t sowed anything up, so it’s been a long process already haha.