Our girls are so (spoiled) rotten. Rotten!!
Currently, we have 14 hens. Since we re-homed our rooster, the hen house is basically one big sorority house. When we are off the farm, they sit on their roost polls and squawk about the latest farm gossip….what the guineas did last night, or some crazy thing that one of the horses said to the other… all while fine dining on high quality food and supplements. Then, they’re let out to free range on 12 acres of pasture.
Yep, it’s a tough life for our girls, but some chicken has to do it!
Did I mention that 11 of the 14 are currently molting? So, basically, they’re on strike for 3 months, and we get no eggs.
But, I love my girls! While they are losing their feathers & generally feeling miserable about life, I made them some treats. Maybe in hopes that this would distract them from pulling each other’s feathers out, which I suspect has been happening due to the massive amount of feathers and fluff on the floor of the hen house.
A bored chicken = trouble. Chickens can be brutally mean to each other, and destructive, if given the opportunity. Chicken appropriate treats and toys are a great distraction if you keep your chickens enclosed for longer periods, which we do while we are work. We have every kind of predator imaginable in our neck of the woods, all of which would love to make a feast out of our plump, well fed birds. Can’t blame ’em, but safety first, people!
Let’s do this!
The foundation for this recipe came from A Chick and Her Garden blog. I made a couple tweaks to her recipe, and it turned out fantastic!
3 cups of scratch feed (get here)
1.5 cups of layer feed (get here)
2 cups of sunflower seeds (get here)
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 egg shells
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbs of cinnamon
1/2 c of coconut oil
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Optional: Heart cookie cutter (get here)
Dried herbs such as oregano, basil, or dill.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Grease a cookie sheet.
Mix all the wet ingredients together in one bowl, then mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.
Combine both the wet & dry ingredients in one big bowl & mix well.
Pour out onto the cookie sheet. I made sure that all was evenly distributed across the pan. You can use a cookie cutter to make cute shapes, but I just kept mine uniform. The chickens could care less.
Cook for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cut your blocks into squares while it’s still warm. If you want to hang the treats, create a hole with a screw driver or like object. Let dry for several hours!
Your chickens will love these!
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