Homemade Flock Seed Block – A Warming Winter Treat to Beat Boredom
Cold weather means a shortage of weeds and bugs for your chickens to scratch for. Bored chickens can be prone to pecking and bullying each other. This easy to make Seed Treat Block will keep your chickens happy and busy, as well as provide them with some warming grains and other ingredients to help them through the cold weather.
Here’s what you need:
2 cups scratch grains (a mix of cracked corn, oats, barley & other mixed grains)
1 cup layer feed
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup Blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquified
Preheat oven to 325 F. In large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Pat into several small baking dishes or casseroles, so your blocks are approximately 2 inches thick. Three 6-inch round cake pans work perfectly. (Optional, use a chopstick to make a hole in each block so you can hang them in the run.)
Bake for 30 minutes, then cool completely. Run a knife around the inside rim of each pan and invert to remove the block. Serve to a flock of very happy girls. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen and then defrosted as needed. Serve in limited amounts as a treat.
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