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post #131 of 292
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Originally Posted by chookchick 

I've got a suet holder hanging in my run. I found a large seed block at Lowe's that was made of sunflower seeds, peanuts, millet, safflower and held together with gelatin. 16% min protein, not bad for a seed block. It's a large block that I tear chunks off of and put in the small suet holder (they also have a large suet-type holder that would be great for a larger flock). The hanging suet holder has been a huge hit for the gals.

Does anyone know how to make a seed block using gelatin? I think that would be the perfect binder--wouldn't need to cook the whole thing at all. I'm going to do some experimentation if I can't find any info on this.


Never mind--found this recipe on the web--this would work great for homemade flock blocks!:

Birdseed Wreath

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
4 1/4 ounce pkgs. Knox unflavored gelatin
8 cups birdseed 

Boil 1 1/2 cup water.
Empty the 4 packages of gelatin into 8 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl.
Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute.
Add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.
Stir 8 cups of birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.
Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times allowing the seed to absorb the liquid.
Spoon the mixture into a greased bundt pan and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Remove the wreath from the mold by inverting the pan and tapping along the bottom. The pan may need to warm to room temperature before the wreath will come out.
Allow the wreath to dry on a cooling rack overnight or longer if necessary.


I followed this recipe.  I didn't want to be baking anything and this just sits in the fridge until it gets hard.  I then let it sit on the counter for a day or 2 until it dries out a little bit.  I used some old horse supplement buckets instead of the bundt pan, and it turned out great.  I also mix in corn, BOSS and some chopped nuts, just whatever I have around the house.  They went nuts over it and it's sure alot cheaper than the Purina block.

post #132 of 292

MMM.....gonna try this before my DH comes back from working out of state......you know, they are just chickens after all!

Going to gather my ingredients this week!

Wife, mother, grandmother and chicken boss.....to 29 assorted chickens.
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post #133 of 292
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Originally Posted by CK Chickadilly 
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Originally Posted by gritsar 
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Originally Posted by Beverrlly 


SO usually stands for Significant Other....which in some cases could also be Superior Officer!!   HA HA    wink


Yep!  What Beverly said!  laugig
I don't let my significant other be the superior officer at home, but he is the senior/superior officer at the police dept. 
Actually a few months ago I upgraded him to fiance'.  I just can't break my old habit of using SO.  smile


Significant Other...dah!  LOL  Congrats on the new fiancee' . 
My DH is a retired cop so of course I would think of superior officer....  lau

& I can't wait to try a bunch of these different treat blocks!  I love trying new things for the chickens.


SO could also stand for Stubborn Opposition  LOL
I'm going to make one of those "biddy biscuits" today. Can't wait.

I'm the silly old biddy one, proud member of the crazy pullets of BYC and resident chicken whisperer. My cologne is eau de chicken poop.
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post #134 of 292

I'm going to try some these!  Great idea's!  I used to make treats for my horse and he loved them, so why not for the chickens right?  I did notice when I made the horse treats when I added apple it took forever to get hard and crunchy the way he liked them.  I too spent $12 on the flock block, this sounds waaaay better!  My girls are 13 weeks old, are they too young for boss?  They get grit so?? I don't know, I am so new to the whole chicken thing!

At home I have 5 chickens: 1 Dominique named Lola, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte named Themla, 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte named Nugget, 1 Speckled Sussex named Rose and an Easter Egger named Lilly.  I also have a sweet min. Schnauzer named Chopper.  Best of all a wonderful hubby named Bear who indulges me with all his help!
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At home I have 5 chickens: 1 Dominique named Lola, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte named Themla, 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte named Nugget, 1 Speckled Sussex named Rose and an Easter Egger named Lilly.  I also have a sweet min. Schnauzer named Chopper.  Best of all a wonderful hubby named Bear who indulges me with all his help!
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post #135 of 292

it's a 25 lb block for $10.99 - I just don't see that as unreasonable.  My flock of 15 spends a few weeks on one block, and it provides a nice load of protein and vitamins

Protein, not less than  8.0%
Lysine, not less than  0.30%
Methionine, not less than  0.25%
Crude Fat, not less than  2.5%
Crude Fiber, not more than  4.0%
Calcium (Ca), not less than  2.3%
Calcium (Ca), not more than  2.7%
Phosphorus (P), not less than  0.65%
Salt (Nacl), not less than  0.70%
Salt (Nacl), not more than  1.2%
Sodium (Na), not less than  .35%


Ingredients:
Cracked Corn, Whole Wheat, Whole Milo, Whole Barley, Whole Sunflower Seed, Molasses, Oyster Shell, Calcium Lignin Sulfonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Granite Grit, Salt, Propionic Acit (A Preservative), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Nicotinic Acid, Riboflavin, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholecalciferol, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K), Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.

Kate - 1 husband, 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 3 horses, 4 cats, 5 sheep, 7 acres and a mess of chickens!
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Kate - 1 husband, 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 3 horses, 4 cats, 5 sheep, 7 acres and a mess of chickens!
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post #136 of 292

I gave my 9 wk. old pullets a few BOSS yesterday. They picked them up and dropped 'em.
They've never had anything with a shell before. Should I keep offering them or just wait until they're older?

1 Papillon, 2 mill rescue Shih-Tzus, 1 Bantam Leghorn, 1 Australorp & 2 BR.
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1 Papillon, 2 mill rescue Shih-Tzus, 1 Bantam Leghorn, 1 Australorp & 2 BR.
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post #137 of 292
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Originally Posted by Carrie Lynn 

I gave my 9 wk. old pullets a few BOSS yesterday. They picked them up and dropped 'em.
They've never had anything with a shell before. Should I keep offering them or just wait until they're older?


I would just throw some on the ground . They will eventually catch on.

I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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post #138 of 292
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Originally Posted by kateseidel 

it's a 25 lb block for $10.99 - I just don't see that as unreasonable.  My flock of 15 spends a few weeks on one block, and it provides a nice load of protein and vitamins

Protein, not less than  8.0%
Lysine, not less than  0.30%
Methionine, not less than  0.25%
Crude Fat, not less than  2.5%
Crude Fiber, not more than  4.0%
Calcium (Ca), not less than  2.3%
Calcium (Ca), not more than  2.7%
Phosphorus (P), not less than  0.65%
Salt (Nacl), not less than  0.70%
Salt (Nacl), not more than  1.2%
Sodium (Na), not less than  .35%


Ingredients:
Cracked Corn, Whole Wheat, Whole Milo, Whole Barley, Whole Sunflower Seed, Molasses, Oyster Shell, Calcium Lignin Sulfonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Granite Grit, Salt, Propionic Acit (A Preservative), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Nicotinic Acid, Riboflavin, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholecalciferol, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K), Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.


I agree especially if it last 2 weeks. I got one but am waiting for some nasty weather & then I'll give it to them. I bet they will go bonkers over it.

I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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post #139 of 292

Hi, I've enjoyed reading all the recipes for treats.  When I was little,  my aunt used to keep her egg shells and bake them, then crush them up to give them to the chickens.  My little Silkies are laying like crazy and I am getting overwhelmed with the eggs.  Can I hardboil the eggs and just crush the shells up with the chopped eggs?

Thanks

Sher Morrow  2 Bearded Collies, 2 cats, 60+ chickens, 8 ducks, 1 bossy goose, 10 Guineas, 10 Heritage Turkeys and 4 calves...I think... lol
Roscoe, Tx

post #140 of 292

So... chickens can eat wild bird seed? I thought it was harmful to them?

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