Anyone Want to Help Me Refine a Recipe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WendyF, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. WendyF

    WendyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I got out my food processor last night & threw together this idea I had been toying with for a while for a good winter treat to augment my lovely ladies' dry layer pellet diet. I'd love it if I could get any input, ideas, critiques, and ~especially~ some other Mama Hens who love their flocks as much as I do to try it out & tweak it for the better. I pulverized all the ingredients to as fine a powder/sludge as my food processor would make. I don't have a name for it yet, so I'd appreciate any brilliant ideas for that as well ([​IMG]):

    4 parts Organic Baby Spinach
    1 part Raw Organic Almonds
    1 part Egg Shells
    1 part Raw Organic Quinoa
    1 part Raw Organic Chia Seeds
    2 parts eggs

    After obliterating each ingredient in the food processor, I mixed them in with the eggs well & spread to about 1 inch deep in a baking pan lined with aluminum foil. I baked for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Once it cooled, I crumbled by hand. It's moist, like a zucchini bread loaf. I'm hoping I can safely dry the crumbles so I don't have to worry about refrigeration or mold. The chickens all went bananas over it!

    I'm thinking of substituting the spinach with any of the following in future batches: Kale, Broccoli, Mustard Greens, Bok Choi, or Cabbage.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great idea! Have you tried putting in a dehydrator yet? I usually give my girls warm oatmeal or beans in the winter but I have to try this!
     
  3. WendyF

    WendyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't own a dehydrator so I just have the crumbles in a single layer to airdry. It seems to be working, but my goal is to be able to store it like dry food so maybe a dehydrator would be a good item for my Christmas wish list :). I want something that will keep their yolks good & dark in the months we won't have any greens for them to forage, but I need it to also have good calcium content to keep it from slowing down their laying, so except for the quinoa (which I thought would be good because it contains complete amino acid chain in the absence of bugs for protein) and eggs which I used for the binding ingredient, everything else is a good source of calcium. Plus, this gives me a way to make the ground egg shells completely unrecognizable so as not to encourage egg eating.
     
  4. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try alfalfa pellets or Rabbit pellets added for greens.If you fine mist them or let the absorb liquid they swell n fall apart. then add this to your mix for greens.
    I give mine a flake of hay to scratch n peck through in the winter.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    This is a treat, right?
     
  6. WendyF

    WendyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I just want to give them that something extra in the winter they'll be missing out on for lack of foraging. Nothing grows green around here for months in the winter.

    Do you think it has too much protein?
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014

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