Homemade flock block recipes

ldemmert

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 3, 2008
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Julian PA (near State College)
Does anyone use flock block as an antidote for boredom? Do chicken beaks grow like other birds' so they need pearing down? During the non-snowy seasons, my birds are free range and I've not worried about this. Now, they don't get the natural grinding down as much since they are in the coop most of the day.
I saw Moodene's baked treat recipe. Are there other cookie or block recipes to share?
 
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MariposaMama

Songster
11 Years
Aug 31, 2008
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I've got one slow baking in the oven right now. I should go check to see if it's done. Let you know how it turns out (unless it's a total disaster
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gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
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Yep, mine's in the oven too. I'll let ya know about mine even if it is a disaster! Just please don't tell my SO I'm baking for my chickens. He already thinks I need professional help for my chook obsession.
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Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
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Evening Shade, AR
I make "chicken cookies" occassionally for our gang.

I don't have a recipe, I just use whatever I have handy. Usual ingredients include oatmeal, sunflower seeds, rice, kitchen scraps/left-overs (meat chopped up included), scratch or cracked corn and several eggs to help act as a binder.

I put this in a lightly greased 13" x 9" glass baking dish and bake it at 300 degress until it starts smelling good. Pull it out of the oven, let it cool (sometimes put it in the fridge to cool it quicker). Once it's cool, I cut it into suet-basket sized pieces and let the flock have at it.

Can't count the number of times poor Skip has walked in while I'm making this up and comment about "something sure smells good in here" only to be shot down with my reply of, "Sorry, it's for the birds!".
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HennysMom

Keeper of the Tiara
11 Years
Jul 9, 2008
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow, VA
redhen - is that regular bird seed with colored millet in there?

I was wondering if chickens could have bird seed but I wasnt sure
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I purchased premium bird feed (peanuts, whole kernel corn, sunflower seeds, millet) but I wasnt sure if I could give it to them or not..

So what did you bind it with when you baked it - eggs?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
304
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SW Arkansas
Okay, mine looks like it came out great.
Here's what I used:

3 cups finely ground corn (their scratch)
1 1/2 cup wild bird seed
1 cup of oatmeal

Enough water to moisten the mixture, but not make it soupy
Packed firmly into a greased shallow baking dish
Baked at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours until the edges were brown

Tomorrow morning we'll see how the vultures, I mean chickens like it. I may experiment with using some sort of binder for the next batch

I also called my SO and warned him not to eat the "cake" on the table. When he comes in from work @ 4 AM, he normally eats whatever's handy.
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