Homemade flock block recipes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ldemmert, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. ldemmert

    ldemmert In the Brooder

    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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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm planning on creating one tonight. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  3. MariposaMama

    MariposaMama Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Mariposa, CA
    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 [​IMG] )
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote: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. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
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  5. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    Is there a recipe in the forums for a flock block?
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    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!". [​IMG]

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  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    heres the one i make...it sets up real hard...they love it!..

  8. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    redhen - is that regular bird seed with colored millet in there?

    I was wondering if chickens could have bird seed but I wasnt sure [​IMG] 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?
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    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. [​IMG]
  10. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho

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