question about making scratch "cakes"

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by oceanwidedesigns, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. oceanwidedesigns

    oceanwidedesigns Out Of The Brooder

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    We just recently survived a pecking incident, where our Baby's back was plucked bald by her older sisters. We're convinced it happened because of food dominance after we rearranged their food and water bins. She's on the mend now (pine tar IS a miracle!) but we want to keep giving them things to keep them busy and distracted. The flock block kept them occupied for a few days, before they had pecked it into crumbles. A head of cabbage lasted less than a day, after a day of them being afraid of it. They keep pretty occupied, but I want to make sure they have plenty to do since we're not allowed to free range.

    I just came across this on Pinterest...
    http://littlewondersdays.blogspot.com/2010/12/animals-in-winter-advent-day-17.html
    original tutorial >> http://naturalkidsteam.com/wordpress/2010/06/make-birdseed-cakes/

    and I thought I might be able to so something similar with scratch, but what should I use to bind it? I know we're not supposed to give them sugar. The flock block is made with molasses, but that would get expensive making these cakes... unless I can find it cheaper. Corn syrup seems like wayyy too much sugar, even if I'd only give them two cakes every other day. Or would it be fine?
     
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe peanut butter?
     
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  4. oceanwidedesigns

    oceanwidedesigns Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I think I'm going to use egg and oats mixed with the scratch, and a silicone mini loaf pan to form the mini flock blocks. I don't have the patience to use cookie cutters, and they'll go through them in no time anyway. I might play around with peanut butter or molasses after I get my first batch with egg done.
     
  5. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on where you live, there may be a place that caters to farmers where you can buy molasses for animals in larger quantities much cheaper than buying Gramma's in the store.

    Check around your area or ask at the local feed mill.

    Good luck!
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

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  7. oceanwidedesigns

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    Thanks :) Yeah, I knew that - but like you said, a small amount wont hurt :)

    I actually decided to use unflavored gelatin to bind everything, I found a few more "bird seed ornament" recipes and they used gelatin. My silicone mini loaf pan wont arrive until Thursday, I can't wait to try them out! If I have free time before then I might just have to line one of my glass pans and go ahead with the experiment.
     
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