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Hinotori

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I pressed them firmly into the muffin pans and mounded it before I used a chopstick to form the center hole before I baked them. I first tied it to the fence but the silkies freaked. It's baking twine that I ran through it.
 

Hinotori

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Apr 27, 2011
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Graham, WA
I did up cost and weighed them when cool. It weighed 4.5 pounds and cost $5.50 in ingredients. It's possible to get that cost down a little and there may be cheaper recipes out there. Comparison to an actual Flock Block which run around $13 and weighs 25 pounds.

4 cups scratch grains
2 cups layer feed
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup crushed egg shells or oystershell
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
6 eggs
1 cup molasses
1 cup solid fat (ex. shortening)


Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients.

Beat eggs then mix in molasses.

Mix fat into dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and mix well.

Fill loaf pans. Press tight and smooth. If you want to hang, poke a hole in it with a chopstick so you can thread it with twine later.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 mins. It will turn a dark brown. Let fully before removing.



My ingredient tweak since chicks and roosters would be eating and I like more variety.

4 cups of scratch grains and birdseed mixed together
2 cups Flockraiser crumbles
2 cups rolled oats (I used a rolled 5 grain cereal with triticale, wheat, oats, barley, rye)
1 cup safflower seeds (chickens like and I got a sale it's usually expensive)
1/2 cup sunflower chips (to keep same volume I replaced the eggshell with this.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
6 eggs
1 cup molasses
1 cup solid fat (ex. shortening)

I lowered temp to 300° and baked 20 because I used the muffin pan. Then after checking them I turned off oven and left them in with the door cracked for about 15 minutes, then closed door and left them in overnight.
 

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