Wow, never knew how much chickens like yogurt!! Have them some strawberry yogurt from Trader Joe's and they loved it!! Ugh, more treats to spoil them with! Shame on me!! LOL! Wow, they attacked it. I'm amazed >.<
I have silkies. They love strawberry yogurt with rolled oats mixed in. I'm still chiseling it off the sides and ceiling of the coop where it dried. They all had to be bathed. Some of the dried cement had to be cut out of their little poufs. This only SOUNDED like a good idea at the time.
I've been making my own yogurt for the chickens...recipe came from another BYC member. I have a larger crock pot so I make a full gallon of milk and add 2 cups of yogurt that contains the culture. The sweet yogurts are not as good for the chickens as the yogurt that contains live culture which helps their digestive system.
Put 1/2 gallon milk in crock pot, put lid on, turn crock pot to low and WALK AWAY for 2 1/2 hours!
COME BACK...turn off crock pot, leaving lid on and walk away for 3 hours!
COME BACK - add 1/2 cup of room temp yogurt (I used stoney creek plain vanilla greek style the first time) mix in well with a wisk, then put the lid on, wrap it in a thick bath towel, and come back in 8 to 12 hours! I usually leave it about 12 hours - then put it in containers and refrigerate. For the cost of a gallon of milk I end up with a gallon of yogurt!
Another message after I asked about it being runny (no longer a problem since I now add other ingredients to it for the chickens such as alfalfa pellets or overripe bananas and freeze it for summer treats or oatmeal).
Pasteurized milk is what I use - ULTRA pasteurized milk is the bad one - so unless you used the ultra, I don't think that's what made it runny. I have found the combo of a little extra starter yogurt for the cultures and leaving it sit little longer on the counter thickens it. I accidentally left a batch out for 14 hours one time and no one died from eating it so I compromised and 12 hours is usually my "overnight sit out time". Use a strainer or cheesecloth too - leave it sit long enough and you get something similar to cream cheese which makes the most awesome cheese cake EVER by the way!
Mine will sit for hours at a big container of yogurt, slowing slurping it up like water. My favorite part is after the EEs are done with the yogurt. The RIRs would rather eat a few drops of yogurt off their muffs and beards rather than the container, the EEs just stand there staring off into space as the others crowd around them licking their beards.