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Flock Block Knock Off: Homemade Chicken Boredom Buster Treat

Usually on the cutting edge of backyard chicken keeping (ha!), I feel like we're a bit late to the party this time.

It seems there's a growing trend of making your own Flock Blocks and all the other chicken bloggers are all over that.

You know, the Flock Block, the ubiquitous boredom-busting solid block of seeds and grains to help keep your chickens busy? (Just search Pinterest for Flock Block Substitute to see what I mean.) 

So anyway, I decided to try my hand at making my own.

Chicken Boredom Buster

After reading through a whole bunch of recipes on Google and Pinterest and taking stock of what I had on hand, this is my version of the Flock Block Knock Off (try saying that three times fast!)


Boredom can set in with the lack of bugs and weeds to search for. Bored chickens can be prone to pecking at each other and bullying.

During the winter, chickens benefit from added energy and warmth. This Flock Block Knock Off satisfies all these needs and should help keep peace in your run.

How to Make a Flock Block Knock Off

Here's what you Need

2 Cups scratch grains (a commercial or homemade mix of cracked corn, oats, barley & other mixed grains)
1 Cup layer feed
1 Cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 Cup sunflower seeds (I happened to have unshelled sunflower seed/safflower seed mix so I  used that)
1/4 Cup wheat germ
1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (aids in respiratory health)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (helps circulation to prevent frostbite and warms the body)
3 eggs
1/2 Cup Blackstrap molasses
1/2 Cup coconut oil, liquified

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  • In large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. 
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix well. 
  • Pat into several small baking dishes or casseroles, so your blocks are approximately 2" thick. I used four 6" round cake pans, and would probably only use three the next time to make slightly thicker blocks. (Optional, use a chopstick make a hole in each block so you can hang them in the run.) 
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then cool completely. 
  • Run a knife around the inside rim of each pan and invert to remove the block. 
  • Serve to a flock of very happy girls. 
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated or wrapped in foil and frozen and then defrosted as needed.







 


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