Monday, August 6, 2012

Homemade Treats for Chickens

Everyone loves homemade goodies.  Be it a good old fashioned meal made from scratch, or a sweet cake, pie, cookies or my personal favorite - brownies.  You just can't beat the smell that fills up your house and the sweet taste of satisfaction when the job is done right.

I've been admiring people who make such wondrous creations for their birds.  Prior to this I'd tried a very well loved and flock endorsed meatloaf recipe from the Facebook page and blog of Fresh Eggs Daily. Lisa's molt meatloaf was such a success that I decided to try to throw together a recipe of my own.  As follows are the results of that adventure: Homemade Chicken Treat Balls.  (see pictures below)

1 cup crumbles                                                                    
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup wheat germ                                                              
2 cups oats
1 tbsp cinnamon                                                                 
1 tbsp powdered milk
½ tsp baking powder                                                          
½ tsp nutmeg
½ cup honey                                                                        
½ cup natural unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp molasses                                                                   
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water                                                                         
1 egg
½ cup raisins                                                                        
½ cup craisins
½ cup shelled roasted sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 330 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Firmly press full the scoop of an ice cream scooper with your hand.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  (Alternatively, can be pressed into a muffin tin instead of balling with an ice cream scooper onto a cookie sheet.)  Bake for 40 minutes.  Allow to cool and harden or crumble into smaller pieces while still slightly warm.

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

Raisins, Craisins and Sunflower Seeds

Mix It Up

Scoop It

Bake It

Cool It


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1 comment:

  1. cant wait to try these. had the ingredients for a while because I saw yours or someone's treats that sounded so good but I thought that you were suppose to add egg shell too. will make this Saturday, let you know how they turn out and if my two girls liked them. thanks