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Chicken Pecking Block Recipe

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Have you ever noticed how expensive chicken pecking blocks are? Since I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on treats for the chickens, I decided to come up with my own Chicken Pecking Block Recipe. I’m actually super excited about controlling the ingredients, and even being able to give them nutrients that I know they need!

There are plenty of Chicken Pecking Block Recipes out there, that utilize various amounts of ingredients. You can play around with my recipe and make it something you know your girls (and guys) will love!

The first time I introduced my homemade pecking block, the chickens, of course, acted like it was an alien. Much like they did, when I first introduced pumpkins to them!

After picking off a few pieces for them, they realized it was a treat! They went to town and boy were they happy little chickens!

Chicken Pecking Block Recipe

I’ve made this recipe so that you can make small little blocks to keep and give when you want, or you can make one big one if you like!

There’s also a tutorial on how to make them below the regular recipe.

Ingredients:

Directions:

To make muffin sized chicken pecking blocks.

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl or pan.
  3. Then, mix well.
  4. Fill up a muffin tray with the mixture.
  5. Using a straw, cut a hole in every block, so you can hang them.
  6. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until stiff on top.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Use a knife to go around the edge and pop them out of the pan.
  9. Wrap in freezer paper, and place in a plastic freezer zip bag.
  10. Place it in the freezer.

To make one big round pecking block

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pan.
  3. Then, mix well.
  4. Fill up an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
  5. Create a hole, big enough for a string to go through. To hang it up later.
  6. Back for about 30 minutes, or until stiff on top.
  7. Allow to cool, and give to birds when ready.
  8. If you don’t plan to give it to the birds right away, you can freeze it or refrigerate it.

You can serve them frozen when it’s hot out. The chickens won’t mind something to help cool them down…

Chicken Pecking Block Recipe Tutorial

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pan.
  3. Then, mix well.
  4. Fill up an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
  5. Create a hole, big enough for a string to go through. To hang it up later.
  6. Back for about 30 minutes, or until stiff on top.
  7. Allow to cool, and give to birds when ready.
  8. If you don’t plan to give it to the birds right away, you can freeze it or refrigerate it.

 

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  1. Thank you SO much for this recipe. I had been looking for something like this in farm and pet stores without much luck.
    We made some changes to the recipe for a few reasons and did not include the oats, egg shells or eggs; used 1 cup of sunflower seeds instead of 1/2; and more fat.
    After filling 8 muffins with 1/2 the mixture, we added another cup of coconut oil to the second half.
    The first half was too crumbly, the second too oily, so I think using 2 cups of fat in the next batch will be perfect. Our Hens really love these “hockey pucks” and spend hours pecking at them as the move it across the yard.
    (We didn’t string it up, as we had a ball to put cabbage/lettuce in and they didn’t like it swinging around. It took 2 weeks to get used to that, but then was hogged by 3 of the girls and 2 were left out of the treats. Then a week later the latch broke!)

    RE: Oats: We were worried that the oats might swell when the hens drink water after eating….
    RE: Eggs & shells: We had some issues a couple months ago with one of our girls – a Road Island Red: sleeping, sitting, and pooping in the nests; yelling at the other girls that wanted to use them; kicking out the nest shavings and even an egg. Then she started pecking at her eggs.
    We separated her from the others and built her a little house, removing the nest after she gave us an egg. Then she started pecking at her egg. We were proactive in checking for eggs every hour and collecting them as quickly as possible, but she became erratic in her laying times and occasionally every other day. Then she pecked through an egg….egg cannibalism. I had just read that chickens don’t like mustard, so we took the egg, emptied it and filled with spicy mustard. She still ate quite a bit of it, because for the next 3 days we got eggs that were streaked with a mustard color.
    Anyway, that trick worked well and we haven’t had any problems with her since.
    But we are very hesitant to feed eggs to any of the hens.

    Sorry for the very long post, but again wanted to Thank You for the wonderful recipe.
    Sly

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