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There are several different ways you can make frozen treats for chickens. They’ll love pecking at the ice to get some frozen treats. This will also give them something to do. Idle chickens are pecking chickens after all. Keep them busy and cool this coming summer and make them a frozen treat!

Do you know what your chicken looks like when she/he is hot? If you see them standing with their wings slightly out (as if they are airing out) and panting, they are HOT.

If you live in a hot climate like we do (Florida), your chickens will need some shady areas where they can take cover from the blistering sun. They will also need plenty of water. Chickens typically drink more water on a hot day. Having access to plenty of clean, fresh water can help them stay cool.

Ingredients to Add To Frozen Treats For Chickens

I typically add whatever I have. Sometimes when we have a streak of hot days, I just add chicken feed. That way it doesn’t ruin their delicate diet. Chickens can have a slew of fruits and vegetables. You can even add canned or frozen foods to this frozen chicken treat. Below is a list of stuff you can use to make a frozen chicken treat.

  • Peas
  • Dried or fresh cranberries
  • Nuts – like unsalted peanuts
  • Seeds – such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Oats
  • Raisins
  • Green beans
  • Mealworms
  • Chicken feed

Create Your Own Frozen Chicken Treat Concotion

Get creative and come up with your own unique recipe. There are plenty more ingredients that you could add. Check the What Do Chickens Eat article to grab some more ideas! You can add just about any canned vegetable. However, don’t use canned fruits since they are usually packed in sugar water. Chickens don’t need a whole bunch of sugar in their diet.

Just remember, chickens don’t need foods that are high in fat, sugar, or salt. They also shouldn’t be eating any moldy food. So try and stay away from those kinds of foods when making homemade chicken treats.

Firstly, add the ingredients filling the pan up halfway. Next, fill the rest of the pan with water. Lastly, freeze until its a solid block of ice. Easily dislodge the ice block by running warm water over the bottom and sides of the pan. It should come right out!

Let’s talk about what you’ll need. I make frozen treats in all kinds of mediums. I use my baking pans, muffin tins, and even my popsicle molds! Frozen chicken treats are easy when you know what chickens eat! Just pop in some fun little treats, add water and then freeze. On a hot day, set the ice cube chicken treat out for the girls and the guys to go to town on.

Seeds and nut for making frozen treats for chickens

Frozen Treats For Chickens Recipe

The first recipe I made I used a star-shaped baking pan to make fun-shaped frozen chicken treats. You can use any type of pan, even muffin tins.

Ingredients

  • Chicken feed
  • Frozen peas
  • Mealworms
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chicken scratch
  • Water

    Directions: I add enough ingredients to fill the pan up about halfway. Place the ingredients in the baking pan, fill with water, and then freeze. To dislodge the ice block, run some hot water on the bottom and sides of the pan.
Frozen treat for chickens

2nd Frozen Treats Recipe

In this second recipe I used a regular round baking pan.

Ingredients

  • Frozen peas
  • Dried cranberries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Water

    Directions: I add enough ingredients to fill the pan up about halfway. Place the ingredients in the baking pan, fill with water, and then freeze. To dislodge the ice block, run some hot water on the bottom and sides of the pan.
Frozen treat for chickens

Your Chickens Will Enjoy These Treats!

On a hot summer day, these chicken treats will be welcomed by chickens and ducks! These ice block treats help keep chickens cool. Additionally, if you plan on adding chickens to your flock, this makes a great distraction! It will take some time to peck through the ice to get to the awesome treat you’ve hidden inside!

Chickens eating a frozen treat

Additional Treats for Chickens To Keep Them Cool In The Summer

Chilled grapes – cut the grapes up and chill them in the fridge.
Chilled watermelon – a cold watermelon is a great way to keep cool. As a bonus watermelon helps provide extra water that chickens need in a hot climate.
Frozen peas in a pan of water – Not only can they drink cold water to help keep them cool but they can fish for peas!
Check out Timber Creek Farmer for more suggestions.

In Summary,

There are plenty of ways to construct cooling summer treats for chickens. Your chicken will adore these frozen treats! It’s also nice when you can keep your girls busy pecking a frozen chicken treat instead of each other!

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