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"How to Make a DIY Flock Block: The Perfect Homemade Treat for Your Chickens"



Lala's Farm Flock Block for Chickens
Homemade Flock Block for Chickens

DIY Flock Block: A Homemade Treat for Happy Chickens

Chickens are not just livestock; they're also beloved members of many households, providing eggs, entertainment, and companionship. As chicken keepers, it's essential to ensure they're not only well-fed but also mentally stimulated and entertained. One way to achieve this is by making homemade flock blocks, a delightful treat that not only keeps your chickens occupied but also provides them with essential nutrients.


### Why Homemade Flock Blocks?

Commercial flock blocks are readily available, but making your own has several advantages:


1. Cost-Effective: Homemade flock blocks are often cheaper than store-bought ones, especially if you use leftover ingredients.

 

2. Customizable: You have full control over the ingredients, allowing you to tailor the block to your chickens' nutritional needs and preferences.


3. Reduce Waste: Making flock blocks is an excellent way to use up leftovers or scraps from your kitchen, reducing waste.


### Ingredients You'll Need:

- Grains: Use a mix of grains such as oats, wheat, barley, or corn. These provide carbohydrates and energy.


 - Protein: Incorporate protein sources like dried mealworms, sunflower seeds, or crushed nuts to support muscle development and overall health.


- Binding Agent: Molasses, honey, or peanut butter can act as a binder to hold the ingredients together.


- Extras: Feel free to add extras like fruits, vegetables, or herbs for added flavor and nutrition. Examples include grated carrots, chopped apples, or dried herbs like oregano and parsley.




### DIY Flock Block Recipe:

1. Prepare Your Ingredients: Gather all your ingredients and chop any large pieces into smaller, manageable sizes.


2. Mixing: In a large mixing bowl, combine your grains, protein sources, and extras. Ensure an even distribution of ingredients for balanced nutrition.


3. Binding: Heat your chosen binding agent slightly to make it easier to mix. Pour it over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.


4. Molding: Transfer the mixture into a round cake pan . Place parchment paper and pour the mixed ingredients into the paper. spread the ingredients and lightly but firmly pat the the ingredients down into the pan until flat and level.


5. Setting: Place the pan in the oven at 325 for 30 minutes , remove, create a small round hole with end of a wooden spoon, this hole can be use to hang the flock block with twine or a thin rope . Place pan in fridge or to cool and allow the block to set and firm up.


6. Feeding: Once the block is firm, remove lift the parchment paper with the flock block and place it in your chickens' coop or run. Watch as your chickens peck and nibble away at their homemade treat!


Homemade flock blocks are a simple yet effective way to provide your chickens with a nutritious treat while keeping them entertained. Experiment with different ingredients and recipes to find the perfect combination for your flock. Remember to monitor your chickens' intake and adjust the recipe as needed to ensure they're getting a balanced diet. With a little creativity and effort, you can treat your feathered friends to a homemade delight they'll love!


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