I will be the first to admit that I have some very spoiled backyard chickens. They get all they can eat, free range of the yard for several hours a day, lots of fresh hay in the winter, the majority of my husband’s tool shed, and now chicken cookies. Yep, that’s right I make my chickens cookies. Because let’s face it…a happy chicken is a laying chicken. My chickens are hard workers and great pets so they deserve the best.
I ran across this recipe for chicken cookies at The Prairie Homestead where she called it a flock block. I decided to give it a try since we are trying to make sure our hens get enough calories to stay warm and keep laying all winter. I thought this would be a fun way to use up some grains that needed eaten and give the girls a treat.
I think I may have to try this recipe for homemade chicken suet cake next.
2 cups mixed grains (I used quinoa, amaranth, flax, sesame, dried corn and sunflower seeds)
1 cup oats
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup wheat germ (I didn’t have any so I used flax meal)
1/2 cup raisins raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup crushed egg shell
4 eggs including shells
3/4 cup molasses (I was out so I subbed 1/2 cup maple syrup)
1/2 cup coconut oil, tallow, or lard
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Mix everything in a large bowl. I have to admit that it felt very strange to mix egg shells into a dough.
- Pour mixture into a greased pan.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.
- Cool completely before giving to chickens.