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Flock Block From “Scratch”
Make your own Flock Block from “Scratch.” Ha Ha, get it? OK, enough with the puns! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like buying something if I can make it. So. On my run to the feed mill this week, I picked up a few extra things to make my poor molting girls some flock blocks!
Hubby walked in a bit late from work and discovered a very messy experiment happening in the kitchen. Usually these experiments have an end result of him eating something sweet.
So when the feed bucket, a bag of scratch and a bag of sunflower seeds were sitting on the counter, I most certainly got a major eye roll. The chickens have now invaded the kitchen, and at first glance I don’t think he was impressed.
Fortunately, after I showed him the finished product (and a clean kitchen) I got the stamp of approval! Here is my recipe for Flock Block.
3 cups scratch
1 1/2 cup feed
2 cups black oil sunflower seeds
2 cups flour
1/2 cup egg shells
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp cinnamon
fresh or dried herbs from your garden (here I used oregano and sage)
4 eggs ( save and add the shells)
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup coconut oil or lard
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix your wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
Combine the two and mix well.
Form this mixture into pans or with a cookie cutter on a parchment lined baking sheet. I used a large heart shaped cutter. It fell a bit in the oven but when it was still warm I placed the cutter over it again and hit it with a kitchen mallet to sharpen up the edges.
Bake for 30 mins and remove to cool on a wire rack.
*If you’d like to hang it, use a toothpick to poke a hole through, while it is still warm.
*To harvest and store your own sunflower seeds check out my post here.
Looking to raise dual purpose chickens like us? Grab a copy of Dual Purpose Chickens: Raise ‘Em Like Your Grandma Did for tips from brooder box to butchering!
This post was shared on The Homesteader Hop!