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 Post subject: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:40 am 
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I made some small cakes for the chickens yesterday. I adapted the recipe from one I found online.
My 3 week old chickens have been doing a bit of feather picking so I was trying to think of ways of keeping them busy. The cakes have been successful but I could probably have cooked them a bit longer.
I will post the recipe if any one is interested.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:57 pm 
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oh yes, please do! Sounds like a great idea!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:58 am 
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'The chicken chick' has a recipe for a flock block but I didn't have many of the ingredients listed so I just made it up.
1 cup chick crumbles, 2 cups rolled oats, polenta, ground rice and cous Cous from the pantry to make up another cup, 1/3 cup scratch (cracked),2 eggs, 1/4 cup of oil and 1-2cups of water to make a stiff but not dry mix.
I pressed the mixture into a 12hole silicone muffin tray and made a small hole in the centre of each for hanging up.
Bake in oven at 160 for 1 hour then leave in oven to dry out.
Next time I will add fresh corn instead of the scratch mixture as it was really hard work to
grind it.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:51 pm 
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Sounds really good! I will give it a try. nice tip about the cracked scratch mix! :biggrin:

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
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Great idea!!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
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I'm going to give this a go. What a great idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
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Concept is good. I never find time to make muffins for ourselves let alone chooks or horses (or sheep or goat or alpacas).

But I did bust myself wheelbarrowing horse manure up from the paddock for the chook pens this morning. That has to count for something so I've given myself a brownie point (and a shower, and a coffee and a Woolworths quinoa muffin, decandence).

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:16 pm 
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Actually, when I first read the subject of this post, I was thinking the opposite and wondering if it was in the wrong category....... :hmmm:

I was thinking 500 g minced chicken, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup of flour, 1 grated carrot, a finely chopped onion and herbs/spices to taste, mixed and formed into balls, then fried or baked (to be eaten by humans.) ....... Preferably topped with chilli sauce. I refrained from making the suggestion...... :shock:

While compost is good fun for chooks, PC, I don't have enough at the moment, and not enough ruminant poop to garnish the well rounded chicken diet.... :( good thought though. Is it true horse dung is highly nutritious?

We got some slightly out of date milk powder and breadcrumbs from work. I made up the milk and soaked the breadcrumbs in it. Chooks loved it. A bit of parsley would not have gone astray :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:52 am 
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Not sure about nutrient value: they do get un-digested seed from it. And I don't ferment poultry feed, I know there is a great deal of pro-fermentation advice around, I think the line is too thin between healthy fermented and mouldy rotten to be bothered risking it. But manure is fermented in the horse's gut so it is a natural source. Main benefit is as a soil conditioner just as in a garden, it increases healthy micro organisms in soil and brings worms to the surface, so keeps chooks actively scratching with reward - mental enrichment. Worth finding from local horse owners, generally $2 a feed bag full, good value as deep litter.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:33 am 
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I agree with PC I won't risk fermenting either.
Horse manure is apparently a good source of probiotics - although I'm not sure why an otherwise healthy animal should need a probiotic boost (maybe after a course of antibiotics) I suspect it's just another fad.
I came across an article which suggested that we may actually be risking the development of probiotic resistant bad bacteria if we overuse them.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:20 am 
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I did research and made some of my own for the chooks. I made a few extras and had family and friends try. All the chooks seemed to enjoy them. Dissapeared very quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:51 pm 
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Tell us more details Healzam! This info is really important.....
What, exactly did you give?

I believe a healthy gut flora is important for good over all ability to thrive. (meaning if we (all living things) are not properly balanced in gut flora), digestion does not work, so absorption of nutrients is lacking and health declines.) The problem I find with chickens is they can't tell us how they are feeling.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:54 pm 
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Sue55, why do we want probiotic resistant bacteria? (? Antiobiotic resistant.??) :)


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
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Can't find the article but the context was that the over use of probiotics was showing indications of bacteria developing resistance in the same way as antibiotic resistance developed.
Went looking - maybe it was antibiotic resistance.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437161/


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken cakes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:45 am 
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Okaru wrote:
Tell us more details Healzam! This info is really important.....
What, exactly did you give?

I believe a healthy gut flora is important for good over all ability to thrive. (meaning if we (all living things) are not properly balanced in gut flora), digestion does not work, so absorption of nutrients is lacking and health declines.) The problem I find with chickens is they can't tell us how they are feeling.

:)


Hi Okaru

It was purely a treat for the chickens. This is what I did.

1 cup jenco layer mash
1 cup darling downs layer mix
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup parrot seed mix
Half cup honey
1 cup coconut oil
3 eggs and shells
Half dozen eggshells

Mix all ingredients and bake at 160 degrees for 20 mins

I think I may have confused you, as I didn't try any fermentation just what they call a flock block

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