DIY Homemade Flock Blocks For Chickens

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My friend Heather from Massachusetts recently whipped up a batch of homemade flock blocks for her chickens. Today she is sharing her recipe. Thanks Heather!!

homemade flock blocks for chickensThis is so easy you won’t even believe it!

Baby it is ccccold outside!  Last night we got our first storm here in New England. So yesterday I cleaned the coop, filled up their food, cleaned their water out, and made a batch of homemade flock blocks!

The great thing about flock blocks is they are made of good stuff for the birds, easier than making cookies, they make your house smell great, and I get a sense of job-well-done because I made it myself.

The only bags of seed mixes my local feed store had were big enough to last me three winters worth of flock blocks, but that’s ok because each bag was $5-7 which is almost half the price of one flock block from the store. The other ingredients you probably have laying around.
homemade flock blockIngredients:
4 cups scratch grains {usually cracked corn, oats, barley, etc – or whatever mix they have at your feed store}
2 cups layer feed
2 cups oats {regular oatmeal oats}
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup whole wheat flour {whatever you have in your cupboard is fine}
1/2 cup wheat germ {I had wheat bran so I used that instead}
1/2 cup crushed egg shells or oyster grit
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper {good for their immune system}
6 eggs {weird I know, but think of it like a gelling unit}
1 cup molasses
1 cup solid-at-room-temperature oil {shortening or coconut}

DIY Homemade Flock Blocks For Chickens
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another bowl. The next step is kinda messy so lay out whatever pans you will be using. The pan size doesn’t really matter but it will affect your cook time so take that into account. I chose a small size so I can give them treats more often and… I have a whopping flock of four! Ha!

Now take off your rings and mix together with your hands – trust me, this is the only easy way to do this. :) When you’re done mixing you should be able to squeeze the mixture and it stays in a form.

homemade flock blocks for chickensNext, load up your pans. And press the mixture down tight and flatten so it’s smooth on top to make your type-A self happy. :) If you want to hang your flock blocks {you can also just lay it on a plate} poke a hole in it with a chopstick so you can thread it with twine later.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 mins. It will turn a dark brown and the hole will look like it’s disappeared – it hasn’t, just poke it again. This part is really important – let it cool for HOURS. If you try to remove them from the pans while it’s hot, the flock blocks will fall apart and you may cry a little {ask me how I know}.

Run a knife around the edges because the molasses makes a little crust. Once it’s cooled – I let mine cool overnight {overnight is probably not necessary but I was traumatized from the previous attempt}, thread some garden twin through the hole and you’re done.

homemade flock blocks for chickens

Roadrunner was a big fan of the flock block – Agnus and Mr. {really a misses} Bubblesworth where too busy checking out the camera {Goldfinger is camera shy}.

Tip: don’t leave your flock block in the rain – it will dissolve.

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Comments

  1. Hi,
    Happy Warm New Year!!!
    I hope it’s much warmer for you than here in the upper midwest. Our highs for Jan 5 predicted to be -5 and Jan 6 a -15. No that’s not a typo it negative aka below zero before the windchills. burrrrrrrrr

    I do want to thank you for all the time you put in your newsletter. It’s the one thing I look forward to each day after work.

    Substution:
    The wheat germ/bran caught my attention. These are not eually valued in nutitional inputs. The germ is the like the egg of the seed, the endosperm that’s the part used to make flour is the bulk of the seed, the bran is the seedcoat. Bran doesn’t have real nutritive value but to clean out the colon. The germ on the other hand is full of nutrition vitamins, proteins, and essential oils.
    So, if you were calculating the nutritional value in the feedblocks it will be less with wheatbran than with wheatgerm. Thus your effecting the nutritional outcome of your eggs. If you just filler ok, but cornmeal or just extra whole grain flour would have given more nutritional inpact. (Just want you to have happy chickens so you have more eggs.) :)
    PS for counting the weight of eggs the average large egg weighs 1 ounce.

    (I’ve a minor in agronomy, and I’ve a family full of allergies so I’ve been studying the nutritional and substiting values of foods for over a decade. Sometimes I feel like a short order cook at home because of all the differences in diets. And like you we have to stay in a tight food budget. I garden and bulk buy when able. For family of 6 half are teens, we’ve got $300 monthly cap & usaully we stay closer to $200 groceries.)

    Thank you again.
    Brenda

  2. Alli Aplet says:

    Hiya Mavis,

    I was wondering if you have ever tried fermenting your chicken food or growing your own forage ? I found both ideas on Pinterest and have tried the fermented chicken food (which I purchase at Costco and the chickens love!). I am wanting to try sprouting barley as apparently you can turn a 50 pound sack of feed grade barley into 300 pounds of highly nutritious sprouted feed for your wonderful egg producers (and other livestock as well). Wondered what you thought?
    Thank you for all you do Mavis, I really enjoy your dedication and hard work. So often I look at your posts and just wonder at the time and work you put into them!
    Kindly,
    Allison Aplet

  3. This is going to be my recipe if it works….(what I had on hand)
    2 cups oatmeal
    2 cups starter feed
    2 cups scratch
    2 tbsp cinnamon
    1 tbsp cayenne pepper
    1 egg and shell
    1/2 cup egg shell finely crushed
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    2 cups chopped apples
    2 cups applesauce
    1 cup kayro syrup
    1/2 cup hamburger drained fat at room temperature.
    and a few LIVE BUGS!! (yes I collected live june bugs from outside!)
    Pre-heat oven to 350.
    Mix all wet ingredients together. Mix all dry ingredients together. Spray non-stick in all pans.
    Mix all ingredients together well. Put into pans and pack flat tightly. With end of wooden spoon put hole in for hanging. Cook for 1-2 hrs on 350. Turn oven off and let cool completely. (I’m gonna let cool over night as well) Then carefully pop out of pans. (run a knife around the inside rim of each pan and invert to remove the block.) Put string through hole and hang in coop. Place remainder in plastic wrap and serve to chickens when they seem bored!

  4. Thank you so much for this! I can’t wait to make them for my flock of 8 chickens. I had bought one a while ago at our local feed store and I was shocked how fast they ate the whole dang thing! That was a very, very expensive chicken snack! LOL We give our girls cottage cheese most days and this will be a nice additional treat for them. Pinned this to my chicken board so I can find my way back to your site to look around some more. Thanks again!!

  5. maria lewis says:

    I love this. Plan on making this for my flock of over 100.

  6. I just made a batch of there and they turned out great! I added quinoa flakes and chia seeds along with lentil and bulgar. I tried to make it higher protein because my girls are finishing their second juvenile moult. I like the recipe because it allows you to be flexible with the ingredients. You could make batches for different purposes…maybe one with electrolytes for broody hens or birds who are showing.
    I made mine into baseball and softball sized balls amd put a hole through the middle. They worked out really well and the girls got a kick out of them. The recipe yielded 9 balls and two flat blocks from a standard bread pan. Great yield and an easy recipe.
    I am going to put one in my cages for birds staying at longer shows. Some shows are three or four days, so this will help with boredom!

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