This Christmas, why not make your hens a festive treat? This homemade seed block recipe will keep your flock happy and busy for hours, plus it’s got some nutritional goodness in it too.
NOTE: we must point out that it can only be made from within a vegan kitchen, as it is illegal to feed scraps or any food to your hens from a non-vegan kitchen. For more information please see our page on feeding hens.
All you need:
- 250g mixed corn
- 125g layers mash
- 90g rolled oats
- 65g sunflower seeds
- 20g wheat germ
- 25g wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 eggs
- 170g black treacle
- 108g coconut oil, warmed to be a liquid (120ml)
- Preheat oven to 160 C.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pat into several small baking dishes so your blocks are approximately five centimetres thick. Three 15 centimetres round cake pans work perfectly. (Optional, use a chopstick to make a hole in each block so you can hang them in the run.)
- Bake for 30 minutes, then cool completely. Run a knife around the inside rim of each pan and turn upside down to remove the block.
- Serve to a flock of very happy hens. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen and then defrosted as needed. Serve in small, limited amounts as a treat so your hens don’t overindulge; no more than a teaspoon of treats per hen per day is the suggested portion.
Don’t forget to tag us in your successful seed block photos; we’d love to see if your hens approve!