After the problems we’ve been having in the coop this winter, I’ve been working get them fixed so we don’t loose any birds and put a stop to the egg loss as well. I made some feed adjustments; more oyster shells and a few grits on the side. Earlier we purchased a scratch block that has helped the boredom too. Since then I have came up with this recipe for my own scratch block of sorts.
The latest batch I made in 10 inch round cake pans and put a hole in the mixture so I could hang it in the coop. Make the girls put a little more effort into it.
2cupCrushed Egg Shellor Oyster Shells or Combination of
3cupOld Fashioned Oatsuncooked
4cupScratch Graincorn, barley, oats- your choice
5cupFeather Fixer Pellets
Place the eggs and egg shells in a blender and process until the shells are well crushed.
Place the egg/shell mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients.
Stir everything until it is well combined. I use my hands for this, they work better than a spoon.
Using 2, 10inch cake pans or any pan of your choice, grease the pans and divide the mixture between the pans (I keep mine about 2 inches thick in any pan). If you wish to hang the "brick" poke a hole in it with your finger.
Bake the "bricks" at 325 degrees for 2 hours. Allow them to cool completely before removing them from the pans.
Place them in the coop and let the chickens enjoy!