Homemade DIY Flock Block For Chickens Recipe

Homemade DIY Flock Block For Chickens Recipe Cover Image

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that my hens get spoilt and have lots of snacks.

I’ve even written about their favorite 9 healthy snacks and table scraps!

However, one of their absolute favorite snacks is flock block.

During this time of year, flock blocks are fantastic. My hens love to peck and when the ground freezes over they can’t peck. My solution… homemade flock block.

It keeps there attention for hours.

This is a very simple way to give your birds something to relieve the boredom of winter and help them with extra nutrition and calories to keep them warm!

Unfortunately some of the commercial flock blocks have added sugars which chickens’ don’t need. Not only that but they can be expensive- you can easily spend $20 a week on it.

After a few experiments, I’ve managed to make a good alternative recipe that doesn’t have any added sugars or unnecessary ingredients.

It is also much cheaper to make your own and what’s not to like about saving money?

Homemade Flock Block Ingredients and Equipment

  • 2lb of suet (you can use bacon drippings, but the block will not set as well).
  • 2 cups of scratch/grains
  • 1 gallon plastic jug with the top one third cut off
  • Large saucepan/stock pot
  • A chain (if you intend to hang the block). I tend to hang my blocks- this way it makes it difficult for rodents to access it and the Beagles’ can’t steal it! If you want to make it as a simple block, omit the chain.
Flock block container and chain
Container and chain to hang the flock block

DIY Flock Block Recipe

  1. Cut the suet into small chunks, they will melt quicker. Then place the chunks into the stock pot- low to medium heat.

Note: Be careful not to splash the fat onto the burners- you do not want a kitchen fire! Keep it low, go slow and don’t leave it unattended!

Cutting Suet
Cutting Suet to add to flock block
  1. When the suet/fat is nearly melted (a few lumps won’t matter), turn off heat.

    Cooking Suet To Make Flockblock
    The suet is nearly melted now so take it off the heat.
  2. Stir in scratch/grains so that they are well incorporated. There should be enough grains to be evenly distributed through the fat. Use more grains if you need to.Adding Grains to Flock Block
  3. Now, with the plastic contain, position your chain/rope so that it is central.flock block container
  4. Pour the mixture into the plastic jug- be careful, it’s hot!Pouring mixture into container
  5. Set aside and leave to cool and set overnight.Homemade Flock Block Set
  6. In the morning, when the block has set, cut away the plastic container and hang the block for your chickens!Chickens Eating Homemade Flock Block

Be careful not to overfeed your girls with the flock block.

Too much fat is bad for them and can cause problems whilst laying eggs.

When I first made this for the girls, I gave it to them all the time, but I started getting some rubber eggs (eggs that don’t have shells). It turned out my girls enjoyed the flock block so much they had stopped eating their protein rich feed which they need to lay eggs.

After I removed the flock block within 2 weeks they were back to laying normal eggs, but it’s something to bear in mind- anything in excess isn’t good! Now I only give them the flock block during the winter months, as it helps fatten them up during the cold months.

This block should last a flock of 12 hens around a week or so.

If you’re looking for other treats to grow for you hens, why not check out how I grow mealworms for my hens.

I hope your girls love it as much as mine do!

Let us know how you got on making your own flock block… Do you have your own recipe that you use?



Comments

  1. Sandi says

    I was just wondering about a food snack that is poisonous for humans, can the chickens eat rhubarb leaves &I if not is it safe to add to compost? Sorry for such a long question.

    • The Happy Chicken Coop says

      Hi Sandi,

      I wouldn’t feed my girls rhubarb leaves- they are poisonous and can cause your girls a lot of harm!

      Best to avoid 🙂

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