Free Range Friday – Baked Dippy Eggs

If you’re thinking ahead to Christmas day breakfast and you want something more exciting than toast, why not try Baked Dippy Eggs?

This recipe has been especially designed with children in mind, so if you can tear them away from their presents for 20 minutes they can help create a delicious breakfast.

You can get the full recipe here.


Photo credit: BBC Good Food magazine

Photo credit: BBC Good Food magazine


Free Range Friday – Bacon and Egg canapes

If you’re going to be entertaining over the festive period you’re going to want some delicious canapés to wow your guests.

We’ve chosen these cute and tasty looking Bacon and Egg tartlets that are packed full of flavour for this week’s Free Range Friday recipe.

You can get the full recipe here.


Hedgerow Henporium’s brilliant warm mash recipe!

Last year we shared this amazing warming winter mash recipe from our friends at Hedgerow Henporium. Our followers loved it and now that winter is coming around again we thought it was the perfect time to share it so you can keep your hens happy and healthy this winter!

Chicken feed bucket

Warm mash keeps chickens healthy!

This recipe is not only delicious for hens but healthy and nutritious too. They’ll love pecking at the veg and they’ll get all the added vitamins they need from the “hidden” ingredients including calcium and cod liver oil.

You’ll need a large shallow dish to mix and serve the mash in.

Ingredients and method:

Use layers pellets (or your normal chicken feed) as the base which should make up about half the quantity of the other ingredients below.

Add any combination of the following veg – a few handfuls or enough for the veg to be visible will be enough:

  • Frozen sweetcorn
  • Frozen cabbage
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen spinach

To the vegetable and chicken feed mix add:

  • A tablespoon of cod liver oil
  • A tablespoon of poultry spice
  • A splash of poultry multivitamins
  • A teaspoon of cider vinegar
  • A tablespoon of garlic flakes
  • A tablespoon of ground up egg shells (for calcium) or a teaspoon of liquid calcium (optional)
  • A handful of raw flax seed/pumpkin seed
  • A handful of porridge oats (optional)
  • A single drop of oregano or thyme essential oil (very overpowering if used to excess) optional

Mix with enough water (preferably warm water) so that the mixture has a porridge like consistency. It shouldn’t be too runny and the mixture will probably get slightly thicker if you leave it to stand.

You can add more poultry spice to improve the smell – although chickens don’t seem to mind!

Once the mash is ready, just stand back and watch them eat with gusto!

Alternative combinations:

  1. Soak haricot, or other dried beans, overnight and cook for an hour. Stir this into the basic mix. You could also add cooked lentils.
  2. Boil vegetable peelings, including potato, and add the peelings with the cooking water to the basic mix. (Be sure not to use onion or garlic peelings.)

If you liked this recipe you can find more, plus great advice and poultry related discussions, at the brilliant blog – Hedgerow Henporium Chicken Chat.

Image source: South West Pine

Free Range Friday – Halloween Ghost Cupcakes!

With Halloween on it’s way we thought it was only right that our Free Range Friday recipes took on a spooky theme for the next two weeks.

This week we’ve got delicious Halloween Ghost Cupcakes from BBC’s Good Food magazine proving that Halloween food doesn’t have to be gory.

You can get the full recipe here.


Free Range Friday – Chocolate Nests with Salted Chocolate Truffle Eggs

This week we’ve got a bit of a double-whammy for Free Range Friday. The recipe comes from the Happy Egg Company who not sell free range eggs, but are also the proud supporters of the British Hen Welfare Trusts’s Free Range Friday campaign.

This recipe does take a bit of extra time and effort but if you’re looking for a really special way to finish off a dinner party or you want to give someone a delicious gift then the Chocolate Nests with Salted Chocolate Truffle Eggs are the right choice for you.

Here’s the full recipe.