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!
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!
- Soak haricot, or other dried beans, overnight and cook for an hour. Stir this into the basic mix. You could also add cooked lentils.
- 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.
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