You may or may not know that husband-extraordinaire and I have five Sugar Babies (grand kids), which we hope are going to be the next generation to love farm life. We're steering them that way anyway -- and we'll see what sticks.
Just like our kids when they were young, chickens are a big fascination for my sugars here on the flower farm. What we didn't have at that time when my kids were young and in 4H was a seriously fun and well-written chicken book designed just for them.
Melissa Caughey of Tilly's Nest has an uber-cool book called A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens that you really need to get your hands on if you have chicken-loving kids around your place, too. (Read my full book review here at About Homesteading.)
Aside from great guidance for kids on chicken care, Melissa's book is also loaded with all kinds of DIY projects, recipes, and crafts. Crispy Treats is one example of a snack that's easy for kids to whip up in the kitchen for their feathered friends.
Crispy Treats for Chickens (by Melissa Caughey)
- 2 Cups of puffed rice or wheat cereal (sugar-free)
- 1 cup cracked corn
- 1 cup of sunflower seeds (for birds)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1 package of unflavored gelatin
- 3 Tablespoons of honey
- Cooking spray
1. Lightly coat the bottom of a 13 X 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
2. Mix the cereal, corn, and sunflower seeds into a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the water flour, gelatin, and honey together.
4. Add the dry ingredients (the first bowl) to the wet ingredients (second bowl). Mix them together with your hands.
5. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and spread it out evenly.
6. Cut into four even pieces.
7. Let them dry and harden in the pan overnight before you give them to the flock.
8. You can place it in an outdoor bird suet feeder or just in their food pan.
My copy of A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens has been handed off to my sugar babies, but I also get to give one away to one of your kids or grand kids!
Super simple entries here ~
Congratulations, Ana McGowan-Sissom!