Jul 20, 2013

Frozen Scrambled EggPops for Chickens

This recipe to help chickens beat the heat will earn you credit toward your master's degree from Crazy Chicken Lady University. If your friends and family are not yet convinced that you have lost your chicken-lovin' mind, making Scrambled EggPops will do the trick!
This recipe to help chickens beat the heat will earn you credit toward your master's degree from Crazy Chicken Lady University. If your friends and family are not yet convinced that you have lost your chicken-lovin' mind, making Scrambled EggPops will do the trick!
In all seriousness, we have had excessive heat warnings in effect most of the week with a heat index approaching 110°F here in New England today and I have been pulling out all the stops to keep my flock safe and alive, knowing that at temperatures above 104°F, chickens can no longer regulate their own body temperatures and can die. I have been using my mister to bring down the air temperature in their shaded run, offering them watermelon, frozen fruit in ice water and keeping a bucket of cool water nearby in case of emergency, all things I discuss in my article, Beat the Heat, Helping Chickens Survive High Temps.
The orange bucket in this photo is kept 3/4 full of cool water in a central location. When I come upon a chicken that looks sleepy, listless or is panting excessively, they benefit from a refreshing dip in the emergency bucket. This cools their body temperature down quickly and can save their lives. Remember, chickens' feathers are coated with oils from their uropygial gland, so their feathers will dry up quickly and they may enjoy another dip in the orange pool later in the day.
The orange bucket in this photo is kept 3/4 full of cool water in a central location. When I come upon a chicken that looks sleepy, listless or is panting excessively, they benefit from a refreshing dip in the emergency bucket. This cools their body temperature down quickly and can save their lives. Remember, chickens' feathers are coated with oils from their uropygial gland, so their feathers will dry up quickly and they may enjoy another dip in the orange pool later in the day.
Frozen strawberries, mint leaves, lemon balm and ice cubes make a refreshing hot weather treat.
Frozen strawberries, mint leaves, lemon balm and ice cubes make a refreshing hot weather treat.

Placing treats in shady areas encourages them to stay in the shade, but not all treats are created equal. In the heat I try to offer options that contain a high water content, a high  protein content or both. Today's treat offered them both. Since chickens will eat less feed in the heat, providing them with a high protein treat in addition to a higher protein ration in their feeders allows them to eat less overall volume while continuing to meet their daily nutritional needs and what better source of protein than eggs?
Placing treats in shady areas encourages them to stay in the shade, but not all treats are created equal. In the heat I try to offer options that contain a high water content, a high  protein content or both.
Scrambled Egg Pops Recipe
Scrambled eggs
Water
Cupcake tins
Recipe? Seriously? You didn't really think I was going to insult your intelligence by telling you how to make scrambled eggs, did you? ☺
Add cooled scrambled eggs to a cupcake tin with a little water to each compartment and freeze until hardened. Run the bottom of the pan under warm water & the eggs pop right out and are ready to serve to your peeps!
Add cooled scrambled eggs to a cupcake tin with a little water to each compartment and freeze until hardened. Run the bottom of the pan under warm water & the eggs pop right out and are ready to serve to your peeps!
Add cooled scrambled eggs to a cupcake tin with a little water to each compartment and freeze until hardened. Run the bottom of the pan under warm water & the eggs pop right out and are ready to serve to your peeps!
Do not be the least bit concerned that this snack is going to cause your chickens to begin the ugly habit of  eating eggs from your nest boxes, it will not. 
I can always count on Doc Brown (White Crested Black Polish hen, shown above) to step up to the plate and  test things out first.
I can always count on Doc Brown (White Crested Black Polish hen, shown above)
to step up to the plate and  test things out first.
To say that my chickens were a little leery of this new treat would be an understatement, but that's par for the course with chickens- they just need a little time to become comfortable with any new situation. I placed the serving bowl in the stream of cold, running water from the garden hose in order to cool their feet as they enjoyed their snack. The serving bowl acted more like take-out window, however, as they promptly removed the EggPops, dropping them on the ground. 
To say that my chickens were a little leery of this new treat would be an understatement, but that's par for the course with chickens- they just need a little time to become comfortable with any new situation. I placed the serving bowl in the stream of cold, running water from the garden hose in order to cool their feet as they enjoyed their snack. The serving bowl acted more like take-out window, however, as they promptly removed the EggPops, dropping them on the ground.
When the rest of the flock got the ALL CLEAR from Doc Brown, they made quick work of their frozen treats.
Are your peeps partial to fruit? Consider making them some Frozen Fruit Smoothies! Recipe here!
Are your peeps partial to fruit? Consider making them some Frozen Fruit Smoothies!
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

75 comments :

  1. Jenn Werner-Williams7/20/13, 3:37 PM

    I love making treats for my chickens way more than I like cooking for myself!!

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  2. Robert Penland7/20/13, 3:43 PM

    Great idea Kathy!

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  3. Winter Dryden7/20/13, 3:53 PM

    Thanks, gonna try this!!!

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  4. Mary O'Neal7/20/13, 4:04 PM

    Since we have high temps until September/October I have been making as many different "sicles" as possible! Some with mint and basil - some with just green "weeds" and as many different things as I can think of........they can't wait until I bring out their afternoon "snack". Thanks for another idea!

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  5. Maria Carstensen7/20/13, 4:06 PM

    Love it :)

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  6. Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage7/20/13, 5:35 PM

    I love seeing how you love your chicks. I didn't know about the temperatures being a problem. We're hovering around 100. I'll check on my girls.

    Laura Lane

    Harvest Lane Cottage

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  7. Thank you for sharing this. My hubby made way to much scrambled eggs this morning and now I know what to do with the rest of the eggs.

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  8. Steve English7/20/13, 6:57 PM

    Where did you buy your mister ? Can't find it anywhere ?

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  9. Ginger Shannon7/20/13, 7:55 PM

    Mmmm! Eggsicles!
    What an idea! :)

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  10. Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does this kind of thing! It has been SO hot here (I'm in New England too), my gals (and guy) have been guzzling water at an unbelievable pace! I'm keeping them all in the shade, and they're doing okay - but we are ALL looking forward to a break in the heat! I've been giving them frozen fruit, watermelon, and a ton of greens, but I just may try this next time we have temps this high!

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  11. Kristen Shave7/21/13, 7:48 AM

    Thanks, Kathy! I will kep this in mind if that nasty heat wave comes back. When it started, I tried dipping some of my chcikens to cool them down... they hated me for it. So I put a fan in the coop, and gave frozen peas, strawberries or blueberris as a treat.

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  12. R.m. Hamilton Wilson7/21/13, 9:14 AM

    Somehow, in my mind, feeding eggs to chickens is just wrong. I know, I know, it's ok and good for them. Now that the heat has broken for a couple of days, I can more or less relax, but since we are going right back to it later this week, I think I'll try this one. They completely freaked out over the frozen fruit in water, and ran like crazy away from the mister. Maybe this cooling treat will help them beat the heat next time around. (they do get lots of nice cold fruits and veggies as treats. those they like! Little buggers come begging at the door for them!)

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  13. Shelia Dawn Carter7/21/13, 10:27 AM

    What a neat idea. My chickens & I will definitely be glad when this summer is over.

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  14. Patricia Stowe7/21/13, 12:42 PM

    My chickens are scared of scrambled eggs. LOL Seriously, they all run when I give them scrambled eggs.I thought it was just because they were little the first time I tried (they were scared of anything new at that point) but now that they're bigger and eating more treats I tried again and they would not go near the scrambled eggs. It's the funniest thing.

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  15. Scrambled EggPops! Who wudda thunk it?? My husband will think I'm crazy, but I'm going to try them out. I'm new to all of this, so your blog is one of the best 'investments' I've made. Thank you so much. I have a question, just to be clear - do you actually take your chicken and dunk her in the water? Like up to her neck?? I'll wait to see if you reply before I actually try it out, but this heat is so oppressive, I'd do it to help them out. Thanks!!

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  16. Wow, that pan with the strawberries in it is pretty amazing for chicken food. You know I never really thought about them eating less feed in the heat. Thanks for sharing.

    Heidi’s
    Wanderings

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  17. Trina Mechling7/22/13, 9:47 AM

    Thank you for sharing. I love learning new tricks on taking care of the flock and seeing your pictures is so great.

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  18. What an eggcellent idea!!!! Can't wait to try this. Ours ADORE scrambled eggs!!
    🐥

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  19. Little Red Hen7/22/13, 11:56 AM

    Oh my, I must be half way to my Masters Degree. My chickens have been enjoying "Eggsicles" for the last several weeks. Sometimes I serve them on a bed of frozen "worms". I cook different colors of spaghetti, broken into 3-4 inch pieces and freeze them. It creates delightful mayhem when they play keepaway.

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  20. Mattina Meagher7/22/13, 1:08 PM

    Love the idea!!

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  21. Terry Kessinger7/22/13, 3:03 PM

    Kathy, you mentioned above that the orange bucket was for the chickens to take a dip to stay/keep cool. Is that for them to take a dip on their own, or should we try and dunk them? I'm new with chickens and don't want to misunderstand. I can't imagine dunking them, but if that would help them in the severe heat, I'd try it. Thanks!

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  22. TheChickenChick7/22/13, 5:36 PM

    It is for emergencies, when they are obviously overheated. Dipping them into the bucket for a few minutes up to their necks can save their lives.

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  23. TheChickenChick7/22/13, 6:48 PM

    Lowe's, Steve.

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  24. TheChickenChick7/22/13, 6:56 PM

    Yes, Terry, I actually have done it on numerous occasions. Some appreciate it less than others, but I don't do it to make them happy, I do it to keep them alive.

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  25. Kathy check out my 'Mad Scientist' recipe for something similar to this. https://www.facebook.com/ForTheLoveOfChickenPoop. Our chickens are in need of extra calcium so I hope this works and they love their eggsicles!

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  26. Such great information you provide us!!!! Thank you!!!

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  27. Going to try scrambled egg pops while hoping I win a giveaway- thanks!

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  28. I LOVE your site. I've had chickens through the years but when we moved to our new location a pack of dogs came through and wiped out the entire flock. I have been reluctant to rebuild, but I hate NOT having my flock. Your site is full of valuable information that I will be using. I love the sand and dropping board suggestions - they will be going into the new coop. Thank you so much for your time and sharing.

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  29. Carolle Mallette Cox7/27/13, 11:50 AM

    I don't need to win the waterer....I HAVE one! If anyone thinks this isn't something they want, please reconsider your opinion. Our girls absolutely love theirs. It's in a shady spot (we live in Florida) to keep the water cooler, and one of the girls is almost always there, pecking at it. Now, some of the other giveaways are another story entirely!

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  30. Deb Brauneller Berning7/27/13, 12:06 PM

    Would love to win the fountain as I'm concerned about freezing water this winter with 2L bottles and nipples. Thanks for the giveaway. We eat eggs here ourselves and would never feed them to the chickens but yours look like they enjoy them. Thanks for all the info. Many times your chickens eat better than we do. :)

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  31. I LOVE your chicken village!

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  32. TheChickenChick7/27/13, 11:58 PM

    Thanks Natalie. :)

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  33. Beverly Harris McDougle7/28/13, 11:03 AM

    I just love this blog and all th great pictures of Rachel and Blaze.

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  34. We have horses as well as chickens outside, and while my husband and I have discussed a money limit on how much to spend on vet care for the horses, we have not discussed the limit we would spend on the chickens. I'm not even sure our vets know anything about chickens and since we live in a small, rural town, we don't have choices about vet care. Thanks for making me think!

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  35. Alma Barraza7/28/13, 12:56 PM

    I could really use The Chicken Fountain. I am a first time chicken mama and currently suffering from chicken math, I started with 3 chickens and now have 8 and some eggs in my little incubator! :)

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  36. Melinda Vaikasiene7/28/13, 2:42 PM

    love the chicken nipples, but this waterer would be soooo much better. going to try the egg cycles for the next hot run of weather. My chickens loved the frozen watermelon. Just beginning to introduce my newbies to my 19 weeks olds. Wish me luck.

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  37. I don't have chickens at this time, but I so love to hear all the stories. I had to read about egg Popsicles what a hoot. I give my dogs frozen snack pops and they love them so why not chickens. I may have to buy some chickens just to join in the fun.
    Bev

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  38. Lol, Beverly. You'll wonder why you didn't get chickens sooner! ;)

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  39. YeNice recipe idea and blog. I have water water everywhere. They also have a child's pool. And plenty of shade. :) it was 92° here in jeffersonville, Indiana yesterday whoa!!!

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  40. Love the chicken fountain idea. waiting "patiently" to get ours

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  41. Julie Waters Hawke6/17/14, 9:33 AM

    What an awesome idea, scrambled egg pops! I'm a newbie, and my chickens are about 3 months old. I live in Pensacola, Fl, so it gets hot. I would love to have a waterer :))))). I love all your info and you have helped me out a lot, thank you so much. I'm so grateful I found you on here :). And I just love all your beautiful chickens and the awesome stories.

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  42. Mary Ann Scarberry6/17/14, 9:59 AM

    Kathy, I am so going to do this for my girls! They do so much for me! Providing me with entertainment, eggs, and companionship, it's the least I can do. Thanks for the tip! Keep them coming!

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  43. Well, this is another stroke of genius from the Chicken Chick!

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  44. Ellen Belshin6/17/14, 10:41 AM

    I am still in the process of building the coop and run for my girls. Just this last weekend, I installed a misting system directly into their new run. it works great! We are in central Texas here and it gets up in the triple digits here a lot. My chicks love scrambled eggs so I can't wait to try the frozen egg pops!

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  45. Patty Dottavio6/17/14, 10:48 AM

    Thanks for the tip. Love your blog, look forward to it each day to start mine right. I go out and tell my girls how yours are and give them the latest each morning. My own Rachel can't wait to see me at the gate!

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  46. David Scarborough6/17/14, 12:41 PM

    Also take very special care to provide even more fresh water if you feed higher protein treats. Metabolically, protein consumes the most water in order to digest, so dehydration risk is increased when consuming higher protein.

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  47. Alison Drouillard6/17/14, 12:59 PM

    This is a great idea. I have an abundance of eggs right now so that is a great use. How long can they be frozen for and do you thaw them before giving to them?

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  48. Cindy Sherman Mooney6/17/14, 1:20 PM

    Going to have to try the egg pops!

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  49. Nancy Wildermuth6/17/14, 1:24 PM

    Great article....I do anything to keep my peeps happy....mister, shade cover, fans, a bath dip I will try. It's 97 here in NW OHIO. Not complaining after the winter we had but it's hot and muggy! We do have a nice breeze, so that helps. Thanks for making me laugh!

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  50. Thanks for this idea! We've been freezing blueberries, grapes and watermelon.

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  51. meaghdalena6/17/14, 4:08 PM

    I love the names of all your chickens. :)

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  52. Great idea! I'm gonna try it!

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  53. Anne Hicks Weller6/17/14, 6:33 PM

    When i cut up watermelon for my family i
    Make watermelon ice cubes for the chickens. I also freeze the rinds and give them those too

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  54. Casey Billups6/17/14, 7:04 PM

    I have a feeling I know what I will see my wife making tonight... :)

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  55. Julie Lynch6/17/14, 7:30 PM

    I have to try this....sounds a bit crazy, but by George, brilliant! Thank you for a great article!

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  56. Julie Lynch6/17/14, 7:32 PM

    Do chicken swim? Do they like a baby pool to cool off in? Just wondering...

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  57. Making some of these tomorrow. It's getting plenty hot down here in Florida. Thanks Kathy ♡

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  58. Nana Rominger6/17/14, 11:18 PM

    try coloring them red

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  59. Karen Litfin Wolfe Kohl6/18/14, 12:39 AM

    Cool I must try this! I live in Pennsylvania and its been hot and humid so trying to find things to help cool my babies. The coop is being built slowly and Colonel Roo and Lady Di and then I have 9 littles that are getting big sure do enjoy the funny things they do. I need to get a Mister like you have to use for them to keep cool.

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  60. Pam Woodward6/18/14, 12:59 AM

    I love reading your stories!! I have 10 chicks.....started out with 6 and well....4 needed a home so we added 4 more! Four Buff Orpingtons, 3 Barrd Rock and 3 Australoops.....I have a "gang" in one corner and another "gang" in another. They hate each other :( What do you suggest????

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  61. Valerie Gruber6/18/14, 9:44 AM

    Question: I have a mixed red that i had to rescue about 2 mo ago from the coop. The others had plucker her bald and made a complete feast of her vent. It was prolapsed, horribly bloody and it looked like a lost cause. Thought i was going to lose her. I brought her to the hubbys garage and put her in our dog kennel. Over the next week i brought her into the house and did warm soaking baths to the vent, applied prep H and Veterycin, applied gentle pressure to the vent to get back in. Proudly to say after a week of that she healed. Then we kept applying the Veterycin to her bald little body for feather regrowth and she is now the most beautiful red head i have seen. We want to intergrate her back to the coop. The hubby has taken her and dog kennel out and placed it outside of the run so the others and her can reaquaint...not looking so good. The others are coming to the run fence and they seem to be having quite a few disagreements, both verbally and physically. How long will the integration process take? Is there something different i should do? or has it been too long out of population to intergrate her back in? Thank you so much!!

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  62. Glenda Gregory Creech7/8/14, 1:37 PM

    I'm giving this a try today!

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  63. That is a great idea!

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  64. Don O'Connor III7/19/14, 7:19 PM

    my girls use the pool to drink out of

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  65. Silly girl.... our dual purpose chickens are regularly out in 110-115+ temps here in the desert southwest. Never a problem and we don't give them misters, popsicles or anything for that matter. Turns out, they're birds. They're going to be alright. ;)

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  66. Great info. I've got an old Bundt pan I've put in the freezer and whenever I'm peeling/cleaning fruit or veggies, I put the scraps in the bundt pan, barely cover with water and just keep going until it's full. Then I put it in a ZipLoc bag and in the freezer it stays until we get a hot day. The pan just goes back in the freezer to continue building another one!

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  67. Grace Herkimer Epstein7/19/14, 8:08 PM

    You're too much! :-) frozen smoothies?! Lots of good advice though! Thanks!

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  68. Wonderful idea. I'm going to make this for my feather friends :-)

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  69. Susan Frank Cooper7/19/14, 8:37 PM

    I've been giving mine frozen watermelon. We live in the desert of Nevada and have been over 100* these past 2 weeks. I worried about protein, so I think I will scramble some eggs and freeze it in a bundt pan - bigger so it stays frozen longer.

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  70. Wendy Cunningham7/20/14, 2:09 AM

    I made these a lot last summer and my 2 girls loved them!!

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  71. Lavender Chick7/20/14, 4:45 AM

    Egg-cellent ideas. Whenever I go to my kids home for bbq, I can count on a bag of water mellon rinds. They quit asking why.....

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  72. Dennis Doyle7/20/14, 11:13 AM

    cool idea

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  73. Roxane McCain8/1/14, 4:13 AM

    I think that's a great idea. Looking forward to trying.

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  74. My Five Girls10/24/14, 7:58 AM

    My husband scared one of my Polish Hens with the weed wacker. She flew into our pool and to his amazement, swam (?!) over to the ladder and hopped out! So, yes, chix do swim.

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