A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION:
their diet, use sources of protein that chickens would naturally supplement
their own diets with if they had to fend for themselves; stick with grains,
seeds and insects- don’t grill them up a hamburger, for instance- chickens would not
ordinarily hunt down a cow in the wild.
scraps as a source of protein can result in an imbalance of phosphorous…”
which increases a chicken’s susceptibility to parasitic infection.”3
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
High protein diets should not be fed to chickens willy-nilly any time of year. “Protein in excess, particularly protein of poor digestibility, leads to increased water intake to allow the excretion of higher uric acid levels. Undigested excess protein may be fermented by bacteria in the lower bowel, leading to loose droppings, and the condition known as ‘hock-burn’ in chickens.” 2 Only supply extra protein when appropriate, such as during a molt.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Excessive treats, even healthy treats, can cause any of the following: obesity, reduced egg production, malformed eggs, habitual laying of multiple-yolked eggs, vent prolapse, a protein deficiency, feather-picking, fatty liver syndrome, increased risk of heat stroke and heart problems. Molt muffins should be offered sparingly. A maximum of approximately two tablespoons of any treat per day is a reasonable portion size for a chicken.
this recipe can be substituted with a substantially similar item- I used what I had on-hand.
350°F. Grease 36 muffin cups well. (skip the muffin papers, they stick)
ingredients well, fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake 40 minutes.
let muffins sit in the oven another 10 minutes for the dense, hard texture
we’re looking for. The chickens would make quick work of a light and fluffy
molt muffin and that’s no fun. If your molt muffins aren’t rock hard, simply leave them on the counter for a day or two to dry out.
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