Jul 9, 2014

Frozen Fruit Smoothie, Helping Chickens Beat the Heat

Whatever chicken keepers can do to keep chickens hydrated on hot days is encouraged. I make this frozen fruit smoothie ice ring for my chickens to help them beat the heat and they love it! When water is added to the ice ring, POW, Pullet Punch! Not only does the icy cold water encourage hydration, it gives chickens a natural sugar boost during energy-sapping weather when feed intake declines.
A plentiful supply of water is never more essential to the basic survival of chickens than in hot weather. Since chickens do not have sweat glands, they rely on evaporative cooling techniques to give off body heat and regulate their internal temperatures. When the mercury hits the mid 80°F range, a chicken will begin to pant and spread its wings away from its body in an effort to dissipate body heat. At that point heat stress causes water consumption to double or quadruple and the danger of heat stroke and death are very real. Whatever chicken keepers can do to keep chickens hydrated on hot days is encouraged. I make this frozen fruit smoothie ice ring for my chickens to help them beat the heat and they love it! When water is added to the ice ring, POW, Pullet Punch! Not only does the icy cold water encourage hydration, it gives chickens a natural sugar boost during energy-sapping weather when feed intake declines.
Whatever chicken keepers can do to keep chickens hydrated on hot days is encouraged. I make this frozen fruit smoothie ice ring for my chickens to help them beat the heat and they love it! When water is added to the ice ring, POW, Pullet Punch! Not only does the icy cold water encourage hydration, it gives chickens a natural sugar boost during energy-sapping weather when feed intake declines.
INGREDIENTS:
Bananas
Strawberries
Mint leaves
Water
Any fruit can be substituted for those listed- this is less a recipe than a fun technique. Of course, vegetables can also be used, but...personally, I prefer sweet treats to pureed veggies on a hot day.
Any fruit can be substituted for those listed- this is less a recipe than a fun technique. Of course, vegetables can also be used, but...personally, I prefer sweet treats to pureed veggies on a hot day.
HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS:
Freeze a metal pan or plastic container of any shape (I employed the bunt pan I use when I make our family's annual Christmas punch ice ring because it's the only pan that fits in my freezer.)
Place some sliced strawberries and/or strawberry hulls on the bottom of the frozen pan and place pan in freezer. (this ensures that the strawberries will be visible on the top of the ice ring after unmolding.)
Place some sliced strawberries and/or strawberry hulls on the bottom of the frozen pan and place pan in freezer. (this ensures that the strawberries will be visible on the top of the ice ring after unmolding.)
In a blender or food processor, place one of the fruits or mint and cover with as much water as desired. Blend until liquefied and set aside. Repeat this step with each remaining ingredient.
In a blender or food processor, place one of the fruits or mint and cover with as much water as desired. Blend until liquefied and set aside. Repeat this step with each remaining ingredient.
When the strawberries are frozen to the bottom of the pan, add strawberry puree to the pan and freeze until solid.
When the strawberries are frozen to the bottom of the pan, add strawberry puree to the pan and freeze until solid. 
When the strawberries are frozen to the bottom of the pan, add strawberry puree to the pan and freeze until solid.
Repeat the blending process with each remaining ingredient. Add mint leaves and/or chopped fruit in between layers of puree. 
Repeat the blending process with each remaining ingredient. Add mint leaves and/or chopped fruit in between layers of puree.
While we think of mint as refreshing in hot weather due to its mouth-feel, it does not, in fact, have cooling properties on a chicken's body temperature. Not only does mint NOT reduce a chicken's body temperature, they do not even perceive the minty mouth-feel we feel due to their extremely limited taste buds,.
A NOTE ABOUT CHICKENS & MINT
While we think of mint as refreshing in hot weather due to its mouth-feel, it does not, in fact, have cooling properties on a chicken's body temperature. Not only does mint NOT reduce a chicken's body temperature, they do not even perceive the minty mouth-feel we feel due to their extremely limited taste buds,. "Chickens have almost no taste buds...humans have over 10,000 taste buds, while chickens have 20-30.Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc, aka: The Chicken Vet
So, certainly use mint if you have it, but do not suffer the false impression that it is helping lower their body temperature. It will not.
certainly use mint if you have it, but do not suffer the false impression that it is helping lower their body temperature. It will not.
Unmold ice ring by submerging the pan half way in a pan of warm water. Place ice ring in a large bowl of water and let the chickens have at it. 
I use my cheapo punch bowl to serve Pullet Punch- don't judge!
(I use my cheapo punch bowl to serve Pullet Punch- don't judge! ☺)
When the chickens have had their fill of Pullet Punch, remove it from the yard so as not to attract flies!
**NOTE** When the chickens have had their fill of Pullet Punch, remove it from the yard so as not to attract flies
Have a fly problem already? Check out this article on my blog for more than 15 tips for controlling flies around the chicken coop.
heck out this article on my blog for more than 15 tips for controlling flies around the chicken coop.
Another frozen treat that does double duty as a protein-packed summer snack is Scrambled EggPops!
Another frozen treat that does double duty as a protein-packed summer snack is Scrambled EggPops!
For MUCH more information about how to help chickens beat the heat, check out this article on my blog!
For MUCH more information about how to help chickens beat the heat, check out this article on my blog!
Sources & additional reading:
Metabolism 

346 comments :

  1. Allison Spradlin7/9/14, 5:17 PM

    Well, looks like I'm going to have to get to making something for our chickens

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  2. Jamie Schlaht7/9/14, 5:19 PM

    Great idea and recipe! PS. I would love to win a bag of Koop Clean :)

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  3. Yum thanks for this recipe!

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  4. Tracy Berthiaume Kasperski7/9/14, 5:20 PM

    Another great article! Thank you! :)

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  5. That is so cute! I will give it a try :)

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  6. Julia Grammer7/9/14, 5:23 PM

    I am definately doing this! Thanks for the great tips and a chance to win an awesome prize!

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  7. Will definitely try the smoothie. Would live to win too. Thanks, Kathy

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  8. Koop Clean is a product that I have been wanting to try.

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  9. Heather Olson7/9/14, 5:27 PM

    Really want to try some Koop Clean! And what a great way to keep the girls cool! I'm going to make up a batch tonight. :)

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  10. Would love to try this product! Maybe this will be my lucky week!

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  11. How long will it keep them cool? My son wants to try a portable swamp cooler in the co-op. Yet it doesn't work at 100 degrees or higher and we get multiple 'over 100' days each year.

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  12. Sandy Curran7/9/14, 5:30 PM

    Love the prizes...hope I win!

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  13. Lisa Sutton Killian7/9/14, 5:33 PM

    I'm going to make this! Thank you for the give a way.

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  14. Will have to try pullet punch!

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  15. Barbara Sherman7/9/14, 5:35 PM

    I cannot get Koop clean in Colorado. I would love to win this.

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  16. Ruth Miller7/9/14, 5:35 PM

    I have been using frozen berries and water .. they have been getting kick out of it "bobing for blueberries " chicken style

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  17. I love the smoothie idea!!

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  18. Good tip! We give them strawberries and water melon but it would be fun to freeze, even just as ice cubes!

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  19. Margo Seely Giunta7/9/14, 5:39 PM

    Would dearly love to win this...We just drove 30 miles to get it where it supposedly is sold, and they never heard of it!! Soooooooooo disappointed!!

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  20. Victoria Eubanks7/9/14, 5:39 PM

    Good info to know!

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  21. Sally Mills Ross7/9/14, 5:41 PM

    I would love to win this to go into my new chicken coop!

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  22. Love it! I just filled ice cube trays with blueberries, peas, cantaloupe, celery, cucumbers and meal worms to help my girls beat the Texas heat!

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  23. Judi Tilley7/9/14, 5:45 PM

    This would be great to win and try out.


    Do you still recommend the sand in their coop or just in their run? I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go -- sand or shavings? Trying sand in the coop now, but am worried it would be chilly in the winter on their little feet.

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  24. Lorilei Matteson7/9/14, 5:46 PM

    Wanna try this..

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  25. courtney galle7/9/14, 5:47 PM

    Can't wait to try this!! So fun!

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  26. Barb Bartel7/9/14, 5:49 PM

    Can't wait to won some Koop Clean. We just started using & love it.

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  27. My pullets don't like strawberries!? But I'm sure they would love the bag of Koop Clean ;)

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  28. Koop Clean sounds great. Would love to win it.

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  29. Diana Goetsch7/9/14, 5:58 PM

    I would love a bag of the Koop Klean! I still cant get it here!
    And I am going to try the frozen fruit ring with my birds!

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  30. Thanks SO much for the great tips and recipes! I know the girls will love a bit of pullet punch the next hot day we have!

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  31. I have a two year old hen that appears to be healthy as far as appitite, comb color and appearance of poop. She is thin very thin despite my giving her yogurt and cottage cheese with garlic
    I also give her vitamins with electrolytes in her water. She is active lays eggs but tires very easily. I have never wormed my girls do you think that might be a problem? All of my two year olds are a little thin with the one year olds being a healthy weight. I'm not sure what else to do for her. Any suggestions will be greatly appriciated.

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  32. Koren Garfield7/9/14, 6:44 PM

    Love this . did frozen watermelon the other day and the girls really enjoyed it

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  33. Jenny Noland Loughridge7/9/14, 6:47 PM

    I want to win some Koop Clean!! It's not for sale in my home town...I'd have to drive at least 2 hours to get some to try!

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  34. Kris Nelson7/9/14, 6:48 PM

    Is this copp litter better than sand? Or can it be used on top of sand, or is it better for nesting boxes? Would love to try!

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  35. Meghan Lewis7/9/14, 6:55 PM

    I would love to try koop clean in our coop, hopefully they will bring it to the west coast as well, I've wanted to try it but no one has it :(

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  36. Pick me! Pick me!

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  37. I have been looking at the mister options we have here locally. I've truly been intrigued by them in how I can use them in our coop. I would love to try one of these out!

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  38. Avarie Owens7/9/14, 7:08 PM

    I love this bedding!!

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  39. Absolutely! I grew the mint I used in this recipe.

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  40. This is intended to help keep them hydrated.

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  41. Suzanne Baggett7/9/14, 7:11 PM

    Would love to try this and love your blog.

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  42. Love the smoothie ring idea! Do they always get served in a crystal bowl? Lol

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  43. Tasha Thornhill7/9/14, 7:28 PM

    I would live this giveaway

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  44. Sandy Striffler Schwager7/9/14, 7:29 PM

    I was just out cleaning my coop thinking to myself if there was something better to use for it than what I am using.

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  45. Jeanette Hopkins7/9/14, 7:32 PM

    The smoothie sounds perfect for my ladies. I can't wait to make some for them. Thank you for the recipe.

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  46. Don't let broody hens sit in a nest box next time- move her to a private location where the eggs will be safe.

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  47. Always coming up with new ideas. Thank you.

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  48. My chickens are tasting new things all time, strawberries were left in the bottom of the run, tomatoes seem to be a tasty treat! And blueberries!!

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  49. please enter me in this give a way, working on new coop and pen would love to put this in it when done and start All new, thanks.

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  50. Deep in the heart of Texas here! Smoothies look great for the chicks and kids as well! I would love to try Koop Clean with my backyard babies!

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  51. Regina Snider Wilson7/9/14, 8:22 PM

    Great idea

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  52. I am so making this for my ladies. Would love to win the Koop Clean also.

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  53. Regina Snider Wilson7/9/14, 8:23 PM

    Love it

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  54. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth7/9/14, 8:27 PM

    going to try this for my girls. one of my cream legbar pullets laid her first blue egg today! i'm thrilled!

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  55. I have used sweet PDZ in my coop to keep the sand aromatic, in a good way. I would like to add Koop Clean to the nest boxes and maybe the poop boards. Hope I can win!

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  56. Glen Fuhrman7/9/14, 8:29 PM

    thanks for the recipe will definitely have to try it and would love to trythe coup clean

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  57. sarah cole7/9/14, 8:30 PM

    I sure hope I win. I will be trying this smoothie thing

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  58. I would love to win this ... thanks for the smoothie idea I will for sure try it :)

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  59. Wendy Karcher7/9/14, 8:46 PM

    Looking forward to making this for our girls!

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  60. Such a cool idea for the Smoothie. This will be a must try ASAP. Thanks for all your info.

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  61. Renee Sturgis7/9/14, 8:54 PM

    I love this idea!

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  62. Caren Arnold7/9/14, 8:55 PM

    Thanks for the advice. I can't wait to spoil my chickens with this frozen treat.

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  63. Jovanni Tricerri7/9/14, 9:14 PM

    Great Idea for both my chickens and kids! :)

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  64. Eileen Walsh7/9/14, 9:21 PM

    I use fruit frozen into ice cubes, but not tried the frozen smoothie yet. Also have that same mister in the picture. It hit 100 degrees here yesterday and probably the same today. Every little bit helps them get through it. Would love to win the Koop Clean!

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  65. Oooo, I never thought of that!

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  66. Sonya Hollingsworth Kidd7/9/14, 9:36 PM

    Would love to try this!

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  67. I'm in Texas so I'm always excited when you share your ideas for keeping cool. Thanks for the tip! The Koop Clean looks interesting too!

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  68. Melissa L. Rhoads Ordway7/9/14, 10:17 PM

    I am going to make this for my chicks this week!!!

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  69. 30 lbs...WOW..I sure want that.

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  70. Pennyhenny want to try that...cluck cluck..

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  71. Jennifer Bolea7/9/14, 10:24 PM

    I made the frozen smoothies tonight for my chickens

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  72. Thanks for the ice ring smoothie I shall try. Perhaps Koop clean will be better in winter than sand. Either wAy I am game to try. Thanks

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  73. Kathy Richards7/9/14, 11:00 PM

    love to try this product

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  74. Andi Williams7/9/14, 11:04 PM

    My hens love strawberries and watermelon! I look forward to trying the smoothies

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  75. Wanda Allen Swaney7/9/14, 11:07 PM

    omg..this is a good deal...might have to get some..I would love to win and win whatever for my girls and their 2 boys..

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  76. Patty: Please email me your mailing address- you won a prize on July 6th!! Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  77. Jessi Sheteron- Lewis7/9/14, 11:26 PM

    Smoothies look great! I'm learning so mych would love to win something for my new coop mates! I have small group this year 4 girls! Thank you for this chance.

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  78. JessicaHughett7/9/14, 11:33 PM

    Thank you!

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  79. Yep definitely need to try some of this Koop clean and fun heat treat

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  80. I'm going to make the frozen fruit smoothie tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe! I'd love to try this product.

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  81. What lucky chickens you have! Very clever!

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  82. I love your idea. I grow tomatoes that turn red when they are still too small for us to eat, so I toss them in the freezer in the morning and when it gets really hot around 2 pm, I toss them in the coops. The girls like them a lot.

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  83. Michelle Chun7/10/14, 12:55 AM

    What a great idea to help the chickens cool off during the heat.

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  84. I really do love this idea! The summers in the south are hard on my girls! I am SOOO trying this for them. Thank you!

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  85. PiTown Patty7/10/14, 1:22 AM

    Oh my gosh!!! Doing it now, thank you so much!

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  86. sunshinelq47/10/14, 2:38 AM

    Cant wait to try the fruit punch.

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  87. I love this site. Just been checking it out since I got my chicks 2 months ago. I love the idea of the frozen smoothies. I'm new at backyard chicken, I never had chickens before. Are there any fruits or vegies that chicks/chickens should not have?

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  88. Saundra Knipp Emerson7/10/14, 6:53 AM

    We had watermelon the other night and I cut the rinds with what was left on them in smaller pieces and froze them in a pan of water. I took it out of the pan and put the watermelon ice block in a bowl in the coop. They loved it.

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  89. I haven't seen Koop Clean in our area. We'd love to try it.

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  90. I'm going to try the smoothie today...and perhaps I'll share it with my chicks. Haha. The KoopClean sounds great. Would like to try it before we drive 90 miles to the nearest dealer. Thanks.

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  91. Sweet pdz is a great product, I have used it in horse stalls before! Never tried it in the coop, always worry about the girls eating things I put in there :) Trying the smoothie today!

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  92. Sad this stuff isn't available in my area (Austin, TX - where there's an abundance of back yard chickening going on!) Hoping to win!

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  93. Good luck to everyone

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  94. I like the smoothie idea. Think I'll make one for our next hot day.
    Question: does the mint have any helpful qualities other than color?
    Thanks again for having a great giveaway!

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  95. Alison Drouillard7/10/14, 10:46 AM

    my girls enjoy it when I mixed kiwi and blueberries with mint as well I freeze them in little ice cube trays and then pop them out and give them individually

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  96. Cheryl Ortiz7/10/14, 11:26 AM

    Looks like something I might like to eat!

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  97. smoothie idea is great

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  98. Great idea!! Our chickens need this in Texas! Also, great giveaway!

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  99. Sara Crawford7/10/14, 11:40 AM

    I'll bet my chickens will love this.

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  100. My girls love frozen fruit rings!!!

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  101. Angela Nelson-Patterson7/10/14, 12:08 PM

    yum yum, cluck cluck...hehehe

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  102. With the addition of 5 Blue Splash Polish and 1 Tolbunt Polish chick(s) to our flock I'd love to win this to start the "Kiddie Koop" off on the right foot.
    I love the punch bowl smoothie ring idea =) I was just freezing water in plastic containers to add to their water bowls and cooler; but with all the fresh fruits available and blueberries just starting to ripen on our High & Low bush, I'll be able to make tasty treats to beat the heat =)

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  103. Susan Jaisle7/10/14, 2:30 PM

    Love the smoothie idea! I'm going to try it soon! I love reading your blob and use your advice daily!!

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  104. Definitely going to make this!

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  105. Tracie Newton Rogers7/10/14, 2:33 PM

    Great recipe! I plan to make a smoothie for my girls this week!

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  106. Eva J Hargrave7/10/14, 2:37 PM

    I would really love to try this stuff. It intrigues me. We use sand in the floor of our coop but use hay in the nesting boxes. I'm assuming this is good to use in the nesting boxes? TIA. :)

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  107. would love to win a bag to try.

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  108. Deana Stephens7/10/14, 2:39 PM

    This stuff sounds awesome, I would love to try it!

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  109. Shannon Williams7/10/14, 2:40 PM

    Id love the try the coop clean bedding.. I love ur page girl

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  110. clever tip

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  111. Becky Branham Dimon7/10/14, 2:41 PM

    Koop Clean!!!!!!

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  112. Kristin Davis7/10/14, 2:41 PM

    I've been thinking about asking my local feed store to carry Koop Clean but it would be great to try if first!

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  113. Tina Lundy Price7/10/14, 2:45 PM

    Great ideas as usual!

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  114. Ashley Miller7/10/14, 2:46 PM

    I love the idea of a Pullet Punch!!!! Can't wait to make this for my chickies!!

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  115. Becke Bogue7/10/14, 2:46 PM

    Woohoo! Need some Koop Clean!!!

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  116. Donna Endicott Linnane7/10/14, 2:46 PM

    That smoothie ring looks like a party waiting to happen!

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  117. This looks like a chilly treat that the girls would love!! Plus yay for Koop Clean!!

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  118. Peggy Vidaurri7/10/14, 2:48 PM

    I like the smoothie idea, but my ladies are so picky! They love cherries and grapes, but when I float them in water, they won't touch them. Silly girls!

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  119. Rebakah Goodpaster7/10/14, 2:48 PM

    I'm making a smoothie for my birds this week!

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  120. lauren jacobs7/10/14, 2:49 PM

    Need this for the hot summer

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  121. Little Onion7/10/14, 2:49 PM

    Would love to try this.

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  122. Trying to get Koop Klean locally...love the idea of it.

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  123. Hoping to win as it is not available in Southern CA yet!

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  124. Yes! My peeps will like this smoothie--heck I think I would like it myself! And Koop Clean too--perfect!

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  125. Veronica L. Minke7/10/14, 3:00 PM

    Koop Clean.... It's like a unicorn, supposed to be great but I can't find it!

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  126. Smoothies are a great Idea, I always give my hens a yummy fruit treat but I gotta try this ;) Thanks!

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  127. I'm definayely trying the smoothie!

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  128. Brandy Keyes7/10/14, 3:05 PM

    Thank you for telling us about this product!

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  129. Jennifer Martirano7/10/14, 3:11 PM

    I would love to try this! :)

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  130. I'd love to try Koop Clean! It's not available on the west coast :-(

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  131. Cheryl Flora7/10/14, 3:12 PM

    I like the smoothie idea, but it's not very hot here right now (blessing). The giveaway sounds fabulous!

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  132. Love this stuff.

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  133. Traci Priddy7/10/14, 3:15 PM

    My girls will love this. Thanks Kathy

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  134. Wendy Campbell7/10/14, 3:18 PM

    Well the girls are moving into the shed so it would be wonderful to have new bedding

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  135. Carol Volkmann7/10/14, 3:21 PM

    Another great giveaway.

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  136. Kathy Janes7/10/14, 3:25 PM

    I'd love this giveaway. I desperately want to try it but its not located anywhere near me.

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  137. Koop clean sounds nice. May have to try it.

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  138. love your site

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  139. Elaine Beaudoin Nelson7/10/14, 3:34 PM

    love a chance to win the bedding!

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  140. I wish they carried this out here...my local feed store is a TSC 😞

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  141. Would love to try this with our girls!!

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  142. Love the smoothie idea!

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  143. I would be interested in trying this

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  144. Hoping to convince local feed store to stock Koop Clean! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  145. What a great ideal to keep the Chicken's Cool & Happy. In a way I'm glad your not my neighbor. If my chicken's went over to your house, they would never come home again. Would love to try the Koop Clean.

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  146. Jamie Baker7/10/14, 3:50 PM

    I like your smoothie recipe. My coop just arrived (a few weeks late, but oh well) and now that the girls will be out of the house this will be a fun and refreshing treat to make for them. :) As always, thanks for the fabulous giveaway! You giveaways ROCK, and this is one I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for. :)

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  147. Penny Bumgarner7/10/14, 3:56 PM

    I freeze watermelon, they love this so much. Thanks for the idea !

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  148. So excited I found this blog!! So much fun and great information!

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  149. Lisa Sutton Killian7/10/14, 4:01 PM

    Thanks for the info, it looks easy to do.

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  150. Robin Morris7/10/14, 4:03 PM

    I would love to win!

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  151. Kris Nelson7/10/14, 4:10 PM

    Sounds awesome! Will try th s tonight and give it to them tomorrow!

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  152. Darcey Byrne7/10/14, 4:11 PM

    Curious about the product!

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  153. Jenn Werner-Williams7/10/14, 4:16 PM

    I love making summer treats for my chickens!!!!

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  154. Esther widgren7/10/14, 4:25 PM

    I'd love to test out some Koop Clean! My current bag of litter material is getting low!
    Also, I think if I made those smoothies I'd be tempted by them myself! They look so lovely!

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  155. Looks delicious to me! Sounds like a great drink for us chicken caretakers to on a hot day.

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  156. Kristine Morse7/10/14, 4:35 PM

    The bedding looks amazing. I would love to try it...

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  157. Ooh, I like this idea! Thank you for the recipe and for the giveaway!

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  158. Karen Morgan7/10/14, 4:38 PM

    I would love to give this a try

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  159. Would love to try out the Koop Clean! Thanks for the chance! And great tips here!

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  160. I want to do this too... Looks like they would love it. Anything red my chickens will wrestle for

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  161. Cheryl Ortiz7/10/14, 4:44 PM

    Yes Please!

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  162. Like the idea of this! Would be great to give it a try!

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  163. Chicken will slurp it up. Yummmmm!

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  164. farmgirl5077/10/14, 5:12 PM

    Koop Clean please!

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  165. Don O'Connor III7/10/14, 5:17 PM

    tried the Koop Clean and loved it, sign me up

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  166. We always need this! :)

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  167. Carolyn Carney7/10/14, 5:29 PM

    My teenagers would love that in their coop, even though I did give away about 10 of them today, they now have more room and a fresh smell would be welcomed.

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  168. Neat! I would love to try this for our chickens :)

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  169. Would love to win. Thanks Kathy.

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  170. Susan Fischer7/10/14, 6:00 PM

    I'd really like to try this!

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  171. Rebecca blake7/10/14, 6:03 PM

    Thank you for the recipe!

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  172. I'm going to try the smoothie tomorrow. My girls LOVE watermelon, so I might add some too.

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  173. Becky Lounsbury7/10/14, 6:07 PM

    I love spoiling my girls this is something I will have to try! :)

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  174. Michele Kellenberger Bass7/10/14, 6:08 PM

    I'd love to try to Koop clean

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  175. Molly Plunkett7/10/14, 6:21 PM

    I can't convince my chickens to eat mint, they just don't seem to like the taste!

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  176. Abbi Beuby Auger7/10/14, 6:26 PM

    I might have to have one for me and one for them!

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  177. Barbara Sherman7/10/14, 6:33 PM

    I tried the smoothie and they love it. I cannot find the Koop Clean and none of the stores here want to get it for me, so I hope I win. Thank you..

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  178. Ashley Lankford7/10/14, 6:38 PM

    Thanks!

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  179. Tracy Garrison Christensen7/10/14, 6:38 PM

    Nice!

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  180. What a great idea for the chicks to stay cool and hydrated! Thanks for the great giveaway of the coop bedding. This sounds great. I so enjoy your blog and website. Great insights!

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  181. I'm going to make my first chicken smoothie tomorrow for my flock. Saturday is forcasted to be sunny and in the mid 80s here on the Eastern Shore of MD. And my eggs are due to hatch as well! So exciting!
    I just love all your giveaways...I can't wait until I win one! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  182. EastTexasChicklet7/10/14, 6:54 PM

    I'm going to try the smoothie idea. I tried just ice but they just weren't interested. The smoothie looks like something they might be interested in. Thanks.

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  183. I am gonna try this smoothie for our girls. We are new to the backyard chickens. They have not started laying yet. Hopefully in august . Can't wait. I would also love a chance to win the koop clean.

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  184. Love the blog! Can't get this in my area!! Hope to win! I'd love to try it!!

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  185. One of these days Imma gonna win one of your great giveaways !!

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  186. Debmitchell7/10/14, 7:10 PM

    I am so excited to read the frozen fruit ring. I am going to try it this weekend for my girls.

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  187. The information you share with us about chickens is truly enjoyable. We have been looking all over the area we live in and we can not find "coop clean' anywhere! We have stopped at stores and requested, called stores to inquire, and even called the company the see if they could deliver directly to us and we're told they can no,t but they will send salesmen to a store in our area. Not sure if that will really happen I guess we will have to wait and see. I would LOVE to win this giveaway! Thanks again, chicken chick :)

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  188. Gloria Pigue Miller7/10/14, 8:19 PM

    Where can I find Koop Clean?

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  189. love the chicken frozen treats!

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  190. Tracy Harden7/10/14, 9:01 PM

    I love giving my gals frozen fruit treats!

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  191. Gabriela Dunn7/10/14, 9:07 PM

    Funny, I made the same ingredient smoothie for MY breakfast. I shared with the chickens too :-) Next time I'll freeze it as you do for a more refreshing treat for them. Thanks! And thanks also for the opportunity to win Koop Klean, I could sure use it.

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  192. Deb Kalthoff7/10/14, 9:19 PM

    Where can I find coop clean

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  193. Connie Chen7/10/14, 9:25 PM

    This sounds like such a great idea to get rid of some older fruits or veggies. A great, fun alternative to just ice :)

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  194. Tina N Marc Elder7/10/14, 9:36 PM

    We are in FL and we are definitely trying the frozen smoothie treats! Our chicks love watermelon as a treat so I am sure they will love the frozen treats!

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  195. Ranay Hendrickson7/10/14, 9:43 PM

    I would love this for our nesting boxes!! We've got 15 hens and I love them all! Our newest girls added 2 cucko marans, 2 Welsummers. I absolutely love the egg colors from these girls.

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  196. Laura Mack Naples7/10/14, 9:47 PM

    Will make the frozen smoothie!

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