Dec 17, 2014

Alfalfa Cake Protein Treat for Molting Chickens & Boredom Buster!

During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active. 
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
Dehydrated alfalfa cubes must be re-hydrated and broken apart into small shreds before using in this recipe. Place approximately 12-14 alfalfa cubes into a baking dish in a single layer. Add water to the dish until it comes half way up the cubes. The alfalfa will begin to soften and may need to be turned over & more water added before it is soft enough to break apart. When completely softened, break apart FULLY by hand, removing any especially long, tough pieces. Once the cubes are shredded, it's fine if they dry out prior to using in the recipe.They should not be wet when added to the mix. Moist is fine, wet is not.
Dehydrated, chopped alfalfa is an excellent source of supplemental protein for poultry. While it contains 17-20% protein, it should only be fed in small amounts occasionally.  *Alfalfa should not exceed 5% of a laying hen’s daily diet for reasons beyond the scope of this article.  *Alfalfa is a good source of carotenoids for chickens, which makes the yolks more vibrant.  *Alfalfa is a plant in the legume family. (who knew?)  *Since it is high in dietary fiber, it moves through the digestive tract slower than other feed ingredients.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
RANDOM, INTERESTING INFO ABOUT ALFALFA 
*Dehydrated, chopped alfalfa is an excellent source of supplemental protein for poultry. While it contains 17-20% protein, it should only be fed in small amounts occasionally.
*Alfalfa should not exceed 5% of a laying hen’s daily diet for reasons beyond the scope of this article.
*Alfalfa is a good source of carotenoids, which makes egg yolks deeper, darker orange.
*Alfalfa is a plant in the legume family. (who knew?)
*Since it is high in dietary fiber, it moves through the digestive tract slower than other feed ingredients.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
I made two bundt-pan sized wreaths and 8 cupcake sized ornament shapes with this recipe. The smaller treat cakes allow more chickens access to the goodies at the same time. Both shapes/sizes lasted all day. The key to the success of this recipe is to make sure the mixture is moist enough to stick together in the end without being too wet that it never hardens. It can be doubled or halved and should be stored in a cool, dry place if not used immediately.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
ALFALFA CAKE PROTEIN TREATS 
Yield: two wreaths plus 6-8 cupcake-sized treats
The ingredients can all be substituted with other items. 
4 cups Alfalfa cubes measured AFTER re-hydration. (see above)
1 cup scratch
1/2 cup of Omega3 feed supplement such as Omega Egg Maker, Omega Ultra Egg or Nutrena Feather Fixer
1/2 cup Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup dried mealworms
1 cup dried cat food
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup wheat germ
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup Calendula petals
3 bananas, mashed
5 eggs, beaten well with shells, finely crushed
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease 2, ~9" fluted cake pans and one cupcake-sized treats pan well. 
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add wet to dry ingredients, mix well. The mixture should hold together when squeezed without being wet. 
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
Spoon mixture into prepared pans and press down firmly, packing well. Create a small hole in the top for hanging (or drill a hole in the cooled, dried cake later)  
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
Bake cake pans for 60-90 minutes, cupcake sized pans will bake in approximately 45 minutes. 
Turn off oven and allow alfalfa cakes to cool completely. It doesn't matter if the cakes break or fail to hold together- the chickens will enjoy them just as much in a dish as they would have otherwise.
When cooled, drill holes in ornament cakes if necessary.
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
Give family members a heads-up that these treats are not for human consumption. (although...the mealworms on the surface should be a sufficient advisory for most) 
During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones, which places great demands on their energy and nutrient stores. Since feathers consist of 85% protein, supplementing chickens’ diet with additional protein can help them get through the process. This protein-packed alfalfa cake recipe is a fantastic way to provide molting chickens with a variety of protein sources in one treat while keeping them entertained and active.
An abundance of caution should used to hang alfalfa cakes. I recommend a thick, cotton, wired ribbon for the wreaths. For alfalfa cake ornaments, I use a 24 gauge floral wire, which is then securely attached to a solid structure (such as wood) so that it cannot be dislodged and ingested.

STRING DANGER
If a chicken ingests string, it can wreak havoc in their digestive tract, potentially causing death or creating an emergency situation requiring professional veterinary intervention. When offering chickens treats attached to string, always use a thick material such as sisal string that will not easily break, secure it well so it cannot come loose from the structure it is attached to, remove it from the chicken yard as soon as they’re done with the treat and closely monitor the chickens while enjoying the hanging treat. 
If a chicken ingests string, it can wreak havoc in their digestive tract, potentially causing death or creating an emergency situation requiring professional veterinary intervention.. When offering chickens treats attached to string, always use a thick material such as this sisal string will not easily break, secure it well so it cannot come loose from the structure it is attached to, remove it from the chicken yard as soon as they’re done with the treat and closely monitor the chickens while enjoying the hanging treat- you do not want to miss a minute of it, trust me!
EXCESS PROTEIN ADVISORY 
Caution should be exercised when supplementing the chickens' diet with protein. Large amounts of protein can lead to diarrhea and other, serious problems. "Excess protein in a chicken's diet is converted to uric acid and deposited as crystals in joints, causing gout. The excess use of meat scraps as a source of protein can also result in an imbalance of phosphorous.""Incorrect diets that contain excessive levels of protein causes wetter droppings since the extra protein is converted into urates. This causes your chicken to drink more therefore you will see an increase in urates leading to wet, damp bedding."2

NOTE ABOUT CAT FOOD
Cat food should be fed to chickens in moderation only for a limited period of time due to the potential for consuming excessive amounts of methionine, which can result in Heinz-body anemia4 and death. 
Sources available upon request.

Sources & further reading:
The Chicken Health Handbook, Damerow, Gail 1994 (pgs 27-28)
Mineral Deficiencies in Poultry
Treatment & Management of Diarrhoea
Heinz Anemia 
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

516 comments :

  1. Teresa N Richard Hall12/17/14, 5:35 PM

    I love this sign and all Sarah's designs....would love to own this !

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  2. Saved the alfalfa recipe!! Thank you for that - especially for our winter months when there is not much green!! I would love to have this "Bless Our Nest" sign. Please enter me in this give-away! Thanks for all you do...........mary

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  3. Gloria Rumple12/17/14, 5:56 PM

    love Chicken art :)

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  4. Jennifer Schaer Jackson12/17/14, 6:00 PM

    The art world look great in my coop. Or kitchen... hard decision lol

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  5. Those treats look awesome!



    I have some of Sarah's hangers and ornaments but no sign - maybe I will soon :)

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  6. You're entered Mary! Good luck!

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  7. christineroeske12/17/14, 6:09 PM

    Thank you for the article, I'll save for next year. Love this sign, would be fun to own and hang in our home!

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  8. Rose Nicely Carver12/17/14, 6:11 PM

    i love the treat ideals!

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  9. Love your blog, you, your chickens and the sign which would look great in my new home. Left a message for Sarah and already liked her and of course, I follow you. Peace and Blessings

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  10. Thanks Nancy and good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. I have cubes for my goat. I will be trying this.

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  12. Tracy Jenner12/17/14, 6:28 PM

    The alfalfa recipe is perfect for what i need :) Great ideas as always

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  13. Baking for chickens. ... I can't wait.

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  14. Beautiful sign!!

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  15. Love Sarah's sign!

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  16. Susan Fischer12/17/14, 6:42 PM

    Thanks for all of this info. Love the sign!

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  17. Just saved the article. Thanks!

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  18. Debbie Jaynes12/17/14, 6:52 PM

    Love Sarah Hudock Art work. Would love to have one :)

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  19. Love the idea of shaping the treats! I'm trying to send a message on Sarah's page but it's not letting me - I'll try from the Facebook app. Just subscribed to the emails!

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  20. Susan Turner12/17/14, 7:05 PM

    Love the Alfalfa cake ideas I will have to try that! Love Sarah's signs hope I win!!!!

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  21. Oh how I could use this sign.

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  22. Leslie Fernandez12/17/14, 7:16 PM

    Great recipe. Will save for time when molting starts.

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  23. Maverickmom412/17/14, 7:21 PM

    Love it!This would look great in my house!

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  24. Martha Stearnes12/17/14, 7:23 PM

    Great info

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  25. Sally Mills Ross12/17/14, 7:25 PM

    Purchased a sign from Sarah, would love to win one!

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  26. nancy weckbacher12/17/14, 7:43 PM

    I would love to win this sign her work is beautiful.

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  27. Tina Palermo12/17/14, 7:51 PM

    This recipe sounds great, but is there something that can be substituted for the wheat germ for those of us that are allergic to wheat? I'd love to do something like this for my girls, but I cannot be around the wheat germ. Thanks!

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  28. Becky Laakso12/17/14, 7:52 PM

    Can't wait to try making one of these alfalfa wreaths. Love Sarah's signs, too, and would enjoy winning one of them. :-)

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  29. Diana O'Brien12/17/14, 7:53 PM

    I can't wait to make this recipe for the girls, their waddles are looking a little gray after molting instead of the deep red I am used to seeing. And, it could easily be modified to be Paleo (for some humans on my Christmas list), too! The sign is so creative!

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  30. I really like your recipe and a reminder just how much we should be giving our chickens. Thanks for sharing all your expertise. Sarah signs are beautiful. Would love seeing one up on our coop1 :)

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  31. Just don't use the wheat germ and add an equivalent amount of cornmeal or Omega3, etc.

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  32. Megan Krauth12/17/14, 8:31 PM

    That's a great idea for treats!

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  33. The artwork is great. Thanks for sharing the Facebook page.

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  34. Janet Voight12/17/14, 8:49 PM

    Lovely pic!!!

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  35. Marcie Arrington12/17/14, 9:17 PM

    Good recipe, I love Tin Artwork and hers is exceptional. Would love it. Thanks for all you do

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  36. Very pretty

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  37. xcombixgirlx12/17/14, 9:42 PM

    Awesome! I can't wait to give this a try, thank you :)

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  38. Thanks for this great recipe.

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  39. Thanks for all the info!

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  40. Would love this sign. And I love the treat wreath. Can this be fed to first year chickens that are not molting?

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  41. Adorable work!

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  42. This would look so great on the coop! Will be getting the groceries to make this wonderful treat for the flock! Merry Christmas to you and your family Kathy. Thanks!

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  43. Margaret Houk12/17/14, 11:11 PM

    Love receiving the blog via email and... definitely making some of these treats for The Chicky Girls this weekend after hitting the feed store tomorrow! Thank you! I know they will love these!

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  44. Love the artwork. I had already liked her page. The treats for the chickens sound great. I'm going to show this recipe to my kid so we can make it together. Thanks for the info.

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  45. Valerie Gothard12/17/14, 11:24 PM

    Love the signs! Thanks for sharing her info! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  46. Jennifer Leigh Dace12/17/14, 11:44 PM

    Always love Sarah's signs. This would be a great Christmas present!!

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  47. With all the Christmas bazaars going on I bet I could make a mint out of selling these. Would you mind if I used your recipe? We have a FB page dedicated just for our Alaska Flock Talk & Swap with over 1000 members that would love to have these treats. We too are crazy for our chickies. I quote you all the time and post your blog.

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  48. Kathy Musick12/17/14, 11:59 PM

    I love her chicken art. I would like to enter for this drawing. Thanks

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  49. Tonia Thorpe12/18/14, 12:05 AM

    Would like to win this :)

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  50. Valerie McNaught Rogers12/18/14, 12:05 AM

    Can't wait to try this for my girls

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  51. I purchased my Christmas postcards from Chicken Art and everyone loved them. I love spoiling my chicken with treats to beat the winter blahs..

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  52. I just did a fast read, and must study to learn this alfalfa cube thing. Thank you!
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  53. This sign is uniquely designed, perfect for "Blue, The Coop", which is the name of my chicken coop! It is, of course, blue, with golden yellow trim.

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  54. Sandy Miller12/18/14, 2:08 AM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  55. MyGrandpasGarden .12/18/14, 2:16 AM

    Thanks for the recipe and all of the great information in this post, I feel like I leaned a lot. Never even thought about string being an issue. I could certainly see them trying to eat it though! I'll be more careful when I open the feedbags from now on. This is a fun contest too, love the signs!

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  56. I love her artwork! Pick me!

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  57. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Chrismas and a wonderful Holiday to ALL!

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  58. Jonathan Sarver12/18/14, 7:12 AM

    That would look good in the night shelter of the hen house, and the treats would look good in there to. Thanks for the recipe.

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  59. Karen Maloney12/18/14, 8:18 AM

    Love Sarah's work and have a lot of it.....would LOVE to win another sign!

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  60. THANK YOU for the treat recipe... The 'art' would be a great addition to my Coop!

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  61. Linda Reichert12/18/14, 9:09 AM

    WOW! I would love to win! Happy Holidays to all!

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  62. Thanks for this awesome recipe! I am an herbalist, so I have organic dried alfalfa, can this be used somehow?

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  63. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling12/18/14, 10:07 AM

    Wonderful idea for special treats. Mine are not molting right now but I have added this page to my favorites. Thank you for adding the links to Amazon for the ingredients.

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  64. Jennifer Steelman12/18/14, 10:26 AM

    Would love to have that art to hang on my coop :) and I love the treat recipes

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  65. Joyce Huddlestun Steber12/18/14, 11:48 AM

    Great treat for my girls!

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  66. Sounds like a treat for a cold winter day, can't wait to try it.

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  67. Tonia Thorpe12/18/14, 12:31 PM

    This would go wonderful in the new home i am moving to.

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  68. Love Sarah's work!

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  69. Andrea Crane12/18/14, 12:34 PM

    Love her art work. This one is perfect.

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  70. Marva Petrequin12/18/14, 12:35 PM

    These signs are just BEAUTIFUL! Well done Sarah!

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  71. What a beautiful tin! Very talented artist! Oh, I grew some barley for my girls - it took eight of them less than 24 hours to devour it!

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  72. Love this sign and want it to hang by my front door!

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  73. Megan Hennessy12/18/14, 12:38 PM

    Love you and this site! Keep it up!

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  74. Need chicken art but can't afford it now!

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  75. Great artwork. Not run of the mill stuff.

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  76. Little Wing's Farm12/18/14, 12:43 PM

    Oh boy, oh boy...love this beautiful sign, just know our chicken family would love it too!!

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  77. I just can't wait to make an alfalfa cake wreath for my ladies! I have set a challenge to create 52 wreaths over the next year and this is going to be one of the wreaths I make during this challenge. And I would just love some Sarah Hudock art work! Thanks for all the joy and knowledge you pass along to chicken keepers world-wide.

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  78. Beautiful art from Sarah.

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  79. teri snowden12/18/14, 12:48 PM

    Merry Christmas

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  80. Hope to win.

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  81. This is just beautiful :-)

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  82. Ginny Tata-Phillips12/18/14, 12:51 PM

    Merry Chickmas to us if we win!

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  83. These signs are so beautiful! I have a couple of signs on my coop now but nothing as nice as these. I think my girls would like it too:)

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  84. Dyanna Dawn Atkins12/18/14, 12:57 PM

    Enjoy your site - please keep it going. I also enjoy reading your ideas and looking at your products. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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  85. Esther widgren12/18/14, 12:58 PM

    I love Sarah's artwork!
    Bless ALL of our nests! :-)

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  86. Sherry Pullicar12/18/14, 12:58 PM

    Cute. I love all the tins

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  87. Sherry Pullicar12/18/14, 12:59 PM

    I so wanna make the Alfalfa Cake Protein treats

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  88. Love your site!!!

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  89. Melanie Jones12/18/14, 1:01 PM

    Another great treat block for my chickens. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  90. Thanks for sharing your recipes for Chickens! They are AWESOME! :-)

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  91. This sign is beautiful! :-)

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  92. My kitchen and living room are devoted to chickens and chicken art...
    Thank you for considering me and if I win, I promise I will give it a good home..

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  93. I would love this sign for my coop!

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  94. Jennifer Schaer Jackson12/18/14, 1:06 PM

    I liked and told them you sent me. Fingers crossed :)



    Question about the alfalfa protein snack. I sprout my own alfalfa for the girls, can I use that instead of those cubes you mention? I don't know where I could get those locally, so just thinking maybe a fresh substitution?

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  95. Would love this artwork for my house. Beautiful.

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  96. David Richards12/18/14, 1:07 PM

    I would love some chicken art.

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  97. Awesome info about alfalfa, learn something new every day from you Kathy! Thanks!

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  98. This is so beautiful, she does a fantastic job!

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  99. Jennifer Terry Peterson12/18/14, 1:11 PM

    LOVE the chicken art!! Ready to win one 😊

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  100. I love Sarah 's artwork.

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  101. Wow! Great sign. Thanks. Hope I win

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  102. Brenda White Peden12/18/14, 1:17 PM

    Love this!

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  103. Awesome! I would love this for my coop de chooks. <3

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  104. I would love to add some chicken art - her work is awesome!

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  105. Jeff Schultz12/18/14, 1:20 PM

    Merry Christmas everyone good luck.

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  106. Jill Whitney12/18/14, 1:22 PM

    Thanks for the great treat ideas! My husband was asking what I was getting the girls for Christmas. Love Sarah's signs too!

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  107. Raising chicken in Alaska and really enjoy your tip!! Your pictures are awesome also!!

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  108. very cute tin, I would love this, I always wondered if you could feed alfalfa to chickens, as a treat could you just rehydrate the cubes and give them that without all the add ins? mine sure go crazy scratching and fluffing new straw looking for wheat kernels! I enjoy all of your information so much, helped me out with a prolapse earlier this fall, she is fine now and just started laying after finishing her molt!

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  109. Love the art & the articles! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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  110. Just moved, this would be perfect

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  111. Something new for the girls...will try when it gets colder. I have Sarah's artwork and always will welcome more ;-)

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  112. Carol Volkmann12/18/14, 1:30 PM

    Already subscribed, already liked Sarah's facebook page and told her I was sent by you. Commenting on this post. Love your site and the fact that you won over the township.

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  113. I love her signs and would love to win one. Good to know that a chicken might eat a string too. I think you have to keep that kind of stuff from all small critters. My cat tries to eat stuff I drop sometimes and I have to hurry and pick it up. She will race to beat me to little pieces of paper or what-not.

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  114. Katherine Yates12/18/14, 1:31 PM

    I love this, would look great on my door.....beautiful art work, by a talented artist.

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  115. Tasha Thornhill12/18/14, 1:36 PM

    I would love to win please

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  116. Lynn Kalita-Hausch12/18/14, 1:37 PM

    I love your site...!

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  117. Michele Rutter12/18/14, 1:37 PM

    I just love Sarah's artwork!

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  118. Liz Lawrence12/18/14, 1:37 PM

    I am going to try the treats for my chickens.

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  119. Carolyn Domingue Heineken12/18/14, 1:46 PM

    Such a cute tin sign!

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  120. Tani Williams Dean12/18/14, 1:46 PM

    Pick ME!!! ;)

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  121. Shelly Jones12/18/14, 1:49 PM

    I love the sign!

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  122. Always looking to ad chicken decor to the house and I keep tabs of the chicken treats for when I start my own flack again. (Had 4 hens, and they past away of old age & then I moved) Love your site!

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  123. Lilredgirl7912/18/14, 1:54 PM

    Beautiful

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  124. Love love love this sign!!!!!

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  125. Tiffany Overcash12/18/14, 1:55 PM

    My flock loves chicken art!!

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  126. Norma Swartz12/18/14, 1:56 PM

    Treats for humans (tin sign) & chickens (homemade goodies) - Awesome!!

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  127. I appreciate all your great tips very much. Thank you! Would really enjoy this sign in my home. It is absolutely perfect!

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  128. This would look great in my new coop!

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  129. Done, and Done! :) Love the art, and my girls would think it's simply beautiful!

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  130. With a last name of Featherston, this sign would be perfect!!

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  131. I have the perfect place to hang this in my kitchen :) those stockings are adorable.

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  132. Leslie Hardeman Perenich12/18/14, 2:07 PM

    Love the tin sign, the chicken chick sent me!

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  133. Great stuff here!

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  134. Peggy Gossett12/18/14, 2:15 PM

    That's a lovely piece. Maybe I'll be lucky this time! :)

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  135. Rhonda Riley12/18/14, 2:19 PM

    Sounds good and need the sign lol

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  136. I NEED Sarah's sign! Please choose my ladies!

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  137. sandra watkins12/18/14, 2:26 PM

    Hope you have a Great Christmas!!!
    Love your signs!!!

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  138. LOVE CHICKEN ART!!!!!!!!!!!

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  139. stewartharvick12/18/14, 2:29 PM

    I would love to have this for my home. It is really cute.

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  140. Thanks for the detailed information! I've got some molty chickens.

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  141. Denise Dlouhy12/18/14, 2:46 PM

    Love the chicken art and love Chicken Chick...I have learned a lot from you!!!

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  142. Ranay Hendrickson12/18/14, 2:46 PM

    I would do love to win one of these!! Love all that you do!!

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  143. Beautiful sign would love to win.

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  144. Mountain Cluckers12/18/14, 3:01 PM

    I love the sign!! Would love to win this for my coop!! ..I'll keep my fingers crossed!! :)

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  145. These signs are so cute. I liked her page previously. Do I need to go leave another message on her page that you sent me? I really enjoy this blog. Lots of great info!

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  146. Cheryl Murphy12/18/14, 3:13 PM

    I love Sarah's work this would look terrific in our new coop !

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  147. Love her art since, finding her at your last give away!

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  148. OMG! I FORGOT IT! Thanks Molli.

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  149. My nest IS blessed!

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  150. I wouldn't give it to them more than once a week.

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  151. You're welcome. Organic chopped, re-hydrated alfalfa would be fine.

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  152. Flowering Feather Farm12/18/14, 3:27 PM

    Cute treat idea as presents for chicken people! BTW-need the new Sarah sign!!! Merry Christmas.

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  153. No, sprouts are not a good substitution for alfalfa cubes. The rehydrated cubes act as a flour-type substitute.
    You can find them at any pet store in the rabbit aisle, any feed store in the rabbit or horse aisle and at Walmart in the pet section.

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  154. Stephanie Ann Hatton12/18/14, 3:29 PM

    We can't wait to try these treats out for our girls! And, would LOVE to win this artsy fartsy sign for our coop!

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  155. Yes, just leave a message if you have already liked the page.

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  156. lauren Flaherty12/18/14, 3:42 PM

    I am deffinatly going to have to make these for my babies.

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  157. So glad to be a member of the Flamingo brigade (which of course includes all chickens!) lol ! xoxoxoxo

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  158. Jeanie Polak12/18/14, 3:54 PM

    Bless Our Nest - perfect for the coop!

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  159. Brenda Farley Greer12/18/14, 3:56 PM

    I love the sign would fit right in my kitchen dining room theme,love all your articles tips and tricks for chicks!!

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  160. Jennifer Collins12/18/14, 4:17 PM

    Cute!

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  161. Gr8t artwork! Love Chicken Chick! I wish I had hair as pretty as those feathers! <3

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  162. Thanks for sharing the info about feeding chickens cat food. My Easter Eggers were free ranging, they made a daily trip under the carport to eat the cat food, even when I put the dish on a table, they fly up there to feast. I got tired of this in short order and moved them with the other ladies.

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  163. I have never seen alfalfa cubes--usually I see it sold chopped in a bag for small animals (like rabbits, etc). Could I use that type of alfalfa in the recipe? And I do love Sarah's artwork!

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  164. Sharron Johnson12/18/14, 4:31 PM

    I purchased one of Sarah's prints when you first introduced her. I'd love one of her tin signs, this one especially! Thanks to you both for the giveaway and for the great molting info.

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  165. Love her art would love to have another sign

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  166. Barbara Nichols12/18/14, 4:46 PM

    I would love to win the sign!! I love it!!

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  167. Cindi Woodcock12/18/14, 4:47 PM

    Such beautiful work. Would really look great at my house!

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  168. Ann-maree Rain12/18/14, 4:49 PM

    Wonderful information especially about the catfood and the string. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and thankyou for a wonderful blog.

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  169. Renee Sturgis12/18/14, 4:52 PM

    I can't wait to make the protein cakes for my girls (and boys) and the sign would look amazing on my door!

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  170. Donna Endicott Linnane12/18/14, 5:03 PM

    Beautiful sugn!

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  171. Sue Merrifield Meserve12/18/14, 5:05 PM

    I love this sign , it would look great on our country coop.

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  172. Oh, this is so beautiful, lovely crafted artwork. Just will dream about it, no luck in the lottery ;>D

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  173. Of course as all others would love to have this! And thank you again Kathy. Your insight is so valuable.

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  174. Debbie Dromggole12/18/14, 5:20 PM

    Would love this sign. Beautiful.

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  175. Caitlyn Ralston12/18/14, 5:23 PM

    I would love to have this for my chicken coop! Thank you for having these amazing giveaways!

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  176. I need to get some alfalfa.. my girls would love these treats. Hope I win some of Sarah;s art.

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  177. Tammie Weatherford12/18/14, 5:29 PM

    I can't wait to try make this treat! Thanks for sharing.

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  178. Hollie Wooldridge12/18/14, 5:31 PM

    Love LOVE the Chicken bless our nest !! This would just fit perfect in my home!!!! I'm also going to do the cakes my girls will go crazy over those!!!

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  179. Nana Rominger12/18/14, 5:42 PM

    my favorite by far, I would love this sign.

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  180. Oh my new coop needs this. Love it

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  181. Love the sign and the treats are interesting

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  182. Carolyn Carney12/18/14, 5:51 PM

    Love that sign, my favorite one.

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  183. Linda Getchel12/18/14, 6:07 PM

    loving the sign

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  184. Would love this tin sign, its beautiful😊
    And I am definitely going to try the alfalfa cakes!

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  185. Would love to win, thanks. And I already like Sarah's work and own some.

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  186. Polly Hershey12/18/14, 6:12 PM

    So, is it my turn to win yet?

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  187. Love the tin chicken art!

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  188. I sent out Sarah Hudock's Christmas cards this year to all my loved ones!

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  189. I subscribe and liked and commented. I love your site and that sign is so cute!

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  190. That sign is pretty awesome

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  191. Alyssa Proffitt Brown12/18/14, 7:04 PM

    Neeeeed that sign!

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  192. This is so very sweet! I have been wanting some chicken artwork for our own nest and this would be perfect!

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  193. I love this art! It would be perfect in our cozy cabin!

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  194. Love her stuff

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