Using a length of 24 gauge floral wire, push wire through 3-5 grapes, press wire through the side/center of one of the Alfalfa Soufflé pieces, add more grapes and repeat. Attach garland to a stable structure as indicated below.
An abundance of caution should used when hanging treats for chickens. I recommend 24 gauge floral wire securely attached to a solid structure (such as wood fencing) so that it cannot be dislodged and ingested. If a chicken ingests string, it can wreak havoc in their digestive tract, cause crop impaction, an emergency requiring professional veterinary intervention or death. Always closely monitor the chickens while enjoying the hanging treat and remove string from the chicken yard as soon as they’re done with the treat.
4. Offer high protein treats only occasionally and in moderation, meaning: no more than 2 tablespoons per bird per day on special occasions, not every day.*
*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.
TREATS IN MODERATION
All treats should be offered to chickens sparingly and infrequently. When chickens eat treats, they’re not eating feed, which is their primary source of nutrition. Commercially prepared feed is very carefully formulated by poultry nutritionists who closely monitor the composition of ingredients to ensure that a chicken’s daily vitamin, mineral and protein requirements are met. Supplemental foods (treats/snacks) replace a portion of those essential dietary elements. Excessive treats, even healthy ones, 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. Treats should be limited to no more than 5% of a chicken’s diet, which amounts to approximately 2 tablespoons of treats in any given day. Treats/scraps/snacks should not be fed to chickens daily due to the obesity-related health concerns which have reached epidemic proportions in backyard chickens.
1 The Chicken: A Natural History. Barber, Daly, Rutland, Cawthray, Hauber . Race Point Publishing, 2012 p. 109