Scratch Sunflower Nut Edible Treat Wreath for Chickens


As many of you know, I enjoy adapting ideas I see online and elsewhere for the enjoyment of our chickens. I have seen several versions of birdseed wreaths for wild birds on Pinterest HERE, HERE and HERE and decided to make my own chicken version.



My first two attempts didn't work very well - don't trust everything you read online! - and fell apart, but this, my third attempt turned out perfectly. Easy, quick, held together well and the chickens loved it! 

Here's how to make one for your girls.

You'll need:

Cooking spray
Bundt Pan
1/2 Cup cool water
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 Cups Boiling water
1 Cup coconut oil, bacon grease (preferably low-salt), suet or hamburg grease, heated to liquefy
8 Cups of a mixture of scratch, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, raisins, nuts or seeds
20 fresh or frozen cranberries
Ribbon


How to:

Spray Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a measuring cup, dissolve the gelatin in the cool water and let sit for a minute. Pour the boiling water into a medium bowl and whisk in the gelatin to combine.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the seeds and nuts, stir in the grease and then pour in the liquid gelatin. Mix well with a wooden spoon to be sure all the nuts and seeds are well-coated and all the liquid is absorbed.


Place the cranberries in rows in the indentations in the pan (I used three in half the indentations and two in every other indentation) and then carefully spoon the seed mixture into the pan. Press down with the spoon to pack it well.

Put the Bundt pan in the refrigerator overnight to set. The next day, take the wreath out of the refrigerator and let come to room temperature. Invert and tap gently on the countertop to unmold.  


Tie a pretty ribbon in a bow at the top and then attach the wreath to your run fencing for your chickens or to a tree or fence to treat the wild birds.



 I did switch out the fancy ribbon for a plain one when I hung the wreath in the run.




Of course our dog was wondering why it wasn't for she since she was SURE she smelled bacon!

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37 comments:

  1. I love this, Lisa, and I was thinking what a great project for me and he grankids to do. This is an A+

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  2. bacon grease is too salty, surely?! beautiful wreath!!

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    1. I dont think thats true, I dont believe bacon grease would be too salty at all.

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    2. I don't think it is either. Chickens need a bit of sodium, like all living things. But if you are concerned then use all suet or hamburger crease.

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    3. will the politically correct bull never end, or are you a troll. every farm animal needs supplemental sodium. this is a great way to provide it. go take your nanny state *&^%^& elsewhere. this site is for people living apart from the nanny state. arghhhhh.

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    4. and your attempt to placate with 'beautiful wreath' is pathetic.

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  3. I love this, Lisa, and I was thinking what a great project for me and he grankids to do. This is an A+

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  4. Now that's an awesome idea . I have never seen one before ! Great job ! I bet they will love it ! Have a good day !

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  5. Great idea! I will be making one once the snow falls and they don't want to be outside.

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  6. Love this idea. Just found you and im now following you. Love your writings. Thanks for sharing everthing chickens.

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    1. Welcome! And thank you. This was fun to make and easy once I got the recipe right !

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  7. Awesome! I love how the dog wanted to investigate the wreath. My dog would have just swiped the whole thing and carried it away!

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    1. Our dog once ate a whole pan of scrambled eggs i had made for the chickens - a full dozen and a half eggs - while my back was turned and I was putting on my barn boots!

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    2. chickens eat eggs?? Well thats... handy if a bit squicky LOL. Guess im gonna have to get used to that if im gonna have animals, they dont all have the same sensibilities that we do teehee.

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  8. Lisa, this wreath turned out beautiful!! I'm sure the chickens love it! I have a couple of questions: Do you know how long the gelatin will hold it together? I've fed my chickens sunflower seed hearts. Can they eat the seed shells (or do they discard them)? Thanks for sharing a great idea! ~ Katie

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    1. The hens eat the whole thing, they're not picky. The shell helps the seeds to last longer.

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  9. Love this idea! I have 2 sister-in-laws with chickens and this will make a great home made Christmas gift!!!! Thanks a million!!!!!

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  10. This project is great. It looks great but is also useful!

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  11. Oh my gosh, this is just darling!! I love that it looks pretty and is evidently quite delicious, too!! Over from Favorite Things! :)

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  12. That is almost too beautiful for chickens to eat! But for them anything, right? Yes indeed! And I agree bacon fat is not too salty the bacon holds most of the salt! It is just so pretty, can also substitue with other berries. Just love it, love, love it! You are awesome! Love getting your blogs!

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  13. That looks wonderful! I think I will give it a try in January.

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  14. This is such a cute idea, we might keep some chickens next year - visiting from Katherine's blog hop :D

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  15. It looks fantastic. Wonderful idea!

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  16. Love this idea! Going to make a couple of these for my girls. It's so festive for the holidays. Not sure how long it will last though! lol

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  18. Love this idea.. I use to do small balls of seed for the wild birds but this is much better and I am going to make one this weekend... Thank you..

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  19. sweet, this is agreat idea.....:)

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  20. those are some happy chickens. XO Thank you for sharing at the hop :-)

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  21. Is that wild bird seed mixture that you use or do you use scratch, sunflower seeds and cracked corn and mix them yourself? also I was wondering if I could use grapes or dehydrated cranberries mixed in? I would love to make a few of these ahead of time and freeze them for a treat later . .

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    1. I used it all in this wreath: commercial scratch, sunflower seeds, cracked corn and some woodpecker wild birdseed that is all nuts and dried fruit. You certainly could use grapes, raising or dried blueberries or cranberries and freeze them.

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  22. This is so cool! You just have so many awesome ideas for feeding your chickens, they must be absolutely spoiled with beautiful dining options!! (I kind of want to come hang out at your place, because if this is what you feed your chickens, my goodness, what do dinner guests get served?! ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday :)

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    1. Thanks! We do eat pretty well too! I just love being crafty, especially when its practical. Merry Christmas!

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  23. Great idea, Lisa...and so pretty too! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Be sure to vote for our People's Choice Awards on Wednesday at:
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  24. This is almost too pretty to eat! I bet they loved it! Thanks for sharing at RIW.

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  25. Can coconut oil be used instead of the other fats?

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    1. I believe it would work since its solid at room temperature. If you try it, let me know how it works.

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