Confetti Treat Ice Wreath - Help your Chickens Cool Down with Frozen Fruits and Vegetables


With temperatures forecast into the 90's today, I thought it would be a good day to serve up this Confetti Ice Wreath to our chickens. It's not only an excellent way to help your chickens cool down in the summer, it's also a great way to use up leftover fruits and vegetables.

Save up those partial bags of frozen vegetables and leftover canned vegetables.  Keep freezer burned fruit and those cranberries left over from Thanksgiving. Don't toss out bruised blueberries or mushy raspberries. Collect everything in a freezer bag until you are ready to make your wreath to make an easy, inexpensive summer treat for your chickens.  I use a Bundt pan to make this treat, but you can use a regular cake pan or casserole dish just as easily.


To make your wreath, dump a mix of cut up fruits and vegetables into your pan, filling it 2/3 of the way or so. I used a blend of carrots, corn, green beans, cranberries and blueberries this time, but any mix will work.  Pour water over the vegetables, almost to the top, so the vegetables are completely covered and then freeze. 




When frozen solid, remove your wreath from the freezer and unmold it (running it under warm water for a minute will do the trick), then serve it up to your girls. (I put it on a large dish in the shade in the run for them to enjoy.)


As you can see the chickens LOVE picking the treats out of the ice! The frozen veggies and ice help cool them down on hot days.  You can also string a ribbon through your wreath and hang it if you wish.  So why not take a peek in your freezer and see what goodies you can find for your girls!





Read HERE for more fun and easy ways to help your chickens beat the summer heat.


18 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I hadn't thought of that but will certainly keep it in mind. They do get hot for sure.

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  2. I love this idea! One slight concern... is there any way they can choke on the ice chips. You know how little kids can choke on them, could chickens too?

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    1. No, they peck off tiny tiny pieces. If anything, they might choke on the blueberries but I've never had a problem with that. If you're concerned tho, chop the fruit and veggies into small pieces.

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  3. looks like a cake "COOL" ideal ,a real treat I'll have to do this but not till July or August in this part
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    1. It's been cool here - it got down to around 40 the other night, then all of a sudden the heat swept in....start saving your veggies now tho so you'll be ready!

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  4. Hey, this is a great idea! Even if you don't have leftovers... you can buy an inexpensive bag of mixed vegetables to do the same thing... I'm going to start saving now!

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  5. This is a great idea. I sent my son out with some frozen fruit yesterday.

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  6. Great ideas. Will start saving now.

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  7. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to do this for my girls!! :)

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  8. Cool (get it?) idea! I hope to have chickens some day and will have to keep this idea in mind. Stopping by from the blog hop. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Keeping my fingers crossed for weather that is considered "warm"!! Last summer, we barely made it out of the 60's all season and had lots and lots of rain. Us Alaskans feel cheated, especially after the winter we just had and completed LACK of a spring. We are forecast for temps to near 60 for the holiday weekend.
    Love your idea on how to keep the girls cooled off and entertained. I just might have to do this anyway just to watch their reaction!

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  10. Lucky chickies! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/thecreativehomeacrehom17.html

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  11. What age do you think they would enjoy this? I have chicks that are 6 weeks old and I used watermelon, mint and sunflower seeds and they wouldn't touch it. Are they too young?

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    1. My 6 week olds tried to grab a few tidbits. With any new food it takes awhile for them to dare try it. Of course having older hens show them its good helps. Keep offering a bit - eventually they'll get brave and try it.

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  12. What a great way to get motivated to clean out my freezer! Yours looks so pretty too. It looks blue, did that happrn because of blue fruits included?

    I am going to share this post!!!

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    1. Yup the blueberries really turned it blue! The chickens loved it.

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  13. Thank you, I will make one today for them for tomorrow : )

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