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!
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