Valentine Heart Seed Treats for Your Chickens


Valentine's Day is right around the corner which of course prompted me to come up with a chicken-friendly heart-shaped treat for our flock. They were a big hit with all of our chickens and so easy to make!


I used a variety of the chickens' favorite seeds including sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and flax. Pumpkin seeds act as natural wormers, flax seeds add beneficial omega-3s to your chickens diet and to the eggs they lay, and sunflower seeds are high in protein. I also added some dried mealworms and silkworm pupae, both great sources of protein and available HERE. Peanut butter is also a good source of protein. Cinnamon is excellent for respiratory health and aids in circulation. 

What you need:

4 cups total mixed seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, flax etc), dried mealworms, dried silkworm pupae and dried cranberries (feel free to use whatever ratios you want and substitute or omit any ingredients)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup cool water
1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey

Six 4" heart cookie cutters (plastic or metal both work fine)
Chopstick
Ribbon
Cooking spray
Baking sheet

What you do:

Spray baking sheet and cookie cutters with cooking spray, arrange your molds on the sheet and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.

Pour the packet of gelatin into the cool water and whisk. Let sit for a minute, then pour in the boiling water and whisk to combine. Pour into the mixing bowl over the dry ingredients, along with the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey. Mix well to be sure all the seeds are coated.

Press the seed mixture into each of the cookie cutters, packing it down with your fingers. Using the chopstick, make a hole at the top of each mold so you can hang your treats. Refrigerate or freeze for several hours or overnight until the molds are set. 

Unmold the hearts and string the ribbon through the holes, using the chopstick to help push the ribbon through if necessary. Hang the hearts in your run for your chickens - or hang them up in a tree or on a fence to treat the wild birds.

-spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and arrange cookie cutters-
-mix dry ingredients in a large bowl-
-add wet ingredients-
-stir to mix and ensure all the seeds are well-coated-
-press seed mixture into cookie cutters-
-use the chopstick to make a hole to hang your treats-

-thread ribbon through the holes and hang your treats-
-Lily discovered the treats first and alerted the girls-
-Kate was one of the first to taste test the seed treats-

-Annie decided to be brave and decided she liked it-
-Tessie couldn't decide which one to try first-

-before long, this was all that was left-
Visit me on Instagram to watch the video clip of my girls enjoying their treats.


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6 comments:

  1. Valentine's Day is fo celebrating love and it's great idea to make treats for your chickens :)

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  2. They look like happy, happy girls! My girls love it when I make them treats like this. My hubby thinks that I'm nuts when I do LOL

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  3. I will have to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Mindie the Born Again Farm GirFebruary 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    These (minus the mealworms LOL) look good enough to eat! Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  5. Oh I bet your little one would eat them mealworms and all!

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  6. Give your husband a 'treat' once in a while too - just don't tell them they are for the chickens!

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