4 Ingredient Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola”

4 Ingredient Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola”

Who doesn’t love chamomile? I do, you do, and I guarantee your chickens do!

 

And chamomile is the star of Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola.”

 

And I tell you, hens LOVE this treat! My hens love digging in and testing each bit!

 

German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is wonderful for hens because, as you probably know, it has qualities that help hens relax.

 

And since relaxation and a sense of security is important to getting the best eggs possible out of your hens, you can imagine how important chamomile is to your herbal medicine chest!

Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola” backyard chicken treat

 

 

This treat is a great go-to recipe if your chickens are nervous (if a hawk was flying above or the neighbors dog came over for a “visit”), and you want them to come out of their hiding places, relax, and feel safe again.

 

You can find chamomile to buy in the shop right here, and it’s the exact same herbs that I used in this recipe.

 

Corn is also a big part of this treat, and my hens have a ball poking around and trying to find every last kernel!

 

You can use dried ground, chopped, or whole corn kernels. If you do use whole kernels (which chickens love, by the way), the recipe adjusts slightly.

 

 

 

Although I haven’t tried, if you add egg and water, you can probably make this into “cornmeal muffins” your hens will adore.

 

This recipe also features our old friend, dried black soldier fly larvae, which hens also love! (As if I had to remind you!)

 

If you don’t have black soldier fly larvae on hand, mealworms or any other dried insect are a great substitute. Mine go bonkers for both.

 

I’ve included kale in Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola” because kale has lots of great vitamins and minerals for chickens.

 

Plus, hens love greens! You can use either fresh or freeze dried kale. We usually go for freeze dried kale because the nutrient content is still high AND it’s shelf stable.

 

A treat like this is perfect before bedtime if it’s winter in your area or as a mid-day treat when the days aren’t too hot – so perfect for spring.

 

All you need to do is put out a bowl with the “granola” in it and let your chickens have at it.

 

I hope your hens enjoy this as much as mine do!

 

Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola” for chickens

How To Make Chamomile & Black Soldier Fly Larvae “Granola.”

 

Ingredients (per chicken):

¼ c dried, Non-GMO Corn (ground, chopped) — use ½ cup if whole corn kernels

Chamomile – 2 tbsp (Buy in my store here)

Black Soldier Fly Larvae – ¼ cup (Buy in my store here)

Kale – ¼  cup  — use freeze dried or fresh kale

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a chicken-safe dish. You can scatter the “granola” to make sure each hen gets a bite. Smaller flocks can eat out of the bowl together.

 

This isn’t a replacement for their regular feed, and should be part of a complete diet.

 

It’s a hit!

Best Eggs Ever! Backyard Chicken Treat

Best Eggs Ever! Backyard Chicken Treat

It’s spring, and yes, the hens are starting to lay again! Which means I get extra concerned about the quality of the eggs they lay.

 

Improving the egg quality a hen lays has been the subject of many studies.

 

The egg industry, after all, is concerned about getting as many eggs as possible, and researchers are concerned about the overall health of the eggs laid so people don’t eat contaminated food.

 

This week’s recipe includes some of the best herbs and other supplements you can give your hens to improve egg quality – and that’s why I’ve called it Best Eggs Ever!™.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, & Oregano For Healthier Eggs

You’ll notice something interesting in Best Eggs Ever!™, which is the Apple Cider Vinegar granules.

 

If you’ve never heard of ACV granules, it’s really neat stuff: It’s raw apple cider vinegar that has been dehydrated.

 

In studies, chickens fed apple cider vinegar, were healthier, grew better, and the eggs they laid had lower amounts of pathogens such as salmonella and campylobacter.

 

Similarly, when they used oregano around their chickens and in the feed, industrial egg farms found that the chickens were healthier and less likely to get sick.

 

Garlic is also included in Best Eggs Ever!™ because one of the chemical constituents in garlic – allicin – has been shown in studies to improve immune systems and can ward off mites in backyard chickens.

 

While fresh garlic is great to add to your flock’s water, granulated garlic is the perfect supplement to their regular feed because it can be mixed easier and the hens are more likely to eat it. Sometimes they miss fresh garlic if it’s not in their water.

Oyster Shells for Better Eggshells

If you want to make sure your girls lay nice, strong eggshells, then oyster shells are where it’s at!

 

All the calcium in them will give your hens the calcium they need so they lay healthy eggshells WITHOUT pulling the calcium from their own bones – which they might do if they aren’t getting enough calcium in their diet.

 

Oyster shells = better quality of life!

 

I’ve found that when the oyster shells are mixed with other yummy treats for my hens, they’re more likely to eat it.

 

Yes, they’ll eat it separately also, but they get wrapped up in the goodies, and down more of the calcium when it’s mixed.

 

If you don’t have oyster shells on hand, then feel free to substitute crushed eggshells.

 

Calendula for Better Yolks

You can see here the difference between a farm fresh egg from hens fed calendula and one from the store.

 

Calendula has a lot of beta carotene in it, which is super healthy for your hens AND will give you those golden yolks you’ve been dreaming of.

 

That’s why it’s a natural to be included in this recipe! (It also smells HEAVENLY which is an added bonus!)

 

Lavender & Chamomile for A Relaxed Hen

Hens that are relaxed lay easier and better – and they’re overall healthier than hens who are stressed (and they lay eggs with stronger, more regular shells, rather than wrinkled or abnormal eggs).

 

Hens also love to nibble on flowers & of course, they enjoy the scent! You can line your nesting boxes with lavender and chamomile, and they’re also great to include in their diet!

 

Are you ready to make Best Eggs Ever!™??? Here’s the recipe!

 

Best Eggs Ever!™

Ingredients

¼ c Calendula (buy in the store here)

¼ c Lavender (buy in the store here)

1/4 c Rose Buds (buy in the store here)

¼ c Alfalfa

¼ c Chamomile (buy in the store here)

¼ tsp granulated Garlic (buy in the store here)

¼ tsp Apple Cider Vinegar granules (buy in the store here)

1 tbsp Oregano (buy in the store here)

1 tbsp Parsley (buy in the store here)

1 tbsp Oyster Shells

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and serve as part of a complete diet. You can feed separately or with their regular layer feed. Feed Best Eggs Ever!™ to layers and adult roosters.

 

Pepitas & Chamomile Whole Grain Protein Mix

Pepitas & Chamomile Whole Grain Protein Mix

This week’s recipe is one of my hen’s favorites (just watch the video below!) and yours will love it, too.

 

This time of year, it’s important to make sure your hens have enough protein and calcium in their diet so they produce healthy, strong eggshells as the return to laying.

 

That’s why today’s treat features some high-protein seeds and insects, as well as dried eggshells, which are bursting with calcium.

 

You might have heard that eggshells can turn your hens into egg eaters, and honestly, if the shells are raw, there’s a possibility that might happen.

 


Have a hen that love her herbs? (Who doesn’t?!)

nesting box herbs

Yes, I want nesting herbs for my spoiled hens!


 

I know on our farm, we’ve had some egg eaters, and they started out as opportunists.

 

Meaning that they wouldn’t have tried eating their eggs, except one cracked one day, and they realized there was something delicious in there.

 

Chickens are SMART. (I know, because I tried swapping black soldier fly larvae one day for a different, non-insect treat, and Lagertha looked at me like I grew a second head!)

 

Now, this isn’t to say that if all hens eat raw egg shells, they WILL turn into egg eaters. Of course, we can’t make blanket statements like that.

 

However, I personally err on the side of caution, and try to toast eggshells before feeding them as often as possible.

 

All you need to do is clean them off and allow them to toast in the oven at about 200 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until dry. It’s very easy!

 

Please just make sure that you crush them to tiny fragments. They might have sharp edges and you don’t want your flock getting micro-abrasions or possibly choking!

 

 

Remember, if you want, you can always grind them in a spice blender after they’ve been toasted.

 

I love the pumpkin seeds in this treat as well, and the pumpkin seeds, also known as “pepitas” in Spanish, are said to help prevent worms.

 

Technically, “pepitas” are the seeds without the shells. While chickens can and WILL eat both, if you have the shell-less variety, that’s the one to use, since they’re easier to digest, and the nutrients will be more bioavailable.

 

The jury is still out whether the pepitas actually DO anything to prevent worms in chickens, but it’s one of those “can’t hurt, might help” ingredients, and chickens LOVE the little tear-dropped shaped seeds.

 

The chia is another great ingredient for spring. As you probably know, chia has cleansing properties, and might help clear any toxins, potential blockages, etc from your flock’s digestive system.

 

You want your hens’ little bodies to be in tip top shape for spring, right? Well, chia seeds it is, then! (And it helps that hens love poking around, looking for the tiny black seeds!)

 

This recipe does call for non-GMO, organic ingredients, but if you don’t have access to organic, non-gmo ingredients, particularly wheat and corn, don’t worry – it’s okay to swap it out with what you do have.

 

Your hens will love it all the same.

 

 

In fact, as I prepared to take the photos for this article, Rooster Teeth looked on – and got VERY excited when she saw the big bowl of goodies!

 

She takes her role of “Chief Treat Tester” VERY seriously!

 

As with all my chicken treat recipes, you should also feel free to include your own ingredients if you want to make substitutions.

 

For example, mealworms would be a great substitution for the black soldier fly larvae, and you can easily use calendula in place of chamomile!

 

Have fun with your flock!

 

Pepitas & Chamomile High Protein Mix

 

Ingredients

¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds

2 tablespoons Chia Seeds

1 tablespoon crushed Eggshells

¼ cup Dried Chamomile (you can buy it here)

¼ cup Black Soldier Fly Larvae (You can buy them here.)

¼ cup Organic, non-GMO Corn

¼ cup Organic, Non-GMO Wheat Berries

 

Directions

Wash, dry, and lightly toast the eggshells at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes. Crush them thoroughly so your hens can swallow them.

 

Combine the eggshells with the remaining ingredients, and have fun watching your hens gobble it down!

 


Have a hen that loves her herbs? (Who doesn’t?!)

nesting box herbs

Yes, I have a spoiled hen who wants nesting herbs!