Reasons To Grab a Beverage and Chill With Your Chickens

When you first decided to get chickens, it was probably because you wanted farm fresh eggs on-demand. 

But as you got to know your little flock, you realized how fascinating and entertaining those little dinosaurs are.

And yes, they remind us of dinos as well. 

The truth is, after a while, raising chickens can become a bit monotonous.

And at times you may have even found yourself annoyed or frustrated with your flock.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. No judgment here. We’ve had to chase our chooks down from time to time, and who wouldn’t get frustrating while trying to catch a chicken, even when it’s for their own good (like for their safety or medical care).

Anyway, we’re putting this post out into the world to remind everyone how wonderful chickens are.

And to take you back to the days when your chickens simply mesmerized you!

Reasons to Take a Break With Your Chickens

Reconnect With Nature Through Chickens

Chickens are often referred to as the gateway to farming animals. Many times, they’re chosen as a first farm animal because they’re small, fairly simple to care for, and they give back. 

But we think they’re the gateway critter because they also help us reconnect to nature.

For example, when we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy workday, spending time outside with our chickens can feel therapeutic. 

They’re wild, but not that wild.

And when we care for them and spend time with them while feeling a gentle breeze and the warm sun, it washes away the chaos of the day. Instead of stressing, we’re spending time with animals, in nature.

Leave the World Behind

Speaking of therapy, chickens are extremely distracting creatures. In a good way. 

Chickens are fascinating. They forage, take dust baths, cackle, run (really funny to watch), and scold each other. 

Watching the dynamics of our flocks is a way to relax, focus on the present moment, and enjoy our chickens. 

And, if we’re lucky, we might even have a chicken that enjoys being held, carried around during chores, or even pet. 

Simply spending time with another being, even if it’s a chicken, is enough to lift our spirits when we’re feeling down. 

Assess the Flock

Hanging out with your flock from time to time isn’t just good for your mental health; it’s also good for their health. 

Observing our flock helps you notice conditions like molting.

Sometimes we forget to slow down and check-in with our chooks.

We’re busy. All.the.time.

And we miss things. Important things…like health issues in the flock.

So instead of rushing into the coop to harvest eggs, and rushing back out, spending a few moments of quiet time watching your flock could alert you to an illness or injury amongst them.


Togetherness & Teamwork

At first, this might sound a bit strange. But there’s a lot we can learn (and teach our children) about social behavior, just from watching a flock of chickens. 

Chooks look out for each other, move together, alert each other of impending doom, and cannot thrive without one another. They’re social animals, just like us. 

Without a flock, no matter how small it is, behavior issues arise. So, we can learn, and teach, about the importance of teamwork. 

(Maybe not when there’s more than one rooster present, but you get the idea.)

Our Chickens Provide Entertainment

Of course, we’ve come full circle.

Chickens can distract us from the stress of our lives, give us companionship when we’re feeling lonely, and teach us about teamwork.

They do all those things, but they also provide entertainment at its finest.

Time and time again, my own flock has entertained not just my family, but also guests. They’re amusing, with all their clucks and squawks.

They’re hilarious when they run around with treats in their beaks. And they’re intriguing when they look at us quizzically. Those silly little dino eyes.

In fact, we might just be as entertaining to them!

So, go ahead and allow yourself a moment to enjoy your beloved flock of chickens, once again.

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For more fun, check out the We Drink and We Farm Things podcast. Sam and Bev introduce you to their drink of the week and small farming and homesteading topics. They’re great companions to listen to while doing your chicken keeping chores!


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Top Chicken Treats to Beat the Heat

All summer, we’ve been focusing on keeping our chickens cool. Of course, that means providing fresh water, shade, and even a light breeze. 

But our favorite way to keep our chooks comfortable during a hot summer day is to spoil them with some cool treats. 

Not only are certain treats going to keep your chickens cool, but they’re also full of nutrients (and protein) to help keep your chickens in top egg-laying condition!

Here’s our favorites:

Cool Chicken Treats To Beat the Summer Heat

The Mother of All Melons

Melons, in general, are always a hit with chickens. You can give them refrigerated cantaloupe, honeydew, or winter melons. 

But the one that chickens go coo coo for is the mother of all melons; the watermelon. 

Big juicy, cool, watermelons are the top treat for chickens (if they had a say in the matter).

Fresh watermelons are sweet and juicy so they’re not only tasty, but they’re also a fantastic way to help keep your chickens cool and hydrated. 

If you want to extend the life of the watermelon, and pack a little extra cooling power, you can also freeze it. That way, they’re hard to consume quickly and are even more refreshing for your flock. 

Just make sure you cut your watermelons before placing them in the freezer!

Chickens love watermelons, especially. They’re the fave of the flock. 

But, don’t forget that they’ll also settle for what’s on sale. So feel free to give your chickens cantaloupe from the garden, honeydew on super saver Saturday, or winter melons. 

Cool Garden Grub for Chickens

If you’re liquidating your garden and you’ve noticed a surplus of cucumbers (we always do) then go ahead and throw some slices into their water. 

Freezing some cukes and slicing them up is a perfect way to keep your flock comfy when it’s extremely hot out. 

You’ll notice that your chooks prefer the seeds and flesh more than the rind, but that’s ok, especially if you’ve got nowhere to go with your surplus cucumbers. 

Popsicles For Chickens

Sometimes giving chickens treats is just as fun for us as it is for them. And this little hack is no exception…

For this cool treat, simply fill a popsicle mold with some frozen berries, add water, freeze, and hand ‘em out to your chickens. 

The frozen fruit will last a little longer than if you’d given it to them without freezing. And as a bonus, the ice keeps your chickens cool and hydrated. 

Fruit that chooks love are:

  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mulberries (they really like berries)
  • Watermelon

Any of these fruits can be added to a popsicle mold or ice cube trays. Then, pop them out and float them in fresh water or place them in a clean feeder!

Frozen Veggies

Fruit isn’t the only thing your chickens love chilled. They also enjoy peas, corn, leafy greens, and other vegetables.

And even veggies can be frozen in popsicle form (or in an ice cube tray). Spinach is also a great vegetable for chickens needing a little extra iron or vitamin c. 

Another great way to freeze veggies is by taking canned vegetables, opening the can, and freezing the whole darn can. This is perfect for added water. (Just try to stay away from anything inorganic or salt-laden)

The good news? You don’t even have to trick your chooks into eating their greens.

They love it!

Frozen Proteins

When chickens have the cards stacked against them (i.e. it’s hot out) they might need a little extra protein to get through the tough stuff. 

So, aside from fruit and veggies, you can also freeze some of their favorites, like worms, mealworms, or black soldier fly larvae. 

If these items come dehydrated, you can rehydrate them by soaking them in water until they look plump, and well, lifelike, then freeze.

The frozen protein gives them an energy boost, helping them fight off illness, and also keep them cool and hydrated!

It might seem a little yuck to us, but your flock will love you for it!

Here’s more about rehydrating mealworms.

Try some of our favorite dried insect treats for chickens:

Chubby Mealworms

Grubblies Original USA & CA – Natural Grubs for Chickens – Chicken Feed Supplement with 50x Calcium, Healthier Than Mealworms – Black Soldier Fly Larvae Treats for Hens, Ducks, Birds (5 lbs)

Mealworms -5 Lbs- 100% Non-GMO Dried Mealworms – Large Meal Worms – Bulk Mealworms -High Protein Treats- Perfect Mealworm for Chickens, Ducks, Turtles, Blue Birds, Lizards – Bag of Mealworms 5 LBS

Frozen Chicken Food

Last on the frozen food list? Well, it’s chicken feed.

Simply wet down your flocks’ layer feed and freeze it in small baggies. Giving them these frozen clumps of food not only feeds your chickens, it also cools them down, and gives them something yummy to play around with. 

Veggie Garland

Who could forget the viral veggie garland images circulating on social media?

While this treat isn’t necessarily freezable (or easily freezable) veggies from the fridge will still keep your chickens cool and give them an added hydration boost. 

Photo, and instructions on how to make your own veggie garland: https://www.communitychickens.com/chicken-treat-garland-zbw1912ztil/

Simply string lettuce, cucumbers, peas, and other garden goodies on a sturdy string and hang it up in the coop where your chickens can reach them. 

You can also use a Henny+Roo Hanging Treat Skewer to make a game out of cool fruits and vegetables.

They’ll hop and attack the garland until alllll the goodies are gone. 

And it will give you something entertaining to watch as you cool down with your own favorite summertime beverage!

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