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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A look inside the Henny+Roo May Box for Chicken Keepers

Subscribers, take a look inside your May box! Your April box is in transit, and while you await its arrival, we are putting the finishing touches on your May box. First, your chickens will come running for the @exoticnutrition Chicken Treat Variety Pack. And you’ll be able to welcome guests with our cute Henny+Roo exclusive farmhouse-style garden flag!

The April box sold out, and we fully expect the May box to sell out too. Because of the limited supply, the May box will not be available on our website as a non-subscription purchase. You have to be a current subscriber to get it, so it’s a great time to start or reactivate your subscription!

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A Look Inside the Henny+Roo March 2021 Box

The February boxes are being prepared to ship this week, so let’s talk about March!

Our monthly subscription boxes for chicken keepers are intended to be surprise boxes. We love hearing about the feeling you get when you open a box of goodies just for you and your flock!

The Henny+Roo March 2021 Box features our exclusive Spring Hen Pouch! At 9″x6″, it’s perfect for carrying all of your essentials. You’ll get a jump on spring decorating with the distressed silver sitting hen figurine – it’s made of resin and hand painted (4.5″ h x 6″ w). And for the flock, a big 1.5 lb. bag of Henny+Roo Pecktacular Grains and mealworms. Plus, 5 other items to care for your flock, The items in this box retail at over $60.

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The Grub Life

An interview with Raoul Benavides, owner of Iowa Blue Farm

Raoul Benavides, Owner/Operator, Iowa Blue Farm

We were proud to feature Black Soldier Fly larvae from Iowa Blue Farm in our December box, and thought you’d like to get to know the owner, Raoul Benavides. We hope you enjoy learning about him and his business as much as we did!
-Your friends at Henny+Roo

Hi Raoul! How did you get started in this business and why are you passionate about BSF larvae?

I come from a long lineage of entrepreneurs. I am always searching for new ways to challenge myself. I wanted to do something tactile that was environmentally responsible. I think like a farmer and really love working on process based projects. Black Soldier Flies were a natural fit. (Learn more about Iowa Blue Farm here.)

What is your role at Iowa Blue Farm and how does your family support that?

I am the owner/operator. I wear all the hats. Of course, family and friends provided incredible amounts of support labor and feedback. I have had some really dear friends supporting me at the beginning. I did lots of experiments getting the flies to breed early on. I went from my basement to a 1000 square foot space and we are in the process of moving into a 10,000 square foot operation this month. From artists to designers to engineers, my team helped create the specialized gear needed to breed, feed, harvest, dry and package these very unique creatures.

Do you have any pets?

I have had a number of urban hens through out my life. Right now, I only have a lovely grouchy cat named Diego.

What’s your favorite part about your work?

 It’s incredibly rewarding. I get to manage and fine tune a whole life cycle of this beautiful insect and along the way lower the carbon footprint, provide jobs and feed chickens.

What’s surprised you about your business that you didn’t expect when you started?

At first, I didn’t really see the scale. This thing can be massive in cultural impact. I am hoping to open an indoor shrimp farm soon that runs entirely on Black Soldier Fly Larvae pellets. My dream is to turn the dried black soldier fly larvae into a small cookie that we can giveaway globally in order to end world hunger.

Big thanks to Raoul for sharing his work with us, and for providing his products, which we’re sure your flock will love, for our December boxes. Didn’t get one? We have just a few left in our Shop at hennyandroo.com, and for a limited time, you can save 10% sitewide with code CHICKENLOVE.