|Chooks love a warm, nutritious mash during the cooler months.|
1-2 cups of layer pellets (may vary depending on how many chooks - and scraps, you have)
leftover cooked scraps from last nights dinner
mangy leftover sandwiches from the bottom of children's school bags (NOT green or furry!)
leftover whey if you have been making homemade ricotta or cream cheese
1/2 cup milk powder, if you are short on scraps or whey
We keep our daily food scraps in a 4 litre ice-cream container, which also makes a great feed bowl for the chooks' mash. Just add 1-2 cups of layer pellets to the scraps, pour boiling water over to cover and stir well, breaking up any lumps of cooked veggies or stale bread with a spoon. If using whey, heat it up then pour it over OR alternatively, mix the scraps, pellets and whey all together and heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes, until warm and mushy. Stir well to ensure all of the tasty cooked scrappy goodness is well distributed. Those chooks are crafty, they'll pick through the mix looking for the good bits, but if it's all mixed through, they will tend to gulp it down in big mouthfuls (beakfuls?).
If using boiling water to make the mash, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, to allow the mash to cool a little and to give the pellets a chance to soak up the liquid.
No need to plate up, chooks aren't fussy about presentation. The ice cream container is a perfectly acceptable vessel to place in the chook pen, containing the mashy delicacy. They'll love you for it and possibly even reward you with extra (or more regular at the very least) eggs! Maybe even enough for a 16 egg fritatta....