perfect potion

By robynjay On March 8th, 2017

As those know who follow me on FB, we’ve had the pox. Scary as it may sound, it’s apparently quite common in poultry; spread via mosquitoes, leaving hens immune. Dr Google suggested it’d spread through the flock, but simply to ensure they had good food & water, and plenty of TLC. None of that was difficult here at Hyde Rd!

Further searching led me to a brew that I adapted. The hens LOVE it and with a handful each day for 2 weeks combs were red and pox free, and feathers glowing.

Since then we’ve cut back to twice weekly feeds as a general tonic (and treat). Even seeing me with trays in hand is enough to send the girls into a state of excitement; and if they’re off scratching a call will generally bring them running.

So here’s the recipe. This makes enough for about 6 feeds for 6 hens; I freeze in separate lots. Everything is adaptable!

In a big bowl mix together:

2 x 350ml cupfuls of good quality scratch mix – we use the Watson & Williams cracked grains/pellets mix
6 dsp poultry vitamins – we use Perfect Poultry
1 x 350ml cup of rolled oats
(+ any other seeds you have – quinoa etc)
1 grated apple with seeds removed (don’t feed chooks apple seeds)
1 good tblsp cod liver oil
1 dsp hemp oil
2 heaped tblsp natural yoghurt (homemade is best!)
2 cooked and crumbled egg yolks