With winter settling in nicely I have noticed that my chickens do not like the snow.
They refuse to walk on it, they’ll fly over it whenever possible and I’m certain they would go without eating if it came to it!
Putting down hay in our run has helped them spread their legs and get out but they can sometimes still get a little bored with no dirt around to scratch in.
There are a lot of things you can do to coax chickens out of the coop and keep them busy. I decided t0 make them chicken feeders.
I have a lot of beef tallow on hand that I use mostly for making soap. But feeding the chickens is a worthy cause so I ventured into the world of chicken feeders.
My Grandfather used to make bird feeders when I was younger. He would buy lard, roll it into balls then roll the balls in bird seed. He would hang them out in the trees in the winter and the birds went crazy. I took his idea and gave it a different spin.
DIY Beef Tallow Chicken Feeders
I have some of my beef tallow in the fridge in a mason jar so I just put the jar into a pot with water and set the water to med-high. You can also just through tallow into the pot and melt it. But use a lower heat.
Once it was melted I poured the tallow into an 8×8 silicone mould (or a pan lined with wax paper) and then poured 2 cups of chicken feed into it and stirred it around. You can also do the step in the pot and pour the mixture into the mould, up to you.
Leave the mixture on your counter to harden. This won’t take too long.
After everything was back to room temperature this is what I was left with.
I cut my square into 4 and placed two of the feeders into this square bird feeder cage thing. The other two feeders I kept in the freezer.
If you don’t have a bird feeder you can also use a heavy string or twine and place it in the mixture while it’s still in liquid form. Once everything hardens you can go right ahead and hand your feeders!
My chickens went bananas for these feeders. Not only did it provide them with some entertainment, the extra fat they are getting helps keep their little chicken bodies warm through these cold winter days.
- 1 lbs beef tallow
- 2 cups chicken feed
- Melt beef tallow on medium heat.
- Once melted remove from heat and stir in chicken feed.
- Pour the mixture into a 8x8 pan lined with wax paper or silicone mold.
- Let the mixture harden.
- Cut into 4 squares.
- Store in the freezer until ready to use.