Homemade chicken treats for the two-legged friends in your life (and backyard) are easy to make. Chickens will devour these treats since they’re made with ingredients they love – peanut butter, oats, raisins, and grapes.
Our family jumped on the urban chicken bandwagon in 2013 and we haven’t looked back. Our
two six chickens are family members who daily
often sometimes provide us with fresh eggs with deep golden yolks.
We like to spoil our chickens with healthy kitchen scraps – apple cores, collard greens, mango skins to pick clean, and basil and cilantro stems. During peak laying season, it’s nice to give our ladies a deserved and extra special and adorable homemade chicken treat. As any good urban hipster and dessert blogger would do, I made the homemade chicken treats as cupcakes.
These chicken treat cupcakes don’t use any eggs. Some people do feed eggs to their chickens for protein (and I’m not judging), but something about it feels icky to me. These cupcakes are made with a blend of their regular organic chicken feed, oats, raisins, and almond butter. I frost them with an almond butter frosting and top them with my chickens’ absolute favorite treat – grapes! The cupcakes don’t hold together very well, which doesn’t matter at all. Serve them in the wrappers and let the girls have at it. You can also freeze the cupcakes before serving for a cool treat on a hot day!
Can Chickens Eat Grapes?
Many people wonder if chickens can eat grapes. The answer is that they can – in moderation. Any naturally sweetened treat will appeal to chickens, but they will eventually start refusing to eat their normal, boring food if you constantly give them sweet treats. Plus, chickens should not have that much sugar in their diets; too much sugar is bad for their digestive tracts.
Chickens can choke on whole grapes because they don’t chew their food like you and I do. I recommend slicing grapes in half before giving them to your pet backyard chickens.
Finally, it’s best to only feed chickens seedless grapes. The seeds aren’t terribly good for their beaks, so why take chances?
More About Backyard Chickens
My cupcakes for chickens are adapted from a chicken cake recipe by Janice Cole, author of a memoir all about raising chickens. If you’d like to get started with a small flock of your own, have a look at her book and also feel free to ask me any questions. (View on Amazon)
- 1 cup almond butter or peanut butter all-natural and salt-free
- 1/2 cup chicken feed
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 6 seedless grapes
- Heat up half of the nut butter in the microwave until it is soft.
- Mix with the remaining ingredients.
- Place six cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
- Divide mixture evenly between liners, packing the mixture in tightly.
- Add a tablespoon of water at a time to the remaining nut butter and mix completely. Keep adding until the nut butter is soft enough to pipe onto the chicken treat cupcakes.
- Frost the cupcakes and top each one with a grape. I recommend slicing the grape into two so the chickens have no issues eating it.
- Freeze (so that your chickens will have a nice cool treat).
- When ready to serve, remove and thaw for a few minutes.
- If your chickens are like mine, they might be a bit "chicken" at first and shy away from the cupcakes - but once they try them, they'll be happy!