Rabbit Treats: Parsley Herb Bricks

Parsley is especially good for your rabbits health. It is known to help improve urinary tract health, helps treat inflammation, treats fertility, and improves their blood counts. Parsley leaves and roots can also be used to treat constipation.

The recipe I am using today will focus on Parsley. However, you could replace the parsley with any rabbit safe herb that you currently have an abundance of in your garden.



Rabbit Treats~Parsley Herbal Bricks

1 cup rolled oats, finely ground
1/2 cup rabbit pellets, finely ground
2 medium-sized bunches of parsley 
1/2 of a carrot
1/2 of a banana
1/4 cup of water
(if you need more moisture, you can add more water, or more banana)

Grind your oats and pellets in a food processor.
After you grind them individually, if you have a large enough food processor, add
the parsley, carrot, banana, and water, and grind again. If not, grind ingredients separately, and then mix together in a bowl.

Top left photograph shows the consistency the mixture should make. Use wax paper, and flatten the mixture to about 1/4". Score the mixture with a knife, making small squares.

Lift wax paper, and lay it on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 35 minutes. Do not let it get too brown. Next, simply turn off oven and let it completely cool with the bricks still in there. You are attempting to completely dry them out. Any moisture means that they could grow mold eventually.  If they still feel like they are moist, remove from oven, re-heat oven to 350, and turn it off again, and set them in for the cool down.
Another option would be to place them in a dehydrator at this point, if you have one.

Once they are completely dried out and brittle, simply snap them apart.
Store them in a jar or ziploc bag, anything air tight. 

If you are making these to use up extra herbs, then store the bulk of them in the freezer. That way, you can have fresh herb treats for your buns in the winter!

Another added benefit of these bricks is the fact that they are hard and brittle. This is very good for your buns teeth! Just make sure to give them as treats. I usually give one per day, per bun!



 



Homemade Rabbit Friendly Treats: Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade Rabbit Treats: Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are so incredible easy, and your bunny will love them!


Ingredients: 
1/2 Banana
1/2 Cup Quick Oats Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Chopped Parsley
1/4 Chopped Raisins

(Notice, there is NO added sugar in this recipe- there is natural sugars in the banana, carrots, and raisins. These are treats and should only be given occasionally.)

                                                                                            





This recipe is very flexible if the cookies seem too dry, simply add a little water, or more banana. After chopping all the ingredients, mix them together. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, roll the mixture into small balls. Place on cookie sheet, and push them flat.





Bake cookies at 350' for 30 minutes, then turn oven off, and leave cookies in the oven while it cools. You want the cookies to achieve a very crunchy dried out texture. Any moisture that is left in the cookies means that they can mold. Plus, my rabbits love things that are crunchy.

So, if you make your cookies larger than mine, it may take longer to dry them out.  It may take once or twice to perfect the recipe.

Folding a Napkin into a Rose Tutorial


Here is a neat little tutorial on how to turn an ordinary napkin into something special for your table. There is a short video where you can watch me actually do it, and then there is a photo collage for each step! Enjoy!




Bio-Security Shoes to Protect the Coop

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How many people want to come over and see your chickens? Where were they before they came to your house? Have they been to see someone else's coop? Were their chickens healthy? Other than refusing to let them near your chicken yard, what else can you do? Simply washing off their shoes is not going to cut it.
I just put in an order for these shoe/boot covers that I am keeping handy in my shed next to the coop. They are available here, 100 shoe covers for $10. No, this isn't the perfect solution. I prefer scrubbing boots and shoes with clorox and hot water to disinfect them. However, this is a quick fix for a random visit you may have not been expecting. (Plus, you can hide a few pairs in your house in case the plumber has to come over on a rainy day, and he has mud caked on his shoes!)
I am not going to worry about people's feelings if they are offended; they will just have to understand. Simply put, if you want to come into the fence at the coop, to protect both your shoes and my chickens, I need you to put on these shoe covers. If they ask why, it will keep the chicken poop off their shoes, plus if they have in any way been in contact with other chickens or animals, it will protect my girls from germs.
No, this is not ridiculous. I do not wear the same shoes to the coop that I wear to work, the feed stores, Tractor Supply, or even the neighbor's garage. I can't take the risk. I want to be able to allow my flock to free-range inside their fence without fear of contamination. I don't think this is too much to ask, and I wouldn't mind doing the same at another person's coop!

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Feeding Your Flock Yogurt

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Before I begin telling you about the importance of giving your flock some yogurt, let me begin by saying that I purchase a huge container of this yogurt at a large wholesale store for a great price. It is much cheaper in a container like this, than it is purchasing the small individual containers.

We try very hard to give our chickens the best diet possible. We feed the Fresh Eggs Daily's Breakfast of Champion Layer Mix, additional dry and fresh herbs from the garden, romaine lettuce, a variety of weeds, leftovers from the kitchen, and all the bugs they can find for themselves! However, they do occasionally suffer from some digestive issues, much like humans. Even though we add the probiotic supplement ProBios to the feed that they receive daily, we do give them some plain yogurt now about once a week. They absolutely love it! We always give yogurt in moderation because chickens cannot digest the sugars in dairy, and it will cause diarrhea if the get it too often.

Recently, we gave them a good dose of yogurt once a day for a week because we noticed a few of them had messy bottoms. We gave their rear ends a nice bath; however, after just a few days they were a bit messy again. I was beginning to fear they may have developed vent gleet.
Vent Gleet isn't a sickness really; it is comparable to a yeast infection. However, if it is allowed to progress to long, it can lead to problems. What I love about natural remedies is the fact that if I treat them naturally for vent gleet and they do not have it, there are no side effects.
We always change our chicken's waterers daily, sometimes twice a day. But clean living conditions, access to fresh clean water, and access to clean dry food are perhaps the most important to prevent vent gleet. However, it can still happen. All it takes for them to develop vent gleet is an imbalance in the pH levels in the digestive tract, and this can occur from antibiotics, excessive heat, stress, or any other number of issues that have nothing to do with cleanliness.
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To combat the possibility of vent gleet we add apple cider vinegar to their waterers daily — we add Probios to their feed daily. We are now giving a special "yogurt" treat once a week.
Simple changes can make a great difference in your flock's overall health.
To learn more about vent gleet, click here.
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Treat Mix for our Guinea Fowl (and the chickens who get jealous)

I keep a huge tub of this treat mix ready for the guinea fowl. I must admit that they are totally free-range, and get 95 percent of their diet from foraging for bugs and ticks, eating grasses, and raiding my herb garden. However, I do keep a station set up with fresh water, extra feed and treats, just in case they want something more. This can be used for the chickens also, because they absolutely have a fit when I am mixing this up for the guineas! I always have to throw them a handful to enjoy, just so 
I can get past them to give it to the guinea!
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I feed all my chickens and guineas Fresh Eggs Daily's Breakfast of Champion Layer Mix, and as you can see, I use a scoop of the Layer Mix in the treat mixture also. In addition to this, I add a scoop of scratch grains, a scoop of millet, and a scoop of dried mealworms.
Keep in mind these are TREATS ... these should not be used as their only source of feed. Also, please remember to provide water for all your free-range animals like the guinea. In heat like we are experiencing now, they may have difficulty finding water sources that are usually available to them.
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