Sorry for such a delay in posting this summer. Between vacations and preparing for our fence face lift, there hasn’t been much downtime for this gypsy girl to keep everyone updated. In the meantime, I wanted to share a fun frozen treat experiment I tried for the horses and chickens this past weekend in attempt to beat the ever rising heat of our Louisiana summer.
The frozen treats are a simple concept of freezing vegetables and fruits in water as healthy, all natural freeze pops for our animals to enjoy on a hot summer day. For the horses, I combined a small amount of frozen vegetables and apple slices in a paper cup, added water and incorporated twine for easy hanging later. I used a paper cup so that it would easy to tear away after being frozen.
Of course the horses benefit from cooling off with a freezer pop but with chickens, it is more of a necessity. Chickens can easily overheat in high temperatures which can lead to death if you aren’t careful. Keeping ice in their water bowl/bucket and providing plenty of shaded areas are other ways to aide their rising body temperature in the summer.
Their freezer treat is prettier because I used a small Bundt pan as a mold, adding beans, frozen fruit and water for their enjoyment.
Once all of the treats were prepared, in the freezer they went. I waited until the weekend to give them out because I wanted to have plenty of time to assess their behavior.
Freedom loved his freeze pop and licked his little heart out until he reached the good stuff.
I held the pops in my hands at certain points so that he could bite at the pieces of fruit and vegetable but eventually added them to his feed bowl for easy access.
Sparkle wasn’t interested at all. Andrew tried to get her attention but she wasn’t having any of it. With all the rain and the commotion going on at the farm, she hasn’t been in the mood to enjoy much of anything. Her routine has been disrupted and she’s not happy. I was a little disappointed but I think in time, she may come around and enjoy these tasty treats.
Freedom enjoying the freeze pops was enough for me that afternoon. Watching him tickled me so much. He has such a goofy personality on a regular basis that his go-getter attitude with these popsicles was not surprising at all.
As for the chickens, they didn’t take to their frozen delight right away either. They looked at it, walked up to it, stared at it some more and eventually abandoned the beautiful treat.
It wasn’t until later in the afternoon when most of the ice was melted that they really went after the goodies.
Sparkle sure does look interested in the background now. What are the odds?!
They must have enjoyed their afternoon delight because every last bite was gone by the time I closed the coop that evening.