In our area, the heat is harder on the chickens than is the cold. That’s true for a ‘lil old granny too! 🙂 During the summer, I will freeze yogurt in ice trays and throw out cubes to them, I often dump small blocks of ice in their water buckets, we save all our fruit peelings in the freezer and I will throw a few of those out to the chickens.
Recently, a reader, Hilary, mentioned that she runs her oversized zucchini through the spiral veggie cutter and feeds those to the chickens. That gave me an idea . . I could run them through the spiral cutter, freeze them and throw out frozen zucchini cubes to the chickens for a cool treat on a hot afternoon.
My old spiral cutter clamps to the edge o fa table and I don’t like clamping things to the countertop so I went searching for something different that would work. I ended up ordering this one because (1) it has suction cups and supposedly sticks to the countertop, though I wasn’t going to bet that it worked great (2) it had lots of positive feedback (3) it wasn’t terribly expensive.
The suction cups actually work great and keep it right where I want it to stay!
Using the thicker cutter, it took no time at all to have quite a pile of zucchini.
I ended up with 19 packets of zucchini, which I wrapped in plastic wrap and stacked on a cookie sheet, with parchment paper between the layers of packets.
Once it was frozen, I stuck the packages in the freezer pull out section. These packages are so easy to “serve”. I will unwrap one, cut it onto three sections and throw those out for the chickens. With 12 – 18 chickens in each pen, I will need to put at least 6 chunks in each pen.
It will take a whole lot of zucchini to keep my chickens cool over the next few months but I do believe my zucchini plants are up to the challenge. Why is it that no matter how few zucchini plants I set out, I’m always overrun with zucchini?