make this the year you get a chicken coop!

{ you'll love visiting with the ladies }


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Chicken Scratch




3 cups scratch grains
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, chopped apples, etc)
1 1/2 cup lard, melted

Line a nine-by-five inch loaf pan (or any similar sized pan) with parchment paper or foil. Mix the oatmeal, fruit, and grains together, and place in the pan. Cover the dry ingredients completely with the liquid fat. You may need to mash everything around with a fork to make sure there are no air bubbles. Allow the cake to harden completely. You can speed up this process by sticking it in the refrigerator for a while. Remove it from the pan by lifting up on the liner to pop it out. You can cut it into several pieces, or feed the whole thing at once by either tossing it or placing in a feed pan. This recipe is extremely flexible. Don’t hesitate to play around with it!