Hot chicks love frozen corn muffins

Chickens love mealworms, but they really love them frozen in a corm muffin.

Today was a hot one. Temps topped 90 degrees. So to beat the heat, I blew up a pool float and put it in a small pond in my yard.

I drifted around in about 10 inches of water, my belly looking up to the branches above me. Just as I was starting to nod off, a loud noise jolted me awake.

“Bawk. BAWK! Ba-gawk!” I opened my eyes, and two chickens were on the hill just above my feet. And while it may have sounded like the “Egg Song,” I knew better.

These sassy gals were hot as heck. I could see their wings hanging low, and and their beaks open in a pant. I needed to work fast to cool the girls down.

I rolled off of the raft (this was no easy task, even in a shallow pond) and grabbed the hose so I could aim a gentle mist in their direction. But chickens generally don’t dig water, so even this mist sent them scrambling under a bush. I was actually relieved to see this, because the shade would provide some respite from the heat.

Mealworms are the true star of frozen corn muffins. Not only are these treats easy to make, but the ingredients are easily substituted with leftover fruits and veggies. Nothing better to cool off hens on a hot summer day.

Taking this cue, I slipped into the kitchen to assemble my secret chicken cooling tactic: frozen corn muffins. The project is simple, and open to interpretation. My general rule is to use a muffin tin, and corn. From there, lean into your imagination. Today, I prepared muffins using cherry tomatoes, blueberries, mealworms … and of course corn! You can watch me assemble these frozen snacks in a ChickenScratchFever video.

I just checked the weather, and of course the temperatures are going to drop into the 70s for the next week. So I put the muffins in a ziplock bag and popped them into the freezer for use on a warmer day.

Still, I just might grab a few and toss them to the girls tomorrow morning. Now that summer is here, these hot chicks deserve a cool treat.

It was really, really hard rolling out of this raft.

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