Treat Your Good Boy To Homemade Dog Treats

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Homemade Dog Treats

When your good boy is a great boy and needs a special treat, regular store bought treats just won’t work. So, gather these ingredients and make your favorite pup some delicious homemade dog treats.

Homemade Dog Treats - 5 Simple Ingredients - by Aduke Schulist

These treats contain only 5 ingredients and come together within minutes.

Homemade Dog Treats Ingredients

Ingredients:
 1 cup whole wheat flour
 1 cup oats
 1/2 cup flax seed
 2/3 cup broth
 1/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add the broth and peanut butter, stirring until the mixture forms a ball of dough. If mixture is too dry, add more broth. Roll out the dough on a slightly floured surface, cut into desired shapes. Bake for 10 minutes, turn treats over, and bake an additional 10 minutes.

The best part about these treats is I always have the ingredients on hand. So grab a mixing bowl and your favorite dog shaped cookie cutters and treat your good boy – or girl – to these homemade dog treats.

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats Yum

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored

What I lack in decorating skills, these treats made up for in taste. Rok (our husky) LOVES them.

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored

 

Have you ever made homemade dog treats? 

Before You Get 4-H Chickens

4-H Chickens: First time chicken owners

I blogged on Life as a Convert a while back about our 4-H Chickens. It was basically me saying I had no clue what I was doing raising baby chicks and that I hoped beyond all hoping that I could keep enough alive (3) to fulfill our obligation to 4-H. I’m happy to report that I was able to keep exactly enough pullets alive to participate in the Show and Sell required as part of getting the 4-H chickens. Kaia’s chickens got a blue ribbon and sold for right over $30.

Before you get Chickens..

 

After auctioning our remaining three pullets off, we were left with three roosters. They served no purpose except eating the bugs outside. Two of them have since died, but we are keeping the third and only surviving chicken as somewhat of a pet.

Kanga-Rooster AKA Roo is a friendly little chicken who enjoys popcorn and pecking at the window when it’s time to come inside at night. From the time we got him and his siblings (RIP little chickens), we have learned so much and want to share with you you what you should know before getting 4-H chickens (or any chickens!) for the first time.

They eat and drink a lot.

– Seriously, a LOT! I grossly underestimated how much they would eat/drink. Even as day old chicks, those suckers devoured food. Depending on how many chickens you have, I recommended getting double the amount of food you think you will need.

4-h-chickens-walking-in-food

Not only do they eat a lot, they waste some by scratching in it, or even defecating in it. My advice? Go to your local farm store and stock up! Buy.All.The.Food!!

They need to be kept “high and dry” and have a place to roost at night.

– Maybe this one is obvious, but I had to learn it the hard way. We turned an old dog house into a chicken coop and thought it would be great for the chickens. Except it was super hard to clean out, and my attempts at cleaning it, only left bleach soaked poo on the ground.

Dog House Turned Into Chicken Coop - 4-H Chickens

After living in it for a little over a month my entire flock got sick and half of them died. This was due to them being on the ground (with their poop) at night. It’s best to have a coop that is safe from predators, easy to clean and access, and has a place for them to roost. (We are looking into getting a chicken tractor or remodeling the current coop in the meantime Roo (our single remaining chicken) spends the night in the house inside a dog cage that is much easier to keep clean)

They will peck you!

– They most definitely will. They will peck your toes and ankles and anything else within pecking reach. It won’t hurt, but it will scare you and make you jump. The anticipation of getting pecked will cause fear. Feeding time – when all the chickens come running towards you – will result in you (or Kaia) running around like a chicken trying to avoid getting pecked.

Chicken wire isn’t made for chicken coops.

– This was another hard lesson. I ended up using three different kinds of wire on our dog house coop before declaring it secure. I recommend getting the ¼ – ½ inch hardware cloth wire and using that. It will keep your chickens in and predators out. Keeping the chickens in is just as important as keeping the predators out. Our first death happened from a chicken getting stuck in the wire (pictured above) trying to get out. It could have been avoided with hardware cloth.

Be aware of what predators are in your area and safeguard against them.

– We had a few chickens die from predators. I take the blame for this. They did not get into the coop, but rather got the chickens when they were free-ranging.

They need space and entertainment.

– I had no clue that chickens would peck each other. Not only do they peck each other, they draw blood, de-feather each other, and still continue to peck! Overcrowding will cause them to peck each other.

4-H Chickens - Overcrowding in a Coop

I’ve since learned that you should have about 4 square foot of space per chicken. Also, chickens get bored and will peck each other when bored. I solved the boredom by giving them cabbage, corn on the cob, and other treats. My chickens’ boredom was a result of them being “cooped up” prior to them being big enough to be let out of the coop. They were confined to their coop until they were no longer able to squeeze through the fence separating my yard from the neighbors’ yards.

Overall, they aren’t too hard to take care of. There are just a lot of dos and don’ts that you should familiarize yourself with before signing up for 4-H chickens. I recommend websites like Backyard Chickens and Facebook poultry groups specific to your area. Additionally, individuals who have participated in the 4-H Chickens/Poultry programs before can be a great source of information.

Have you ever raised day old chickens?

Meet ROK

Meet ROK!

I am sitting here sorting through pics and thinking back to just a few short months ago when we got our second dog, Rok. I know, I know! I never even blogged about it. Whoops! Consider this, my introduction: In May, we got Rok. Rok is 75% husky, 25% albino shepherd, and 100% gorgeous! Meet Rok:

Meet Rok

It all started many months before when my kids were begging me to get another dog. They wanted a Husky, but I refused to spend $400+ on a dog. I told them I would like to just get an older dog and give it some love before it passed away. Older dogs don’t get adopted as quickly as puppies do. I also told them if a husky became available at a shelter we would get it, otherwise we were getting an older dog.

Rok the Husky : Husky & Albino Shepherd Puppy

When I told everybody I was looking for a senior dog, they thought I was crazy.

“You should get a puppy” they said

And,  “An older dog is going to die sonner.”

That was kind of the whole point. I knew getting an older dog would mean watching them pass, but I also knew that we could give an older dog lots of love and let the years or months they had left be some of the best ones.

We searched for months on all the local animal shelter websites and social media pages, looking for the one that was just right for our family. We even went to the animal shelters a few times and though we saw a couple, none seemed right for our family.  

Rok the Husky - Puppy

Then, a friend on Facebook said her dog was pregnant with Husky puppies. Her dog is an Albino Shepherd/Husky mix and the dad is full Husky. Before the puppies were even born, we told her we wanted one. That ended our search for the perfect dog. I wasn’t really thrilled with getting a puppy, but the kids were all about it.

Rok was born March 15th and we brought him home on May 2nd.

A boy and his dog - Rok the Husky - Puppy

The kids named him Rok after my Uncle’s dog Roc who lived with us a few short weeks in January after my Uncle passed away.  

Upon bringing him home, I insisted the kids work with him and get him trained! Our other dog came to us as an adult and to this day will not follow simple commands like sit or stay. One of the first things was crate training. I’ve never crate trained a dog before, but it has been much easier than I anticipated. Rok will go to his crate when told “Go to bed”, and he will “wait” to get out until we “release” him. He will also wait to eat until we “release” him. He knows “sit” and will walk on a leash which our other dog won’t.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how obedient he is. The kids have done a wonderful job training him. He is now 7 months old and growing like a weed. His coat is much darker and he is super playful. Rok hasn’t met a dog he doesn’t want to play with. His favorite things are chewing rawhides and annoying his little Yorkie sister Malori

Six Month Old Husky Puppy

Does your family have any pets? If so, what kind?
Currently, we have 2 dogs and 1 chicken. The chicken is like a 3rd dog, spending its days outside and nights in the house inside a dog crate.