Well it's kinda like a salt block except for chicken it's full of calcium and stuff helps them lay eggs they just eat on it and eat on it I set it in there and they went to town haha it takes them a few weeks for them to eat it I beat on it with a hammer to get the started and they have Been eatin the corners and sides pretty cool
I got one only once! I bought it, brought it home and was so proud of myself, thinking the chickens are going to love it! But no, as soon as I put it in the coop, the ones inside started screaming like I put an alien in there. Then they warned the others outside to not come in because of the alien in the coop! I left it for about a week and they never touched it so I then took it outside and the wild birds loved it!
I just had a conversation with some ladies while shopping in the chicken section of feed store about these. One buys them for her birds in the winter, gives them something different to do. Our winter is getting ready to hit, and we will have snow till April or may. I haven't ever bought one, but I probably will, just to give them something other than each other to peck on.
I make a chicken cake with oats, yogurt and eggs for the chickens. I plop out pieces and they gobble it up! I usually do it near the molt for the extra protein or when I'm over-run with eggs. I make it in a huge 12x18 sheet cake pan and mix 18 eggs, a quart of plain natural yogurt and about 8 to 10 cups of whole rolled oats, then bake at 350 until it's firm, around 40-45 minutes. Cool and feed. A half recipe would fit in a 9x13 cake pan, probably bake 35-40 min.
I sometimes add flax seed or kelp meal if I have extra on hand.
That sounds like a very interesting idea! My hens are always so reluctant to eat any of the minerals I give them, maybe this will help them out.
I have never seen these before, I'll have to check tractor supply next time I go in.