That’s what the farm crew had for breakfast one morning this week! The day dawned at zero degrees. While I know the chickens and guinea hens can survive this cold, I still feel bad for them! I decided to cook a big pan of oatmeal to help warm them up, and because oats are healthy for them. Luckily there is always a big bag of organic oats in our pantry since they are the basis for all of our homemade dog treats. I added some cinnamon and coconut oil to make it even better. Oats are full of protein, vitamins and nutrients, and cinnamon can benefit the birds’ respiratory and mucus membrane health. Coconut oil can boost their immune system, and it’s even said it can help increase egg production!
All of those ingredients can benefit farm dog Luke’s health as well, and while he’s not stuck out in the cold, he’s been stuck inside missing walks due to the bitter cold, so he deserved a special treat. He got the first few spoonfuls, once it had cooled some, while I took the rest outside and split it into four bowls for the birds. Unfortunately, the birds weren’t quite as excited about it as I’d hoped they’d be. They weren’t all interested; though many of them did pick at it throughout the day.
When I went out later, two bowls were about empty, and the other two had frozen solid oatmeal in them (the temperature never even reached 20 degrees that day)!
It was a much bigger hit with farm dog Luke, who had cleaned his bowl and then happily licked both the spoon and the pan when I came back in.
This farm girl didn’t partake herself, I’ve never liked oatmeal! I love the taste of oats, and anything else made with oats, but there’s something about the mushiness of oatmeal that does not appeal to me. 🙂
Who likes oatmeal on a cold winter’s morning in your household?
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