The summer is harder on the chickens than is the winter . . even in MO, where the winters were pretty cold. We try to provide cold treats for the chickens during the hottest part of the day. When yogurt is on sale or if we have some nearing the expiration date, I’ll dump it into ice cube trays and freeze it, then toss out a few “cubes” for them. We often have grapes or cherries . . most any fruit, that is getting a bit ragged looking or just wasn’t very tasty. I’ll slice up things like peaches or apples, put them in a freezer bag, everything all mixed in, and then I’ll throw a handful or two out to the chickens.
We’ve not had great luck buying watermelons this year. Ours aren’t ready yet and it seems we get one that’s either mushy and sweet enough or, nice and crispy with no flavor. Whatever we don’t like, goes into the bag for the chickens.
They’re happy for anything we give them . . which means any time anyone goes out with a bag, sometimes even a purse, we’re mobbed by chickens thinking we have treats for them. I hope they know how lucky they are to be living here and not in some commercial chicken house . . but I don’t think they have a clue! :)