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I decided to do it again. I am going to write another book!
If you weren't aware, I have already written two children's books. Chicken Boots and Chicken Boots - Bad Dog.  The central theme of both these books is friendship.  They are based on a true story about my daughters, their pet chickens and our good ol' family dog.
But this time I'm not writing a children's book.  I'm writing a book for crazy chicken people and the central theme of this book will be....
Wait for it... 

ChickinBoots is all about making your day a little brighter so my third book is going to be a collection of the "best of the best" ChickinBoots social media posts and it's guaranteed to make any chicken enthusiast laugh out loud. It will be the perfect gift to yourself or for your favorite crazy chicken person in your life.  Be on the lookout this fall for it's release.  You won't want to miss out!

Cheers! Sarah

Recent posts

Edible Flowers for Your Chickens

As we all know, chickens love to eat a lot of our plants which can be very frustrating so why not plant some nutritious flowers that you AND your chicken can eat! 
In the past, I have planted a few of the flowers listed below for my chickens and they showed no interest in eating them.  I swear they did that to torture me!  Have you tried planting any of these for your chickens?  What has been your experience with chickens and edible flowers?

The following is a list provided by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily:
Nasturtium Squash Blossoms Violets Marigolds Bee Balm Roses Echinacea Clover Blossoms Dandelions Yarrow Sunflowers Apple Blossoms Calendula Carnations Chrysanthemums Citrus Blossoms Elderberry Blossoms Geraniums Hibiscus  Hollyhock Impatiens Lavender  Lilac Pansy Pea Blossoms Peony Phlox Snap Dragon

Happy planting and thanks for reading!

Source: Fresh Eggs Daily

For more information about edible flowers please refer to Top Ten Edible Flowers Your Chickens Will Love by Lisa Steele

What's the Difference: Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger

I will admit that when we first embarked on our chicken journey back in 2014 I thought a chicken was a chicken. Once we started doing research we were amazed at all the breeds and their differences. My family and I quickly came to the conclusion that we needed an Ameraucana because it laid blue eggs and had a beard!  
Meet Edna, our Ameraucana...or so we thought.

When Edna laid her first egg we didn't think much about the fact that it was actually more of a mint green than blue, but as time went on we began to wonder about her breed because her glorious beard wasn't coming in. When doing some research I came across an article written by Lisa Steele with Fresh Eggs Daily called Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Eggers - The Blue Egg Layersand this is what I learned:

Pure breed chicken, originating from South America, recognized by the APA since 1984
blue eggs pea comb muff and beard red earlobes tail blue legs light foot bottoms

Easter Egger Mixed breed chicken, not recognized b…

Fireworks and Fowl

Independence Day is quickly approaching which means friends, family, parades, BBQ's and fireworks!  But as pet owners we know how stressful fireworks can be for our pets. The Humane Society  of the United States says they see a dramatic increase in lost pets during this holiday.  They offer pet safety tips in the article  July Fourth Fireworks:  Awesome for the Humans, Terrifying for PetsI always hear in the news about the frightened dogs and cats but I am curious to hear your experience with fireworks and chickens.  Do your chickens get stressed out by the noise?

All-Natural Fly Spray

Got flies?
If you are struggling with flies in your coop try this All-Natural Fly Spray from Fresh Eggs Daily

All Natural Fly Spray 1 lime Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves White Vinegar Pint Canning Jar Spray Bottle
Cut the lime in half and place in the jar.  Add the mint and basil. Pour in the vinegar until it's almost to the top.  Let it sit for a couple of weeks and shake it every few days. After two weeks remove the lime, mint and basil and pour the liquid into the spray bottle.  Now get to spraying!

The white vinegar base is an antibacterial and a disinfectant so you can also use it as a cleaner!  For more detailed information on this all-natural fly spray visit Fresh Eggs Daily.
My daughter also created her own blog post a few years ago about how to make this same fly-spray. It's so easy a kindergartener can make it!  Check it out here

Bye Bye Flies!

Beat The Heat!

It's really heating up around here.  Many parts of the country are looking at temperatures over 100 degrees!  In these hot temperatures we really need to look out for our chickens.  Signs that your chicken is over-heated is panting and holding their wings away from their body.

The following are some ways to help your chicken keep cool:

Provide shade and cold water Handle them as little as possible Give them cool treats like frozen fruit Add electrolytes to their water Provide cold water to stand in
Make sure the coop is well ventilated

Why not spoil your chickens and make these easy summer ice pops  from Lisa Steele?  Why add mint?  Mint actually has cooling properties!

Hope this helps your chickens beat the heat!  Thanks for reading!

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner
To clean your coop, have you ever used the Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner from Fresh Eggs Daily?  I love this particular cleaner because it smells better than bleach, it's all natural and it's multi-purpose!   How is it multi-purpose, you ask? 
White vinegar kills mold and is an ant repellent.   Citrus oil is a natural insect repellent and solvent. Cinnamon oil kills mosquito larvae. Vanilla bean repels flies, mosquitos and other insects.
This cleaner is so easy to make.  You can whip up a batch of this awesome stuff in about 5 minutes!  Give it a try!

Ingredients/Supplies: 4 oranges 2 cinnamon sticks 2 vanilla beans bottle of white vinegar 2 one-pint canning jars spray bottle
Directions: Peel the oranges and divide the peels between the two canning jars. Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add to jars.  Slit the vanilla bean and add to jars.  Pour the vinegar in each jar making sure to cover the peels.  Leave some headroom in each jar.  Put on the lids and…

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