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Upcycling: Repurposing an Old Dog Crate

Underneath our play structure we have a large sandbox for Little Chicken Tender and Bitty Bantam, but unfortunately the Goldhen Girls have taken it over for their pleasure of dust bathing.  I love watching the chickens take dust baths, but I don't want them to bathe where my kids play if I can help it. I understand why they have chosen this of all places for their daily cleanse because it's dry sand. In the Pacific Northwest dry, dusty soil is hard to come by.  (If you are curious about why chickens take dust baths read The Chicken Chick's Chicken Dust Bath: The Ultimate Spa Treatment.)

In order to stop the Goldhen Girls from using the sandbox as their "day spa" I decided I would put a cover over it and create a new dry dust area for them.  I was determined to use something from around the house and after digging around in the shed I found our old, worn out dog crate. This isn't just any old crate.  It originally belonged to my family dog, Lucy, who we got whe…

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Protecting Your Blueberry Bushes

We are having a bit of a problem with the chickens snacking on our blueberry bushes.  The bushes were planted by the previous owners otherwise we would have located them in our garden that is protected by a fence.  It's time to call on Little Chicken Tender for some help!

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!
By Little Chicken Tender

How to stop your chickens from eating your blueberry bushes: First try and shoo them away.  If that doesn't work put a fence around your blueberry bushes or build a wall made of bricks and a door.  If you can't build a fence or brick wall just put out a bunch of dried worms every day because they love to eat dried worms.

Thanks for the tip, Little Chicken Tender!  Sounds like we better hire a mason or stock up on a lot of dried mealworms.  Right now I am not sure if I want to go with any of those methods so we may end up transporting the blueberry bushes to the garden after the season…

Upcycling: Repurposing a Crib Railing

My babies are growing up quickly and this time I am not referring to my feathered ladies.  I can't believe my Little Chicken Tender and Bitty Bantam will be in Kindergarten and Preschool next year. Where did the time go?  Now, the only thing I have left from their baby days are memories and one recalled drop-side crib.   
Currently, the crib has been converted into a toddler bed for the Bitty Bantam, which means we just took off the dangerous front drop-side railing. Once we are entirely through with the crib/toddler bed we can't donate it or give it to anyone which means the crib is destined for the landfill. The idea of it sitting in a landfill did not sit well with me so I became determined to figure out a way to repurpose it. While working outside and chicken proofing fences I got the idea to repurpose the railing into something for the garden.

Viola! An Herb Garden Ladder!

Now Every time I look at this little area of my garden it makes me smile for a couple reasons.  One, I …

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Feed your Flock

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

Feed your Chickens The most important thing in taking care of chickens is that you have to feed them and give them water everyday. If you don't then they will die.  You feed them in the morning and then when it's almost your dinner time.  Give them a full cup of food if you have 3 chickens.

This week's Tip from the Tender is pretty special because Little Chicken Tender would like to include a short video of what it's like to feed chickens.  If you have never had the pleasure of feeding them, it sometimes can be a bit like the running of the bulls. Before you watch the video I would like to point out that Little Chicken Tender chose to do the video herself and made up the commentary without any prompting.

After hearing Little Chicken Tender's "Feeding your Flock" commentary, I think she may have a bright future as a sports announcer!  What do you think?


From the Robbins' Nest

I have become very interested in other people's chicken stories. The other week I featured a story about my sister and her beloved, late rooster, Albert.  This week you will read about my cousin's wife and how she got started raising chickens.  
Please welcome our guest blogger, Erin Robbins!
From the Robbins' Nest
I have to start by saying I was not raised a country girl.  I grew up in Portland, went to a big University after high school, and never had a second thought about the in's and out's of what I ate and where it came from.  After getting married and moving to a small town with my husband and children, we purchased some property of our own. I saw an article about chickens that had a picture of a blue shelled egg and was so intrigued by the color that I quickly came to the conclusion that I just had to have chickens.  
With little research, I purchased my first 3 hens on Craigslist.  I didn't know their breed or age - just that they laid brown and blue eggs.…

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Canine Coop Patrol

After her first blog post last week, our Junior Blogger has taken this new status quite seriously.  So much so that she decided to create a journal to write down her tending tips as she thinks of them.

The other day I decided to turn to Little Chicken Tender when we developed a bit of a problem at Shady Pines. The coop has become Kramer's new snack shack.  I am at my wits end trying to keep him from going inside and eating the Goldhen Girls' leftovers.  I know I could remove the feeder during the day, but I would rather not if I can help it.  
Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender How to Keep the Dog Out of the Coop:
If your dog gets into the chicken coop and eats all the food, grab him and pull him inside the house.  If he keeps going back then you have to watch him when you let him outside.  You can't close the door of the coop because the chickens might want to go in and eat or get a dr…

Confessions of a Chicken Obsessed Stay-at-Home-Mom

I dedicate this post to all past, present and future stay-at-home-mothers.

I have two obsessions in life that help keep my sanity as a stay-at-home-mom of two young, energetic girls: running and my chickens.  I am sure some of you have wondered: "Why in the world would she create a blog and Facebook page dedicated to her chickens?" To be honest, sometimes I wonder that myself.  Have I started to lose my mind as a stay-at-home-mom?  Am I turning into a crazy chicken lady?

All stay-at-home moms can probably relate when I say it's a hard, but very rewarding job.  It's especially hard when you don't have family close by for support and you need an hour break for an uninterrupted shower and a bit of silence.  At times I feel like there is no escape from the constant needs and wants of my girls. I have days that I fight crying because I am so tired.  I have days where I feel like all I do is yell.  I have days where I feel like I am going to break if I hear one more poop…

Tuesday's Tip from our Junior Blogger: Proper Holding Techniques

Our 5-year-old has taken an interest in the ChickinBoots blog. After I write my post for the week she likes me to read it out loud to her and look at the photos.  Just recently it dawned on me, why not allow her to write a post each week about the chickens, too?  I told her about  my idea and she was thrilled so from here on out our 5-year-old daughter will be our "junior blogger" every Tuesday. She would like to provide you with one chicken tending tip each week.
So without further ado, welcome to...

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!
Ways to Hold a Chicken There are two ways to hold a chicken.  You have to hold one hand over one wing and one hand over the other wing. Or you can hold your chicken like a football.  If you don't hold them right they will peep and you will have to put them down.  When you are done holding the chicken you take a squirt of hand sanitizer.

Stay tuned for more tips every Tuesday fr…

Welcome to Shady Pines!

Welcome to Shady Pines!

The home of the Goldhen Girls, where the water is flowing, the grass is green and the sun is shining...well, that is at least July through September.  I, ChickinBoots, will be your tour guide today. We will be making 4 stops along the Shady Pines property: The Main Gate, The Coop, The Water System, and The Warden.  Don't hesitate to ask questions during the tour and please, sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Gate
Our first stop is The Gate which is the barrier that keeps the Goldhen Girls within the property lines of Shady Pines when not free-ranging. Expertly installed by our very own Rooster, only once did we have escapees.  This problem was quickly solved with a bit of hardware cloth and zip ties.

The Coop
Follow me as we proceed to our second stop, The Coop. It is a lovely "Saltbox" design by My Pet Chicken, again, constructed by the Rooster.  Hardware cloth was installed to the bottom to keep pests and predators out.  This coop has been a pleasant s…

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