Friday, December 30, 2016

I've Thought About Quitting


I have been feeling a bit sad over here at ChickinBoots these past few days.  Someone stole the following image that I created one year ago:


The person removed my ChickinBoots watermark and added their own page name to it.  The tampered image has now been shared hundreds of thousands of times.  My first reaction: angry, sad and frustrated.  I spend so much time creating my art and to have an image stolen out from under me and tampered with is heartbreaking.  I reached out to the page owner about taking it down. They eventually did but before agreeing to doing so had the audacity to ask me to prove to them that this image did in fact belong to ChickinBoots. Really?!

Because of my frustration and sadness I have felt this past week I actually contemplated shutting down ChickinBoots.  But after a few days of thinking things through I realized that quitting was not the answer.  If I quit I would let the people who do these kinds of things win.  I would also let down the people who support me.  I thought about my daughters and the example I would set for them if I quit. I thought about my sponsors who believe in me and how I would let them down if I quit.  And I thought about all of you, my awesome, loyal ChickinBoots followers.  I don't want to let you down.  It was several of you who reported this incident to me and rallied for me. One of you even got blocked from their page for calling them out! 

I don't want to let you down because you haven't ever let me down.  It takes a village and I love my village.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 Cheers to 2017! 
Sarah and Nelly


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Treat 'em Right Giveaway!




Do you want to treat your chickens right?  Then what are you waiting for?  Enter in this AWESOME GIVEAWAY from my favorite feed company, Scratch and Peck Feeds!

Scratch and Peck Feeds is based out of Bellingham, Washington. In 2012, they became the first Non-GMO Verified animal feed manufacturer in North America and in 2013, they stepped it up to become Certified Organic, the first feed manufacturer in the nation to hold both badges. To top it off, they ONLY produce Organic and Non-GMO feeds because Scratch and Peck wants to help lead this sustainable food movement by example.

This month Scratch and Peck Feeds will give one lucky winner ALL of the following:

6 oz bag of Cluckin' Good Grubs

4 oz bag of Cluckin' Good Herbs


3 lb bag of Cluckin' Good Cracked Corn

Enter Today and Treat 'em Right!  
In the comment section below tell me how long you have been raising chickens. 
To participate you must live in the United States. 
Winner will be drawn at random.  
Contest ends August 5th, 2016 at 8pm PST.  

Good Luck!  

Want to buy these giveaway products right now?
Use Coupon Code: chickinboots10 to enjoy 10% off!
(Good though September 30, 2016)

Shop their store: Scratch and Peck Feeds


Friday, July 1, 2016

"Get One, Give One" GIVEAWAY!

I have partnered with Scratch and Peck Feeds for another great Giveaway!  

Win TWO of each.  Keep one set for yourself
and give one set to a friend!


Scratch and Peck Feeds is based out of Bellingham, Washington. In 2012, they became the first Non-GMO Verified animal feed manufacturer in North America and in 2013, they stepped it up to become Certified Organic, the first feed manufacturer in the nation to hold both badges. To top it off, they ONLY produce Organic and Non-GMO feeds because Scratch and Peck wants to help lead this sustainable food movement by example.

This month Scratch and Peck Feeds will give one lucky winner the following:

TWO BAGS of the 2lb bag of Naturally Free Layer


TWO BAGS of the 6 oz bag of Cluckin' Good Grubs


and... 

TWO Logo Trucker Hats
 (Because let's face it, trucker hats are fun!)


Why TWO of everything? Scratch and Peck Feeds and I are hoping that you keep one set for yourself and give the other set to friend.  Why not spread the love?!


To enter the giveaway is easy!  
In the comment section below tell me the name of one of your chickens. 
To participate you must live in the United States. 
Winner will be drawn at random.  
Contest ends July 5th, 2016 at 8pm PST.  

Good Luck and Thanks for Participating!  



Shop their store: Scratch and Peck Feeds

Use Coupon Code: chickinboots10 to enjoy 10% off select items:

Chick Starter Kit
Hen Supplement Kit
Cluckin' Good Cracked Corn
Cluckin' Good Fish Meal
Cluckin' Good Poultry Grit
Cluckin' Good Oyster Shell
Cluckin' Good Diatomaceous Earth
Cluckin’ Good Grubs
Cluckin' Good Herbs

Thursday, June 23, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons


I had a couple of internet trolls get me down last week.  After some time reflecting on the situation I decided not to share these stories because then I would be giving the trolls the attention they are looking for. Instead, I'm going to turn this situation into a positive one and share some of the great stories and posts that wonderful chickens keepers like yourself have taken the time to share with me.  
Kayla B. 
"Just graduated college and used your lovely ChickinBoots inspiration for my cap!!"


Jacqueline L. 
"Co-parenting at it's best...these 2 sister hens had been broody for months.  I went and bought them each a chick and snuck them under the girls at night.  They are always right next to each other with a chick under each of them!"


Kelly T. 
"Hi!  I don't know your religion, but my Buff Orpington hen, Crystal, got attacked by a dog yesterday and she needs lots of prayers for her recovery.  Thank you"



Kelly T. 
"I don't know if you remember, but I messaged you in May about my Buff Orpington named Crystal that got attacked by a dog.  I just wanted to say she made a full recovery and is back with the other chickens!"


Sherri B.
"Collected the greenest egg I've ever seen today!  Unfortunately it was cracked.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Chicken?"


Marlin D.
"Is one of yours missing? :)"


Stories like these always make me smile. The posts you share remind me of why I love blogging and that's why I want to take a moment to thank you for making this blogging experience so fun.  I also want to take this time to thank my sponsors: Scratch and Peck Feeds, Chubby Mealworms and Fowl Play Products.  Without their partnership and believing in my Crazy Chicken Lady antics, ChickinBoots wouldn't be possible.


Cheers,
Sarah 

Monday, June 13, 2016

I Am Losing My Mind...

Parts of our backyard look like the surface of the moon.  
Why, you ask?

Because of this...
We've grown tired of this drab look and are now attempting to create our backyard into a beautiful sanctuary, but achieving this has proven to be quite challenging when one has to landscape with chickens in mind.  I have had some serious ups and downs with the whole process.  One day I am thinking excitedly that incorporating chickens into a landscaped garden can be done with careful planning. Then the next day I am discouraged when I realize the chickens have taken out half my hops that were planted in a pot two feet off the ground.  

Yesterday I had a breaking moment.  I wanted to give up...either the gardening or the chickens. Having both just seems impossible.  But today I woke up determined again to make it work and I promise to share with you once I figure it all out.  I sure hope I don't lose my sanity.  Anyone have any tips besides locking the ladies up full time?

Cheers,
Sarah



Thursday, June 2, 2016

Win ALL These Products From Scratch and Peck Feeds!

I have partnered with Scratch and Peck Feeds for another great Giveaway!  


Scratch and Peck Feeds is based out of Bellingham, Washington. In 2012, they became the first Non-GMO Verified animal feed manufacturer in North America and in 2013, they stepped it up to become Certified Organic, the first feed manufacturer in the nation to hold both badges. To top it off, they ONLY produce Organic and Non-GMO feeds because Scratch and Peck wants to help lead this sustainable food movement by example.

This month Scratch and Peck Feeds will give one lucky winner all of the following:

2lb bag of Naturally Free Layer


6 oz of Cluckin' Good Grubs


4oz bag of Cluckin' Good Herbs 


And a Logo Trucker Hat
 (Because let's face it, trucker hats are fun!)



To enter the giveaway is easy!  
In the comment section below tell me your chickens' favorite treat. 
To participate you must live in the United States. 
Winner will be drawn at random.  
Contest ends June 5th, 2016 at 8pm PST.  

Good Luck!  



Shop their store: Scratch and Peck Feeds

Use Coupon Code: chickinboots10 to enjoy 10% off select items:
(Good though July 15, 2016)

Chick Starter Kit
Hen Supplement Kit
Cluckin' Good Cracked Corn
Cluckin' Good Fish Meal
Cluckin' Good Poultry Grit
Cluckin' Good Oyster Shell
Cluckin' Good Diatomaceous Earth
Cluckin’ Good Grubs
Cluckin' Good Herbs

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

If you follow my blog and social media, then you know Nelly.  She is our overly-friendly Buff Orpington hen who thinks she is more of a lap dog than a chicken.  So much so that I wrote a children's book about it. She is the first to greet you when going outside, she follows you around the yard and gets in the middle of everything. When family and friends come over they are always amazed and entertained by her friendly antics.


But there's actually a side of Nelly you may not know about...a dark side.  Nelly is not a fan of our sweet, 11-year-old yellow lab named Kramer.  She's a bit of a bully.  (So much so I wrote a children's book about this, too!)  If Kramer comes anywhere near Nelly she lets him have it!  But what amazes me about the bullying is Kramer's patience.  This dog could end Nelly's life in a second if he wanted to, but he doesn't.  I understand that Kramer's animal instincts could kick in one day and he could get deadly revenge, but the bullying has been going on for two years now and he just takes it from her. Why? Maybe they have an agreement I don't know about...You can peck me all you want as long as you let me snack on your feed and eat your poop.  (Yuck!)




Does anyone else have a bully chicken?

Cheers,
Sarah



Here's a recap of ChickinBoots social media posts from last week.  Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your day!










Saturday, May 28, 2016

I Didn't Know I Could Do This!

I was so excited when Sustainable Seed Company sent Nelly and I their Poultry Package and new Happy Hen Nest BoxI was intrigued when they explained to me that their Poultry Package is designed to allow people to grow their own poultry feed. I've never given a thought that growing my own feed was something I could do!

Located in Chico, California, Sustainable Feed Company is a family owned company that provides gardeners with over 1,875 varieties of organic and heirloom seeds. They offer the largest variety available, which makes them the best source for Certified Organic Heirloom seed!

So what's in this Poultry Package?


The Poultry Package contains the following:

4 oz of Reid's Yellow Dent Corn
2 oz of Grain Sorghum
6 grams of Ford Hook Chard
4 grams of Connecticut Field Pumpkins
4 oz of White Proso Millet
4 oz of Peas
2 oz of Oats
1 oz of Flax
1 pkg of Tobacco



Sustainable Seed Company also sent me their new Happy Hen Nesting BoxWhat makes this nest box so special?  It is made here in the USA by a nonprofit that gives jobs and life skill opportunities to adults with disabilities. The box is beautiful and well-crafted, but to be honest, I really don't have the space for it in my small coop. However, when my family and I entertain guests in our backyard, our hens spend quite a bit of time in our side yard away from their coop so this nesting box will be perfect in that location just in case they get the urge to lay!



If you are interested in growing your own feed you can purchase a Poultry Package for $28.99.  
Purchase a Happy Hen Nesting Box for $16.99.

Cheers and Happy Planting!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where Did She Go?


My 5-year-old daughter used to run this blog. She really did!  If you have followed ChickinBoots from the beginning, you probably remember The Junior Blogger.  Once a week my kindergartner would give advice about chicken keeping.  She would draw her pictures and then tell me what to type.  Her sweet blogging even gained attention from expert chicken keepers like Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily

So where did she go?  She is now 7-years-old and other activities have captured her attention.  She still loves her chickens and spends time with them when she can, but she has become quite the dancer and spends much of her free time at the studio.  She loves it!

Just recently she mentioned wanting to write another chicken post and with summer break approaching I think it's just the thing we will do!  In the meantime come check out some of her past blog posts. They are sure to make you smile!

Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartner!


Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger


Healthy Things to Put in Your Chickens' Water


Chicken Combs



Cheers,
Sarah




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week in Review: Mishaps Happen

As I mentioned earlier this week, my husband I am are in the middle of transforming our muddy, dark, depressing backyard into a peaceful, chicken-friendly (hopefully!) yard. I am attempting to train my chickens  (or as Scratch and Peck Feeds calls it, bribe!) to stay away from our newly planted shrubs.  So far it has been a success and we have only had one mishap.  One of our newly planted shrubs got a bit trampled. The chickens weren't interested in eating the plant, but instead were wanting to scratch through the new soil. Solution? Rocks around the border and we haven't had a problem since! Things are coming together nicely and I can't wait to show you more of what we have done!

Our zen fountain in our new
chicken-friendly garden

Here is a review of what happened on social media this week. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day.  Also, a huge thank you to Hen Happy Coops for co-hosting our giveaway this week.  More fun giveaways coming soon!

Cheers,
Sarah


WEEK IN REVIEW
How to Train Your Chicken