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?


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


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!


How to Train Your Chicken

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How To Train Your Chicken

Yes, I am actually trying to train my backyard free-ranging chickens.  (If that sentence doesn't make me sound like a Crazy Chicken Lady then I don't know what does!)   I am not training them in the agility sense, but more like stay the hell away from my newly planted shrubs. Some of you may be thinking:

Why don't you just keep them in their run?

Keeping them in their run has been a bit of a challenge. When we first got our chickens we allowed them to free-range the backyard. They got a taste of sweet freedom and now they pretty much despise the run. They loudly protest being locked up and then eventually launch themselves over the fence.  I could put a cover over the run, but to be honest that requires way too much energy and resources at the moment.   

So what are my options?

1.  Train my chickens.
2. Create a chicken friendly garden 

How does one train their chickens?  TREATS!  That's it!  In the past we fed the ladies treats anywhere in the backyard, which was never in the same spot.  Now they only get fed treats in their run. The result: They spend much more time in the run eating treats and scratching around for missed crumbs on their own free will.  It was that simple.  Of course it took a couple of weeks with this new routine, but it worked. Do they still roam?  Yes, but not nearly as much as before! (I am sure many of you already do this so I guess I am a little late to the party, but at least I finally showed up!)   

In addition to training our chickens to stay away for our newly planted shrubs, we also created a chicken friendly garden.  I can't wait to share the results with you, but that will have to wait for now.  

So, have any of you trained your chickens?


Monday, May 9, 2016

Egg Gathering Apron Giveaway!

This week's giveaway is sponsored by Hen Happy Coops

Hen Happy Coops is a family-operated online retailer based out of California.  They provide competitive pricing on chicken coops as well as chicken supplies and accessories.

Hen Happy Coops is giving away an adorable Egg Gathering Apron worth $38!

This one-of-a-kind apron has a double stitched elastic pouch that is 10" deep and 20" wide with long ties to wrap around the waist.  Not only can this apron be used to collect up to two dozen eggs, you can also use it to harvest fruits, vegetables and flowers from the garden!

To enter the giveaway easy!  
In the comment section below tell me what you currently use to collect your eggs or vegetables/flowers. Contest ends May 13th, 2016 at 8pm PST. Winner will be drawn at random.  To participate you must live in the United States. Make sure to check back here May 14th to see if you are the lucky winner.

Good Luck!  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Week In Review: I Need to Stop Talking about This!

I have to apologize.  Chicken poop has become an emerging theme on my social media this week and I'm not so sure why. Maybe it's because my husband and I have been spending a lot of time landscaping our backyard into a chicken friendly garden and I realize I am surrounded by it. But enough poop talk for now. It's time to shift gears!

Thanks to Scratch and Peck Feeds for the awesome giveaway this week.  Congrats to Jennifer Graham, the winner of the Cluckin' Good Herbs and logo trucker hat! Also, Chubby Mealworms giveaway ends May 9th.  Don't miss a chance to win a 3 pound tub of dried mealworms. Head to my Instagram account to enter before it's too late.  Your chickens will thank you!

Here's a recap of social media this week.  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your day!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Did You Know That Chickens Poop This Much?

I knew that chickens pooped a lot, but I had no idea it was this much!

Now you know!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Cluckin' Good Herbs!

I have partnered with Scratch and Peck Feeds for another 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 
a bag of Cluckin' Good Herbs!

Cluckin' Good Herbs is a blend of organic herbs and edible flowers that act as a natural insect and rodent repellent, stress reliever and laying stimulant for your poultry. Not only can you mix Cluckin' Good Herbs in feed, you can also sprinkle some in their run and nesting boxes!  

Included in the winnings is a Scratch and Peck Logo Trucker Hat!

To enter the giveaway easy!  
In the comment section below tell me your favorite herb to cook with. Contest ends May 5th, 2016 at 8pm PST.  Winner will be drawn at random.  To participate you must live in the United States. Make sure to check back here May 6th to see if you are the lucky winner.

Good Luck!  

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-Naturally Free Starter 10lb & 25lb
-Chick Grit
-Diatomaceous Earth
-Cluckin’ Good Grubs
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