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Sarah Barrera is a wife and mother in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. She is the author and illustrator of the book series Chicken Boots which is based on a true story about her daughters and their beloved backyard chicken, Nelly.  

Chicken Boots on Amazon:
Chicken Boots: Bad Dog!

Chicken Boots books are also bilingual! The Spanish/English version is now available.  More languages coming soon.

Chicken Boots Spanish/English Version on Amazon:
Chicken Boots 
Chicken Boots: Bad Dog

Where is all Began
ChickinBoots really did begin with just a few chickens.  In 2014 my family and I decided to add some chickens to our backyard and I thought it would be fun to blog about our adventure.  

My then 5-year-old daughter took an interest in my blogging and started writing a weekly blog about raising chickens.  Anyone remember The Junior Blogger?  Her blogging skills for a Kindergartner were on point and she was even noticed by the popular blogger Lisa Steele at Fresh Eggs Daily

Here are a few of her popular blog posts:

In additional to The Junior Blogger and I blogging weekly about chickens, I was also taking daily photos for social media of my then 3-year-old with our overly friendly Buff Orpington. 

Many of you enjoyed these photos and told me to write a children's story which led me to Chicken Boots and my daily wacky ChickinBoots memes!  I hope you have enjoyed our journey as much as we have and I am super excited for what's in store for the future!


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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…

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…

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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