Are Chickens Dinosaurs?

When I teach my chicken classes, the beginning of my lesson is all about cute, little, fuzzy-wuzzy baby chicks. Oh, the little puff balls! Who can resist them?

But don’t be fooled! Baby chicks may look cute, but it won’t be long before they turn into something…else.

Apparently I’m not alone in my observation. Lots of people look at their chickens and think, are they dinosaurs? Scientists have been wondering if chickens are the descendants of dinosaurs for over a century, in fact! Much has been researched on the subject lately, as well.

Scientists strapped a fake dinosaur tail to a chicken to hopefully gain insight on how the T-Rex moved and stood.

I’m no scientist, but I really do wonder sometimes if chickens are dinosaurs. Here’s some video of when my kiddos and I decided to go deep under cover to try and find out more:

What do you think? Are chickens dinosaurs? Let me know in the comments!

Keeping Chickens Cool in the Summer

As chicken people, we know that chickens are super cool all year round, personality wise. But what about temperature wise? This summer we’ve seen some dangerously high temperatures across the country. Last week was a tough one for Texas where my sister, The Pippa of Chickenlandia, lives with her family and their menagerie of critters. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts one of their favorite chickens didn’t make it. RIP Lil Miss Chicky. Here she is with my niece, Julia.

I know it’s a little late in the summer but I thought I would make a video about keeping chickens cool in hopes that it might save more chickens. Please remember that with the record temperatures we’re seeing this year, heat exhaustion can happen even when you do everything right (as was the case with Lil’ Miss Chicky). I’m sending lots of cool Pacific Northwest vibes to all the flocks out there!

Do you have anything to add to this conversation? Please post your ideas and suggestions in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Chickenlandia Stories: Animal Sanctuary

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit an animal sanctuary that is very close to my heart. Some of you that have been following me on Facebook for a while might remember the tragic loss of one of my friends a couple of years ago. What I didn’t say at the time was that her family contacted me to help them find homes for her beloved chickens and sheep. Enter Pasado’s Safe Haven.

Not only did this organization help me find one home for her whole flock of chickens, they also took in her entire herd of sheep, which was no easy task. Her sheep were terrified and didn’t want to go into truck. I’m sure they were confused and missed their mama. That was a hard day. Here’s a photo my friend shared with me before tragedy struck her life.

My friend died in a way that made me question the good of humanity. But when I saw the lengths that the people from Pasado’s Safe Haven went to to help her animals, my faith was restored. That’s why I was so delighted to tour their facility. I hope you’ll take the time to watch the third episode of Chickenlandia’s new series on YouTube, Chickenlandia Stories: Animal Sanctuary. You can do so by clicking the play button below. <3

For more info on Pasado’s Safe Haven or to make a donation: pasadossafehaven.org

To learn more about the tragic story of my friend and her husband click here.

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Chicken Fashion!

For everyone who loves chickens AND fashion, or maybe just chickens, this video is for you! Have a watch:

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There’s Poop in my Coop!

Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and thought it was perfect? Maybe you’ve even felt a little bad about your own life as a result. I think we’ve all felt this way at one point or another. That’s why it’s about to get real in Chickenlandia. We need to talk about the nitty gritty of chicken keeping (and life)! Yup, you guessed it: we need to talk about POOP and how everyone deals with it.

I’ve been in this chicken game a while, so I’ve spent a lot of time learning from the big time chicken experts. Of course, I love their photos on Instagram and their books about the joys of chicken keeping. But I always feel there’s something missing in their images. I’m always wondering, where’s the POOP?

I want people to see the real me and to know that in chicken keeping as well as in life, poop happens. Cleaning and dealing with poop is just part of the territory. I’ve got some nice products that I use along with good husbandry to keep things under control. And for dealing with life’s poopy moments? Well, that’s why I have chickens: to give me perspective. Watch my latest YouTube video to find out more!

And just remember that even though other people’s lives look perfect, EVERY coop has poop. <3

 

Chickenlandia’s Morning Routine Revealed!

After a very stressful week (see my Facebook and Instagram for details), I wanted to post something fun on Chickenlandia’s new YouTube Channel. Have you always been curious about the Chickenlandia morning routine but were too afraid to ask? In my newest YouTube video, I give a sneak peek into the dark and mysterious world of Chickenlandia.

Okay, so it’s not mysterious at all LOL! But it’s fun and I put some cute music with it. Have a watch! I think you’ll love it. 🙂

What’s your morning chicken and/or other animal routine like? Let me know in the comments!

Fermenting Feed with My Mom and The Story of Chickenlandia

I love fermenting feed for my chickens. I love it so much, I can’t imagine how it could be more fun. That is, until my mom joined me!

I decided to make a demo video about fermenting feed with my mom. After we sat down and went through the demo, we got to talking about something people ask me about a lot. Just how did Chickenlandia get it’s name?

Rooster Boy George

Most people assume I named it after a certain television show, but that’s actually not the case. The first glimpse of Chickenlandia was actually born many years ago, when my parents immigrated from Guatemala to a small Texas suburb. We lived in a great community, but as a child, I often felt alienated from my peers, and even my own family. Can you relate? I’m sure you can, because feeling lonely or different is another common denominator among human kind. For more on this, you can check out my latest YouTube video:

If only there were a place where everyone fit in, regardless of where they’re from, what they look like, or what language they speak! Fast-forward a few decades, as I sat among my first flock of chickens and felt such peace among them. The soft clucks and the pecking and scratching gave me such a tranquil feeling, and almost every chicken-person I’ve met has told me they felt the same way among their flock. I realized that chicken keepers all over the world, from all walks of life had this commonality. I thought to myself, THIS is where I belong. This is where everyone belongs. Thus, Chickenlandia was born.

If you only know one thing about Chickenlandia, I want it to be that you are welcome here.

Every. Single. One of you.

Chicken Escape! The Story of Little Stinker

About two years ago, The Chickenlandia Family decided to go on a vacation for a few weeks. While we were gone, a good friend took loving care of my flock. It was wintertime and a little snowy, but Chickenlandia was an awesome place for a chickens just the same. At least, that’s how most of them felt.

When we returned from vacation, I realized one of my tiniest chickens was missing! She was new and didn’t even have a name yet. I searched and searched for her, but after a month of being gone, I figured she had succumbed to the elements or a predator. It was kind of a sad time in Chickenlandia.

But of course, the story doesn’t end there. Little Stinker is alive and well and loves living in Chickenlandia. Wanna know the whole story? Check out the second episode of my new Chickenlandia Series, Chickenlandia Stories. I think you’re going to love The Story of Little Stinker.

Coffee, Chickens, and Humans!

How many of you go to your chicken yard in the morning with coffee in hand? I’m betting there’s a lot. In fact, I bet there’s millions of people all over the world opening their chicken coops in the wee hours of the morning, listening to the soft clucking, all while sipping one of the world’s favorite morning drinks. Chickens and coffee. The world agrees it is So. Much. Yes.

I know some of you have seen my TEDX talk at Western Washington University called “I Dream of Chickens”. If you haven’t, you can check it out by clicking here. Spoiler alert: I spend a lot of time talking about how chickens are one of humankind’s common denominators. Guess what another one is? You guessed it! COFFEE.

That’s why I was so happy when a new chicken friend invited me to visit her family’s coffee roasting business, Barnyard Coffee. With just a little drive up to Blaine, WA, I got to meet some new members in a local chicken group called Whatcom Chicken Wonks, tour the coop and roasting room, plus give a presentation about fermenting feed. It was a blast! Not only did I leave with some delicious coffee, but I also made some new friends (human, cat, and chicken!).

I hope you like my first installment of Chickenlandia’s new series: Chickenlandia Stories. Just click below to check it out!

Coop Confetti!

I arrived home from an event last week to find a mysterious package on Chickenlandia’s doorstep. Okay, so it wasn’t THAT mysterious; I knew the folks at Scratch and Peck Feeds had sent me something, but when I saw the shipping notification and inquired about it, no one would tell me what it was! I was only told it was a “surprise”. Of course the kids and I had to open it right away. Check out the “unboxing” video on our new YouTube Channel, or click the play button below (we also introduce a chicken adorably named by my four-year-old):

So, what exactly is this new product from Scratch and Peck? Well, it’s called Coop Confetti which is totally the best name ever and I LOVE it. Seriously, I’m not just saying that because I’m an ambassador for them. I genuinely love their products and this one is no exception. Scratch and Peck teamed up with Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily to create it, so I’m not surprised how fab it is. It’s a mix of lavender, peppermint, rose and other calming aromatic herbs. I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say that all those things smell a lot better than my coop on most days LOL.

The instructions say to sprinkle it in the nesting boxes and on the coop floor as needed. So far, I’ve been using a little every day and it really helps to keep the coop smelling clean and fresh. I have to say I think my chooks love it too. 😉

So there you have it, Chickenlandia’s mysterious package revealed! Look for it at your local farm store or go to scratchandpeck.com to grab some for yourself.

What about you? Do you have a favorite way to freshen up your coop? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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