Renovate My Coop, Renovate My Life

This week was a busy one. I’ve got a contest going (if you haven’t heard, click here), the kids are having their first full day of school today, and Chickenlandia had a TOTAL COOP MAKEOVER. Yup, it happened. After so many years of wanting to paint the coop, it’s finally become a reality thanks to my friend Julie and her kiddo Anika.

Totally awesome people!

It all started in the wee hours of Sunday morning. At sunrise, I went outside to feed the chickens and let them stretch their legs. They were going to have to be in their pen for a while so I thought I’d give them a chance to walk around before wrangling them in.

It was actually pretty easy with grubs LOL.

My friend Julie arrived very early to help. When I say “help” I really mean she did most of it. As you may already know, I don’t do a lot of hard labor in the chicken yard. It’s not for lack of wanting… Some of it has to do with physical ability, some with insecurity. I have never felt like I’m in my element when I’m attempting to build or fix things on my own. In fact, in my Backyard Chicken classes, I make a point to tell my students that I really shouldn’t be trusted with a staple gun. But is all that about to change?

Look! I’m doing a thing!

I’ve always said that chickens can change lives, and once again, this has proven to be true. I started out worrying and sleepless on Saturday night because I was so concerned I wouldn’t be able to complete this project. But by Monday evening, when everything was done and the chickens were in their fancy new coop, I had earned a renewed faith in my abilities. Aren’t chickens magic?

My chickens enjoying their life.

So, do I consider myself a “better” chicken keeper now that I have some DIY skills under my belt? Not necessarily. Different chicken keepers come with different sets of skills, abilities, and priorities. They also come from varying economic statuses, cultures, and philosophies. In Chickenlandia, It’s ALL good. There is only one requirement: love chickens. And do your best to love yourself and other humans, too. <3

Check out the video series of my complete chicken coop makeover on YouTube! There’s even some cool aerial shots in the second video, taken by The First Man of Chickenlandia.

PART ONE
PART TWO

Thank you for watching! And remember: your coop is beautiful!

A Backyard Chicken Event!

Okay, so actually, it was an event for dogs and a fundraiser for the Whatcom Humane Society. But I went there representing my friends over at Scratch and Peck Feeds, and made the day about chickens! Check out the fun by clicking the play button below.

Do your chickens have any dog friends? Let me know in the comments!

Caring for Chickens in the Summer

Ya’ll know I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the hottest it gets is possibly mid-nineties once or twice a year. I actually miss the heat (I’m originally from Texas), but I know that very high temperatures aren’t great for my chickens. Chickens are hardy creatures, but heat is one of their worst enemies.

Time for some sunblock!

Last year, my sister (who I refer to often as The Pippa of Chickenlandia), lost a chicken to heat stroke. After that tragedy I created a video with some tips on how to keep your chickens cool in the summer. You can check that out here:

Such Cool Chicks

Of course, during the summer it’s still fun to give your chickens some treats. Feeding them too much in the hot months isn’t great for them, though, which is why I created this year’s video featuring the Top Five Summertime Treats for Chickens. All the treats mentioned are easy to prepare, and offer a fun and healthy snack for your chooks. Check it out by clicking the play button below!

Do you have a favorite chicken treat for summer? Let me know in the comments!

My Chickens Want to Storm Area 51!

My chickens aren’t saying it was aliens, but it was aliens! Check out this fun video about some out-of-this-world shenanigans my chickens are up to!

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Stay tuned for the next episode, coming soon. <3 Let me me know what you think in the comments!

How to Support Your Chickens Through a Molt

I love summer, but I really don’t like molting season! It’s definitely upon us in Chickenlandia, as can be seen by all the feathers.

Feathers, feathers everywhere!

Molting is a perfectly natural and important part of a chicken’s life. It normally happens in late summer or early fall, and lasts about a month depending individual chicken genetics. Even though it’s hot in most places at the moment, winter is definitely coming and it’s crucial for chickens to have a nice, new set of feathers to get them through the colder days.

Winter in Chickenlandia

Although molting is natural and healthy, replacing all those feathers does take a lot out of a chicken. It’s important to know how to replace some nutrients during this time. To learn more, check out my recent video on my YouTube Channel, Welcome to Chickenlandia! Hope you love it.

Are your chickens going through a molt yet? Let me know in the comments!

They Destroyed My Chicken Run!

Well, technically, it’s THEIR chicken run, but I’m the one who designed it! Look at how filthy Picachu is and what they did to my beautiful salad bars!

Action shot of chicken destruction in process!

Just so you know, the reason Picachu looks so filthy is because I had to treat them for scaly leg mite this week. Scaly leg mite is a parasite that hangs out on the legs of birds and can cause lots of discomfort for them. I have a true disdain for this particular critter because I’ve dealt with it SO MUCH. I guess rescuing many chickens makes Chickenlandia more susceptible. To treat it, I use Dr. Naylor’s Udder Balm (I’m not sponsored by them, just really like the product).

Good Ol’ Dr. Naylor

Just slather it on their clean legs every few days for a few weeks and you should be good. It DOES make them very dirty, though, because it is a petroleum product and so every speck of dirt sticks to them. It’s pretty funny, actually.

But anyway, back to the destructive force of my chickens! To see the full level of their destruction, check out my latest video!

Are your chickens demolition devils? Let me know in the comments!

How to Break a Broody Hen

Holy Faverolles, the BROODIES! This year is just awful. Is there something in the water? I think it might be a conspiracy!

She’s not trying to hear about my conspiracy theories!

So many different opinions on what to do with broody hens.

“Dunk them in ice water!” (I actually don’t recommend this one)

“Lock them out of the nest!” (Seems a tad stressful for them but maybe?)

“Take them for a car ride!”

Wait, what? I’ve got a Chickenlandia Mobile that’s just itching to try this one out. I’m intrigued!

The Chickenlandia Mobile

Of course, there are some gentle, tried and true methods to breaking broodies that actually work. To learn all about one PLUS see how my car ride experiment went, check out the video below!

Do you have any gentle broody-breaking methods I should try out? Let me know in the comments!

A New Kind of Chicken Dance

You remember The Forbidden Chicken Dance, don’t you? If not, check it out here:

You want to dance The Serama! That’s the Forbidden Chicken Dance!

Well hold on to your chickens because there’s a new dance in town and it’s definitely NOT forbidden. Check out Chickenlandia’s Git Up Challenge video here:

Have YOU done the #gitupchallenge? Let me know in the comments!

Coop Hack! Keep Chickens and Ducks Together with Less Mess

If you’ve seen any of my videos, you likely know I have a VERY mixed flock. I love to keep it that way, because Chickenlandia’s diversity reminds me that humans are meant to live together peacefully as well. I know it’s a lofty dream but someday it WILL come true!

The very diverse chickens at Holly Farm

Until then, let’s practice by finding ways to keep our mixed flock together in a way that works for everyone. One of the issues with keeping ducks and chickens together is the MESS. And I mean real MESS. Gross, yucky, poopy mess.

Hahaha an oldie but a goodie from my flock.

Check out my latest video for a fun Coop Hack that will make it possible for you to cut down the mess and amp up the cute in your mixed flock of chickens and ducks. Just press the play button below!

What has your mixed flock taught you about being human? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Chicken Nesting Pads Review

Henlo, friends! It’s been an eventful couple of weeks with lots of fun chicken things going on. Of course, chicken chores are never really done. So, despite my busyness, I had to clean out the nesting boxes. Enter my newest obsession: My Favorite Chicken Nesting Pads with Aromatic Nesting Herbs!

Judgey chicken is judging me!

I have something yucky to share. I’ve have dealt with mite infestations for two years in a row and I’m pretty much done with it. It’s awful to discover your chickens crawling with bugs, and the treatment is a real pain. This year, I have vowed to do all I can to prevent them. One of my ideas was to try anything that makes thoroughly cleaning the nesting boxes easier. Full disclosure: My Favorite Chicken contacted me and sent me these pads for free, to try out and review. But by the time they contacted me, I had already heard through the grapevine that these things were amazing.

Clean nesting box!

One of the things that really attracted me to these pads were the fact that they have aromatic herbs infused right into them. I have already been using the herbal blend Nesting Medley (formerly known as Coop Confetti) from Scratch and Peck Feeds in my coop, so this made perfect sense. The herbs are known to ward off mites and lice!

Gnoli being cute on her new nesting pads!

To watch my full review and follow-up, click the play buttons below! And stay tuned for more updates.

First Day trying them out!
One week follow-up!

What do you think? Does this look like something you might want to try? Let me know in the comments!

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