How to Rescue Backyard Chickens (and other things)

How many times in your life have you heard the phrase, “everything happens for a reason”? Honestly, after a tragedy, it can be kind of an annoying thing to hear. How could something that hurts so much be something that’s meant to be? Perhaps we need to come up with a new phrase. Maybe, “there’s a lesson in every experience” is better (but only say that to yourself, not to someone who is in the grieving or other difficult process).

I Wish I Could Rescue Them All

Two amazing rescues, Little Stinker and Kiki

In Chickenlandia, there are many animals who have a difficult past. I have some birds that were the only ones left after a predator attack, some that lived in a small cage until they arrived here, and some who’s personalities are so, how can I put this nicely, “assertive” that would likely have been dinner had they not come through these gates. All are welcome. I love them all.

Chickens and ducks are not the only rescues here. We also have a pack of tiny dogs that each have tragic beginnings. Two of them in line to be put down because their humans didn’t want them anymore. One was a stray, running through the streets of a rough California neighborhood. And one lived in a home with known drug activity.

My little flock of dogs!

Paying it Forward

But as someone who has dealt with hard times myself, I hold dear the belief that joy has a way of returning. In fact, maybe that’s the lesson of my experiences. It was important for me to lose joy and then find it again, so that I can help to bring it back in others.

To learn all about how to rescue backyard chickens, click the play button below! I also talk about things you can do to make the transition easier on them. Oh, and don’t forget there’s a little (and I mean he’s LITTLE) surprise at the end!

What about you? Do you believe joy can return after hardship? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer Notice

The content of the Welcome to Chickenlandia website, blog, vlog, and all social media are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Dependence on any information appearing on the Welcome to Chickenlandia website, blog, vlog, and social media sites is entirely at your own risk. Please do your own research and make your own informed decisions regarding the health of your chickens.

Urban Chicken Keeping | How to Keep Chickens in the City!

Oh, how I love my chickens! But I also love those big city lights. Well, maybe not REALLY big city. Small town is more like it LOL.

Taylor Dock in Bellingham, Washington

I do think of Chickenlandia as being an urban flock, even though I actually live about a block outside of the city limits. But I live in a subdivision, so many of the issues I face are similar to those who keep chickens in urban areas. Close quarters mean extra consideration for your neighbors!

My flock enjoying each other’s company.

They Lurk Among Us

Many people think that since they live in the city, predator proofing their chicken coop and run isn’t as important. This is so not true! You definitely need to be mindful of the many critters that live in urban areas. Raccoons and domestic dogs are the worst offenders. As always, my recommendation is to make it impossible for them to get to your chickens, rather than getting angry at them for doing what’s in their nature. I have to keep my own dogs away from my chickens to keep everyone safe!

Welcome to Chickenlandia Dogs
Sofie the Chicken Chaser!

Be Proactive!

Keeping chickens in a small space means that if disease or parasites hit, you can’t just move the whole flock to a new area of pasture. This makes preventing illness and parasites even more important. I’ve gotten into the habit of offering immune boosting herbs, parasite repelling herbs, and sprouted grains, among other things. Stay tuned for more information on exactly what I do to keep them healthy and happy!

Kiki checking out a healthy, homemade treat!

Watch and Learn!

This week’s video is a detailed look at my urban coop and run, with some sound advice on how to make things super easy and fun for your city flock. Click the play button below to check it out!

Do you or are you thinking about having chickens in the city? Let me know in the comments!

Do Natural Remedies for Chickens Actually Work?

A real lifesaver…

I have long been someone who champions for natural remedies. My appreciation for them began when I was only twenty years old, and had hit rock bottom as far as my health and well-being were concerned. At a crucial moment, someone told me these words: “If you want to change your life, you should start with what you eat.” They then escorted me, crying and hungover, to my very first health food store, where I received my first lesson in holistic ideas. They don’t know it, but they likely saved my life that day.

Since then, a huge part of my mission has been to find the most natural and organic ways of dealing with health issues. When I get a cold, I search through my numerous homeopathic kits for a remedy that matches my symptoms. When my children get a bruise, I rub arnica gel on it. And when my six-pound dog Missy eats an entire chocolate protein bar (she did this a few days ago!), I call the vet in a total panic, then support her with something natural if they tell me she doesn’t have to come in.

It came naturally.

My chickens also receive the benefit of my holistic habits. They eat organic Scratch and Peck Feed and are mostly treated holistically when needed. My family has a licensed homeopath who is happy to advise me on my chickens. Even so, there have been a few times when I didn’t have a choice but to administer conventional medicine. There is certainly a time and place for it.

Picachu receiving a homeopathic mixed into her food.

So, why haven’t I talked more about natural alternatives on my website or YouTube Channel? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, natural remedies sometimes get kind of a bad rap. Due to advice that’s too general, hearsay, or expecting natural remedies to work in the same one-shot manner harsher chemicals do, many people have lost faith in their efficacy. This has created a bit of a riff in the chicken keeping community. It’s unfortunate, because in a world where there is already so much conflict, can’t we at least get along regarding chickens?

Making the decision to share.

Last winter, I had a respiratory illness sweep through my flock. Two chickens in particular were very bad off. Even though I had purchased antibiotics and was prepared to use them if necessary, I decided to first consult with my family’s homeopath. She suggested a remedy tailored for their symptoms. With a little patience and a lot of TLC, they fully recovered! I couldn’t help but make a video about it.

Until very recently, I haven’t felt like I had enough knowledge to really dive into some natural protocols for common chicken issues. That’s why I have decided to build a team of experts that can consult with Chickenlandia and bring more pointed information to you. I want to help you learn how you can raise your chickens naturally and confidently, without replacing veterinary advise, of course. It’s going to take a little time, but stay tuned…

In the meantime, check out my latest video about how I treated my sweet little rescue chicken Kiki naturally.

What do you think? Can chickens be raised naturally? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer Notice

The content of the Welcome to Chickenlandia website, blog, vlog, and all social media are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Dependence on any information appearing on the Welcome to Chickenlandia website, blog, vlog, and social media sites is entirely at your own risk. Please do your own research and make your own informed decisions regarding the health of your chickens.

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.


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.

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!

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