Homemade Chicken Treats, the Chickenlandia Way!

I love it when The Queen Mother of Chickenlandia (my mom) comes for a visit. For the two weeks she’s here, my family and I get to eat the best food.

There she is behind me, cooking away!

The kids have a favorite and I don’t blame them: homemade tortillas. We made some together a few days ago and I got to thinking, why not share some of the fun with the chickens? That’s when I got the idea for some homemade chicken treats, the Chickenlandia Way!

Yummy chicken treats!

My mom is originally from Guatemala, where homemade tortillas are a staple. They seem complicated, but they are actually very easy to make. All you need is masa (you can find this at most grocery stores in the Hispanic section), water, and a hot cast iron pan.

They’re almost ready!

Of course they are totally fantastic with another Guatemalan staple, guacamole! The kids gobbled it up like there was no tomorrow. Afterwards, they decided to go out to play while my mom and I created my new masterpiece, homemade chicken treats using homemade tortillas! The chickens loved them, even though they were a tad skeptical at first.

Kiki isn’t so sure about this thing.

The treats can be made for wild birds as well, using wild bird seed or the Henny and Roo Forage Seeds that I used. For chickens, they can be tied up or just placed on the ground so they can go at it! Want to learn how to make this super easy and healthy treat? Watch the video below! You may just end up making some homemade tortillas as well:

Watch and learn!

So what do you think? Are homemade tortillas or chicken treats in your future? Let me know in the comments!

Finding The Chickenlandia Way

Even when it isn’t personal, rejection is hard. I confess that I’ve always been someone that takes any kind of rejection straight to the heart. The times in my life when it’s happened are events stuck in my memory. But looking back, those times appear like signposts, pointing toward spiritual and/or emotional growth spurts. So even though it’s really tough, rejection has been a necessary experience for me and for Chickenlandia.

Rejection is never easy!

Now let’s talk about social media. If you’re like me, you probably have to be very careful when it comes to this online world. While it seems that others can separate the screen from reality, Chickenlandia spends so much time connecting with people via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and of course, YouTube, that much of my world revolves around it. I’ve learned that I need to protect Chickenlandia, and myself. Enter my most recent run-in with rejection.

Sad, sad chicken!

Has anyone ever told you not to go online first thing in the morning? Whoever told you that was a smart person. I’ve also been given that advice, but last week, at around 5:45am, I did not heed it. I rolled over in bed, grabbed my phone, and I went onto a social media site to start reading about chickens (educational, right?). It was at that moment that I discovered something surprising. I had been blocked by a fellow chicken person! The worst thing was I had no idea why. OUCH! There’s that rejection signpost again.

Which way shall I go?

I had a choice at the vulnerable moment. Which way should I go? Well, I decided to go The Chickenlandia Way. It’s a path that was made clearer by a rejection I’ll likely never know the reason for. But I’m grateful for the signpost. I really needed it. Click the play button below to find out why!

How has rejection affected your life? Let me know in the comments!

Chicken Salad Bars and Other Renovations!

It’s been an exciting week in Chickenlandia! If you’ve been following my blog and YouTube Channel for a while, then you might remember last year when my friend Julie came and helped me with some renovations in the chicken coop and yard. Click play to see the fun stuff she did:

You may also remember that I had a hawk attack just before Thanksgiving. That was a really tough time and I almost lost Little Stinker! Thank goodness that Julie came over again, this time with her wife Kris, and put up some netting so that I didn’t have to worry anymore. Here’s a video all about that adventure!

Well, here we are on the eve of summer and there is still much to be done. About five years ago I had some salad bars installed in Chickenlandia. They worked great but the wood didn’t last very long and they needed to be replaced. I was also in great need of a ramp for my sweet new ducks, Angry Marshmallow and Mr. Robot, who are so short they weren’t able to get into the chicken coop no matter how hard they tried (their wings were clipped at their previous residence. Enter the ever talented and helpful Julie and Kris. Watch them save the day once more in this video:

Do you have any projects going on in your chicken yard and coop? Let me know in the comments!

The Conscious Farmer: An Organic and Biodynamic Farm

The Conscious Farmer

I’m back in to the full swing of things and bringing you another episode of Chickenlandia Stories! Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit Pollen Folly Farm, run by my friend Kelly Uusitalo and her husband Mike Hernandez. Kelly and Mike practice a method of sustainable farming called Biodynamic, which involves using all the components of the farm to create a running system that benefits the soil and all the food grown in and on it. It’s a very mindful approach, hence the name “The Conscious Farmer”.

Kelly Uusitalo, Organic and Biodynamic Farmer

Pollen Folly Farm

During my tour, we visited the chickens and got some expert tips from Kelly regarding biosecurity, coop cleanliness, predator proofing, and even egg eating! She definitely knows her stuff, which is why I refer to her as an “Advanced Chicken Educator” while I’m a “Chickens 101” educator. I love learning new things from her. But the real education began when we toured her many gardens, all utilizing biodynamic principals.

Row of biodyamically grown greens

Visiting Pollen Folly Farm and learning of the painstakingly efforts Kelly and Mike go through to grow conscious food was a real eye-opener for me. Not only did it inspire me to get closer to my own food (did I mention I grew my own starts for the first time this year?), but it also gave me hope for the world. Like many others, I have fears about where the world is heading, with industrial agriculture being at the top of a long list of offenders. But then I remember that for every worry I have, there’s someone out there doing the hard work to make things right. Thank you, Kelly and Mike, for fighting the good fight.

Take the Tour!

To watch the tour, see some awesome chicken footage, and of course, learn a few things, please click the play button below!

What are some things you are doing to make the world a better place? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Integrate Ducks with Chickens

If you’ve been following me here, on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter, then you know that I recently had a little duck that was sick. Her name was Pringles.

Pringles was such a special little duck! I say “was” because unfortunately, she passed away the day after my family arrived in Toronto to care for my terminally ill mother-in-law. I knew she would likely die soon since she was old for a duck, but it was hard never-the-less. You can hear the full story here on my last Bawk Talk LIVE show:

We’ve been through a lot of changes lately here in Chickenlandia, but when one thing ends there will always be a new beginning. Enter my two newest Chickenlandia members, Angry Marshmallow and Mr. Robot!

New Call Ducks!

If you want to know why the little white one is called Angry Marshmallow, then check out this hilarious photo from right after I rescued her. She looks ANGERY! lol

Angry duck is angry!

As with all transitions, there’s a way to do it to make it the easiest for everyone. In this week’s Welcome to Chickenlandia video, I show step by step what I do to integrate new ducks into my flock. Since ducks don’t have as extreme a pecking order instinct as chickens, it’s fairly easy. But you definitely need to keep an eye on them and it works best if your chickens are already used to ducks in the flock.

Hahaha an oldie but a goodie from my flock.

So, without further ado, here’s my new educational video on how to integrate ducks with chickens. As always, be sure to do lots of research to find out if ducks are right for your flock. And make sure to watch them closely those first few days to make sure there’s no bullying.

Do you have ducks with your chickens? Would you like too? Let me know in the comments!

Return to Chickenlandia!

Henlo, Friends! It’s been a while. I’ve been in Canada for several weeks, saying goodbye to my dear mother-in-law. You may have seen my video about it on YouTube:

Needless to say, it’s been a rough few weeks for The Chickenlandia Family. But made it through and we continue to move forward while dealing with the huge loss. One comfort in all of this is that my mother-in-law suffered with illness for a long time, so when the time came, she was ready and left on her terms. This was how she would have wanted it.

Ardith Trapman, 1938 – 2019

Last night, we arrived back in Chickenlandia. How wonderful it’s been to be among my flock again! In this reunion, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am in life, and how no matter what the loss, there will always be new beginnings all around me.

Please check out this short return video and make sure to stay tuned on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And remember: You’re always welcome in Chickenlandia.

Chickenlandia Stories: Growing Veterans

I’m so thrilled to have a new Chickenlandia Stories this week! It’s been quite a while since I’ve shot one, with the winter weather really putting a damper on filming outdoors. But good things come to those who wait, and this latest episode is one I’m really proud of. I visited an organization called Growing Veterans and documented it all for you.

Growing Veterans is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to “empower veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other”. I was invited there as a Scratch and Pecks Feeds ambassador to teach a baby chick class and tour the grounds with farm manager Joel Swenson.

I really wanted to write more about this episode, because I learned so much and there’s many additional things I wanted to add along with the video. But at the moment I’m in Canada dealing with a family emergency, and so it will have to wait. For now, please enjoy this episode of Chickenlandia Stories by clicking the play button below!

Hope to be back soon with more. Thank you for reading!

Easter Chicken Hunt!

The Chickenlandia Kiddos and I went on an egg hunt at a friend’s chicken farm! Check out the fun by clicking the play button below:

I’ll be back soon with more blogs for you. In the meantime, let me know how your holiday was (if you celebrate) in the comments!

What Easter Means in Chickenlandia

It’s almost Easter time, which means lots of activity in Chickenlandia. The chickens are laying eggs and going broody. The sun is (mostly) out. As the another season begins, I’m reminded of the many older birds I have in my flock. One of them, Pringles the Duck, isn’t feeling well and is currently resting in my bathroom. Confronting the idea that she may die soon has been tough, and it’s made me think about what Easter means in Chickenlandia.

Pringles the Duck resting in the shower stall.

Whenever an animal is sick, I can see the worried look in my children’s eyes. It’s sometimes hard for me to find the language to explain death to them. The urge to sugarcoat it is ingrained and easy in our modern, western culture, where we don’t really have a solid way to deal with death. I think this is why I love Easter so much. It fills in the gaps and ¬†gives me peace when I think about the inevitable.

Juni, sometimes referred to as “The Court Jester of Chickenlandia”

A week before Easter, about two years ago, our sweet dog Juni fell very ill, very suddenly. He was a dog that loved food more than anything, so when he refused to eat I knew something was terribly wrong. After a trip to the emergency vet, we discovered that Juni had a cancerous tumor and it was bleeding. He was not going to recover and was declining quickly.

Later that same evening, my husband and I made the tough decision to put Juni down. Not only was I devastated, but the thought of telling my kids when they woke up in the morning haunted me all night. They were only three and seven years old. How would I explain this to them? I finally decided to trust that I would somehow know what to say. When we woke up, this was our conversation:

Me: “Last night, Juni’s body got really, really sick.”

Henry (7): “Did he die?”

Me: “Yes, his body died.”

Henry: *crying*

Billy (3): “Don’t worry, Henry, Juni survived.”

And then we all cried, thinking about how Juni’s body stopped working, but knowing that his little spirit had moved on to something else.

So that’s what Easter means in Chickenlandia. The body is finite, but the soul lives on. To put it simply, there is no death.

Pringles enjoying some sunshine earlier this year.

I really hope my sweet duck Pringles is able to spend a few more Easters in Chickenlandia, but I know she might be on to the next adventure soon. To see my latest video featuring Pringles, click the play button below!

 

What do you think about Easter or any other holiday you celebrate? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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