The Chicken and the Octopus

I know this is hard to believe, but I don’t ONLY love chickens. I love ducks, dogs, and even octopuses! I wish I could welcome all the animals of the earth into Chickenlandia, but it isn’t the right place for most of them. They need to be safe and thrive in their natural habitats.  That’s why I deeply admire the organizations working to preserve our environment and the animals in it. After all, the Earth is a pretty neat place and I want it to stay that way.

The earth filled with life. <3

I think the best part of being The President of Chickenlandia is all the wonderful animals and people I get to meet. If you’ve watched any episodes of my new series, Chickenlandia Stories, then you know this is true. Recently, I got to visit my friend (who just happens to also have a beautiful flock of chickens) who is the Director of the Marine Life Center here in Bellingham, WA. The Marine Life Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness and preservation to the amazing animals of the Salish Sea.

Moon Snail

My family just loves visiting the sea critters at the Marine Life Center. They have a touch tank where children can experience the creatures hands-on. Right now, they have both a shark and an octopus! The exhibits will vary but there’s always something interesting to be discovered. The best part: all the animals are kept responsibly and with the sustainability of the ocean in mind. What does any of this have to do with chickens? Well, check out the latest Episode of Chickenlandia Stories: The Chicken and the Octopus, to find out:

What about you? What animals other than chickens do you love? Let me know in the comments!

For more information and/or to make a donation to the Marine Life Center, click here.

Follow Your Chicken Dreams!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be everything. I wanted to be an actress, a talk show host, and of course, a rock star. Back then, I didn’t really know what it meant to follow your chickens dreams.

Hardcore chicken rocking out to some sick tunes.

When I grew up and the rock star thing didn’t work out, I moved to Miami Beach, enrolled myself in some film classes, and decided I was gonna become a filmmaker. Eventually, I made my way to Hollywood, where I worked as a personal assistant and then became an administrative assistant at Lifetime Television.

The place where I went to some pretty cool parties.

I had a few copyediting gigs, produced a script reading, and ended up pitching a couple of reality shows to some important people. Alas, when all was said and done, the Hollywood thing didn’t really work out either.  After about five years in Los Angeles, The First Man and I got married and moved to Bellingham, WA to start a family.

Me and the family. <3

I didn’t regret how things turned out, but I confess that I sometimes felt a little empty when I thought about the dreams I once had. That is, until the day I held my first baby chick.

One of my first babies.

On that day, my new dream was born. And you know what? Because I followed my chickens dreams now I’m doing something I really love. I’m making YouTube videos! So I guess I became a filmmaker of sorts after all. Check out my new YouTube video Follow Your Chicken Dreams by clicking the play button below.

So there you have it. My dreams really did come true. And I hope yours do as well. <3

Critter Camp!

A lot of the work I do in my community up here in the Pacific Northwest focuses on welfare for chickens. Each time I teach a class, I try to bring this subject in. It’s my belief that no matter how and why you choose to raise chickens, their welfare is an important piece of the work. After all, chickens have given humans so much. We kinda owe them, at the very least, a decent quality of life. This is why I love Critter Camp.

My sister’s chicken enjoying life.

One of my best audiences is at the Whatcom Humane Society’s Critter Camp for kids. It’s definitely my favorite class. Mostly because it’s so encouraging to see young people so interested in animal welfare, and it’s good to know that they will go out and share what they’ve learned with the grown-ups in their lives. Oh, and did I mention that I get to meet lots of critters as well?

Me and a sweet critter.

Critter Camp is so much fun. Please click the play button below to enjoy the next episode in the new series Chickenlandia Stories, Critter Camp for Kids and Chickens. Or visit my Welcome to Chickenlandia YouTube Channel by clicking here.

To learn more and/or to make a donation to the Whatcom Humane Society, click here.

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:

Do you have a favorite piece of Chicken Fashion you would like to share? How about posting it on my Facebook Page?

Remember to slay all day the chicken way!

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!

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