The Queen Mother of Chickenlandia

I’m so blessed to have a great relationship with my mom. She’s a very active seventy-six-year-old who travels way more than I have the energy for and still makes time to visit us about twice a year. When she comes, it’s all about making homemade tortillas, cooking amazing soups, and in general being an awesome grandma to my kiddos. That’s why she’s earned title of The Queen Mother of Chickenlandia.

Making homemade tortillas!

When I first came up with the idea to get chickens, my mom was skeptical. The Little King of Chickenlandia was a baby, and I already had my hands full with lots of responsibility. But I was determined to have a hobby that would be only for me, so my mom eventually took on the role of chicken grandma. It’s actually come pretty natural for her, because although chicken tending skipped a generation, my grandmother raised poultry in her native country of Guatemala.

The Little King of Chickenlandia with my Mamita Elsa (my late grandmother)

Turns out the pet-chicken-bug is contagious. A few years ago, my sister, The Pippa of Chickenlandia, adopted a flock of her own. She rivals me in her chicken enthusiasm and has become quite the chicken mama. Now if I can only get my oldest sister and my brother to join the fun (they’ve ensured me this dream will never come true lol).

The Pippa of Chickenlandia’s flock enjoying some Black Friday shopping!

When I was in the hospital giving birth to my youngest, my mom cared for my chickens like they were her own. And since she lives in Texas near my sister, she cares for her flock whenever her family goes on vacation. She’s such a good chicken grandma! Which is honestly not that surprising, because she is a really good mom, too.

The Queen Mother of Chickenlandia with a chicken puppet!

This past week, I got to sit down with my mom and show her how to sprout some grains. If you remember the video we did about fermenting chicken feed, you’ll know that we had a lot of fun. Not only did she learn how to sprout grains, I also presented her with a gift from Chickenlandia! It was just a token of my appreciation for being such a good chicken grandma. To see the gift and to learn how easy it is to sprout grains in a jar, check out my new video on YouTube. Just click the play button below! Remember to like, subscribe, and click the notifications bell so you never miss out on fun Chickenlandia videos.

Do you have a good chicken grandma in your life? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Thank You, Chickens, for Rescuing Me

I write a lot about the chickens I rescue, but not as much about how they rescue me. Many of you probably already know what I mean, but if you don’t, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why I tell my flock each day, “Thank you, chickens, for rescuing me.” After all, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

This isn’t me, it’s a wonderful gif I found!

Someday, I’d love to tell you the story of my life. But for today, let’s just say that I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I’m sure you have as well, because is there anyone who’s had a perfect life? I don’t think so. Watching my chickens each day, with their imperfections as so-called “non-show-quality” birds, I see their beauty despite what others may see as flaws. That’s also how I try to look at my life. There have been really tough times, but overall, I’ve been lucky enough that the joys outweigh the sorrow. I’m so thankful for this.

The Little Prince and The Little King of Chickenlandia. <3

This past year, I’ve had some health problems that have been tough to figure out. Nothing alarmingly serious, just inconvenient and puzzling. I’ve discussed it a little on my blog and I know many of you can relate. A big part of my relationship with chickens has to do with the way they motivate me each day. It doesn’t matter how I feel, the chickens need tending to. It’s snowing? They still need food and water. I’m too tired to get up? Too bad, they need to be let out of their coop. I must go outside and be in nature and listen to their calming noises. It’s good for me, and I’m so very grateful to them.

My flock. <3

So, along with my wonderful family and friends, I’m so thankful for this flock of mostly rescue chickens that continue to rescue me. It’s true, they’re not perfect. But neither am I, and in their imperfections I find my own peace with the ups and downs of my life. Thank you, chickens. And thank you to all of you who are with me on this journey. I love being in your flock!

To see Chickenlandia’s Thanksgiving Special: The Tiny Chicken Rescue, click the play button below! I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Click here for my rescue dog page!

 

 

A Very Chickenlandia Halloween

It’s no secret to my friends and family that while I love the changing seasons, I definitely prefer when they are changing into Spring or Summer. It’s true, despite having a Canadian husband I’m no fan of colder temperatures. The way I get through these months is by jumping head-first into the holidays. I absolutely love them, and Halloween is no exception. This year, I’ve decided to share my love for all things spooky by having A Very Chickenlandia Halloween.

Art by Sarah Hudock

We usually go all-out for Halloween, with a haunted house on our covered porch every year. Since I have young kids I like to keep it on the less terrifying side, but we do have a flying ghost and a large jumping spider! Costumes vary and we’ve certainly enjoyed our share of different chicken costumes, but this is one of my favorite pics ever:

The Little Prince of Chickenalndia on his second Halloween

What could make one of my favorite holidays even better? My chickens, of course! Last year, you might remember my very silly trailer for the obscure cult film Chick-o-ween 2: Second Hatch. This year, I’ve taken it up several notches and created a short film for all my fans to enjoy. (FYI – I’m pretty confident this won’t scare little kids, but you never know! It does have spooky music and I look kinda scary in it LOL, so maybe give it a watch first if you have really young ones.)

I hope you love this Chickenlandia Halloween Special! It’s the sixth episode in my series Chickenlandia Stories, and it’s called The Creature! You may recognize the narrator as my grumpy but lovable rooster, Philippe:

Do you enjoy Halloween? If so, what’s your favorite thing about it? Let me know in the comments. And make sure to have A Very Chickenlandia Halloween!

I Henny and Roo and You Can Too!

Are you on Instagram? I recently joined, and to be honest, it’s kinda dangerous! Only because I’ve been introduced to some of the cutest chicken things through that platform. One of the companies I’ve been following for a while is Henny and Roo. I’ve been drooling over their subscription boxes but haven’t ventured to take the plunge until now. It’s true, I Henny and Roo and you can too!

Excitement in a box!

Full disclosure, I contacted Henny and Roo after my YouTube channel had been up and running for a while, hoping they would bless me with sponsorship. I had already heard really good things about them from my other fave company Scratch and Peck Feeds, so it seemed like a good fit. I cannot tell you how excited I was when they responded with a special deal for my Chickenlandia fans! Keep reading and I’ll reveal the special code for 10% off the October 2018 subscription box (while supplies last) or a new subscription.

Me and the kids freaking out while opening our October Box!

I don’t want to give too much away regarding what’s in the box, because of course I made a YouTube video about it and I think you will enjoy it! But I will show you this example of chicken cuteness. Don’t you just love it? I found everything else in the box to be very useful for chicken keeping (and there’s some candy for humans in it, too!).

Henny and Roo pin that is 100% chicken cuteness.

As Welcome to Chickenlandia continues to grow, I’m honored to be building relationships with companies I admire. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch my new YouTube video, Henny and Roo Unboxing! Just click the play button below and make sure you subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss anything fun:

To receive 10% off your order of the October 2018 subscription box (while supplies last) or your new subscription, use the code CHICKENLANDIA at www.hennyandroo.com! Offer does not apply to other shop items but subscribers always save 10% off in the Henny and Roo Shop. Be sure to let me know how much you love your subscription in the comments!

 

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

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