Has it Really Been that Long?

I can’t believe Chickenlandia’s YouTube Channel has been up and running for nearly six months. Has it really been that long? I feel like it was just yesterday that I got my very first selfie stick and shot my first simple video about my little chickens Philippe and Poptart. Now they are all grown up, laying and crowing, and I’ve come a long way since then as well. I certainly plan on only growing from here, so keep an eye out!

I’m gonna be honest and say that when I shot the above video, I had no idea I would be uploading new content every week, and that it would grow into something I truly love. For twenty-four straight weeks, I’ve shot, edited, and shared my chicken adventures with you. I even started a series called Chickenlandia Stories. You might remember this one about Little Stinker, my tiny escape chicken.

I’ve got so many exciting things in store for the future, and I’m always looking for good chicken stories. So if YOU have a story to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear about it. You can submit your chicken story by clicking here: submit a story to Chickenlandia!

Do you have a story for Chickenlandia?

This week I created a new trailer for my YouTube channel, which appears on my channel page. I hope you’ll check it out by clicking here: Welcome to Chickenlandia on YouTube. Please share, like, comment, and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, and of course, share it with your friends and family. I’m so looking forward to many more Chickenlandia adventures, and I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those out there who have supported me along the way. <3

 

VIVA LA CHICKENLANDIA!!!

The Secret Life of Everyone

Have you ever felt like the work you do is invisible? I think most of us feel this way at one point or another. By “work” I don’t really mean your day job. I’m speaking of the contemplating, the worrying, and the emotional labor we all carry. These experiences are the real work of human beings. Unfortunately, we don’t really talk about it as much as we should, so it becomes our secret. The funny thing is, we all have the same secret. Our very humanity is the secret life of everyone.

People being people.

I especially know this feeling because I am a mother, and mothers do so many things that there really isn’t a way to quantify. But the work is real and difficult even if it’s not easily seen. If you happen to be a mama and no one sees what you do, please know that Chickenlandia does. There is no work more important in the world.

The Little Prince and The Little King of Chickenlandia.

So, what does all this have to do with chickens? Well, lately, I’ve been feeling a tad frustrated at the lack of egg production going on in the chicken yard. It’s coming on early fall and of course my chickens are molting, but it’s still a bummer only getting a couple eggs a day. I started to wonder, what are these chickens doing all day? So, in true Chickenlandia fashion, I put a camera in the yard to secretly record them (I mean, I’m sure they saw the camera but they didn’t know what it was! LOL).

Do you think they know they’re being filmed?

I don’t think I have to tell you that what I discovered was fascinating. My chickens were quite busy! There wasn’t really a moment that they weren’t active. Of course, I put the scenes together and made a video for my YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy this short film, The Secret Life of Chickens. Just click the play button to watch it.

And, my friend, if you’ve been feeling like no one sees the work you do, I hope you can take comfort in knowing that all humanity shares this feeling with you. And I hope that watching my video or going out into your own chicken yard can bring some peace and happiness to you. That’s the real work of chickens, isn’t it?

Love as always,

The President of Chickenlandia

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!

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