Inside the Henny+Roo July box

We loved working with the product vendors we partnered with for your July Henny+Roo subscription box for chicken keepers, and we hope you and your flock loved it. The July box featured:

– A big 2 pound bag of Flock Party Sunflower and Raisin Treats from Manna Pro Homestead (coupon included)

– Sani-Care Premium Hardwood Bedding from Espoma Naturals

– Henny+Roo 3 in 1 Vitamins, Minerals, and Electrolytes

– Green Goo Respiratory Care from Green Goo

– Independence Day inspired coop decor

– Henny+Roo Poultry First Aid Kit Bag

– A sample of new NEW Purina® Farm to Flock™ Hen Treats from Purina Poultry (coupon included)

– Cute Poultry Leg Bands from Chicken Hill Poultry

– Coupon for 10 lbs of Flygrubs for the first 100 who respond

We have a very limited number of July boxes left in our Shop if you didn’t get one. If you did, we hope you and your flock loved it! Please do us a favor and follow the companies who produced the awesome products in the July box, we know they’d appreciate it. ❤️

Get a July box here while they last: https://hennyandroo.cratejoy.com/shop/product/2218672999

Henny+Roo farmhome coming this fall

Do you love the rustic farmhouse style? So do we! We are so excited to announce that we will soon have a subscription option just for you.

Each season Henny+Roo farmhome boxes will feature small batch makers, upscale home decor and gifts, and more – all in a modern and warm farmhouse aesthetic. Think cozy blankets, wooden farm decor, galvanized steel accents, natural textiles, and simple leather goods. We are partnering with a fabulous group of designers and curators of all things farmhouse style to bring you a box we know you’ll love.

Credit: Architectural Digest

Presales begin on October 15, and we will begin shipping our first box, WINTER, on December 1. Look out for more details in the weeks ahead.

Are you a maker of goods in the farmhouse style? We want to hear from you. Email us at info@hennyandroo.com and tell us about your handmade items.

Price change July 16

Hello friends,

Back in January of 2016, we shipped our first box for backyard chicken keepers to about 60 initial subscribers. We’re thrilled that we remain the one and only subscription box for chickens and their owners, and that so many of you who received that first box are still with us! We are humbled by our amazing customers who choose to receive a box of poultry goodies from us each month, and can’t wait to wow you with our future boxes. We have some wonderful chicken keeping supplies and gifts planned!

In order to keep up with increasing USPS shipping prices, and to maintain the high quality box items that you’re used to, we need to raise our monthly box price. On July 16, we will be raising our monthly price to $39.95 with shipping included. The good news is, if you’re a current subscriber, or if you become one by July 15, you’ll stay at the monthly price of $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping.

Again, if you’re currently a subscriber, your monthly charge will not change. This change is for new or returning subscribers only. On July 16, you’ll only see the $39.95 option on our website, but your monthly charge will stay the same.

If you’re not a current subscriber, now is a good time to start or reactivate your subscription to lock in the lower rate, because that option disappears on July 16. Visit hennyandroo.com to get started.

The June 2019 Henny+Roo Box Reveal

Not just for chickens!

Subscribers, we hope you love the June box as much as these two do! Inside, you’ll get:

🌸Free Range Chicken Gardens by author Jessi Bloom​

🌸 Green Pea Flakes from Exotic Nutrition Pet Supply Company​

🌸 Chicken Banquet Mineral Block from ZooMed Laboratories Inc.​

🌸 Flock Party Mealworms from Manna Pro​

🌸 A lovely Egg Yolk Soap from My Pet Chicken​ with a bamboo soap dish

🌸 Fly Ribbon from Catchmaster​

🌸 #ChickensMatter decal promoting chicken rescue from Chickens Matter​

Didn’t get the June box? We’ve got a few left for sale in our Shop at hennyandroo.com! And follow these awesome companies who are working hard to promote the hobby of chicken keeping, and keeping our flocks healthy and happy! 🐓💕

July 2019 Sneak Peek

Our June boxes ship this week, and we are already looking to July!

Respiratory diseases, while often not life-threatening, are one of the most commonly observed backyard chicken ailments, and some respiratory diseases are more common in summer. That’s why Henny+Roo is preparing you for the possibility of illness with a tin of Green Goo 100% All Natural Respiratory Care.

Gree Goo Respiratory Care helps to relieve the symptoms of respiratory disease, including coughing, wheezing, sneezing and congestion. It also treats scaly leg mites.

Subscribe for automatic monthly deliveries of thoughtfully selected products for backyard chickens and gifts for owners, at hennyandroo.com. This box is also available without a subscription in our Shop. The July boxes ship 7/5 and contain seven additional items. Reserve yours today!

Green Goo Respiratory Care Ingredients: Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Ravensara Essential Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Organic Beeswax. 

Urban Chicken Keeping Myths

As a follow up to our article, Changing Local Backyard Chicken Ordinances, we wanted to provide you with more information that might sway those in your community who might be wary about allowing backyard flocks.

Myth 1. Chickens carry diseases communicable to humans.
Fact: The truth is that small flocks have literally no risk of avian flu transmission to humans. The 2006 Grain Report states: “When it comes to bird flu, diverse small-scale poultry is the solution, not the problem.” Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states on their website: “There is no need at present to remove a (family) flock of chickens because of concerns regarding avian flu.”

Myth 2. Chickens are too noisy.
Fact: Laying hens—at their loudest—have about the same decibel level as human conversation (60 to 70 decibels). Hens are so quiet that there have been cases of family flocks being kept for years without the next door neighbors knowing it.

To some, noise is a concern with roosters and their early-morning crowing. Many urban codes ban roosters, or only allow them to be kept with special permits. The noise level of a rooster’s crow is about the same as a barking dog; 90 decibels.

Myth 3. Chickens cause waste and odor.
Fact: A 40-pound dog generates more solid waste than 10 chickens. To be more specific, one 40-pound dog generates about .75 pounds of poop every day. Ten chickens generate about .66 pounds daily poop.

The advantage to chicken poop is that it can be used as valuable, high-nitrogen fertilizer. Unlike dog or cat poop, chicken poop can be combined with yard and leaf waste to create compost. Just as valuable, about 40% of the chicken manure is organic matter necessary for building fertile, healthy topsoil.

Myth 4. Chickens attract predators, pests and rodents.
Fact: Predators and rodents are already living in urban areas. Wild bird feeders, pet food, gardens, fish ponds, bird baths and trash waiting to be collected all attract raccoons, foxes, rodents and flies. Chickens are voracious carnivores and will seek out and eat just about anything that moves including ticks (think Lyme disease), fleas, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, stink bugs, slugs, and even mice, baby rats and small snakes.

Myth 5. Property values will decrease.
Fact: There is not one single documented case that we know of about a next door family flock that has decreased the value of real estate. On the contrary, local foods and living green is so fashionable, that some realtors and home sellers are offering a free chicken coop with every sale.

Myth 6. Coops are ugly.
Fact: Micro-flock coop designs can be totally charming, upscale and even whimsical. Common design features include blending in with the local architectural style, matching the slope of the roof and complementing color schemes.

Myth 7. My neighbors will think I’m nuts.
Fact: You can’t control what anyone thinks, much less your neighbor.

Once folks gain more experience with the advantages and charms of chickens, most prejudice and fear evaporates; especially when you share some of those fresh, heart-healthy, good-for-you eggs from your family flock.

There is one huge advantage to family flocks that is often overlooked during chicken debates. That is their role and value in solid waste management systems. Chickens, as clucking civic workers, are biomass recyclers and can divert tons of organic matter from the trash collection and landfills.

Chickens will eat just about all kitchen “waste.” They love people food, even those “gone-by” leftovers that have seasoned in the refrigerator. Combine their manure with grass clippings, fallen leaves and garden waste, and you create compost. Composting with chicken helpers keeps tons of biomass out of municipal trash collection systems.

All this can save big time taxpayer dollars, which is especially valuable in these times of stressed municipal budgets.

Once you successfully change the hearts and minds of your community members, consider a Henny+Roo subscription for monthly deliveries of treats, supplies, and gifts. Learn more at: hennyandroo.com

June 2019 Henny+Roo Box Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to send Jessi Bloom’s book, Free Range Chicken Gardens, to all current subscribers this June!

If you’re not an active subscriber, it’s a good time to start or reactivate your past subscription. Free Range Chicken Gardens is a beautiful book that inspires chicken keepers to create a functional and beautiful outdoor space while providing a safe environment for chickens to free range. It starts with basic chicken keeping info and goes on to explain fence and hardscape selections, chicken-friendly plants, sample garden designs, innovative coops, and predator prevention.

We know you’re going to love the gorgeous photos of our favorite pets enjoying lovely garden spaces. 🌸 Not a subscriber? Order now, and save 10% on your first subscription with code: SPRING10 at hennyandroo.com.

We love celebrating Spring with you! As always, contact us at info@hennyandroo.com with any questions.

Changing Local Backyard Chicken Ordinances

Spring is a time when many people wish to start a backyard flock, but their local laws prevent them from doing so. The good news is, lots of people have been successful in changing their local laws and ordinances. Here are some tips for changing the law where you live:

1. Find out exactly what your local ordinances are and make sure they are sufficiently specific. Some ordinances may be vague enough for you take advantage of, for example one that prohibits “barn animals,” but doesn’t specify poultry. However, some ordinances state that anything not addressed in the ordinance is assumed prohibited. Get your information directly from the city, in writing.

2. Ask around and check Facebook for groups of people in your town who are already busy trying to change your local laws. If not, invite others from your area and create a support group. There is strength in numbers and the more people sign on, the better your chances of success will be. Environmental or hunger organizations can help by writing a letter in support of backyard chicken keeping that you may present to your local government.

3. Contact one of the chicken-friendly towns near you. Ask about their policies, how it works and if it has been successful. Then draft an ordinance that is appropriate to your town. You can use the ordinance of a neighboring town as a template.

4. Assemble an informational packet, based on the information you get. State facts, cite your references, include maps charts, photographs and letters of support.

5. Once you’ve got all the information you need, contact your city council and request the issue be placed on the council meeting agenda. Find out how your council meetings work and when public comments are allowed. Learn the protocol for submitting an item for discussion with your public officials.

6. Expect for this to take months. Changing city ordinances is neither easy nor quick, but it can be done. Stay polite, friendly, firm and persistent. This will help win your council’s favor and show them you are serious.

We wish you the best of success in making a difference and helping your community experience the wonderful hobby of chicken keeping. When you do get your flock started, consider signing up for Henny+Roo, the first and only subscription box for chicken keepers, sending treats, supplies and gifts monthly. Learn more at: hennyandroo.com

The May 2019 Henny+Roo Box Reveal

Subscribers, we hope you’re enjoying the May Henny+Roo box! We love introducing you to new products like:

New! Chubby Mealworms Dried Calci-Worms: US-grown and high in calcium, increasing general health, stronger bones, and shiny feathers.

Dry Cider Vinegar from BVS: Supplemental source of vinegar and a mild acidifier for poultry water.

Vanilla Fly Repellant from Henny+Roo: Did you know pests hate the smell of vanilla? A safe means of fly control for your coop.

Espoma Odor Control from Espoma Naturals: Helps control odors worsened by heat – naturally.

Mealworm Pie from Hentastic Treats: A great source of fat and protein, while keeping your flock interested and occupied.

Apricot Herb Solid Perfume from Orglamix Cosmetics: A fresh springtime scent.

Absorbent Stone Coasters from Henny+Roo: Fits inside car cup holders!

Hen Bottle Opener from Goodrich Metal Works: A truly unique way to open summer beverages.

Nesting Box Liner: In every box!

If you missed it, we have just a few left in our Shop at hennyandroo.com!