6 reasons why NOW is the perfect time to start your backyard chicken flock

You may have noticed that there is an increased interest in backyard chicken keeping, and many first-timers are starting their flock. And while Spring is typically the time for increased chick sales regardless of world events, this New York Times article explains how in times of economic uncertainty, sales of live chickens increase. 

If being a backyard chicken keeper has always been a dream of yours, we think now is a great time to start, and here’s why:

  1. You have the extra time. Many Americans are under shelter-in-place orders to avoid the spread of COVID-19. And that means that many adults are working from home (gaining the time they typically spend commuting) or are out of work. If you have extra time and wish to start your flock, set aside ample time to research all that is involved in caring for a backyard flock. When things return to normal (which we hope is soon!), will you still have time to care for your chickens? These are live animals you’re considering, so be responsible and determine if this is the right hobby for you.

    What are your chicken keeping goals? Will you raise chickens for eggs? Meat? Stress reduction? Are chickens even allowed where you live? Many HOA’s and municipalities do not allow home chicken keeping. If yours does not, perhaps it’s a good time to get involved and push for more freedom in the ordinance.

    Assess your yard and determine the best place for your coop, and what kind of predators inhabit your area. Ensure you’re selecting a sturdy coop and adequate predator protection. Here is a good list of considerations in regard to chicken coops from our friends at My Pet Chicken.

    To prepare yourself for the ups and downs of chicken keeping we also suggest The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow, and Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele.

  2. Chicken keeping is good for kids. Most schools are closed, and parents are looking for meaningful and educational activities in which to engage their kids. Not only are chicks super cute, but learning about how to care for them is a great way to teach responsibility. Kids can catch up on their reading and research skills by looking up what it takes to raise a flock. They can sharpen their math skills by calculating startup costs. They can help design the coop if you’re building it yourself, or draw a picture of the coop in the yard. They can practice their instruments by playing to their new pets. Here are 9 tips for keeping chickens with kids from our friends at Tilly’s Nest.

  3. Wider varieties may be available right now. Spring is the best time to get started because you’ll be able to find a wide variety of breeds from hatcheries and breeders (though this year, many will be sold out). Research the breeds that are hardy to your climate and fit your chicken keeping goals. Here is a good article on selecting chicken breeds to get you started. 

  4. It’s warmer in spring and summer, and chicks need warmth. Chicks need a warm, draft-free environment, which spring and summer often provide. Be sure to have a proper brooder indoors if it’s too cold to house the chicks outdoors. And you’ll want to start growing chicks early enough in the year to ensure they are full grown and fully feathered before winter, depending on your location. Here’s what you need and what to expect during the first 60 days of raising chicks.

  5. Chicken keeping provides food security. Chicken eggs and meat are excellent sources of protein when grocery store supplies may be reduced or sold out.But it takes an investment of time, supplies, and care to get chicks to the mature laying stage, so don’t rush into this hobby thinking you’ll have eggs right away. Depending on the breed, hens will start laying between 18 and 26 weeks. And no, you don’t need a rooster to get eggs!

  6. You have support. There is a wonderful chicken keeping community out there, and most of us love to help newbies. But don’t expect people on the internet to teach you everything. Learn what you can on your own, and join online chicken keeping groups to ask specific questions. Join us on Facebook at Henny+Roo Poultry Supplies, on instagram @hennyandroo, and in our Facebook group, Chicken Coop Connect.

    Henny+Roo offers support for new and experienced chicken keepers, delivered to your door each month. You don’t have to leave your house to get treats,health and first aid items, coop supplies, and gifts for owners. Check out our monthly plans and one-time shop at hennyandroo.com. For a limited time, you can save 15% sitewide with code SPRING15. 


We chicken keepers invite you to experience all that we love about this hobby, the least of which is tasty, fresh, and available eggs. But we want you to be sure to consider your lifestyle and resources before jumping in. Take the time to learn all you can, which is a fun activity regardless if you decide to move forward or not. 
From all of us at Henny+Roo, we wish you and your flock health and wellness. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions at info@hennyandroo.com and check us out at hennyandroo.com.

March 2020 Sneak Peek

We’re teaming up with our friends from Exotic Nutrition Pet Supply Company to help you keep your flock happy and healthy! In your March Henny+Roo box, in addition to 5 other items for you and your chickens, you’ll get a 1 pound bag of Chicken Ecstasy, and a 12g bag of dried Calendula Flowers.

Chicken Ecstasy is a premium blend of red milo, crimped barley, dried meal worms, Omega-3 rich flax seed and other healthy ingredients. This all-natural feed supplement provides enrichment and encourages natural foraging behavior for chickens and other poultry. It’s a natural source of protein to provide energy to support birds in cold climates.

Calendula flowers are tasty to chickens and the vitamins and color naturally enhances the yolk color. Calendula helps with inflammation in the mouth or thrust or yeast overgrowth.

Start or restart your Henny+Roo subscription for monthly deliveries of healthy chicken keeping products and surprise high-quality gifts for you or your favorite chicken keeping enthusiast! Visit us at hennyandroo.com to subscribe or purchase a one-time box.

A new subscription option – Treats Only!

Sometimes all you need are treats! In addition to our Poultry Supply + Gift Box, which features 6-8 items for your flock and you, we now offer the Treats Only Box. Each month you’ll receive three full-sized, high-quality treats from partner poultry companies.

This box is a renewing subscription and contains only treats. Your first box ships within 2 business days of purchase. Get this box delivered monthly for $21.95 plus shipping. Save 10% with code CHICKENLOVE at hennyandroo.com. 

Current subscribers to our regular monthly box will get 20% off this subscription, and everything on our site when you combine code CHICKENLOVE with your automatic 10% discount (just log in first)!

The Grub Life

An interview with Raoul Benavides, owner of Iowa Blue Farm

Raoul Benavides, Owner/Operator, Iowa Blue Farm

We were proud to feature Black Soldier Fly larvae from Iowa Blue Farm in our December box, and thought you’d like to get to know the owner, Raoul Benavides. We hope you enjoy learning about him and his business as much as we did!
-Your friends at Henny+Roo

Hi Raoul! How did you get started in this business and why are you passionate about BSF larvae?

I come from a long lineage of entrepreneurs. I am always searching for new ways to challenge myself. I wanted to do something tactile that was environmentally responsible. I think like a farmer and really love working on process based projects. Black Soldier Flies were a natural fit. (Learn more about Iowa Blue Farm here.)

What is your role at Iowa Blue Farm and how does your family support that?

I am the owner/operator. I wear all the hats. Of course, family and friends provided incredible amounts of support labor and feedback. I have had some really dear friends supporting me at the beginning. I did lots of experiments getting the flies to breed early on. I went from my basement to a 1000 square foot space and we are in the process of moving into a 10,000 square foot operation this month. From artists to designers to engineers, my team helped create the specialized gear needed to breed, feed, harvest, dry and package these very unique creatures.

Do you have any pets?

I have had a number of urban hens through out my life. Right now, I only have a lovely grouchy cat named Diego.

What’s your favorite part about your work?

 It’s incredibly rewarding. I get to manage and fine tune a whole life cycle of this beautiful insect and along the way lower the carbon footprint, provide jobs and feed chickens.

What’s surprised you about your business that you didn’t expect when you started?

At first, I didn’t really see the scale. This thing can be massive in cultural impact. I am hoping to open an indoor shrimp farm soon that runs entirely on Black Soldier Fly Larvae pellets. My dream is to turn the dried black soldier fly larvae into a small cookie that we can giveaway globally in order to end world hunger.

Big thanks to Raoul for sharing his work with us, and for providing his products, which we’re sure your flock will love, for our December boxes. Didn’t get one? We have just a few left in our Shop at hennyandroo.com, and for a limited time, you can save 10% sitewide with code CHICKENLOVE.

February 2020 Sneak Peek

We’re packing your January boxes and are in the process of shipping them today and Monday. Subscribers, look out for a shipping confirmation in your email shortly! In the meantime, we’re currently taking orders for our February box, and thought we’d share a sneak peek. We hope you feel the love, with 8 items for you and your flock, including this handmade, rustic Chicken Love Sign. This item was suggested by a subscriber, and we’re so glad we could make it happen! Order now, and use code CHICKENLOVE to save 10% on your first subscription, or any item in our Shop at: hennyandroo.com

Henny+Roo Farmhome Autumn 2019 Box – Presales Now Open!

Theme: Calm Gratitude

Henny+Roo Farmhome is here! Ordering information

What is modern farmhouse style? It’s warm, simple and rustic pieces formed of natural textures, wood, and galvanized steel. It’s well-used and well-loved items with natural beauty, and earthy colors that are sure to become family favorites.

What is included in the Henny+Roo Farmhome box? Each quarter, Henny+Roo will release a new set of 5-7 decor items like wall art, candles, small signs, seasonal centerpieces, and more. We can help you create a charming, rustic space you’ll love to live in. The actual retail price of the items included in the box surpass the cost of the box, making it a great value and a special gift. Subscribers to the Henny+Roo Box for Chicken Keepers save 10% on this and all Shop items automatically (log in at hennyandroo.com first).

The macrame garland from the Autumn 2019 Henny+Roo Farmhome box complements more traditional farmhouse elements and can be used as a light window covering, wall hanging above beds and doors, fireplace accent, or anywhere you want to incorporate modern, natural design accents.

Be surprised, or not! Order during our presale period to guarantee your delivery. If any boxes are left after presales, we will release photos of the box contents on social media and in our Shop, and make them available for purchase after the presale orders have shipped.

The macrame garland from the Autumn 2019 Henny+Roo Farmhome box is truly versatile in how it can be styled in your home. The box contains seven pieces incorporating traditional and modern farmhouse design.

Presales for the Autumn 2019 box run through September 30, while supplies last. The Autumn 2019 box ships October 1. If any boxes remain on October 8, we will release images of all of the contents of the box and make the remaining available for sale. Please note: Because we rely on multiple vendors, delays sometimes occur and dates are subject to change.

Presales for the Autumn 2019 Henny+Roo Farmhome box are open. Order while they last to guarantee your delivery.

Henny+Roo September 2019 Box Sneak Peek

Friends! We’re so excited to announce the first September Henny+Roo box Sneak Peek! We’ve had our eye on these rustic stone trivet trays for a while, but couldn’t get the quantity we needed until now. ALL current subscribers will get one in their September Henny+Roo subscription box for chicken keepers. Complements well with both modern and farmhouse kitchen decor.

Not yet a subscriber? Sign up now at hennyandroo.com, and you’ll start with a Welcome Box shipped right away, renew on 8/15, and continue with the September box shipping 9/6.

Summer Supplements

Our friend Dalia from Welcome to Chickenlandia shares why it’s important to supplement in summer for flock health.

Order Henny+Roo 3 in 1: Vitamins, Electrolytes, and Probiotics in our Shop and use code SUMMER10 to save 10% on your entire Shop order!

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.