Inside your February 2018 box

Each month, we put together a box of chicken goodies we think you’ll love, full of treats, coop maintenance products, and items for your first aid kit. Then we throw in a couple of fun gifts for you! Our February box included:

💕Our new “Laid with Love” Egg Stamp and nontoxic stamp pad

💕Rosemary-mint handmade soap from Crazy Chicken Lady of NH Natural Soap

💕Organic Barley Sprouting Seeds from Scratch and Peck Feeds

💕February/March issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine

💕A silicone cleaner for the coop waterer

💕Four treat sampler from Exotic Nutrition Pet Supply Company

💕Nesting box pad

We hope you love it! We’ve got just a couple left for non-subscription purchase in our Shop. Big thanks to the awesome February box vendors!

First Saturday Lime

Lime can be used in the chicken coop to reduce moisture, repel pests and protect against mites and lice, and First Saturday Lime’s formula is safe and won’t burn your flock’s feet.

We’ve been using First Saturday Lime in our coop and run, and when the weather warms and pests become a problem, we’ll sprinkle it around the the base of the house to keep them out. Get 20% off plus free shipping with code HENNYANDROO when you order direct at: firstsaturdaylime.com

March Box Sneak Peek

We’ve been caring for our flock for almost four years, and we are so excited to include in our March Henny & Roo box one of the items that has been so valuable to us as newbie and more experienced chicken keepers.

Fresh Eggs Daily (St. Lynn’s Press, hardcover, $18.95) by Lisa Steele of the Fresh Eggs Daily blog is a chicken reference that we keep at our fingertips. We’ve used Lisa’s recommendations since day 1 with our flock with excellent results, and it’s our go-to when we need advice about our coops, nesting boxes, runs, breeding, feed, and natural health care. We think you’ll enjoy the lovely photos of Lisa’s flock and her DIY projects and recipes that help keep your chickens healthy and happy. All subscribers to the regular Henny & Roo monthly box will receive a copy.

Not a subscriber? We expect the March box to sell out, so subscribe today. Sorry, this box is not available without a subscription.

February box is SOLD OUT!

We are so excited to welcome all of our new Henny & Roo subscribers! And there were a ton of you this month! So many that our February box subscriptions sold out. We thank you, and hope you love your boxes, featuring our “Laid with Love” egg stamp. If you didn’t get a box in time, you can order the egg stamp now from our Shop. It won’t likely ship until mid-February, but you can reserve yours now.

Our March box has a limited number of spots available, and if you subscribe today, your subscription will start with the March box. We are excited to share Lisa Steele’s book, Fresh Eggs Daily, with all of our March subscribers.

Thanks again for joining the Henny & Roo flock!

January box is about giving back

We were proud to work with wonderful vendors this month, as we are every month, really. Two of our vendors include provisions in their business model to give to a portion of product revenue to nonprofits. We admire that and were inspired to give too!

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The January box featured a lip balm from FreeRange SkinCare. Most of their products are made with egg yolks, and the item that you’ll get supports their efforts to rescue, care for and rehabilitate ex-battery hens in the Cleveland area. We’ll soon feature more of their products in our Shop.

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We also sent a bag of Chicken Chew Layer Feed, a new product from My Urban Coop. Make a purchase of a full size bag from their website, and not only will your flock eat well, but you’ll support The Garden Hen, a Houston-area nonprofit that brings poultry education to elementary students. Get 10% off when you sign up for a subscription to have Chicken Chew delivered to your home monthly, and get free shipping with orders over $49 from myurbancoop.com.

The giving spirit of these two companies inspired us to give too, so And finally, we are sending the January box to each of the past recipients of the Coops for Troops program – all veterans facing PTSD. We thank Coop Dreams for coordinating this program and accepting this gift.

We’re sure your flock got excited about the Grubblies in your January box! Grubblies are dried black soldier fly larvae that are really high in protein. They must taste pretty good too, because our flock comes running when they see the bag! Grubbly Farms also offers a monthly subscription in which your first 1 pound bag is free, and then you continue to save 10% each month.

canvasbagOur new Peace, Love, Chickens bag included in the January Henny & Roo box is a generous 7 x 11 inches and reminds us of the important things in life! More available in our Shop.

We also included a 2-pack of spring-loaded latches so that if needed, you can add some extra security to your coop, and a 2018 calendar featuring beautiful chicken photos from Exotic Nutrition.

Also included was Ball of Bugs treats from Pacific Bird and Supply to help keep your flock occupied in the coop. It’s fun to see them roll them around as they peck.

To keep the coop clean, we added EcoPet Natural Cleaner from DooKashi, makers of the coop bedding deodorizer. It’s a concentrated formula meant to be diluted with water, and all of the ingredients are natural and organic. It’s non-corrosive, non-toxic, and uses an organic probiotic to clean away grime and odors. Nothing but the best for our flock, right?

And finally, each subscriber received a packet of Gro2Max Probiotic Supplement. Gro2Max helps chickens better absorb nutrients from feed, resulting in healthier birds and increased size and quality of eggs with no withdrawal.

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We hope you loved your January box, and we are working hard to prepare for February! We’re excited to share our “Laid with Love” egg stamp with each February subscriber.

Didn’t get a box? Grab a January box as a one-time item without a subscription, or subscribe and start with our February box. 

Saturdays are Time to Lime!

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Our poor ladies. With the cold and snow here in northern Illinois, they’ve been in their coop more than ever. Not only because we haven’t been outside to hang with them while they free range and keep them safe from predators, but because they refuse to step foot in the white stuff.

So the coop and run…let’s just say there’s more poop in there than usual. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been using First Saturday Lime, and it’s made a big difference in drying up the poop and reducing odor.

In the coop, lime reduces odors, repels pests, protects against most bug larvae (stick fleas, lice, mites), improves calcium levels, and reduces moisture which discourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. First Saturday Lime recommends you apply it monthly, and you can remind yourself to do it on the first Saturday. Get it? First Saturday? So smart!

There are different types of lime, and you do have to choose a product that is safe around animals.

We know that some lime (hydrated lime, calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide) can burn skin, and some lime (dolomitic, straight out of the quarry) isn’t very strong.

First Saturday Lime came up with a formulated version of hydrated lime, which is just as strong but safer. It lacks the caustic nature of hydrated lime, while also containing virtually no silica as in dolomitic lime. First Saturday Lime can be handled by bare hands (and chicken feet), free from worry. They’ll likely take a few nibbles, and that’s OK.

First Saturday Lime is also useful outside the chicken coop!

  • Organic pest barrier. Just pour around the base of your home once a month for insect control
  • Safe for children, pets, animals and organic farming
  • Stabilizes pH levels and removes algae from ponds and aquariums
  • Sanitize chicken coops, stables, barns and kennels
  • Increase soil pH levels for “sweeter,” more fertile soil
  • Use as a limewash for walls and crafts
  • Change hydrangeas’ color to pink

Want to give it a try? We have a special offer for Henny & Roo fans – use code HENNYANDROO to save 20% and get free shipping when you order at First Saturday Lime.

February Sneak Peek

It’s the 5th, and that means we’re taking orders for next month’s box! Did you hear? EVERYONE’S GETTING THE “LAID WITH LOVE” EGG STAMP! If we have extras, we will sell them in our Shop for $18, so getting them in your February box for $29.95 with 7 other items is quite a deal. You’ll also get the new Treat and Herb Sampler Pack from Exotic Nutrition Pet Supply Company. We’ve got just 75 spaces left and they are going fast. Order now!

Bagged by Texans!

Our chickens braved the white stuff just to try Chicken Chew, the new feed from My Urban Coop – so you know it’s gotta be good. I like it because it’s a natural, soy-free layer feed bagged by real Texans 😂

Check out all the good stuff in their Homestyle Hemp variety: northern hemp seed, oyster shell, organic wheat, oats, corn and milo.

And the best part is – all of our subscribers get to try a 5 ounce bag of one of the three varieties (Homestyle Hemp, Frisky Fax or Plump Pumpkin)!

Not yet a subscriber? Sign up now at: hennyandroo.com

Preventing Frostbite in Your Flock

It’s cold out there, and you may be wondering what types of products you can use on your flock to prevent frostbite.

Lisa Steele, whose book Fresh Eggs Daily is featured in our March, 2018 box, offers a very thorough list of things you can do in the coop to keep your chickens toasty and prevent frostbite. One of those strategies is to apply a protective coating to combs and wattles.

Our subscribers received our Henny & Roo Peppermint Lavender Comb and Wattle Salve in their November boxes, but we do have a few left in our Shop.

It’s made from coconut oil and beeswax, with peppermint (antimicrobial, pain reliever, relaxant) and lavender (blood circulation enhancer, relaxant) essential oils. There is no Vaseline in this product, which can actually cause frostbite.

Henny & Roo Comb and Wattle Salve is wonderful on human skin too! Order now at: hennyandroo.com