Subscription Boxes for Uncommon Pets

Monthly subscription boxes continue to rise in popularity as growing amounts of people enjoy receiving a box of products that fill a recurring need or introduce new brands. Pet owners are no different, and why should dog and cat owners have all the fun? Here are some great monthly boxes for owners of less common pets.

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1. Henny & Roo
Backyard chicken keeping is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the US, and while some raise chickens for meat, most raise them for eggs and consider them pets. Each month, Henny & Roo delivers products to help keep flocks happy and healthy, including chicken treats, first aid and coop maintenance items. Then, they include a couple of useful, chicken-themed products for the chicken keeper, like eggwhite body products, books and magazines, and chicken-print socks. Monthly boxes are $29.95 plus shipping, and subscribers can save more by purchasing multi-month subscriptions.

Special offer: Save 10% at checkout with coupon code: BUZZFEED

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2. My Aquarium Box
My Aquarium Box is the first-ever subscription box made for freshwater and saltwater aquarium hobbyists. Discover the latest and greatest foods, tools, gadgets, supplements and decor delivered straight to your door once a month. Subscriptions are $24.99 (freshwater box) or $29.99 (saltwater box) including shipping, and you can cancel at any time.

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3. Squawk Box
Squawk Box is a monthly care package for your parrots, containing 4-6 carefully selected toys, treats, and more to keep your feathered friend healthy and entertained throughout the month. With a unique variety in every box, it’s a fun surprise for birds (and their humans). Subscriptions can renew every 1, 3, or 6 months and start at $24.95 a month. Select a box based on the size of your bird. Squawk Box donates a percentage of every sale to bird rescues. Save 20% on subscriptions with coupon code: BIRDBUZZ

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4. Bearded Dragon Box
Bearded Dragon Box is a monthly subscription box for pet bearded dragons and their owners. Each month, subscribers receive 3 – 5 carefully curated items like live feeders, supplements, bee pollen, probiotics, terrarium décor, costumes, or hammocks. Pet parents may receive include T-shirts, mugs, key chains, caps, decals, art, or jewelry. Sign up now for a chance to win a free 3-month subscription.

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5. A Horse Box
Each month A Horse Box delivers horse and rider-approved products from popular and up-and-coming niche brands. When you sign up for A Horse Box, each month you can spoil your horse with handpicked items – from the best grooming products to gourmet horse treats & more. Subscriptions start at $25.99 a month including shipping.

Redemption Egg Foo Young Recipe

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We love the new book Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes, by Signe Langford, and think this recipe, exerpted from the book, is one that celebrates the outputs of your flock, while keeping you warm in the cooler weather to come. Enjoy!

Redemption Egg Foo Young
Serves 2

I failed Home Ec. I disappointed Teacher with my Chinese dinner; I still don’t know where I went wrong. Making a Chinese meal from scratch in small-town Quebec in the 1970s was a tall order. Mother only had a few cookbooks to work from, so I went with a menu of recipes found in the Five Roses Cook Book and the LIFE Picture Cook Book from 1958. I’m going for redemption with this brilliant egg foo young.

4 Tbsp (60 mL) vegetable oil, divided

1 shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Half a green pepper, finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

2 scallions, finely sliced, divided

1 cup (250 mL) fresh bean sprouts, washed and dried

10 wild-caught shrimp or BC spot prawns, peeled and deveined

4 free-run eggs

Sauce
3/4 cup (180 mL) organic chicken stock

1 Tbsp (15 mL) good-quality soy sauce

1 Tbsp (15 mL) oyster sauce

1 Tbsp (15 mL) seasoned rice vinegar

1 Tbsp (15 mL) mirin or Chinese rice wine

1 tsp (5 mL) coconut sugar (or substitute granulated sugar)

2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch

  1. Add about 2 tablespoons (30 mL) oil to a medium skillet over high heat.
  1. Add shallot, garlic, green pepper, celery and most of the scallions, reserving some scallions for garnish; fry, stirring constantly, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until just softened.
  1. Add the well-drained bean sprouts; fry, stirring constantly, for another minute.
  1. Add the shrimp; fry until just turning pink and opaque. Transfer shrimp and sprout mixture to a dish and set aside. Put the pan to one side and allow it to cool.
  1. While the pan is cooling, prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until well blended, with no cornstarch lumps. Set aside.

“Redemption Egg Foo Young” from Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes, by Signe Langford, with photographs by Donna Griffith (Douglas & McIntyre).

A Peek Inside our November Box

Can you believe we are talking about November already? Summer slipped right into fall without me noticing. And now we’re about to slip into the holiday season! img_2143

You’ll be all set for holiday parties with your hen wine charm! Your guests will not mistake your wine for theirs with this charm, handmade and assembled by A Piece of the Farm. It can also be removed from the ring and worn as a necklace pendant.

One of the products we’ve selected for your chickens is Fossil Flour by Seehafer Shores Mini Farm. This food-grade diatomaceous earth product can be applied directly under your chickens wings if they are fighting a parasite infection, or added to their dust bath for prevention. Colder weather means closer quarters for your birds, and preventing an infestation before it happens, or treating it quickly, makes for healthier birds.

The items in this box top $50, making it a great gift at a nice value. Use code INSTA10 at checkout to save 10%!

October box delights subscribers

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Feedback on our October box has been great! We shipped 8 items with a fall twist to our subscribers, including:

Through the month of October, you can save 10% at checkout on every subscription with code: FALL10. And every subscriber always saves 10% in our Shop, where you can find great gifts with no commitment. Happy fall!

Charcoal as a Supplement for Chickens

According to Casey Ritz, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist, if chickens eat a bit of charcoal it helps lower the amount of ammonia in their manure, which can lead to happier, healthier and more environmentally friendly chickens. Ritz already knew charcoal worked as an ammonia and odor reducer in chicken house bedding, and is now looking at the benefits of adding charcoal to feed at a rate of 1-2%.

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Our October 2016 box featured Bird Charcoal from Charcoal House and 7 other products for chickens and keepers. Subscribe at: hennyandroo.com

High levels of ammonia in litter can affect a chicken’s growth and performance, and Ritz’s team found that it was more effective to mitigate ammonia inside the chicken, before it ever hits the ground.

Charcoal, which is already approved by the FDA for human consumption, could hold more benefits for poultry than just ammonia reduction. Because animals’ water and feed can be exposed to contaminants – from rodents, flies or birds, for example – many poultry farmers are following an age-old practice of adding charcoal to drinking water or feed. In Europe, commercial activated charcoals have been specifically designed as an additive for cattle and poultry feed.

Charcoal has the ability to absorb toxins from poultry feed and water, improving poultry health. While charcoal has no nutritional value itself, it contributes to a healthy digestive system by moving the impurities it absorbs out of the body. If worms or worm eggs are present, it may help move them out of the body with other waste. Poultry feed containing 1-1.5% charcoal has been said to increase laying rate, laying period and egg weight.

Our Henny & Roo October 2016 box contains a 7oz. bag of activated charcoal from Charcoal House, LLC. For more information on this product, and to buy more, visit www.buyactivatedcharcoal.com. To subscribe to Henny & Roo, or to purchase a non-subscription product, visit hennyandroo.com.