Hey you! Whatcha drinkin’ over there?

The We Drink & We Farm Things podcast is a Henny+Roo favorite, so we invited them to the blog to share how and why they do what they do. Take it away, ladies!

We’re Bev & Sam from the podcast, We Drink & We Farm Things. We host a weekly farm comedy podcast where we drink adult beverages, farm, and give zero clucks about having the perfect farm life. Not that we don’t want our farms to be full of good things all the time, but the realities of farm life aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. We like to keep it real with you and have discussions that include the mistakes we make, new knowledge we gain, entertainment, and sometimes we go off on tangents that are non-farming related.

We started the podcast because we wanted to share farming stories and knowledge for those into chicken keeping, hobby farming, or homesteading life that needed a happy hour style chat they could listen to whenever and wherever. Whether you’re a farm newbie or a seasoned homesteader, you’ll love our podcast if you enjoy casual learning and don’t mind some slightly inappropriate humor along the way.

That’s Bev.

Bev Ross is a new(ish) homesteader that moved her family from the desert suburbs of Phoenix to rural Ohio in 2017. Her beverage of choice is beer, and she has 11 chickens and counting, plus goats, and is trying to be really good so Santa will bring her a donkey someday.

And that’s Sam.

Sam Bolton is the accidental hobby farmer at Chickens & Wine. Her beverage of choice is, wine, and she has 70 chickens and counting, plus goats, ducks, and a mini pig. She hosts #chickenselfiesunday over on Instagram.

If you’re totally new to listening to podcasts and want to check us out, we suggest you head to our website and listen to the latest episode. Then, be sure to check out our interview with Tina from Henny+Roo. She was awesome enough to be our 2nd interview EVER!

Find yourself hooked? New episodes are released every Friday on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app. They are also always published on our website. You can follow us on Instagram @drinkandfarm or Facebook, and join our Facebook group.

Download the podcast, grab your ear buds and your favorite drink, and head outside. Bev and Sam are bringing the fun back to farm chores!

Meet Kelly from Adopt a Bird Network

We are happy to introduce Kelly Rutkowski, our guest blogger and founder of Adopt a Bird Network, and organization working to promote poultry adoption from shelters. We are helping to raise funds for Adopt a Bird so that they can continue and grow their mission – with each sale of our Hazel enamel pin, we will donate $5 to Adopt a Bird. Meet Kelly and learn more about her organization.
Kelly Rutkowski, Founder, Adopt a Bird Network

Hi! My name is Kelly Rutkowski and I would love it if you might consider adopting a bird from an animal shelter or rescue when you decide to add to your flock. I would love you even more if you adopted a rooster! I wasn’t always as chicken-obsessed as I am. Or actually, maybe I was since I actually rescued my first chickens back when I was sixteen.

I am a Clemson University graduate and structural engineer with an MBA, who left a successful career designing marinas to follow my passion of helping animals, particularly chickens. I have an elderly horse named Cash and a flock of birds of my own, most of whom came from various shelters or were rescued locally. They each have their own unique personalities, likes and dislikes, and friends and foes within the flock. Most know their names, some can perform tricks, and all of them are used to being picked up and cuddled by me on a daily basis. Over half of the birds in my flock are roosters!

I run the website PoultryDVM.com, and founded Adopt a Bird Network (ABN), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the presence of the forgotten birds (especially chickens) in animal shelters across the United States, with the intent of finding each a loving, no-kill, and forever home.

To help accomplish this, ABN connects available homeless birds to prospective adopters and rescues. We also produce educational infographics and give backyard chicken keeping workshops at different animal shelters across the country. We gave our first workshop last August in Los Angeles in partnership with Los Angeles City Animal Services, and are scheduled to do another in March.

There is a huge need for Adopt a Bird Network, because as backyard chickens gain in popularity, an increasing number are ending up in animal shelters. Most are picked up as strays after being deliberately abandoned in parking lots, vacant homes (where their owners moved away and left them), parks, on the side of the road, left in a cardboard box outside the door of the shelter, garbage dumpsters, or even tied up and thrown in ponds. Others are surrendered by their owners or confiscated from cruelty cases.

Depending on the shelter, these birds might end up euthanized, sitting for months, or even years, in isolation while waiting for someone to adopt them (often because nobody even knows they are there), or given away as a food source. A lucky few are adopted out to good homes or transferred over to a rescue or sanctuary. Since ABN started back in August 2017, the number of lucky birds has been steadily rising.

Through ABN, I am trying to inspire others to care, like I do, about these birds (ESPECIALLY the poor roosters!) and to think of them as companions and pets, for they are no different than a cat or dog. They deserve the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life, free from fear of predators, taken to the veterinarian when they are sick, and valued for who they are – not what they can provide.

ABN is filing to become a 501c3 this month, thanks to the generous donation from Henny+Roo! We would also like to thank the amazing support we received from our wonderful ambassadors: Lipstick and Chickens, Viking the Lab, and Hen Stefani, and those of you who purchased a pin to help us!

Thanks for sharing your passion with us, Kelly! If you’d like to support Adopt a Bird Network, visit their website or purchase a Hazel pin.

Inside the January Henny+Roo box

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We hope you had a fabulous holiday season!

The January Henny+Roo box marks the third anniversary of our first box! We shipped the first ever subscription box for chicken keepers in January 2016 box to 60 excited subscribers, and are happy to say that many of them are still receiving our boxes! We love the chicken keeping community that we are so proud to be a part of.

We selected items for our January 2019  box that support you and your flock as we trudge through winter and look forward to warmer days. Inside your January box:

Hen Print Scarf: Stay warm and show off your favorite hobby in style. Produced by our friends at Cheeky’s Boutique, and available for purchase here. Screenshot 2019-01-11 at 11.26.07 AM

Chicken Keeping Journal: Keep all of your flock notes in one place in this blank journal. Items you may wish to record: Names, breeds, ages, expenses, egg production tracking, incubation dates and results,  hatch dates, illnesses, treatments and medication, deaths/culls, observations, photos, 4H and show information, projects/repairs, to-do lists, to-buy lists, seasonal reminders, sketches, wish lists, goal tracking. Get one here.

Hentastic Mealworm and Oregano Treats: High-protein treats to keep your flock happy and healthy with oregano, a natural antibiotic. unipetusa.com

Epsom Salts with Lavender: Epsom salt baths and lavender are commonly used to relax hens so that you can observe ans assess for injury and disease.

Layer Boost Supplement with Omega 3: Contains a blend of vitamins, electrolytes, enzyme, omega 3, and Marigold for use with layer chickens to increase the quality and quantity of eggs. durvet.com

Coop Cup: Administer water when hens are caged for injury or disease recovery, or use in the coop to serve grit or treats.  chickenguardian.com

Latex Gloves: Place in your poultry first aid kit so they are readily available when needed.

Nesting Box Liner: In every box and compostable.

The January 2019 Henny+Roo box is available for purchase at: hennyandroo.com. We thank all of our subscribers and product vendors for making it an awesome three years for Henny+Roo!

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