October Henny+Roo Box Sneak Peek

Subscriptions started or reactivated now through September 30 will start with the October box, shipping the first week of October.

We started with a new packing and shipping partner with the September box, and were thrilled at how quickly they arrived at the homes of our subscribers! We are hoping that fast delivery extends through the holiday season, because shipping products last year was scaaaary!

October Henny+Roo box Sneak Peek

Speaking of scary, our October box features an adorably scary Halloween chicken-themed garden flag. It’s perfect for decorating your coop, mail box, or front porch area. We also wanted to put your garden flag holder that you may have purchased in anticipation of the June box, which featured the Welcome to Our Coop flag.

If you don’t have a flag holder, we recommend this one: https://amzn.to/3AecAkZ

If you’ve never signed up for our monthly boxes, check out our plans and save 10% at checkout with code: NEWSUB

If you’ve had a Henny+Roo subscription in the past, you can log in to reactivate it (instead of starting a new account). Email us at info@hennyandroo.com, and we will add a special discount code to your account for your next renewal.

Happy Halloween!

Should You Give Chickens More Than Just Water?

When it’s not the heat, but it’s the gosh darn humidity, you may wonder if you’re doing enough to keep your chickens hydrated. 

And, in most cases, ensuring your flock has access to cool clean water 24/7 is usually enough. 

But sometimes, you might want to consider giving your chickens a little bit more to get through the hottest of the hot dog days of summer.

Reasons To Add Supplements to Your Flock’s Water

Aside from the heat, there’s a few other reasons you may want to add some extras to your chickens’ waterer. 

Consider adding a little something extra during these situations:

When It’s Really Hot

When the heat turns intolerable, you’ll notice that your chickens begin to show signs of distress. 

They’ll puff out their wings, open their beaks, and appear to pant. This usually means they’re pretty uncomfortable. 

Adding ice cubes to their waterers can help keep the water cooler longer. Plus, your chooks will enjoy the cubes (as a toy).

Ice cubes can double as entertainment for bored, overheated, chickens. Your chooks will peck and push them around the watering hole (and keep cool while doing so).

In short, it’s just one little thing you can do to keep your chickens comfy when it’s unbearably uncomfortable outside. 

Add Electrolytes to Water for Illness

When chickens are already battling the heat it’s no fun to be sick as well. Remember the last time you had a cold during the summer? 

Talk about uncomfortable, right?

But it’s also dangerous.

Because illness often leads to dehydration. And coupled with extreme heat, chickens have a lot to overcome. 

That’s where electrolytes come in handy. 

Adding some chicken-friendly electrolytes to your chicken’s water supply will help them bounce back from illness and make it through the heat much easier. 

A product that’s perfect for promoting chicken wellness is Henny+Roo 3 in 1 Vitamins, Electrolytes, and Probiotics for Poultry. We include this product roughly once a quarter in our monthly deliveries for backyard chicken keepers.

Electrolytes help optimize health and hydration during hot weather and times of stress. Vitamins are necessary for cellular functions. And probiotics help beneficial bacteria grow in the digestive tract, aiding digestive health. And it’s easy to administer – 1 packet is added to 1 gallon of water. Available in a 5-packet set here.

Dehydration Prevention and Treatment

Speaking of electrolytes, your chickens don’t have to be sick in order to benefit from the addition of electrolytes. 

In fact, if you’re proactive about the heat, and add electrolytes to chicken water as a preventative measure, you can ward off dehydration. Doing so will also help prevent illness caused by dehydration, and a lowered immune system, before it claims your chickens. 

So watch the weather forcast and add some electrolytes before the weather gets bad.

Mineral Deficiency

If your chickens are free-rangers, they will be excellent at finding the nutrients they need on their own. 

But if you’re location is lacking in an important component to your chickens’ diets, you may want to consider adding minerals to their water. 

Minerals can also help boost your flock’s immune system when there’s a bug going around the coop. 

Choosing the Right Minerals

As you can see, supplements can be helpful during the heat, but if your chickens are healthy, it’s not a necessity. 

On the other hand, if you’re losing chickens, or noticing a recurring health problem, it’s not a bad idea to take your chickens to the vet to uncover any underlying issues.

And if it’s a mineral deficiency, it’s important to know which mineral you’ll need to supplement. 

Water Acidifier – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is said to have benefits for poultry including increased immunity, and the addition of beneficial minerals, and just an overall health boost. Another important use is placing a teaspoon per gallon in the coop’s waterer to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and algae. Don’t use it in metal waterers, though – it can corrode them over time.

At the Henny+Roo coop, we use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, which can be easily ordered and delivered to your home from Amazon.

In short, illness and mineral deficiency make it even more difficult to withstand the heat.

You’ll want to keep your chickens happy and healthy for years to come. Otherwise, they may stop giving you those delicious eggs you love!

*Henny+Roo is the first monthly subscription box for chicken keepers! 

Every month, get a curated delivery filled with chicken-themed products.  You’ll get healthy treats, timely health products, seasonal gifts, and hand-pecked goodies for you and your flock!

Shop our monthly plans and non-subscription items at hennyandroo.com.

Reasons To Grab a Beverage and Chill With Your Chickens

When you first decided to get chickens, it was probably because you wanted farm fresh eggs on-demand. 

But as you got to know your little flock, you realized how fascinating and entertaining those little dinosaurs are.

And yes, they remind us of dinos as well. 

The truth is, after a while, raising chickens can become a bit monotonous.

And at times you may have even found yourself annoyed or frustrated with your flock.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. No judgment here. We’ve had to chase our chooks down from time to time, and who wouldn’t get frustrating while trying to catch a chicken, even when it’s for their own good (like for their safety or medical care).

Anyway, we’re putting this post out into the world to remind everyone how wonderful chickens are.

And to take you back to the days when your chickens simply mesmerized you!

Reasons to Take a Break With Your Chickens

Reconnect With Nature Through Chickens

Chickens are often referred to as the gateway to farming animals. Many times, they’re chosen as a first farm animal because they’re small, fairly simple to care for, and they give back. 

But we think they’re the gateway critter because they also help us reconnect to nature.

For example, when we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy workday, spending time outside with our chickens can feel therapeutic. 

They’re wild, but not that wild.

And when we care for them and spend time with them while feeling a gentle breeze and the warm sun, it washes away the chaos of the day. Instead of stressing, we’re spending time with animals, in nature.

Leave the World Behind

Speaking of therapy, chickens are extremely distracting creatures. In a good way. 

Chickens are fascinating. They forage, take dust baths, cackle, run (really funny to watch), and scold each other. 

Watching the dynamics of our flocks is a way to relax, focus on the present moment, and enjoy our chickens. 

And, if we’re lucky, we might even have a chicken that enjoys being held, carried around during chores, or even pet. 

Simply spending time with another being, even if it’s a chicken, is enough to lift our spirits when we’re feeling down. 

Assess the Flock

Hanging out with your flock from time to time isn’t just good for your mental health; it’s also good for their health. 

Observing our flock helps you notice conditions like molting.

Sometimes we forget to slow down and check-in with our chooks.

We’re busy. All.the.time.

And we miss things. Important things…like health issues in the flock.

So instead of rushing into the coop to harvest eggs, and rushing back out, spending a few moments of quiet time watching your flock could alert you to an illness or injury amongst them.

Togetherness & Teamwork

At first, this might sound a bit strange. But there’s a lot we can learn (and teach our children) about social behavior, just from watching a flock of chickens. 

Chooks look out for each other, move together, alert each other of impending doom, and cannot thrive without one another. They’re social animals, just like us. 

Without a flock, no matter how small it is, behavior issues arise. So, we can learn, and teach, about the importance of teamwork. 

(Maybe not when there’s more than one rooster present, but you get the idea.)

Our Chickens Provide Entertainment

Of course, we’ve come full circle.

Chickens can distract us from the stress of our lives, give us companionship when we’re feeling lonely, and teach us about teamwork.

They do all those things, but they also provide entertainment at its finest.

Time and time again, my own flock has entertained not just my family, but also guests. They’re amusing, with all their clucks and squawks.

They’re hilarious when they run around with treats in their beaks. And they’re intriguing when they look at us quizzically. Those silly little dino eyes.

In fact, we might just be as entertaining to them!

So, go ahead and allow yourself a moment to enjoy your beloved flock of chickens, once again.

Here’s your new chillin’ with the chickens insulated mug! Available here.

For more fun, check out the We Drink and We Farm Things podcast. Sam and Bev introduce you to their drink of the week and small farming and homesteading topics. They’re great companions to listen to while doing your chicken keeping chores!

Learn about our monthly deliveries for chicken keepers here.

Henny+Roo monthly supply boxes for chicken keepers have been providing poultry enthusiasts with seasonal supplies and gifts since 2016. See what all the excitement is about on Instagram and visit our website at hennyandroo.com to learn more! New subscribers always save 10% on their first subscription with code: NEWSUB at checkout.

Top Chicken Treats to Beat the Heat

All summer, we’ve been focusing on keeping our chickens cool. Of course, that means providing fresh water, shade, and even a light breeze. 

But our favorite way to keep our chooks comfortable during a hot summer day is to spoil them with some cool treats. 

Not only are certain treats going to keep your chickens cool, but they’re also full of nutrients (and protein) to help keep your chickens in top egg-laying condition!

Here’s our favorites:

Cool Chicken Treats To Beat the Summer Heat

The Mother of All Melons

Melons, in general, are always a hit with chickens. You can give them refrigerated cantaloupe, honeydew, or winter melons. 

But the one that chickens go coo coo for is the mother of all melons; the watermelon. 

Big juicy, cool, watermelons are the top treat for chickens (if they had a say in the matter).

Fresh watermelons are sweet and juicy so they’re not only tasty, but they’re also a fantastic way to help keep your chickens cool and hydrated. 

If you want to extend the life of the watermelon, and pack a little extra cooling power, you can also freeze it. That way, they’re hard to consume quickly and are even more refreshing for your flock. 

Just make sure you cut your watermelons before placing them in the freezer!

Chickens love watermelons, especially. They’re the fave of the flock. 

But, don’t forget that they’ll also settle for what’s on sale. So feel free to give your chickens cantaloupe from the garden, honeydew on super saver Saturday, or winter melons. 

Cool Garden Grub for Chickens

If you’re liquidating your garden and you’ve noticed a surplus of cucumbers (we always do) then go ahead and throw some slices into their water. 

Freezing some cukes and slicing them up is a perfect way to keep your flock comfy when it’s extremely hot out. 

You’ll notice that your chooks prefer the seeds and flesh more than the rind, but that’s ok, especially if you’ve got nowhere to go with your surplus cucumbers. 

Popsicles For Chickens

Sometimes giving chickens treats is just as fun for us as it is for them. And this little hack is no exception…

For this cool treat, simply fill a popsicle mold with some frozen berries, add water, freeze, and hand ‘em out to your chickens. 

The frozen fruit will last a little longer than if you’d given it to them without freezing. And as a bonus, the ice keeps your chickens cool and hydrated. 

Fruit that chooks love are:

  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mulberries (they really like berries)
  • Watermelon

Any of these fruits can be added to a popsicle mold or ice cube trays. Then, pop them out and float them in fresh water or place them in a clean feeder!

Frozen Veggies

Fruit isn’t the only thing your chickens love chilled. They also enjoy peas, corn, leafy greens, and other vegetables.

And even veggies can be frozen in popsicle form (or in an ice cube tray). Spinach is also a great vegetable for chickens needing a little extra iron or vitamin c. 

Another great way to freeze veggies is by taking canned vegetables, opening the can, and freezing the whole darn can. This is perfect for added water. (Just try to stay away from anything inorganic or salt-laden)

The good news? You don’t even have to trick your chooks into eating their greens.

They love it!

Frozen Proteins

When chickens have the cards stacked against them (i.e. it’s hot out) they might need a little extra protein to get through the tough stuff. 

So, aside from fruit and veggies, you can also freeze some of their favorites, like worms, mealworms, or black soldier fly larvae. 

If these items come dehydrated, you can rehydrate them by soaking them in water until they look plump, and well, lifelike, then freeze.

The frozen protein gives them an energy boost, helping them fight off illness, and also keep them cool and hydrated!

It might seem a little yuck to us, but your flock will love you for it!

Here’s more about rehydrating mealworms.

Try some of our favorite dried insect treats for chickens:

Chubby Mealworms

Grubblies Original USA & CA – Natural Grubs for Chickens – Chicken Feed Supplement with 50x Calcium, Healthier Than Mealworms – Black Soldier Fly Larvae Treats for Hens, Ducks, Birds (5 lbs)

Mealworms -5 Lbs- 100% Non-GMO Dried Mealworms – Large Meal Worms – Bulk Mealworms -High Protein Treats- Perfect Mealworm for Chickens, Ducks, Turtles, Blue Birds, Lizards – Bag of Mealworms 5 LBS

Frozen Chicken Food

Last on the frozen food list? Well, it’s chicken feed.

Simply wet down your flocks’ layer feed and freeze it in small baggies. Giving them these frozen clumps of food not only feeds your chickens, it also cools them down, and gives them something yummy to play around with. 

Veggie Garland

Who could forget the viral veggie garland images circulating on social media?

While this treat isn’t necessarily freezable (or easily freezable) veggies from the fridge will still keep your chickens cool and give them an added hydration boost. 

Photo, and instructions on how to make your own veggie garland: https://www.communitychickens.com/chicken-treat-garland-zbw1912ztil/

Simply string lettuce, cucumbers, peas, and other garden goodies on a sturdy string and hang it up in the coop where your chickens can reach them. 

You can also use a Henny+Roo Hanging Treat Skewer to make a game out of cool fruits and vegetables.

They’ll hop and attack the garland until alllll the goodies are gone. 

And it will give you something entertaining to watch as you cool down with your own favorite summertime beverage!

Henny+Roo monthly supply boxes for chicken keepers have been providing poultry enthusiasts with seasonal supplies and gifts since 2016. See what all the excitement is about on Instagram and visit our website at hennyandroo.com to learn more! New subscribers always save 10% on their first subscription with code: NEWSUB at checkout.

Get to Know Coops for Troops

Chickens aren’t just the gateway to the farming world; they’re also a source of joy, a source of food, and believe it or not, chickens can be calming companions.

Therapy animals.

This is why we we are always thrilled to contribute to a Coopdreams.tv initiative called Coops for Troops. 

What is Coops for Troops?

Coops for Troops is a non-profit organization that was born out of the Coop Dreams TV reality show. The creator, Brad Hauter, initially aired the Coops for Troops idea as a single segment on the television show. 

From this show, Coops for Troops took off and developed into a cause worthy of a chicken lover’s attention. 

Brad Hauter

According to their website, “Coops for Troops provides chickens, a coop, and a starter pack of feed and supplies to returning veterans, the families of deployed military personnel, military schools, VA hospitals, and retirement homes.”

It’s their hope that a gift of chickens will help those struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

And not only is Brad a super interesting guy because he hosts a TV show and helps veterans while spreading the goodness chickens can bring, but he’s also traveled across the country on a riding lawn mower to raise funds for Keep America Beautiful. Cool, huh?

How Can Chickens Help?

Similar to other therapy animals, chickens can provide companionship, promote relationship-building, and bring a smile to the face of someone who suffers from PTSD. 

Chickens have also been known to reduce stress due to their silly antics and due to the fact that they need to be tended to daily. In other words, chickens give those in need something to care for, a way to feel less isolated, and of course never alone. 

What’s more, chickens don’t just give back through entertainment and companionship, they also provide eggs. It’s nearly a gesture of gratitude in itself when a pet provides such a thing to a devoted caretaker. The relationship is mutual.

But the chickens aren’t just for the troops, they’re also for their families and others dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

Spouses and children of military families are also benefiting from the Coops for Troops initiaitve.

What is Henny+Roo’s connection to Coop Dreams and Coops for Troops?

Since 2016, Henny+Roo has partnered with the incredible folks at Coop Dreams to provide Henny+Roo chicken supply boxes to veterans via the Coops for Troops program. We do this not only because we believe in the healing power of chickens, but because we have very special military veterans in the Henny+Roo family.

We have also participated in fundraisers, like selling our Glory Hen Lapel Pin, where $5 from each sale is donated to Coops for Troops. Get yours here.

We regularly participate in Coop Dreams’ Friday Night Introvert Club, a weekly Facebook Live event full of trivia games and even Chicken Poop Bingo, information, and sometimes even guests hosts. Follow Coop Dreams on Facebook for newsfeed notifications of the next Friday Night Introvert Club.

Back in 2019, we were thrilled to meet The Coop Dreams team in person at their Coop Camp event, which has been held annually since 2014 (except for 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic). Coop Camp is a fun weekend for chicken keepers held in the Indianapolis area and features expert speakers, hands-on classes, games, door prizes, and even goat yoga. Being an internet-based business doesn’t leave much opportunity for us to interact with the chicken keeping community in person, and we were so happy to do so at Coop Camp 2019. We can’t wait for the next one.

How can You Make a Difference for Veterans?

When you love chickens as much as we do, it’s natural to want to share them with others. It’s like we’re in a secret, special, chicken-loving club. And our arms are wide open to anyone interested in chickens. 

That’s why we wanted to share this amazing opportunity with our readers, so you can help make a difference and share your love for chickens with those who could benefit from a happy flock.

So, if you’d like to nominate a veteran, military family, VA hospital, or home simply visit the Coop Dreams website and complete the form provided. 

If you’re interested in sending a donation to help the program continue to provide coops to troops visit their PayPal page here

Chicken lovers know the healing power of these amazing birds. From their goofy behavior to the delicious eggs they provide for us, they’re truly a joy to behold. So let’s spread that joy to those in need. Together, we can make a difference!

You can also follow Coops for Troops on Facebook to get updates and see the inspiring stories of chickens and their new families.

Henny+Roo is the first and foremost monthly subscription service for chicken keepers, providing our members with health treats, products to build their poultry first aid kids, and useful chicken-themed gifts for keepers. Shop our monthly plans and non-subscription items at hennyandroo.com.

9 Ways to Help Your Chickens in Hot Weather

When the temperature rises, you’re not the only one dealing with the heat and humidity. Your chickens are probably feeling the it too.

The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to keep your chickens comfortable when the summer sun starts shining. 

Here at Henny+Roo, we’ve got a few cool recommendations for you to help your chickens in hot weather.

1. Provide Summer Shade

Chickens are super self-sufficient. They know when they’re overheated. 

In fact, one of the first things your chickens will do when they’re hot is seek out shade. So, if your chooks are confined to their coop, or run, make sure they have shelter from the sun. 

And if they’re free-rangers, they’ll probably seek shade under bushes…most likely where there’s a dust bath. 

You can add tarps, shrubbery, or anything you’ve got laying around the yard to add temporary shade on the hottest days of the year.

2. Dig a Dust Bath

If you have free-range chickens, you’ll often see them taking dust baths on super hot days. This is because it helps them chill out. 

Help them out by creating a special space in your chicken run for a dust bath. And make sure it’s big enough to hold your whole flock because they’ll all want to get in on the sunbathing. 

Dust baths can be made using a shallow bin, a wood frame, a barrier with logs or stones or even just a dry corner or the yard or run. It should be easy for them to get into and large enough to allow your chicken to lie in, spread their wings and flick dust over their whole body.

It can be filled with dry, fine dirt or sand, and can be enhanced with dried herbs, wood ash, or diatomaceous earth if you prefer.

Try Henny+Roo Coop Complete Dried Herbs in the coop and dust bathing area to repel pests, calm chickens, and freshen the area.

You can also purchase dust bathing substrate. We like this one from Lixit which is available in a 5.5 lb tub.

3. Water, Water, and More Water

It usually goes without saying that chickens need access to fresh, clean, water 24/7. But when the heat is on, the water might need refilling more often than usual. Your chickens will frequent their watering hole a lot more often when it’s hot outside. 

So, monitor your waterers throughout the day to make sure your chickens are never without refreshment.

Additionally, ensure waterers are large and can hold enough water to get your chickens through the day if you’re away at work during a hot spell.

4. Ice Helps Chickens in Hot Weather

Speaking of water, if you’re able to, keep it even colder on hot days. You can do this by adding ice cubes to the waterers. 

Your chickens will appreciate the icy cool water, and may even enjoy playing with the ice cubes.

You don’t have to put ice in the waterers, but just think of how you feel when you’re about to take a drink from your ice-cold water glass on a hot day and it’s HOT! In other words, your chickens will appreciate it.

5. Add Electrolytes to Combat Dehydration

As a preventative measure, you might consider adding electrolytes to your chickens’ waterers to hold of dehydration from the heat.

If you’re not sure if your chickens are dehydrated or not, feel free to add electrolytes. It doesn’t hurt to add them, even if your chickens aren’t dehydrated. 

Henny+Roo 3 in 1 Vitamins Electrolytes and Probiotics for Poultry helps you meet your flock’s supplemental needs and can be added directly to their water. Electrolytes help optimize health and hydration during hot weather and times of stress. Vitamins are necessary for cellular functions. And probiotics help beneficial bacteria grow in the digestive tract, aiding digestive health.

6. Fresh Food For Chickens in Hot Weather

Give your chickens fresh food.

And when we say fresh food, we mean fresh, FROZEN food. Like frozen treats right out of the freezer. Think: watermelon.  

Chickens l.o.v.e. watermelon on any given day, but when it’s scorching hot out, they’ll go crazy for a super cold melon…just for them. 

Other water-heavy veggies, like iceberg lettuce, also help keep your chicks cool and hydrated when the heat rises.

7. Easy Breezy

If your chickens are overheating, they’ll appear to be panting, like a dog. But chickens can’t drool or sweat (like us) to keep cooll. Instead, they pant and fluff out their wings hoping to catch a breeze.

In other words, if overheating, your chickens will look as hot as you probably feel on a scorcher. If this happens, your chickens need some relief. Give them a fan and place them in a breezy area with lots of cool water and light watery treats. 

A simple breeze will do wonders for your chickens. You can even put a barn-safe fan nearby to keep them cool in the coop. 

8. Stress Less

You know it feels when your stressed out and it’s hot out? Yeah, you may sweat, you’re probably uncomfortable, and you just wish you could catch a break. Well, chickens stress…out all the time. 

It’s kind of their thing. 

So, do your best to keep your chickens calm during hot weather. Make sure they have everything they need (all the creature comforts), keep predators away, and separate bully hens and roosters to keep the stress under control. 

9. Kiddie Pools and Sprinklers

Chickens don’t typically enjoy swimming. But some might take advantage of a nearby sprinkler or kiddie pool. If they don’t, they may reap some of the benefits of the coolness of the water nearby, regardless of their swimming abilities. 

Henny+Roo monthly supply boxes for chicken keepers have been providing poultry enthusiasts with seasonal supplies and gifts since 2016. See what all the excitement is about on Instagram and visit our website at hennyandroo.com to learn more! New subscribers always save 10% on their first subscription with code: NEWSUB at checkout.

Roosters With A Bad Rap (And Why You Might Want One)

Roosters get a bad reputation, but one bad egg in the bunch shouldn’t condemn an entire lot of roosters to the soup pot. 

Roos are often misunderstood because they can be aggressive. Certain individual birds (and some breeds) may be more prone to chasing humans, attacking other critters, and of course, crowing…a lot. 

But the truth is, they’re not all bad. In fact, much of their “aggressive” behavior is actually beneficial for the flock. Moreover, you’ll find that most roosters aren’t actually mean at all.

So, to set the record straight, let’s take a look at commonly frowned-upon rooster behavior and how it’s actually good for the flock. 

Mean Rooster Behavior and What it Means

It’s easy to just write off the following as bad behavior from a bad rooster. But let’s think it through a bit first.

Because, in most cases, there’s a reason for the behavior.

Crowing (Not Just in The Morning)

Roosters crow.

All the time. 

But there’s a reason for crowing, and usually, it’s to either communicate with the flock, warn off predators, or ask something of you. 

Roosters can assert themselves to both predators and other roosters and the point is to show whoever he’s talking to that he’s the boss around here…and these are his hens. 

Crowing can be a good thing if you don’t mind the sound of it because it may keep predators at bay, warn you of impending doom, and help the flock find food or safety (because that’s what roosters often talk about most). 

Roos are keen on finding the best treats for their ladies, and when they find a tasty morsel, he will be the last to eat. Instead, he clucks, crows, or calls to his ladies to let them know there are some good eats nearby!

Lastly, roosters crow if they need something. If your flock is confined and they are out of food or water, you better believe your rooster will let you know about it!

Roosters Chasing Humans

Roosters who chase humans or other animals usually do so to protect their hens.

Unfortunately, they may chase us even though we aren’t a threat. For some reason, some roosters are on higher alert than others and misdirect their aggression toward the wrong person. 

In the wild, roosters who chase off possible threats are a blessing to the flock. Just think about it, if we’re intimidated by a puffed-up rooster booking it toward us then their scare tactics might work on other, less well-meaning, beings as well. 

This behavior becomes a problem, however, when roosters act on their aggression by using their beak and spurs to injure humans or other domestic animals.

Fighting with Other Roosters

Speaking of harming other animals. Keeping more than one rooster in a flock is not always a good idea. 

It can be done, with the right roosters (who were also raised together). And if there are enough hens to go around for both of the boys in the flock, it might be feasible.

But even then, one day, you may find your two favorite gentlemen in a bloody battle for the flock. 

And that’s how things work in the natural world. One rooster is typically dominant over all the hens in the flock, and if the other boys nearby disagree it will most likely end in death. 

Considering natural selection, when referring to this aggressive bird-on-bird behavior, you could think of the winning rooster as the strongest to lead your flock. In that case, choose which roo you’d like to keep on for the job and which you will relocate or process.

Favorite Hens Looking Shabby?

Sometimes a certain hen becomes the apple of your rooster’s eye, and she gets, ahem, most of his attention (wink, wink…elbow jab, if you know what I mean).

And you might think it’s a good thing, but that poor hen needs a break and if your rooster doesn’t lay off of the hen in question, you may need to relocate her. 

Another reason your hens may look a little rough around the feathers is that there aren’t enough hens for your overly zealous rooster in your flock.

Adding a few more (like you need a reason to add more chickens, right?) will help distribute your rooster’s, um, affections amongst the flock more evenly and help his favorites heal.

As a side note: if your hens’ feathers have been ripped out from a well-meaning rooster, they will grow back after their next molt.

Should you need to protect your hen’s backs, consider a hen saddle.

Should You Keep a Rooster?

So, while there are some clear drawbacks to keeping a rooster in your flock, as you can see, some of these behaviors serve a purpose. And in some cases, it’s for the good of the flock. Like protection from predators, foraging skills, and of course reproduction. 

The truth is, most roosters, if they have what they need to be happy and healthy, aren’t all that bad. 

In fact, your years of rooster owning, you may only come across one or two bad eggs. 

And to be honest, the crowing may become an enjoyable part of my homestead. 

Rooster Relocation

All this to say, sometimes we can’t accommodate our rooster’s needs or they really are just a bad egg. 

If that’s the case, it may be time to either process your rooster or pass him on to a farm that is willing to take on his behavior. And who knows, a change of scenery might be all he needs to turn his life around.

Books of Interest

Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics: Lessons for Expanding Your Flock, Understanding Chicken Behavior, Keeping a Rooster, Adjusting for the Seasons, Staying Healthy, and More!

Pokey Jr: Even Roosters Get Second Chances

How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say

A look inside the Henny+Roo May Box for Chicken Keepers

Subscribers, take a look inside your May box! Your April box is in transit, and while you await its arrival, we are putting the finishing touches on your May box. First, your chickens will come running for the @exoticnutrition Chicken Treat Variety Pack. And you’ll be able to welcome guests with our cute Henny+Roo exclusive farmhouse-style garden flag!

The April box sold out, and we fully expect the May box to sell out too. Because of the limited supply, the May box will not be available on our website as a non-subscription purchase. You have to be a current subscriber to get it, so it’s a great time to start or reactivate your subscription!

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A Look Inside the Henny+Roo March 2021 Box

The February boxes are being prepared to ship this week, so let’s talk about March!

Our monthly subscription boxes for chicken keepers are intended to be surprise boxes. We love hearing about the feeling you get when you open a box of goodies just for you and your flock!

The Henny+Roo March 2021 Box features our exclusive Spring Hen Pouch! At 9″x6″, it’s perfect for carrying all of your essentials. You’ll get a jump on spring decorating with the distressed silver sitting hen figurine – it’s made of resin and hand painted (4.5″ h x 6″ w). And for the flock, a big 1.5 lb. bag of Henny+Roo Pecktacular Grains and mealworms. Plus, 5 other items to care for your flock, The items in this box retail at over $60.

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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.