Nov 23, 2014

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #114 with TWO GIVEAWAYS!

Welcome to The Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick®
Welcome to the 114th weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to share links from your blog, visit other blogs and enter the giveaway- no blog required!
GIVEAWAY!
11/23/14-11/30/14  9pm EST
Enter to WIN a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package!
Happy Hen Treats Prize Package GIVEAWAY at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
or
A pair of Avian Aqua Miser Originals!
Avian Aqua Miser Original Giveaway at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
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Nov 22, 2014

Flock Focus Friday, 11/21/14 Lawsuit Update & a Grandpa's Feeders GIVEAWAY!

The focus of one Connecticut judge was on my backyard chickens this week as he facilitated a settlement conference between me & Mr. Chicken Chick and the town of Suffield, which sued me for the removal of my chickens from my backyard.
The focus of one Connecticut judge was on my backyard chickens this week as he facilitated a settlement conference between me & Mr. Chicken Chick and the town of Suffield, which sued me for the removal of my chickens from my backyard. If you are not familiar with the history of this ridiculous saga, you can read about it here. The judge met with both sides and their attorneys separately. It was clear that the town had no intention of honoring the Zoning Enforcement Officer's representation to us that we would be in compliance with the zoning code if we leased three acres adjacent to our backyard because he had no authority to make the offer in the first place. Classic governmental overreaching by a loose cannon in town hall, which typically goes unchecked- but not this time. 

I knew that it would be significantly less expensive to purchase the leased acreage from the benevolent property owner behind us than it would be to try this case to a judge. If I were Warren Buffett, I would have tried the case, but being a practical person, I was prepared to offer the town one shot at settling this case short of trial: my demand of the town in exchange for bailing them out was a written apology from the Zoning Enforcement Officer stating that he was wrong to do what he did and that he is sorry for causing us significant inconvenience as a result. The town took the deal.

The ZEO, Jim Taylor, actually blurted out loud in court, "I'm not signing it!" at which point his attorneys took him back to the woodshed to put him on the repentance rack for a few stretches and back they came, the ZEO's face noticeably redder and undoubtedly, his blood pressure significantly higher, when the judge took the bench to record the resolution of this inane case formally. 
The focus of one Connecticut judge was on my backyard chickens this week as he facilitated a settlement conference between me & Mr. Chicken Chick and the town of Suffield, which sued me for the removal of my chickens from my backyard.

The town will withdraw the lawsuit, my chickens stay with all the rights that come with the Connecticut Right to Farm law and the Zoning Enforcement Officer will continue to seethe about this case indefinitely. Seems fair. 
Save a rooster, relocate the neighbor!
To recap: the town sued me to force me to remove my chickens from my property, ultimately agreeing to apologize for the inconvenience to me of their overreaching AND I keep my flock IN ADDITION TO any farm animal I wish to keep. Sounds like a super smart use of town resources, don't you think? 
GRANDPA'S FEEDERS GIVEAWAY!
11/22/14-11/29/14 9pm EST
Enter to WIN one of Grandpa's Feeders!
Grandpa's Feeders Giveaway at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
Learn all about Grandpa's Feeders and how they help SAVE $$ on chicken feed HERE!
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Nov 20, 2014

DIY Turkey Cupcakes & Pilgrim Hats Treats

Turkey Cupcakes are quick and easy Thanksgiving treats that my kids and their classmates get a kick out of and so do I!
I'd like to share two, easy Thanksgiving treats that my kids and their classmates get a kick out of and so do I. The Pilgrim and Native American embellishments were by far the most time-consuming aspect of this project. After printing, the six billion tiny pieces were taped onto a piece of oak tag and cut out together. After assembling all of the parts with double-stick tape or a glue stick, tape Popsicle sticks to the backs of each character. The kids were not nearly as amused by them as the teachers and I were!
Turkey Cupcakes are quick and easy Thanksgiving treats that my kids and their classmates get a kick out of and so do I!
Turkey Cupcakes
MATERIALS NEEDED:
Cupcakes
Chocolate frosting
small amount of red frosting
black writing frosting
disposable decorating bags
Wilton tips #352 (leaf) & #12 (round) & #12 (writing)
Candy Corn
white chocolate chips

ASSEMBLY:
Using #12 tip fitted to black writing frosting, dab dots onto white chocolate chips and set aside.
Using  #12 tip, fill decorating bag with chocolate frosting.
Frost the Body: beginning at the outside edge of cupcake, pipe frosting in circles, overlapping and stacking upwards.
Frost the Head: using the same technique, pipe stacked circles for the head.
Insert 4 candy corns, pointy side down, into the back of each cupcake. Insert one candy corn into head for beak.
Apply eyes behind beak.
For snood (that's the technical term for the wobbly appendage that drapes over the turkey's beak): Using #352 tip, pipe red frosting onto side of beak in a zig-zag motion.
Pilgrim Hats are quick and easy Thanksgiving treats that my kids and their classmates get a kick out of and so do I!
Pilgrim Hats
MATERIALS NEEDED:
Fudge striped cookies
Mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped
¼ cup yellow Wilton candy melts
Disposable Cake Decorating bag & Wilton tip #10 and either #101 or #5 (for buckle)
chocolate sprinkles (aka: jimmies)
white frosting
Disposable Cake Decorating bag & #12 tip
Parchment paper

ASSEMBLY:
Make Buckles:
In microwavable bowl, melt yellow candies in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each.
Place warm (not hot) candy melts in decorating bag fitted with tip. On a piece of parchment paper, pipe a tiny square for each cookie, immediately adding one chocolate sprinkle before moving onto the next buckle.

Make Hat:
Place cookies striped side down on work surface. Fit decorating bag with #10 tip and fill with white frosting.
In center of cookie, pipe a circle slightly larger than the peanut butter cup. Place peanut butter cup in center of cookie, upside down.
Pipe a dot of frosting onto the back of the hat buckle and apply to side of peanut butter cup.
Speckled Sussex hen at The Chicken Chick®
Happy Thanksgiving from my peeps, to yours!
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

Nov 17, 2014

Backyard & Barnyard Pets Photo Contest- Get in on the Fun!

BACKYARD & BARNYARD PETS
PHOTO CONTEST! 
9 out of 10 prizes will be won by RANDOM DRAWING- you can't win if you don't play! 
Share ANY photo of YOUR PET(s) for chance to win: An Avian Aqua Miser EZ Miser 1.5 galWaterer,  a Vetericyn Prize Package, a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package,  a 25 lbbag of non-GMO, organic layer feed from Scratch & Peck Feeds, a Farmer’s Helper Prize Package, a subscription to Mother News Earth Magazine, a packet of Gro2Max Probiotics, a PredatorPee prize package, a pair of Hog Wash Soaps from Rural Revolution llc or a 3 oz bag of Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion!

To enter the coop photo contest, login with Facebook below then scroll down to entry form.
Contest Ends 11/26/14 9pm EST All voting occurs on the official contest tab below.

Nov 16, 2014

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #113 featuring a HENBAG GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to The Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick®
Welcome to the 113th weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to share links from your blog, visit other blogs and enter the giveaway- no blog required!
GIVEAWAY!
11/6/14-11/23/14  9pm EST
Enter to WIN a 
Henbag is available for purchase HERE!
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
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