Sep 19, 2014

Landscape Gardening with Chickens

Landscape Gardening with Chickens by The Chicken Chick
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have flowers and plants adorning the chicken yard. I know this from experience as I have been landscaping my chicken yard for years. My credentials? Thank you for asking. I am a fifth generation brown thumb gardener and homicidal horticulturist with a keen eye for the obvious and a fervent desire to outwit my chickens. If I can landscape my chicken yard absent any knowledge of proper landscaping or gardening practices- anyone can! Landscape gardening with chickens is a dice roll. I offer the following tidbits as examples of what is possible and what has worked for me, but all are subject to being disproved by any given chicken at any time. 
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have flowers and plants adorning the chicken yard. I know this from experience as I have been landscaping my chicken yard for years. My credentials? Thank you for asking. I am a fifth generation brown thumb gardener and homicidal horticulturist with a keen eye for the obvious and a fervent desire to outwit my chickens. If I can landscape my chicken yard absent any knowledge of proper landscaping or gardening practices- anyone can! The following tidbits are offered as examples of what is possible and what has worked for me, but all are subject to being disproved by any given chicken at any time.
GIVEAWAY!
9/19/14-9/26/14 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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Sep 14, 2014

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #104, featuring a Tin Sign Giveaway, courtesy of artist Sarah Hudock!

Welcome to the Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The-Chicken-Chick.com!
Welcome to the 104th 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!
9/14-9/21/14  9pm EST
Enter to WIN this Sarah Hudock Tin Sign!
Sarah Hudock's Lighthearted Art Outdoor Tin Sign Giveaway at The Chicken Chick
11.25" x 11.25"
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Sep 13, 2014

Flock Focus Friday 9/12/14 featuring a Sweet PDZ GIVEAWAY!


Doc Brown is a White Crested Black Polish hen.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more interesting in the fight against city hall to keep my chickens- they have. There have been some developments that have caused me to revise my legal strategy and with your support, both moral and financial, I have the flexibility of deploying. I am not at liberty to disclose the details yet, but I should be soon! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your support in all its forms and I promise to fight the good fight for Chicken Justice.

I think the front lawn of city hall would benefit from a small flock of free-range chickens, don't you?
If you would like to WRITE/CALL the instigators of this wasteful litigation to let them know your thoughts, please do! If you have already sent an email, please RE-SEND it- better yet share PHOTOS of your CHICKENS with them!

The zoning enforcement officer is: 
Jim Taylor, jtaylor@suffieldtownhall.com

First selectman, 
Ed McAnaney, firstselectman@suffieldtownhall.com
Suffield, Connecticut Town Hall
GIVEAWAY
9/12/14-9/19/14 9pm EST
Enter to WIN a 3.5 lb bag of Healthy World Pet Deodorizer powered by Sweet PDZ!


Sweet PDZ Healthy World Pet Deodorizer Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
Learn about the benefits of Sweet PDZ to your flock HERE!
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Sep 7, 2014

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #103 featuring a Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome to the 103rd 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!
9/7-9/14/14  9pm EST
Enter to WIN a Brinsea Ecoglow 20 Brooder!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008HVM56Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008HVM56Q&linkCode=as2&tag=thechichi-20
Ditch those dangerous heat lamps & make the switch to SAFETY with a Brinsea EcoGlow chick brooder!
Learn more about the EcoGlow HERE!
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Sep 6, 2014

Flock Focus Friday, 9/5/14 featuring a CHUBBY MEALWORMS GIVEAWAY!

My backyard.
I dislike politics more than I dislike having poison ivy, so to be caught up in local politics simply because I keep chickens in my backyard is like purgatory here on earth. The good news is, the constant, unrelenting public pressure from my supporters all around the world is making a difference in the battle to keep my birds. Both print and television media are covering the story and the public officials are feeling the heat!


Attorney and former Suffield First Selectman, Scott Lingenfelter has called upon the current First Selectman, Ed McAnaney, to terminate the employment of the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Jim Taylor in no uncertain terms. Here is a portion of his email yesterday: 

"I understand that Jim Taylor has a grudge against the Morminos and has had a vendetta against them for some time. His lies and misrepresentations over the course of the last year plus are unacceptable and have cost the Town of Suffield financially, as well as negatively impacted the Town from a public perception standpoint. The actions are now illegal and may put the town in serious jeopardy. If the Town is now interfering with a private transaction, then you need to step up and take charge as First Selectman. This cannot continue. Jim Taylor’s improper conduct cannot continue and he needs to be disciplined. 
I beg of you to show some leadership and stop Mr. Taylor from his continued improper conduct. At this point, nothing short of termination is acceptable.  
I would like a copy of all invoices from Attorney Smith to the Town of Suffield for services rendered related to the Mormino matter, so that we can see what Jim’s actions have cost the town so far. 
Sincerely,
Scott R. Lingenfelter, Esq."

If you would like to WRITE/CALL the players to let them know your thoughts, please do!  They are as follows:
Zoning enforcement officer: 860-668-3848
Jim Taylor, jtaylor@suffieldtownhall.com

First selectman, 860-668-3838
Ed McAnaney, firstselectman@suffieldtownhall.com

The complaining neighbors are Karl and Sarah Stursberg, 493 South Stone Street, West SuffieldCT 06093 (which is a matter of public record)
Flock Focus Friday with The Chicken Chick®
ZONING Commission Members:
Frank Bauchiero Jr, Chairman: 316 North Grand St, West Suffield, CT 06093
John J. Murphy: 371 N. Main St, Suffield, CT 06078
Mark Winne: 585 N Main St, Suffield, CT 06078
Charles Sheehan: 21 Lise Circle, Suffield, CT 06078

GIVEAWAY
9/5/14-9/12/14 9pm EST
Enter to WIN a 2 pound bag of Chubby Mealworms!
Chubby Mealworms Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
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