6 Things About Chicken Keeping I Didn’t Know Before Getting Hens

6 Surprising Things about Chicken Keeping You Should Know Before Getting a Backyard Flock!

I can alllllmost feel spring in the air and to me that means one thing: getting more chicks to add to our flock! Last year’s chicks are nearly a year old if you can believe it. If you’re considering getting chicks or chickens this spring, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the unexpected things I’ve learned along the way. Chicken keeping is definitely a learning process that I am still figuring out (and probably will always be figuring out). But I love it and find it to be so good for the soul.

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Gift Ideas for Chicken Lovers

The Best Gift Ideas for the Chicken Lover! Gift Guide for Christmas & Holidays 2020 via jojotastic.com #giftguide #giftidea #giftgiving #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #christmasgiftideas #christmasgift #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenlady #fancychickens #eggs

I know we’re still in the beginning stages of gift guide season, but I couldn’t help myself: it’s time to discuss gifts for chicken lovers! This is literally my FAVE gift guide to curate every year (check out 2019 and 2018!). I know it’s super specific, but I am convinced we all have a chicken lover in our life! Let’s dig in.

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Cutest Coops Review + Our Chicken Yard

My Full Cutest Coops Review + Tour of Our New Chicken Coop! Learn all about the amazing features of the Charming Coop from @cutestcoops including laying boxes, a metal roof, real windows and more decor details for a cute chicken coop! The perfect small space coop for urban chicken keeping and backyard chickens in a city!
Disclosure: For this post, I received products to review from Cutest Coops. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Trust me when I say this: I am incredibly picky when it comes to chicken coops. We’ve gone through 3 in 3 years! When I think back to the very first chicken coop we had, WOOF. It was a wreck. The coop was a hand-me-down from a friend and definitely on it’s last legs. Then for the One Room Challenge, we invested in another coop that was locally made… and then promptly hated it! It was poorly constructed, offered no insulation for the winter months, and the chicken run was impossible to clean out. So when I discovered Cutest Coops, my mouth literally dropped open. Without hyperbole, they are actually the cutest coops. Earlier this spring, they sent me their new Charming Coop so that we could have room for all the new baby chicks. After about 4-5 months of using our coop, I wanted to share a full review of Cutest Coops and share why they are so darn special!

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Meet Our New Chicks!

Meet The Newest Members of Our Backyard Chickens Flock! We added 6 new fancy chickens to our backyard urban farm this spring: astralorp, blue laced barnevelder, mottled java, speckled sussex, blue jersey giant, and black copper maran. Get to know them and learn their names on jojotastic.com! #chicks #babychicks #chickens #backyardchickens

We could all use a bit of levity in our lives right about now… so it felt like the perfect time to introduce our new chicks and tell you all about them! I’ve wanted to add to our flock of backyard chickens pretty much as soon as we got them. But I vowed that the next time I added, I would get chicks instead of pullets (which are like teenaged chickens). I wanted the experience of raising chickens from babies and handling them a lot so they are more tame. It’s definitely been an adventure, especially since the 6 baby chicks currently live in our house with us. That brings the total to 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 humans, and 6 chicks in 640 sqft. Keep reading to meet each one and find out their names!

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My Backyard Design Plans + What It Currently Looks Like (Video)

Looking for backyard design inspiration? Check out my video tour of our current space + the full list of DIY improvements we want to make this summer! #backyard #outdoordecor #gardening #PNWgardens

Are you doing tons of projects at home these days? With the emergence of spring here in Seattle (finally) and our shelter in place order, we’ve been trying to make the most of our home — all without really going to the hardware store! The area we’re focusing our attention on the most is the backyard. Why does it always feel like we’re updating that space?? I think because the winters here are pretty hard on the patio… all that rain. I shortened the list recently, but here’s my backyard design to do list for the next few months!

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18 Chicken Ornaments I Want/Need

18 Chicken Ornaments I'm Adding to My Holiday Decor This Year! Christmas & Holiday decor 2019 via jojotastic.com #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenlady #fancychickens #eggs #christmasornaments #ornaments #chickenornaments

I’m not exactly someone who decorates a theme Christmas tree, but I do like to hang a variety of ornaments that are inspired by my interests… like chickens! Sean doesn’t really participate in the decorating (more on that here), so the decisions are left to me. As always, I’m a chicken lady at heart. So I’ve been on the lookout for chicken ornaments to add to my collection… and there are so many! Here’s some of what I found that have me questioning the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need.’

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Ultimate Gifts for the Chicken Lady

The Best Gift Ideas for the Crazy Chicken Lady! Gift Guide for Christmas & Holidays 2019 via jojotastic.com #giftguide #giftidea #giftgiving #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #christmasgiftideas #christmasgift #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenlady #fancychickens #eggs

Um, HELLO! It’s time for another favorite gift guide… holiday present ideas for the chicken lady. Now, I know this may not apply to all of you, but I bet you anything you’ve got a friend or family member who is chicken-obsessed — even if he or she doesn’t actually have chickens currently. There’s just something about those feathered weirdos that captures the heart. Or at least that’s what happened for me!

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