I got my first three backyard chickens in 2010 when I lived on a 50′ x 100′ urban lot in Portland. It wasn’t long before three chickens turned into five hens and a rooster, and I began longing for a bigger yard so that I could get more chickens! Within a few years, my husband and I moved to 4.5 acres in St. Helens, which we named 5R Farm after our first five ladies: Rhoda, Raquel, Rosie, Ruby, and Ramona. That inspired our move to the country. By day I am a wetland ecologist and I have my own wetland consulting business that I run out of my home. I also have a hobby soap making business. I love to garden and preserve food, and I am also a beekeeper.
What is your favorite feed store in your area?
Linnton Feed & Seed is my favorite feed store. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and I love how they support small and local businesses.
What animals do you have and how many of each?
I currently have about three dozen chickens, including several roosters, and 10 heritage Narragansett turkeys. I’m proud to call myself a crazy tur-chicken lady. As much as I love my chickens, I’ve fallen even more head over heels for my charismatic turkeys, including Pumpkin Pie, Ringo, Eleanor, and Dear Prudence.
What do you love about Scratch and Peck Feeds?
I love that it’s a quality product that is organic and locally produced. From the very first bag I opened, I loved the way it looks and smells like real food that I could feel good about feeding my flock. That was back in 2010 when I got my first flock, and I’ve been feeding it ever since. I have five chickens that are seven years old, and I still have one of my original flock members who is nine years old. I’m convinced that eating healthy, nutritional Scratch and Peck feed has contributed to their longevity.
Lastly, if you could be a chicken, which type of chicken would you be?
I’d be a Mottled Houdan. Slightly awkward and a bit unusual, but really sweet once you take the time to get to know me.