FAQs


General Qs

How did you all meet?

Viraj and Eric met in the summer of 2014 while working on the Quinault Indian Nation, a Native American reservation in the Pacific Northwest. They quickly became best friends, and a few years later decided to share a nest and get some chickens.

Maya and Viraj met at college, where they began exchanging ideas on how people could lead lives more conscious of where their food comes from and what impact it has on the planet.

With this as a shared mission amongst the three, they started Kulisha to do just that.

What does Kulisha mean?

It means “to feed” in Swahili. One of our co-founders, Viraj, is from Kenya. A few of our chickens have Swahili names too...

Coop+ Qs

Are chickens good pets?

Watch this video and tell us.

If I really like my chickens, can I get others from Kulisha?

If you find you just can’t get enough, we can definitely send you additional chickens! Moreover, we would be more than happy to help guide you through the potentially tricky integration of the flock and the establishment of the pecking order. Upon request, we can also send additional run space to increase the capacity of coop.

Why do you send us egg-laying chickens instead of chicks?

Most places will only sell you chicks, leaving you the responsibility of raising them to adulthood. While this can definitely be a fun experience, raising chicks takes considerably more time and effort, and the survival rate can be low if not done properly. Kulisha takes away this stress, sending you hens that are just about to start laying eggs. That way, all you need to do is provide feed and water for them every so often, and start collecting eggs immediately!

Are there any permitting issues I need to worry about?

If in place at all, legislation on backyard chickens typically only restricts you from getting roosters (they can be loud), very large coops, or a flock of greater than 2 hens. Because the Kulisha Coop+ comes with 2 hens, the likely answer is you won’t have any permitting issues.

However, to be extra safe, you can ask at your local city office for their ordinances regarding keeping backyard chickens or contact us and we'll help you figure it out!

It’s winter where I am. Can I still get chickens?

Absolutely! The chicken breeds we send are all-weather birds and are very comfortable in the winter. Coop+ also comes with battery powered candles to maintain a calming light source for them throughout the winter, a heated water bowl so the water never freezes, and a bag of lysine-rich EdibugsTM that keep your bird's feathers healthy and fluffy.

What happens if my chicken dies?

When you make a purchase with Kulisha, you can rest easy that the chickens will reach you in the best of health. All our chickens are raised free range with local diet and given a thorough physical check up before transportation. Although we have never had a case of this happening, in the event one of your chickens dies of a health-related issue in the first 30 days, we will replace your chicken immediately.  

If I have a dog, can I get chickens?

At the end of the day, it depends on your dog. If your dog is obedient and docile, then you might not need to worry at all--often breeds like sheepdogs and labs get along extremely well with chickens. However, if you feel that he or she might go after the flock, you may need to secure the coop with an additional layer of fencing and ensure that they free-range when your dog is inside.

 

Edibugs Qs

Tell me more about the BSFL…

Black soldier flies typically have about a 4 week life cycle. They spend about a week of that as flies, while the rest of the time they are in larval form. As flies, they don’t have mouths which means they can’t bite, buzz, or even eat! This means that in their larval form, when they do have mouths, they have to consume an incredible amount of food. This makes them perfect for us, because they have evolved to eat a whole range of things including food scraps, and can accumulate large amounts of healthy protein, fats and nutrients.

How much Edibugs should I feed my chickens?

We recommend giving a handful or two (about 0.5 ounces) per chicken per day. Edibugs are packed in nutrients, and so even this relatively small amount will be enough to greatly boost your hen's immune system and calcium intake. It’s the perfect amount to form a closer bond with your chickens, and can be especially helpful to get them through cold winters.

What if my chickens don’t like Edibugs?

If you or your hens aren’t 100% satisfied with our product, drop us a note and we'll give a full refund, no questions asked.

How much food waste is diverted by buying Edibugs?

When you give Edibugs to your chickens, you can feel great. Not only are they eating well, but every bag diverts five pounds of food waste. And with over 60 million tons of food thrown out each year, these little bugs can make a big difference.