How Royal Roost was Hatched

“Why would you want to raise ducks, when you could raise chickens and get fresh eggs?”

That’s how Karen Krumenacher was told in August of 1998 when she exclaimed, “I think we’ll get some ducks.” Keep reading to hear the whole story on how the Royal Roost was hatched!

Karen Krumenacher kissing backyard chicken

August 1998

Karen and her husband, Thomas, had just moved out of the city of Milwaukee to a 3-acre parcel in the Lake Country area of Waukesha County. She was 8 months pregnant at the time but still anxious to “spread her wings” and immerse herself in all the nature and wildlife their new homestead offered. Karen knew she needed to have some feathered friends to converse with while she was out gardening. 
Child with backyard chicken

April 1999

The following April, the Krumenachers headed to Merton Feed Mill to pick out four Ameraucana pullets. Karen was totally blown away when Greg Serres at Merton Feed explained that Ameraucanas are known as the “Easter egg” laying chicken. This breed was the inspiration for Martha Stewart to start her line of paint colors with Sherwin Williams, basing the colors on the various shades of their eggshells!
Backyard Chickens

And Then...

On the ride home, the discussion was about naming these chicks, which—to this day—remains an exciting time. With each new brood, the whole family gets involved in deciding on a naming theme. Year after year, this is still fun for Karen’s family! That first year, after very little thought, Karen had four little walking cotton balls named Dollar, Cash, Nickel and Penny.
family dog with backyard ducks

Ever Since

So since 1999, The Krumenacher family has been raising their very own backyard chickens. As soon as each new year rolls around, they are giddy with excitement, knowing a new batch of chicks will soon be in their care. Not only has their chicken flock raising enterprise grown over the years… so has their human family!
Families with Backyard Chickens

And Now

The Krumenacher clan consists of their daughter, Chloe, 21 (in the Pre Vet Program at University of Wisconsin Platteville, next up Vet School); and sons Owen, 19; Broden, 16 and Emmett, 14. They’ve also added a dog, some goats, a turkey… and she finally got those ducks she originally wanted! It’s turned into a real menagerie at the Royal Roost, and Karen truly believes one of the best choices she has made in life was deciding to raise chickens along with her human family.

Krumenacher Family Photo

The Krumenacher Family

Giving Back: Community Counts!

Supporting Pewaukee, WI

Royal Roost is committed to being a business that gives back to the community that sustains it. Owner Karen Krumenacher sits on the Board of Directors of the Pewaukee Scholarship Fund, and she donates time and expertise to Pewaukee High School Business classes. Karen is also an active member of Pewaukee Moon Shiners Snowmobile Club and Pink Ribbon Riders – St. Germain Snowmobile Radar Races and Bikini Radar Run.

  • Royal Roost is a Platinum Sponsor of the Pewaukee Youth Football League
  • Royal Roost has appeared at the Family Fun Festival in Waukesha

Royal Roost also proudly supports:

  • Key West Wildlife In Need Center
  • Key West Chickens
  • Great Lakes Pet Expo of Milwaukee
  • Spring Equinox at The Milwaukee Domes
  • Wildlife In Need Center

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