Mar 17, 2012

Rooster Fertility: The Tale of Max & the Scrambled Hatching Eggs

About Rooster Fertility
My Facebook page and blog focus on the joys and challenges of backyard chicken-keeping and I am often asked questions on topics ranging from Ameraucana traits to molting and bumblefoot to poop. Many questions I am able to answer from personal experience and others I research in order to answer if I can. I was asked by Storey Publishing to review Gail Damerow's latest book, The Chicken Encyclopedia, and to my surprise and delight, it has become an invaluable resource, most recently in answering my own questions about rooster fertility.
The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow
The practical implications of this book were first impressed upon me by two unlikely suspects: my Black Copper Marans (BCM) rooster, Max and my 4 year old daughter.
Black copper Marans rooster
Max & surrogate mama, Clarice
Max came to me from Louden Farms in Ohio as a fertile egg early last July. He was my broody hen's sole hatchling and she helped him integrate seamlessly into the flock. I quickly became fond of this awkward singleton, but before long, it became apparent that he was a rooster, and I could not keep roosters. I knew he would have to go, but I could not resist the temptation to keep him long enough to breed him to my Marans hens.
Marans hens
Four of the Fab Five
Having Marans hens that were laying consistently dark, chocolate eggs that would make the Easter Bunny envious, I was anxious for Max to mature in order to breed. I had no idea how I would keep him without alienating my neighbors, but I had to try, at least for a little while.*

Black Copper Marans eggs
Eggs courtesy of the Fab Five

When Max began mating with the ladies in October, I regularly checked the BCM eggs for fertility and by mid-November, it was game time.
In December, I greedily began hoarding and hatching BCM eggs as quickly as my incubators would turn them into fluffy cuteness, for I knew spring would soon be upon us and that open windows + vocal rooster=cranky neighbors. Max’s days were numbered.
Black Copper Marans eggs
Max's second leg of the trip to his new home began in New York City.
In early February, an elaborate plan evolved to return Max to his homeland, Louden Farms, some 576 miles away from us. It involved two days, three states, three cars and a limousine. Saddened at the thought of parting with my beautiful flock-master, I began sharing photos of Max and his impending trip with my Facebook fans, which prompted questions about when my chocolate egg well
might run dry. Turning to "Fertility," in The Chicken Encyclopedia, I learned that:
 “When a hen is inseminated, sperm travel quickly up the oviduct to fertilize a developing yolk. If the hen laid an egg shortly before, the mating will likely fertilize her next egg. The number of additional eggs that will be fertilized by the mating varies with the hen’s productivity and breed. The average duration of fertility is about 10 days. Highly productive hens remain fertile longer than hens that lay at a slower rate, and single-comb breeds remain fertile longer than rose-comb breeds — possibly as long as a month, but that’s pushing it.”
Max, Black Copper Marans Rooster
Being a hatch-a-holic, I obviously had to test the waters to see how long the Fab Five would continue to produce fertile eggs in Max's absence. After Max’s move, I continued to collect the Marans’ eggs and hold them until an incubator became available. Little did I know that my 4 year old had her own ideas about testing those same eggs. While I was out at the coop one morning, my daughter, MaryKate, decided to try her hand at the fine art of egg cracking. After having seen the pride in MaryKate's face at her accomplishment, it was impossible to be upset about it.
scrambled hatching eggs
MaryKate's cooking class, not for the faint-of-heart.
Infertile eggs versus fertile eggs
I inspected the semi-scrambled eggs, which revealed that the eggs were not fertile.
I do admit to having lost count of the number of Max's chicks that hatched over the past month since his departure, that's one of the symptoms of  being a hatch-a-holic, but I do know that the very last egg in the incubator hatched tonight and it was from an egg that was collected 12 days after Max was last with the hens. He must have read the book.
Max's last Connecticut baby. Hatched 3/26/12.
Max's last Connecticut baby. Hatched 3/26/12.
Chicken resources libraryI am honored to have been asked to participate in the blog tour, book-review of The Chicken Encyclopedia, Gail Damerow is a well-known and highly respected journalist and prolific author of such works as: Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens and The Chicken Health Handbook, both of which had been on my bookshelf long before a chicken ever stepped foot into my backyardI encourage anyone with pet chickens to acquire this book as soon as possible. It is that valuable a resource.
The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow

*Max was carried into his ManCave (aka: rabbit hutch) in the garage every night for months and returned to his adoring harem after the neighbors left for work each morning.
Max's Mancave
Max and the ladies
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

193 comments :

  1. Please entry me to win the book.
    I am so glad that for now my neighbors love my Maran rooster that looks just like Max. I do have 2 hens that are his babies but half Plymouth Barred Rock. Their eggs are dark, but not a speckled.

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    1. I wish I could've kept mine, Charlotte. You need some BCM hens to make more! :)

      Thanks for stopping in.

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    2. Hi Kathy~love reading your blog since I'm a chicken novice! Love,love,love them so much! I need all the help I can get :)

      BeeCee

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  2. I am really enjoying your site. I am hoping to start my first small flock this year. I am really excited to get started. This book looks like it will be a great resource.

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    1. Hi Sharon and thanks for joining me! You're going to love keeping chickens! Please let me know if you have any questions I might be able to help out with and certainly pick up this book if you happen not to win it.

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  3. I enjoyed your story about your little girl and your hatching eggs. I have a six year old girl and a two year old girl. I could see either one of them "making mommy breakfast"! Priceless stories that I am sure will be told for the rest of her life!! I sure would like a copy of this book. My children and I read together every night and their questions on our new chicks are endless.

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    1. Thank you, Sara! They sure do keep us on our toes, don't they?

      This book will be a rich source of interesting conversations with your girls, can't recommend it any higher. You'll love it!

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  4. I have always enjoyed reading about your opinions and stories on facebook and your blog is awesome too. Thanks for sharing with us all, I have learned a lot about chickens and hatching them from you. One day, I do hope to hatch some of my own and I will use your advice. I intend to buy this book if I don't win it! I can't believe she doesn't mention pasty butt!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! Don't worry, we'll talk about pasty butt more in the near future. :)

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  5. What a wonderful and warm story about Max and his ladies . I am learning alot from your blog each time i visit and i thank you for sharing with us .
    I would love to enter the contest .
    lisabrawner59@gmail.com

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    1. Hello Lisa, I'm so happy that you enjoyed Max's story.
      Thanks for joining me on my chicken adventures here on my blog!

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  6. I love your Blog and your Facebook Page.

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    1. Thanks Diane. I'll never forget that you shared the first photo on my Facebook page in the first giveaway I ever ran. :) Thanks for taking the journey with me this year, looking forward to the next one!

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    2. That is so funny you mentions that. I was just thinking the same thing. It was My First too. Look A year later....Who Knew.. Thanks for all the info and great stuff you do I really enjoy it. Diane

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    3. My pleasure Diane, that's nice of you to say. ☺

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  7. what a cute story! I too have a rooster I am trying to get by with with my neighbors. I live in the city and we are allowed to keep chickens, even roosters as long as no one complains. He is a sweet, and I mean sweet Serama Bantam with a little crow, the wild birds are louder than he is and so are the neighborhood dogs. He came to us with 2 siblings both of which, sadly died a short time later devastating my son who was just in love with one of them. "Blackie" is the name my then almost 3 year old daughter named him, became my son's little baby and he pleaded "can we keep him pleaseeeee" with tears in his eyes. How could I say no. I decided if the then 3 week old chick turned out to be a roo (which I was already suspecting) we'd do our best to get our neighbors to accept him and if complaints started rolling in, he would become a house chicken. Well, Blackie has been outside for about a week now and so far so good, fingers are crossed and prayers are being said. Anyway, I would love a chance to win this book, since I am a chicken farmer rookie, (I have 4 mature chickens and 7 chicks, oh, I have no limit set by my city, I can have as many as I want! Good thing I have a large yard) it would help a great deal:)
    Peace
    Christa Kenyon

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    1. Crossing fingers for it to work out with Blackie and the neighbor, Christa!

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  8. Thank you for the blog post. What a touching story about Max and the ladies. I would love to have a copy of Gail's new book on my bookshelf.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! And good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Kathy It is alway an honor to enter into one of your wonderful giveaways! I would love a copy of this book to help teach our local Boy Scouts about chickens so that they can get a merit badge. If any of Max's chicks turn out to be boys are you going to horde eggs again?

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  10. What a great giveaway. I would love to have this book!

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  11. Kathy, I can imagine your shock to walk in the kitchen and see that scene! What a sweet daughter though ;) I too have tested to see how long our hens' eggs were fertile after a visit with our rooster and have gotten up to ten days. I have several breeds of chickens but BC Marans are definitely on my "wish list." The roos are beautiful, and oh those chocolate eggs!

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  12. I would love to win the Chicken Encyclopedia. I am taking a giant egg to Sunday School class tomorrow. We are studying the trinity, and one lucky preschool student will get to crack it open. I highly suspect it's a triple yolker!

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  13. I'd like to have the Encyclopedia. It's St. Patrick's Day, time to plant peas! I am going to plant them all around the chicken run, to grow up the mesh fence. I hope my chooks like the taste of them, AFTER they mature. LOL

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  14. I'd love to win this book, especially because I'm new to keeping chickens and am gobbling up any and all info I can find on them :)

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  15. Maryanne Brown3/17/12, 1:08 PM

    Thank you for the info and suggesting this amazing book. I think, like you, I will have everything BEFORE a chicken ever steps foot on our property.
    -Maryanne Brown

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  16. Have the book, it is amazing!! Would love to win a second copy to give to my dear friend who I am in the process of corrupting, oh I mean convincing to raise chickens!

    summerwindsquilts@hotmail.com

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  17. Love your blog! Thanks for a chance to win the encyclopedia - I'm enjoying seeing all the resources on each blog site!

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  18. fld20@yahoo.com3/17/12, 1:41 PM

    I would love to when the book . Pretty new at the whole chicken raising (just got 15 chicks from Murdochs and my first hatching eggs should get here any day :))

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  19. Great review, makes me want to read the book from cover to cover! (Its always an informative pleasure to read all of your posts :-] )

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  20. Kaylin McLeod3/17/12, 2:34 PM

    great review! This book sounds very interesting. Do they carry it in book stores? I may just have to order myself one ;)

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  21. I would love to win a copy of the book. I serve on the county 4-H poultry committee, and I feel this book would be very helpful in answering the many questions the kids have. Also, knowing more ways to hypnotise a chicken is always fun. :)

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  22. I just LOVED this blog review:) I have 4 Rhode Island Red hen, as well as 2 Sex-Links and 1 Austrolorp. I am also recently hatching some RIR eggs and having this book would be a great way to expand my knowledge in the category of chickens. I just think it is facinating that a chicken can hatch from an odinary household food item! I live in an area were chickens aren't as popular, so being able to show people the joy of keeping chicken would be FANTASTIC. I have read many books about chickens including the ones published by Storey, so having this Chicken Encyclopedia would complete my collection. I would really enjoy this book if I am to win it, but if I don't I will definitley buy the book once it hits the stores.
    -Jared

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  23. I would love to win the chicken encyclopedia! I always have a bunch of questions about my chickens and based on your review this book sounds perfect!

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  24. We have been happily following the blog tour and really enjoyed ready your blog. The tale of Max is great. Thanks for sharing. Will be sure to check back regularly. We feel like we have a whole new network of friends. Would love a copy of Gail's book. Please enter us in your drawing. Thank you, Laura
    surfingthesandbar at yahoo dot com.

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  25. I would love to win a copy of this book. I've been following the blog tour & also the adventures of Max & (St)Eve. I was a shocked (& horrified) fb fan reading about the scrambled eggs. Making memories is what life is all about. I'm sure that's a family tale that will be retold. badmunki68@yahoo.com

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  26. I have been reading about chickens for three years and we finally moved to a house with a big enough yard (per city ordinance) four months ago! This summer we plan to build the coop and get four hens (max allowed!) next summer when our youngest will be a bit older! thanks for the chance! I'm also surprised that there isn't pasting up in there too. Is there another name for it that it might be under? It seem like that's the biggest concern for babies from everything else I read!
    steeplechaser29 at yahoo dot com

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  27. My rooster looks just like Max. We think he is beautiful. I saw your little incubator ... does it work well? I would love to start hatching my own eggs, but I wasn't sure what to buy.

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  28. I should give you my email address in case I win. farmersdaughterne@gmail.com

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  29. We just started our chicken adventure with the addition of 4 lovely chicks to our family this weekend. Looking forward to reading this book - thank you for the fantastic review!

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  30. Sue Fischer3/17/12, 7:00 PM

    You continue to remind us that all creatures great and small deserve to be treated with love, respect and kindness. You bring a cup of love every day to each and every one of us through your postings, beautiful photography, contests, and information packed blog. In just a short time I feel like this is my 'chicken family'--enjoying all who participate, and looking forward to new people joining the group. I don't have any books on chickens and have only learned what I currently know from what I have been reading online. I would like to add a 'hard copy' book of knowledge regarding poultry--The Chicken Encyclopedia would be a perfect book to start my book collection and to reach for it when I have a question about poultry.
    Thanks again for reminding us each day why we love what we do. Taking care of chickens!!

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  31. I would love to win the chicken starter brooder package. I've got quite a mixed flock right now and am not sure what particular breed I would like to add. I've learned so much from your blog and one of those things is that each breed has it's own personalities and good points. I like having a nice mixture, but I do love the colorful chickens as well. I just know if I keep entering that eventually I will win something, LOL

    totribet@comcast.net

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  32. Would love to win the brooder kit! Or anything else you want to give me haha!

    Yes, I have chickens, I grew up with them. My enthusiasm for them never lessens!

    There are several breeds I want that I don't have right now, but if I had to choose.... I would loooove to have some copper marans.

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  33. I'm hoping to win the Randall Burkey Company offer to provide a complete BROODER STARTER Package AND up to FIFTEEN BABY CHICKS! I have a Buff Orpington, a Rhode Island Red and 2 Barred Plymouth Rock Hens - the 4 Ednas, named for my Great Aunt Edna, who had a funny sense of humor. I would love to add some "easter eggers" to my tiny flock. Wouldn't my grandsons be surprised with all ready dyed eggs "fresh squeezed!" Love Randall Burkey - they deliver promptly all of their fine products.

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  34. If I Could Add Another Breed To My Flock It Would Be Partridge Penedesenca They Are A Breed From Spane And They Lay Beautiful Dark brown eggs Like The Marans

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  35. downtownginab@aol.com3/17/12, 7:22 PM

    I have to say that I would have been SO happy if I could have gotten some silkies in the mix of 25 that I just got (don't want to hurt of the girl's feelings, maybe they aren't listening lol), but would love to add a silkie rooster or chicken to the mix!

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  36. Elizabeth Fogle3/17/12, 7:24 PM

    Wow two giveaways in the same day! If I could add one breed it would be (drum roll)........... Welsummers! After reading My Pet Chickens blog about the Zombies, I have my heart set on Welsummers. Not because of Zombies, but because they are broody and they are agressive foragers. Always an hornor to enter.

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  37. I love your blog. Boy what a lucky guy Max is. I enjoy raising chickens and have a couple Cockoo Marans that lay those beautiful chocolate colored eggs.

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  38. I would love to win the brooder kit. I have a mixed flock. Americana, welsummer, California white, Millie fleur bantam, Cochin bantam, and salmon favorell. I also have some indian runner ducks. I would love to have black copper marans.

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  39. fld20@yahoo.com3/17/12, 7:33 PM

    I would love to win the brooder kit ! Were just starting out have 15 chicks in a horse trough in the garage right now ( assorted bantams , new hampshire reds , & some red sex links ) and have my first hatching eggs coming (10 easter eggers ) I would be happy with any kind of chicks . I love them all :)

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  40. I already have chickens, but there's always room for more! I'd add Silver Spangled Hamburgs from Randall Burkey if I happened to win your contest.

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  41. I would love to add Astrolorps to my flock. I've read about their laying prowess, and am impressed! When I started my flock, I searched for that breed, but couldn't find any - I even tried 4-H and Craig's List! No chicks or hens available at that time, I was so bummed. Please enter me in your contest! :)

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  42. Kaylin McLeod3/17/12, 7:43 PM

    I currently have chickens (obviously). I would love to add Marans to my flock. Their eggs are beautiful, not to mention the birds themselves. Bummer on the border laws though!

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  43. I have a buff orpington..australorp..easter egger..and a black copper maran right jow but i would love to add a silkie

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  44. Suzi Fire would LOVE to add some Black Copper or Cuckoo Marans & some fancy Silkies to my flock...yes I would...

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  45. If we could win the Brooder Starter Kit and the 15 baby chicks ~ My husband are going to be adding on to our coop soon and have been discussing what breed of chickens to add to it...We would like to have either Cuckoo Marans , Buff Orpingtons OR Olive Eggers.We have a mix of breeds right now and every one of them are spoiled ROTTEN! lol Thank you for the chance to enter!

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  46. Enter me!!! Would love to add some new blood to our flock as we have quite a few hens who are too old to lay anymore and we all love watching chicks grow and come into their full feather and beauty. Hmmm, what breed would I like to add to our flock?? I have always wanted a couple Jersey Giants, but then again some Dark Brahma's would be awesome too! I remember having a Dorking rooster for a short time years ago but as we didn't have a hen to match we had to give him away. My family has changed their tune since then and we just get whatever suits our fancy. I am on a waiting list for some Crele Polish, I just love the patterns and crests! An Ornamental types like Sumatras or Phoenix would be new, or some awesome patterns like Dominiques, Silver Laced Wyandottes or even Cuckoo Marans as they have all been on my want list. Of course I love fat and fluffy chickens the flashier the better and we only have Black or White Cochins. I love them all and just can't decide, so if I win someone else will have to make the final call I guess, I will be happy no matter!

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  47. Sue Fischer3/17/12, 8:17 PM

    I have always wanted silkies, but have never been able to afford the cost of ordering them with the shipping and handling for either the little chicks or the fertile eggs. I am over 55 and money is very tight... I have Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and they do not go broody as a general rule...would love some silkies, a rooster and some females--so I can have some broody hens to sit!! Have an empty incubator hoping to fill it once again this year with some more eggs...I would also love some Polish Hens--love them so much. And a Polish rooster to keep the population going. Plenty of secure fencing and nesting/coop areas just for these birds!! Thanks!!

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  48. Hi, I am a fan of your FB page & really enjoying your posts! Please enter me to win :^)
    I would love to add some Blue Laced Red Wyandottes to our mixed flock. I have become intrigued with blue/grey/lavender birds. My other wish list chicken is the Cream Legbar, they lay blue eggs & are auto sexed at hatch. But just so far out of my price range!
    Thanks for running so many fun drawings & contests!
    Sally Mason-Kennedy

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  49. I would love to have a copy of the book. My chicks are 2 weeks old now.

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  50. I have a hankering to add black copper marans or penedesenca chickens to my flock because I have no dark brown egg layers. I just hatched a lavender Orpington rooster chick in my incubator in Feb. I would love to add more of his kind to my flock, too. I really enjoy your log and Facebook page, too!

    Eleanor eefarlow@gmail.com

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  51. Entry for the complete BROODER STARTER Package AND up to FIFTEEN BABY CHICKS! The breeds I would love to add to my flock are: Speckled Sussex, Sicilian Buttercups, Naked Necks & Delawares.

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  52. Sharon Liljedahl sharonlilj@aol.com3/17/12, 9:44 PM

    Hi would love to be entered for the Brooder Starter package and up to 15 Baby Chicks. We have 6 hens right now and only two of them still lay an occasional egg. We have wanted to get a incubator and do some hatching but just have had other priority's so far this spring, We would love to add Orpingtons especially Buff Orpingtons as they are our daughters favorite and she has not had one in several years. Would be great to get a variety of Chicks as we only have these 6 rather elderly Hens right now. Thanks for the consideration always love your page.

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  53. Martha Waugh3/17/12, 10:05 PM

    I would love to be entered in the brooder starter/chicks contest. I have an Australorp, a Barnevelder, a Wyandotte, a Barred Rock, and 2 Easter Eggers. I would love to add some Marans, Orpingtons, Dominiques, and Welsummers to my flock.

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  54. I would like to be added to the contest for the brooder/chicks. I have road islands, bantams, sikies and 3 white chickens that just showed up at our house unknown breed. I love my chickens very much and enjoy spending time out there with them feeding and collecting there eggs. I would like to add some Easter Egger, Buff Frizzle and a few odd looking chickens. The uglier the better. I like the odd ball ones that others would pick over. They make the best pets. I have 2 chickens that are spoiled they fly up on my shoulder/head like a bird would do.
    Thanks for reading : )

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  55. Please enter me in the contest to win the new chicken book. It sounds very informative and interesting. I learn alot from your FB posts. Thank You. jbnkfox@frontier.com

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  56. I would love a chance to win this book for my library. Enjoy your blog.

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  57. Please enter me in the Randall Burke brooder contest. We have recently been wanting to add Delawares to our flock because they are supposed to be cold hardy and good brooders. Thank you.

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  58. I'd like to be added for the Randall Burkey package...I'd love to add some Welsummers, for their dark brown eggs, and some Salmon Faverolles for their beautiful cream colored eggs...I'd also like to add some "good ol' Dominekers", my Granny's favorite when I was growing up on her farm.
    I love your blog, which I found thru' your facebook page after I became a fan recently.

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  59. I would love to add some new stock to my senior citizens :) i have been looking @ jerzy giants, turkens, or showgirls, new cochins or silkies. My girls are almost 4 years old and not such great layers anymore but still give a few a week. Thank you leslie bittner

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  60. Please enter me to win. Sounds like the perfect book!

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  61. Entry for the Randall Burkey give away. I'd love to add some laced Wyandottes to my flock, I think they are just such gorgeous birds :)

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  62. WOW! What a fabulous contest for the BROODER STARTER SET AND 15 CHICKS!!!! I'd would LOVE to win this!! I am new to keeping chickens and learning a whole lot (especially from you lol) I'd love to add some Black or Blue Copper Marans, Americaunas, Olive Eggers, and Lavender Orpingtons, to my backyard flock.
    Thanks so much!!!
    Christa Kenyon

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  63. I loved this story! Messy as it was, your 4-year old had her heart in the right place. :)

    And I'm sold on Marans. Now I have to find someone who's selling them locally so I can add them to my flock.

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  64. I would really enjoy having one of these books. Please enter me.
    patrice@everydayruralty.com

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  65. Jenna Brown3/18/12, 9:50 AM

    I would love, love, love to add some Marans and Australorps to my flock!

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  66. I would love to win this book. I had seen an advertisement in a magazine and was going to see if maybe my town Library had this book so I could check it out before I bought it. I am always reading what I can about chickens, baby chickens, how can I make their brooders, or housing even better. There is always something to learn in the chicken workd and I am not to old to learn lol 46. Be nice to have this book sitting on my dining room table for other to look at it, and for those that come and help us on out Horse Rescue are also wanting to be educated about chickens as well. This book will come in handy for when they are here and I have them sit and look at the book. Kids too.
    deana

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  67. Brooder Package Entry - we'd love to add Marans and Orpingtons to our flock.

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  68. For the brooder entry: we are already a chicken loving place! Looking to add Black Copper Marans, Silkies or Easter Eggers.
    thanks

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  69. Spencer Knight3/18/12, 12:14 PM

    I am so happy to be able to win the Chicken Encyclopedia. I got 9 Barred Rock hen and 2 White Rock rooster.I would LOVE to add the Easter Eggers to my flock. thx

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  70. Brooder entry - I'd like to add buff orpingtons

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  71. would like to enter for the book too

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  72. Brooder Package & Chicks Entry- I used to have alot of wonderful chickens until I started college. One season I sold off a large portion of my flock to a wonderful family to help with the semesters book costs. Chicken math quickly began to work and almost exactly one week after purchasing most of my sweet darlings (and most of my feeders, portable coops, beginning supply of feed, treets, and I even threw in a few of my girls favorite roosting poles)my newest friends returned for more additions to the flock. I hestitated but finally decided to allow all of my babies to live together at their new home on the farm. Now, 2 looooonnnnggg years later, I am proudly awaiting the arival of my day old Easter Eggers tomorrow. I am so excited, Fluffy Butt Delivery!!! I hope to never find myself without chickens again. I am working on a complete coop renovation and a smaller pullet coop to ready myself and my yard for the impending chicken explosion. I would love to expand my flock to include lots of wonderful variety. I adore Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymoth Rocks, Dominiques, and Silki Bantams. I would also like to venture into new territory by expanding my chicken experience to include Black Copper Marans and Welsummers. I love CHICKENS!!!

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  73. Love your blog, but is anyone else having trouble finding the facebook page? I click on the link, but it just brings me to the facebook home page. Help?

    We have one week left of incubation for our eggs, so all going well this time next week, will have some baby chicks! 7 out of the 12 eggs candled but it is the end of our season here in NZ.
    Thanks, Emma

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    1. Kelvin, search for Egg Carton Labels by ADozenGirlz on facebook. That should bring up the page. (That's how I found her facebook page) Hope that helps!

      ~New Chicken Momma, Audrey Siebert

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  74. Here is my entry for The Randall Burkey Company give away of the Brooder Starter Package & 15 chicks!

    I am pretty new to chicken keeping. I became a "chicken momma" about 3 weeks ago, with my first chicks. I picked up 11 Rainbow Layers & 7 Red Sex Link chicks at the local Orchelns. I did have 2 of my babies pass away during the first week :( Since getting my babies I have learned alot & am very thankful for all the great information I have found on your facebook page & your blog!
    I have gotten the bug to add to my flock already, they are so cute! I'm not too familiar with the different chicken breeds, but I think I would be happy with any breed! Just like children they all have their different quirks. I'm looking forward to learning more & more as my chicks grow! I can hardly wait for their first eggs!
    ~New Chicken Momma~
    Audrey Siebert

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  75. I would love to win the book as well. As a new Chicken Mama, I am fully engulfed and totally in love with my new pets! I am already a FB fan and read your blog at every posting!
    Blessings
    Mandi Miller (SevenRuns@dishmail.net)

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  76. I wanna win the chicks n brooder. I supply many people with healthy wonderful rainbow eggs. I love any kind of chicken as long as the eggs are colorful!

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  77. The Randall Burkey Company chick giveaway

    I would like to add Delewares to my flock or any type of marans. We have black copper marans and I fell in love with their temperment. I seem to like the bigger birds :)

    -Christina K.
    Gaelicgarden@gmail.com

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  78. Katie Skardoutos3/18/12, 10:48 PM

    I would love the chicks and brooder! I would also love to add some Welsummers and Black Copper Marans to my crew :) I also can't wait to get a copy of the Chicken Encyclopedia!

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  79. I LOVE baby chickies! I'd love to find some Blue Cochins or Speckled Sussex on my doorstep!

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  80. Denise Winslow-Lawrence3/18/12, 10:52 PM

    I would love to add Wyandotte or Barnvelders to my flock. I love chickens!

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  81. I am drooling about potential of a brooder and chicks.. Wow! I would love to add to our flock. I wouldn't mind buff orpingtons, RIR, Delaware, Americauna. I would love another Easter egger. Lisie pfeiffer

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  82. Brooder Package & Chicks Entry

    Our chicken list is varied due to me wanting to have all colours of the rainbow in our carton of eggs and it makes our neighbors, family and friends smile when they see the different shades of colours. =)
    I would love to add some Araucanas, Barnevelders, Andalusians, Faverolles, Marans, Turkens, Penedesencas, Welsumers, and more Easter Eggers too =)

    I just love chickens!

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  83. I would like to add some Easter Egger's and Black Copper Marans to my flock this year! Different colored eggs are soooooo much fun!

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  84. I would love to win the chicks and brooder! I would like to add Salmon Faverolles, Cochin bantams, and Silkies to my girls!

    Mary Germann
    (uncmikie@comcast.net)

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  85. I would love to win the brooder and chicks. I have a few different types . I sure would love Black Marans.
    Dalsia (Lisa) Draper dalisa@wabash.net

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  86. Brooder Package entry:

    I have had chickens for about 3 years. I have a mixed flock of laying hens. My daughter raises Japanese bantams.

    So would love some more Japanese bantam chicks. But also looking for bantams in the following breeds: rhode island red, barred rock, americauna (or easter egger), and serama.

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  87. The Chicken Encyclopedia sounds like a very interesting and informative book about chickens! Gail Damerow is an awesome author! You can never have too many books about chickens! Very valuable reference materials are very important when you are a chicken keeper!

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  88. Chicken Encyclopedia Entry- I would love to win this book. I am a new fan of your blog and facebook page. I have enjoyed all of the wonderful information and stories. This book would be a valuable asset to anyones collection from your description and I promise I would put it to good use!!!

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  89. Ok im mad now! The 4th try to post grrrr lol . I would like to add jerzy giants, or easter eggers, or some quality silkies for my perfectly handsome roo waiting on mrs right. Leslie bittner. Lmagic0123@gmail.com

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  90. I would Love to win Something chicken related :)

    Shellie Werich
    smw4211966@sbcglobal.net

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    1. For chicks, we would like to have Welsummers, Marans, Sussex, Cochin, and/or Salmon Faverolle. I also like to be surprised.

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  91. I would really like to add the Marans to our little flock. I enjoy their personalities and the chocolate colored eggs!I sincerely wish to win these new additions to my home!

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  92. Please enter me in the drawing for the brooder package. I would LOVE to add marans and their beautiful chocolate eggs to my flock.

    Jody Pautsch-Wygans
    shewyg@gmail.com

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  93. I want to enter for the chicks and brooder contest. I have a flock of bantam cochins, and this year I have acquired some buff orpingtons, amerecaunas, Easter eggers and amber link chicks but I am still wanting some black copper marans to complete my laying pen project! Oh I hope I win!

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  94. I would love to win the book. I will be getting chicks in the next month, so this book would be awesome.

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  95. Please enter me to win the Chicken book, I can never get enough of either chickens or books. I love your site.

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  96. I would love to add some silkies, some polish and some frizzle chickens. I am just now getting back into the business of raising chickens after a break of about 2 years. I have 4 incubators of mutt eggs going and can't wait.

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  97. Did I miss the drawing? Please enter me if I didn't! I will message you on facebook too since I check it more often. I am just beginning in the world of BYC Raisin'. I'm doing my research and getting all my equipment together before my chicks come in. Just want to do this right. I don't want to ever lose birds. I know it will happen but I hope not anyways. Wish me luck! I do hope I win the book because I know I will need it!

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  98. I really would love to add some Buckeyes because they would be perfect for our weather here in KY. If not Buckeyes then Salmon Faverolle or Light Brahma. I love having a pretty egg basket but my main goal is to keep chickens that are self sufficient in our weather climate.
    Thanks for all the great info that you provide to us chicken novices!

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  99. Patricia Butler3/19/12, 6:10 AM

    I would love to expand my little knowledge of chickens. I currently have one Rooster (Doodle Roo), one hen (Lucy Loo) and her chick which I haven't named yet. I'm just starting out raising chickens and guineas. They are so interesting to watch.

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  100. Your blog is always so fun to read and puts a smile on my face every time! Thank you again for another great story. Please enter me to win the Chicken Encyclopedia book, it really looks like a 'must have' for my bookshelf. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

    tracey.merchant@hotmail.com

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  101. As always, I loved this post. I have learned so much by following you on Facebook. It's nice to belong to a group of chicken folks!

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  102. What a great adventure raising chickens has been! We started out with pullets, then ventured into the day old chicks and now we are ready to get the 'fancy chickens'! We would love to win and add to our flock: Silkies, Polish and Polish Frizzles! I love seeing my children come home from school and greet the girls, then check to see if any eggs have been laid. Great memories for me and them!
    PS, love your blog and FB page!

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  103. I absolutely love your blog and facebook page - it's where I go to for my info :) The book is definitely on my list to get!

    I love my chickens! I love that they get all excited to see me. I love that they are friendly. I love that they give me eggs unconditionally. And I will still love them when they don't :)

    I have been trying to find a couple/few more to expand my egg color selection - so I've been on the look out for hens that do well with NH weather, lay olive eggs, lay the darkest brown eggs, and lay white eggs. Those hens would round out my colors :)

    ~Yssa

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  104. Thank you for the review. If I don't win a copy, then I'll have to go buy one!!

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  105. I would love some Marans and Barnevelders. I have welsumers,spotted sussex,black australorp,and americanas in the brooder. Running around free range are silver laced wyandotte, rhode island reds, white leghorns, bard rocks, buff orpington, andalusians and spotted sussex.
    I enjoy your facebook page and hope you continue to be successful.

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  106. I am definitely a stalker of your facebook and blog page! I love it and have become addicted. I'm happy to know there are others who share my chicken obsession. =]

    Kayla

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  107. Jeanne Johnson3/19/12, 9:27 AM

    We all love ur sites and blog in this house as well as my 4-H group. Thank u for being so informative I hope someday I can be as knowledgeable as u.

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  108. Please enter us to win, we really enjoy your blog and Facebook page! Also love our labels:)
    - Jenn
    (homerunschool@yahoo.com)

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  109. Love your blog! Would like to add this book to my chicken library!

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  110. I want to enter the contest for the Brooder. I got a few hens last summer and now I have a coop ready to be filled! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE! To start this time with some chicks! My kids would absolutely love to watch them grow! Hope I win! I would give those babies a nice home!
    I would like to try some silkies or another fun small breed! Thanks
    Lacey
    Lacer02 @ hotmail.com

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  111. I want to enter the contest for the brooder. The breed I would like to add the most would be lavender orpington's or blues -- the one we had was so smart and such a wonderful girl. She died last year and meant so much to me I had her cremated. Loved that little girl!

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  112. Please enter me!! I would love a few Anconas :} and maybe a few more Black Cooper Marans!! Thanks
    aheritage@gmail.com

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  113. My 4 Ednas would really appreciate winning a copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia, to celebrate National Poultry Day. I need to know all that I should about keeping backyard hens. My girls are so spoiled! Thanks for offering this contest ♥♥♥♥

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  114. I have enjoyed you FBpage and blogs very much and have really learned a lot! Thanks!
    Nan
    quiltmoore@aol.com

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  115. Jeanne Johnson3/19/12, 10:11 AM

    I would love to add some black copper marans as a wild cat ate all mine,some sussex,batams of all kind cause they ate amazing...and I always wanted a silkie...can't wait to add to my flock.

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  116. Chrissy Yoder3/19/12, 10:21 AM

    We would love to add Buff Orpington & Barred Rocks to the flock. Out of all the chickens I have ever had never have had these 2 breeds and they are beautiful ones.

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  117. I have really enjoyed your Facebook page and blog. I have all assorted kinds of bird, My favorites are the bantam breeds, I have partridge Wyandottes(they are so tame and docile) and some Cochins.I have had ring neck pheasants. Guineas and now have a pen full of Quail.I have and incubator full of these nreeds now but if I could get another kind of bantam it would be an "Bantam Old English game" It's always a learning experience with so many different birds ,but always rewarding.
    Mike[sunnydaze47@yahoo.com]

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  118. Loretta Forman3/19/12, 10:26 AM

    first i would like to say how happy i am that i have found your blog ! i love being able to have my questions answered quickly and i am having a lot of fun connecting with other chicken keepers! and what type of chicken would i like to add to my flock LOL WHERE DO I EVEN START!?!?! Delewares, hamburgs, polish crested, andi really like brahamas they come in a lot of pretty colors i could go on for days! LOL

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  119. Entry for the contest for the brooder package with 15 chicks. I currently have Light Brahma chickens. I recently read about Cream Legbar chickens and would love to get some of them. Since those are probably not available from the place that I will win eggs from, I would really like to get some Copper Marans for the chocolate colored eggs.
    Thanks,
    Aimee Verdeyen
    found you from facebook and love your posts

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  120. Not sure if I am too late to join in the fun, but it's so tempting, I had to try! Happy Poultry Day! I really enjoyed your post -- see you over on Facebook :)

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  121. I would love to win the chicks and brooder, then I can raise them in my classroom, before adding them to my little flock at home. I would dearly love to have Black Copper Marans, or Buckeyes!
    And you are one of my favorite pages. I enjoy reading your posts every day!

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  122. I am so happy to have found you through a friend! Enjoy your blog very much and would love to win some chicks! I started a small mixed flock last year and would really like to expand this year. Love my buff orpington and my americanas!!! Thanks for all the valuable info!

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  123. Happy National Poultry Day to all!! I would love to add some of the very cute Frizzles to our flock. Currently we have a mixture in our flock including Marans, Cochins, Hamburg, Brahmas, RIR, Welsummers.
    I love your blog and FB page...have met so many wonderful people and learned so much! Thanks soooo much!!

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  124. Glad I'm onto your website and blog. Keeps me in the egg/chicken loop as I am only in my third year of raising layers.
    I would love you to consider my entry as a possible winner of the chicks and brooder. My goal from my first order of day old chicks was to help Heritage Breed chickens continue in our lifetime. I have a great assortment and help educate the folks that buy my eggs. On guy won't eat the green egg but loves the rest! Can't convince him to try it; all my eggs are created equally with only organic feed, as much organic leftovers as I can find, and free range in our yard which is also only organically maintained. All this on one acre in Portland, Maine! My egg buyers love to open up their carton of dozen eggs and see the beautiful colors. (I make sure to arrange them so they are wonderful to just open and gaze at them.) I love my Delaware, Australorps,Faverolle, Leghorn, Wyandottes (so very beautiful), Orpington, Ameracaunas, and Silver Cuckoo Maran. I would love to get Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Lakenvelder, and Hamburgs but these breeds are hard to find in small numbers.
    Thanks again for just being here when I need a chicken keeper fix!

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  125. Thanks for another awesome giveaway!!!! I would love to add Wyandottes to my flock - I think the huge variety of colors and the markings on them is beautiful!!

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  126. Trisha Smith3/19/12, 1:07 PM

    I would love to add more Wyandottes, Orpingtons and Copper Marans to my tiny flock.

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  127. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to enter. Max is so beautiful! coveredbydesign at hotmail.com

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  128. i had a copy from the library and would love to own my own copy!! hope i win'

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  129. I have to get a copy of this book. What a great reference. I love your blog. It is so much fun. My flock of six are 1 year old today! They are all individuals and we love them dearly.

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  130. Do we have to list just one breed?!! Welsummers would be great, as would Olive Eggers and Easter Eggers. Anything with some special color! Heck, anything that will say, "cluck, cluck!" Thank you!

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  131. My hens couldn't be happier than they are eating Happy Hen Treats!

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  132. I would love to win a copy! I would love to add more Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas to my flock :)

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  133. In response to your HAPPY HEN TREATS GIVEAWAY....
    Last year, I had a hen hatch two chicks. When I ran in to get the camera, one of the chicks was missing, and the other was being battered by her mother. Needless to say, I took the chick in, and raised her as my own. I made a pouch from an old hat, put some straw in it, and tied some ribbon on it. I carried her everywhere. We went in the car, to the store, to church... you name it, we did it! I even slept with her to keep her warm. After a few weeks, I got her some chicks of the same age, so she'd have someone to pal around with. It took a few days of her crying out for me, but she got used to her new siblings.
    Anyway, just this past Sunday, my baby hatched 5 of her own chicks (she is the surrogate mother to several other hens' eggs). I have to say, she's an EXCELLENT mother. I guess I taught her well! I tried to attach a picture, but couldn't seem to figure it out. Perhaps I will post it for you on your FB page.
    So, that's my story... yes, I have taken a chicken for a ride before. :o)

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  134. I have recently within the past 2 years become a chicken lover. I now have 15 hens, 1 Roo and 7 baby Chickies that one of our broody White Rocks hatched. It's been a great experience for me and my whole family. I love to read and hear chicken stories. Thanks :)

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  135. Yes, I have taken a chicken on a car ride.... many in fact! Most recently, its been "spare" roosters to the local feed store for their "rooster exchange and re-homing" service.

    Today I'm picking up 5 true Araucana chicks, and half a dozen Araucana hatching eggs! (I'm VERY excited!)

    Jenn
    (AKA: Mother Clucker)

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  136. Renee Bruns Drossel6/26/12, 5:35 PM

    Great story and information, as always ! Please enter me to win the treat prize package ! Renee

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  137. Before we sold our camp last summer we took our 2 chickens with us to camp every weekend!! ;-) Donna/The Lazy Chicken Coop

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  138. another great story! I am really missing the girls and can't wait to get home. Reading your blog and page helps me get my chicken fix! Lol! I can't wait to start some hatching (they gotta start laying first lol) But I can't imagine the excitement of waiting for eggs to hatch.

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  139. I love reading this blog, it is so informative and I learn a lot. I have never taken a chicken for a ride in a car but would not hesitate if I needed to. My four hens are now just over a year old and I so love them!!!!

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  140. I follow your blog & even check it when I have a question. I love the pictures & information you share here & on facebook!
    My chickens are pretty spoiled, specially in this heat, frozen veggies, fruits, frozen water bottles & a little scratch grain to get them to leave the coop during the day.
    ~Audrey Siebert

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  141. I am ordering these books ASAP. Thanks for the review.

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  142. Hatching is an addiction! I didn't hatch any this spring...but ended up with six chicks anyway...a friend only got them for a photo opp for her daugher!!! (she knows me well, and knew I'd take them in) They are the friendliest chickens I've ever had! Thanks for the great blog and winning opp!

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  143. Hatching is an addiction! I didn't hatch any this spring...but a friend got six chicks at Tractor Supply for a photo opp for her 2 year old! (she intended the whole time to "donate" them to me!) Turns out they are the sweetest six I've ever had! Thanks for a great blog and winning opp!

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  144. I am ordering these books ASAP. Thanks again for the useful information.

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  145. I am ordering these books ASAP. Thanks for the review.

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  146. Thanks for the great info! I can't wait to hatch a few of my own chicks! I'm just waiting to get through the worst of this AZ heat.
    Brit868@yahoo.com

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  147. Esther Widgren6/26/12, 11:17 PM

    The only "road trip" my girls have taken is the one from the feed store to their brooder box in my livingroom when they were 1 or 2 days old! They're now 13.5 weeks old and are "free ranging" in my fenced in backyard (about 4000 sq.ft)

    I've looked for these Happy Hen Treats at 2 of my 3 known local feed stores (local meaning within 25 miles)and haven't found them yet. But I'm anxious to try them: I worry that feeding the girls cold/frozen vegetables and the heat keeping them from eating too much of their crumbles they might not be getting enough protein to support their final growth spurt and the start of egg laying.

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  148. Makenna Vanegas6/26/12, 11:19 PM

    I LOVE Happy Han Treats!

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  149. Entering for the Happy Hen Treats. I have not tried this product and would like to see if my girls like them. ihavetoomanychildren@gmail.com

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  150. I have been raising chcikens for 8 year's now.New to your blog, I enjoy reading new blog's and website's.

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  151. I am new to the game but this is so informative and enjoyable- thank you

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  152. Denise Allison Magil8/22/13, 10:17 PM

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  153. nancykittykay8/22/13, 10:27 PM

    My friend and I were just talking, pondering the length of time a hen would lay fertile eggs after mating. Thank you so much.

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  154. Lori Edmison8/23/13, 1:04 AM

    Just the bit of information I was looking for - ironic how you always know what it is we want to know :-)

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  155. Kathryn Wetzel8/23/13, 8:10 AM

    Again reading this with my morning coffee, seems to be a everyday routine! Which I really enjoy now that I am retired and enjoying our chickens along with my wonderful husband, who is a great chicken dad🐓🐥🐓🐔🐥🐓

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  156. Kathryn Wetzel8/23/13, 8:12 AM

    Oh yes now I know of a great Christmas give for hubby too!

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  157. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 9:33 PM

    No, they're not related.

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  158. I so ENVY those beautiful dark chocolate coloured eggs. what breed of chicken produces such an egg?! (please let me know!) amzing. love your website.

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  159. TheChickenChick12/13/13, 7:56 PM

    Those are from my Black Copper Marans, Alison. http://bit.ly/USnUwW

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  160. TheChickenChick12/19/13, 8:40 PM

    Your best bet is to find a breeder locally or hatch your own eggs.

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  161. Christian Spencer Pearson1/19/14, 10:37 PM

    Ok its great to know I am not crazy over going out at night and checking to see if she is seating on eggs or everyday just waiting on the signs of a broody hen. I am so ready to hatch some babys for my first time.I hope she gets fertile. I am enjoying reading your post. and that's not a norm for me. thank you for all your insight.

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  162. TheChickenChick1/21/14, 12:54 AM

    That's great, Christian! Happy hatching!

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  163. Heidi Blake Knepp3/28/14, 9:19 AM

    I just got a black copper Maran roo this week. He is really cool. Only about 10 months old. Can't wait to get an incubator and try my hand at hatching so eggs.

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  164. Heidi Blake Knepp3/28/14, 9:24 AM

    Do you have a link on hen fertility. I can not find any info on how to determine if a hen is still laying or not. Thanks. You have been my chicken bible these last few weeks.

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  165. TheChickenChick3/28/14, 6:15 PM

    I don't, Heidi. Put her in a pet carrier or rabbit hutch/cage by herself and you'll be able to tell whether she's laying or not very easily.

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  166. I sure was surprised to learn of the "sperm host gland" where sperm are stored at the juncture between the vagina and the shell gland! It is a storage site for the sperm. Fascinating. (H. Ussery, The Small Scale Poultry Flock, p. 26)

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  167. I absolutely LOVE your page. I am obsessed with chickens. They bring me so much joy! It's awesome seeing others enjoy raising chickens as well!

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  168. Julie Lynch6/15/14, 6:21 PM

    Join me in to the faithful followers for chicken information. I want to hatch fertile eggs soon and Ovascope is perfect!

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  169. Kim KiKi Puckett Martin6/29/14, 11:22 PM

    I love my chickens! I can't wait to get home every day from work just to get outside and hang out with them

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  170. ssearnhardt7/1/14, 9:21 PM

    Great article... Thanks!

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  171. Jennifer Schaer Jackson9/8/14, 4:54 PM

    I had no idea some chickens stayed fertile that long!

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  172. The mancave?! You are too funny. Love your blog!

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  173. It's nice to hear from a fellow hatch a holic! Though it takes all the strength I can muster, I do moderate. In the 3 years I have had chickens I have only hatched out a little over 1,000 eggs so I am not a totally hopeless addict!

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