Jul 6, 2012

Chickens for Backyards Giveaway!


Please join me in welcoming my new sponsor, Chickens for Backyards with a fantastic giveaway!

Enter to WIN one of the following THREE prize packages:
    25 paper egg cartons in assorted colors AND one container of Egg Wipes
    OR
    a 'Fresh Eggs Laid Daily' sign AND a container of Egg Wipes

    OR
     a 10" egg basket AND Happy Hen Coop Cleaner
    To enter:

    1. Must be a fan of Chickens for Backyards and The Chicken Chick

    2. Must be a subscriber of my blog (subscribe by email, Networked Blogger or RSS feed in left-hand sidebar)

    3. Leave a comment on this blog post, stating how long you have kept chickens and what inspired you to begin keeping chickens.

    Please visit Chickens for Backyards to see their huge assortment of chickens, ducks, turkeys, guineas, hatching eggs and poultry-keeping supplies!
    Giveaway runs 7/6/12-7/12/12 Winners will be notified by reply to their comments on 7/12/12 at 9pm EST. Include your email address if you would like to be notified by email as well. GOOD LUCK!

    163 comments :

    1. June Smith7/6/12, 3:35 PM

      I have been keeping chickens for about 5 years now. We started keeping them so we could have fresh eggs and meat. Now we enjoy watching them. They are so entertaining. We have chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guineas.

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      1. i have had chickens for 14 years :) initially i started keeping a small flock for fresh eggs & bug control. since then the flock has grown to +/- 50 hens & a few roosters. the eggs are wonderful - the only creatures on the farm which help pay for themselves!! but also i adore their individual personalities & flock dynamics....they are awesome creatures :)

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      2. i started with a small flock 14 years ago for eggs & bug control which has now grown to +/- 50 hens & a few roosters. i really appreciate their individual personalities & the dynamics of the flock.....they are awesome creatures. i also have ducks & a great goose :)

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      3. Hi there! So happy tp have been following you and to have found you and now a new page as well. We just got our place in the country a few months back and have been working hard to get it in order! Our chickens are hand picked and we get them in just a few weeks!!!! There are only a few and want more..deciding where we are going to get them yet. You have been so helpful in my education. Considering a few ducks and turkeys along the way. We are letting them do the bugs to thier delight (and ours) the feed will be organic and well worth it! Okay, well...keep on as we need you! Thanks!

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      4. I started keeping chickens about 3 years ago. I had always been terrified of them until a friend of mine started keeping Silkies. She put one on my lap and I fell in loooove!! I do now however have Silkies, I have regular Rhode Island Reds and Black Sexlinks but I love them very much. I never knew Chickens could have such personality!! I am so thankful my friend showed me the other side of these wonderful pets!!

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    2. We're going to start building our backyard coop this fall :) We're inspired by the thought of FRESH eggs, and being able to go out back and watch chicken antics! We're super excited about it!

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    3. I have been keeping chickens for 3 years. I started because I wanted fresh eggs and to start small with trying to live self-sufficiently. So far I still only have chickens :)

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    4. well, my mom has really wanted to keep chickens for the last year or so. and the day after valentine's day this year she showed up with a little flock!! i FELL IN LOVE!!!! have had my girls now for a few months and loving every minute of it!

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    5. 5 years of chicken keeping. Started with my kids 4H birds and has grown into so much more. Love your blog!

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    6. Shelli Johnson7/6/12, 3:37 PM

      I started keeping chickens appox. 1 year ago because my daughter adored some chickens at a friends house. We got a trio that she took to the fair for a 4-H project. I love that she loves to go outside and play with them. Now were hatching our own.

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    7. We have had chickens for about two years now. I was pregnant two years ago and my husband and I decided that we would wait. But he ended up changing his mind and brought home 6 chickens one day, with a coop and all- free from his uncle. Needless to say, they have become a wonderful addition to our family. I am very grateful that he decided to do it. I adore them and now am called the crazy chicken lady! lol.

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    8. robin mcdowell7/6/12, 3:40 PM

      I lost my 18 year old son in an auto accident and a couple years later I got some free ameruacans and discovered that they have been the best therapy I could ever recieve. I have grown from 3 of them to over 50 in various breeds. They give me such joy that I am so grateful to have them in my life.They give me something to look forward to each day.

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      1. robin mcdowell7/6/12, 3:45 PM

        I have had chickens since 2009. I lost my son in 2008.

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      2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you've found something wonderful to bring you a little joy each day. (((hugs)))

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      3. Robin, I am very sorry for your loss. I cannot fathom it.
        How wonderful that you are able to feel joy again through the love and companionship of these amazing animals.

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    9. Sara Margaret Morrow7/6/12, 3:41 PM

      Have had chickens for one full year. We used to buy farm fresh eggs from a farm stand and thought, why not have our own! 18 chickens and one expensive coop later, here we are!

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    10. I have had chickens for a grand total of 14 weeks! They are still just teenagers and I'm having so much fun with my dozen chickens; 11 pullets and 1 cockeral; jury's still out on one of the pullets though. I was inspired to get chickens when my family struggled with dairy, soy, and gluten intolerances and eggs became a major staple in our family diet. I can't wait to start getting our own backyard eggs!

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    12. I had chickens throughout high school and after 10 years finally started raising them again. I bought my first group of pullets in February....hoping for eggs soon!

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    13. We've been keeping chicks for about 7 years. There is always so much to learn. We spend a lot of time in the evenings just watching them! They are cute!

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    14. I subscribe to your blog. :) I've been keeping chickens since I was 15 or 16. My first ones were mille fleur d'uccle bantams, and it's been a wild ride ever since. So that makes 20+ years of chicken keeping. :D And my father raised chickens, and my great grand parents raised chickens, and my DH's grand parents raised chickens... it's a family thing. :D
      My own first chickens were a gift from a next door neighbor. We used to visit them a lot when we were kids- they were an older couple, very lonely. They kept chickens, and we would buy eggs from them. He had some pet bantams that had hatched out chicks, and my sisters and I got to see them hatch. When the chicks were basically self sustaining, he gave me a trio. My first rooster was named Irwin. :D He would ride on my wrist like a little curved tailed hawk. And one of his hens was such a fierce mother, she drove off hawks and attacked skunks, and raised hundreds of chicks in her lifetime. (not always her own, lol.)

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      1. argh- I have NO idea why this is signing me in under the Dorcas Society addy... this is Amy Peare, follow you on google as well as facebook! Dorcas Society isn't really my main link. Stupid computers.

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    15. I have been keeping chickens for three years. Once we moved to the country from town we got chickens and they are our pets! We converted an old cotton trailer into a great house that can be moved. We love the fresh eggs! I think we grow most of our garden just to feed our chickens.

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    16. I have kept chickens for almost 20 years. Right now, my birds have to live at my dad's house since I live in a town that won't let me keep them. I still go to visit them weekly because I miss having my own. We showed them in 4-H growing up. I loved how easy they were to take care of and how many different varieties there were to choose from. Eventually, I ended up settling on Polish as my favorite breed. Hopefully, I will live somewhere soon that I can keep my own chickens in my backyard.

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    17. we have had our chickens almost a year now :)

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    18. After a 2 yr "battle" with the hubby I have been keeping chickens, and ducks, for about 5 months now. I was raised on fresh eggs, having to use store bought is GROSS, and felt foolish for paying my friends for something I could do and enjoy!

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    19. I had chickens when I was younger and single, found one that fell off the chicken truck, and someone gave me another, etc. Didn't have them for a decade or so, then 20 came with the house. Now we have 60 or so and are breeding for olive-egg layers :) Can't eat storebought eggs anymore. The kids name every one and play with them.

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    20. I have been keeping chickens for a year now. I got them for the fresh free range eggs & just fell in love with them. So much fun!!!

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    21. Gina Brown7/6/12, 3:49 PM

      Even though we had chickens when I was growing up, that was many moons ago. And I was really only interested in the eggs and hanging out with horses! The real chicken obsession in only 4 months old. What inspired me to get chickens? Being a chef and educator, I really try to eat local as much as possible. How more local can you get than having your own eggs? But it never occurred to me how much I would LOVE my flock! I love their personalities and just about everything about them. So there you go! No eggs yet, no crowing yet, but lots and lots of fun! Never a dull moment!

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    22. Our family has been keeping chickens for 10 years. I had them as a child and wanted my children to have the same wonderful experience of loving chickens! The eggs are nice too ;-)

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    23. Rebecca Garrett7/6/12, 3:49 PM

      I've been keeping chickens for 5 months. I just started getting eggs and it is so exciting! I love watching them, feeding them new things and watching my kids care for them!

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    24. I have been keeping chickens on and off for the last 15 years. I started keeping chickens for several reasons. One was to have fresh eggs and meat. I wanted to little boy to learn where food comes from, and the store was not the right answer. I also wanted to sell eggs that had not been treated to others that could not keep chickens them selves. After I started raising them I just fell in love with chcikens!

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    25. I had chickens as a kid, and more recently started up again about 10 years ago. I love hearing the rooster every morning, and the surprise of what the hens have gifted us with every evening.

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    26. I subscribe and follow Chickens for Backyards and The Chicken Chick. Every day I am thankful for the good advice I receive in all the posts. Thank you! I had chickens for a few years in 1978 and now again I have a backyard flock of 6 hens. I have wanted to be some place where I could have hens again ever since the 70s - ♥ ♥ ♥ - fresh eggs and their companionship!

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    27. We've had chickens forever it seems. Have 60 hens now and we sell their eggs in our Farm Store! We have both free range chickens and some in chicken tractors.

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    28. First I wanted to have a few chickens for eggs. That has turned into having 25 girls, 4 breeds! We LOVE being able to provide a great home for them, love the feeling of being a little self sufficient, and LOVE teaching others how great they are! Raising backyard chickens has pretty much changed how we do almost everything. We share our garden with them, put up with them scratching up our perennial flower beds, and pooping on the patio. They are a main form of entertainment, and our golden retriever, who loves to bird hunt, lets them follow him around & invade his space. I honestly can't imagine NOT having any now! Our next goal is to change our city ordinance so that those who don't live in the country like us can share in this great experience!

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    29. I just discovered your blog and I love it. I am a new chicken person - we got our six chicks in May. I knew it would be interesting and a great learning experience for my kids, but I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with my girls! I grew up in a big city and never imagined I'd have "livestock." Please enter my name in your drawing!

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    30. Our girls came to live with us in Oct. 2011. We were inspired by the pastured eggs we purchased from our local farmer's market and further nudged by our daughter's desire for pets. We love our girls.

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    31. Hey My name is Spencer Knight
      I got my chicken 1 1/2 years ago and i got them because of the cuteness

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    32. Hey my name is Floyd Johnson
      I got chickens 35 years ago and I got them because my dad had them and i LOVED them

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    33. When we bought our farm from an older lady it came with a few chickens. The coop was burned down and they didn't make it very long. So I rebuilt the coop and bought a handful of baby chicks and that was the end of my sanity. I now have 2 laying chicken coops, a meat bird pen and a turkey pen. And I sell farm fresh eggs to many locals in our area. I love having chickens. They are a great responsibility for my kids. They are the perfect chore for them to feel helpful when the cattle, horses and sheep are too much for them. cjkimbleco@yahoo.com

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    34. I've had chickens for the last year and I love it! I think I'm a little addicted. :) We started raising chickens once we got settled in our new country property with some land. *bliss*

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    35. We started with 12 chicks March of 2011. We have 4 hens from that original group + 34 that we added in 2012.

      We got the first ones thinking that was all we wanted. Hahaha, chicken math changed that. We love having them, watching them seeing their different personalities. So fun.

      We wanted them for eggs. Which are amazing!!

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    36. Kim Pearson7/6/12, 4:27 PM

      Who would ever have thought so much can be learned and taught by backyard hens! I got chicks last year as a learning experience for the little ones.... and me too. We have 6 laying hens - 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Ameracaunas, and 2 Buff Orpingtons. We have enjoyed this experience, the hens themselves, the fresh eggs, and the conversations they bring with others. I look forward to many years of learning and experiencing. Thanks to wonderful sites like The Chicken Chick and Chickens for Backyards our journey has gone smoothly and when bumps have occurred we knew where to turn for information.

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    37. Our chicken journey officially started April 2011, however planning took about a year. It was my husband who originally wanted chickens and I was very skeptical. We certainly don't have farm property! The more we looked into I was seeing many sites writing about "backyard chickens." Certainly not a concept I would have come up with on my own. I can now say, I am a certifiable chicken addict...LOL We now have 8 chickens. Our original 4 EE's, 2 SLW's hatched Valentines Day this year and 2 GLW's hatched May 8th this year. Don't tell my husband this, but there are more to come! I would love a Light Brahma, BCM's, Delaware and even a real Ameraucana (since my first 4 were sold to me as Americana, and because I was such a newbie, I was ignorant to breed types and the fact that there is no such thing as an Americana. I still love my EE's!!!) I really enjoy raising chickens and love super fresh eggs and all the firsts that come with chickens (first tail feather, first perching, first coop, first egg, ect...) not to mention the experience and knowledge my children are gaining in this process. I know you weren't looking for a novel sized comment, but like I said...chicken addict! HAHA I also inspired my best friend to raise chickens, and I'm enjoying her experience too... Thank you for your wonderful FB page and I'm looking forward to your blog e-mails.

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      1. Not sure why, but I'm logged in but it isn't posting as me with my pic...This is Ronda Chiappetta.

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    38. I grew up keeping chickens on my grandparents' farm...it was just a normal part of life, to me...have had them as adult for the past 15 years or so...someone gave us 8 French Silkie roosters (the European Large Fowl variety of Silkies)...of course the roos needed some lady friends, so we bought a few mixed layers and someone gave us an OEG bantam hen...and from then on there have always been chickens in my backyard...anywhere from 3 or 4 at the fewest, to about 160 currently...yes, I'm an addict!

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    39. My family and I have been keeping chickens for alittle over a year now, and what inspired me to get chickens was a movie called Flipped. In this movie one of the main characters hatched her own chicks for the school science fair and they turned out to be RIR and she raised them and gave FREE farm fresh eggs to a neighbor, but the neighbor would always throughout them away because they were afraid of getting salmonella. Then I thought too my self, lyou need to get chickens" and since then I have been hooked on chickens! The movie was very cute! So that's the story on how I got hooked on chickens!
      rhodeislandredchickens@gmail.com

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    40. I have had hens 4 years now. I've wanted chickens all my life. A garden with chickens wandering around was my idea of heaven. I love them even more than I thought I would.

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    41. We've had them off and on my entire life :)
      erineieio@aol.com

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    43. We have been keeping chickens for about 3 years now. My husband grew up w/ chickens in their backyard so it wasn't new to him. Me on the other hand! I LOVE IT! I call them my 'girls'. I love them so much! We have about 30 hens. Ostrolopes, Deleware, and Dominique's. Lot's of fun! We sell our eggs in our Road Side Stand. :)
      elschaub4@gmail.com

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    44. I have had my girls for about 8 years I hatch new ones each spring. I llive alone but live giving away my eggs to shelters and others in need. I keep around 30 hens. All types. There. "MY GIRLZS"

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    45. I have only been keeping chickens for 4-5 months now. I wanted fresh eggs and couldn't stand paying the high price for organic or free-range eggs in the store, so I decided to get my own chickens and that way I know exactly what the chickens are eating. I have Pearl White Leghorns, Red Stars, Easter Eggers, Bantam Brahmas, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and a Jersey Giant. I also have several roosters, a Splash Silkie, a white Easter Egger, a Light Bantam Brahma, a Barred Rock, and 3 Dark Bantam Brahmas. Some of these will need a new home/s, or they could end up as dinner. All together we have 27 hens and 7 Roosters.

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    46. I was raised on a farm and there was always chickens and thats been 30 years ago ,when i left home we got our own chickens and always had them! we have turkeys and guineas too ,,Love our country life! mcstoots1970@windstream.net

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    47. I've been addicted to keeping chickens for 2yrs now. They have replaced our tv for quality entertainment. We currently have 91 hens in our flock and 2 roosters, they live on just under 1 acre fenced w/ chicken wire. We got chickens so we could become more self suffient and eat a higher quality egg. We found out other people wanted to eat better eggs also. Now we get about 40 eggs daily.
      Brenda Snyder Free Range WNY Chicken Eggs
      http://GrowitSaveitUseit.com
      You can see pictures of our flock on our website :)

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    48. Been over a year keeping chickens started with 9 & now have 38..lol i <3 them and it was all my hubbys idea to get them!!

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    49. Heather Angle7/6/12, 5:50 PM

      We have been raising chickens for only about a month now but it has been a great experience for our family! I became inspired to get pet chickens after reading about a friend's experiences with her own back yard flock. :) We love them and they have quickly become part of our family.

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      1. Heather Angle7/6/12, 5:51 PM

        wishfulone@embarqmail.com :) :)

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    50. Hi! I used to live on a farm, but my latest round of chickens are 12 weeks old and doing great!

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    51. We've been keeping chickens for about 5 months now. We started with ducks 4 years ago. When we bought our house with some land we started the small home farm/homestead route and wanted to add chickens and geese into the mix.

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    52. Jesse Conner7/6/12, 7:52 PM

      I have lots and lots of birds, have been raising chicken s for about eight years and love every day of it. My mom and my kids are my inspiration to live happy and healthy!

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    53. Been raising chickens for almost 3 years now! Finally talked my Dad into it and I can gladly say he hasn't regretted my decision. Fresh Eggs are the BEST!

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    54. I have been keeping chickens for about 2 years now. I got inspired to do so after watching Food Inc and do it to provide happy & humane food for my family and for the entertainment value of my lovely girls!

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    55. Gavin Dyer7/6/12, 9:17 PM

      We started keeping a few chickens 2 years ago, now we are addicted, the eggs are great, chickens are fun, and one breed has now turned in to over 10!

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    57. i had chickens years ago and missed the fresh eggs, the rooster crowing in the early mornings (and whenever else it strikes his fancy!) and the little biddies running up to me for treats and well I could sit and watch their antics for hours on end. They are just relaxing and fun!

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    58. I've had chickens for 6 years now and love it! I got them originally to help keep down the tick population on our land and for all the yummy fresh eggs. But, I keep them now, because they are sweet, entertaining, and have become friends.

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    59. My granddaughter gave me 4 laying hens over a year ago. I loved having them so much that I added a few more and a few more.....well you know how it goes. LOL

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    60. I got my first chicks last April. I got them for the entertainment and the eggs. So far, lots of entertainment and still waiting for the eggs.

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    61. I had chickens as a kid and I have always loved them. I bought a house with lots of land so I started keeping chickens again about 3 months ago. I love the eggs and chicken tv :) I also bought a Brinsea Mini incubator and have had two good hatches. The madness begins! lol But I love every minute of it.
      snooglerat@yahoo.com

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    62. I've had chickens off & on almost my whole life, but really became more serious about it almost 3 yrs ago. Mainly because I wanted my family to be able to enjoy fresher & more nutritious food & to know where their food came from. We were only planning on having a few chickens at first, but well, just like it seems to happen with everyone, there were more and more breeds that we fell in love with & just had to have. It's safe to say that my whole family has been bitten by the chicken bug now lol.

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    63. i have been keeping chickens for around a year now and they are so addictive and i cant remember how i coped before i got them

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    64. We started the chicken adventure as a couple. As a couple we like to build things, like piknic tables, goat yards, and chicken coops! I decided I wanted chickens one day, and like everything else I get into i researched it on the computer for a while, and then went and bought some! so we build a brooder, and coop! We really enjoy our chickens they are a part of our family, and we also love they give us fresh eggs daily, its something they give back to us for all our love we give to them.

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      1. oh yes! the_welder_girl@yahoo.com

        btw, that sign is SO CUTE!

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    65. The Chicken Chick sent me!
      I started officially keeping chickens last March. (I had previously bought a couple of chicks a few years ago that never got to grow up). Last year around March I got an email about Chicks Days at TSC, and it hit me like ton of brick. "I want chickens." A year and a half later I have around 70+ and am officially known as the crazy chicken lady. If it's about a chicken, I know it! I love my chickens, and my dad who was an older man (born in 1928) really enjoyed the fact that I had chickens and it reminded him of his youth. Sadly my father passed away this past December. But having my chickens was something I shared with him, even if it was for just a few months. He really enjoyed coming to my house and watching my chickens. I know it reminded him of a simpler time. Now, they are something I know I'll never be without.

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    66. I am a straight up newbie to the world of chicken keeping. My small flock of 6 are about 2 1/2 months old.

      My family has been planning for the arrival of chickens for over a year. I started a garden, which we named the Laughing Place - Little Farm in the City. Then I started a blog about it. Then I realized that you can't really call a farm a farm, unless you have livestock. I needed chickens!

      We are so happy with our girls. They add so much to the family, and we have loads of fun with them!

      https://laughingplacelittlefarminthecity.wordpress.com/

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    67. Martha Waugh7/7/12, 12:32 AM

      Hi, my name is Martha and I'm a chicken addict. I've been chicken keeping for 2 years. I've always loved visiting family on their farm and wanted my own some day. After years of hinting, I finally talked my husband into building me a coop and the rest is history. I started out with 2 chicks and now have 6 hens. They're so much fun. I couldn't imagine not having them to entertain me. And I love the benefits of fresh eggs!

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    68. My family has been keeping chickens for three years now, and we will never be without them! We began our chicken adventures when our daughter asked for chickens for her fourth birthday. So a friend of mine and I built her a coop and I took her to pick out six pullets for her birthday. Our family loves our always expanding flock of happy healthy hens(and one bantam chochin rooster). We are always learning more about our chickens, they are a fun family project, with the benefit of the best fresh eggs!!!
      dennisson3@aol.com

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    69. Esther Widgren7/7/12, 12:41 AM

      I've wanted to keep chickens since I was a little girl visiting my grandmothers farm and when I retired I set to learning about it. I bought a used coop and refurbished it a bit and then finally bought my nine chicks 3.5 months ago. They are almost grown up now and I look forward to harvesting my first eggs!

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    70. I am a member of your blog and face book page. I have been keeping chickens for a total of 20 years.
      My love of chickens came from growing up in the summers on my grand parents farm on Oklahoma. My grandparents neighbors who were like family to my aunt and I when we were growing up had all sorts of chickens. When we would go down the road to spend the day with her she let us collect the eggs and that is also the first time I had seen baby chicks as well. She taught me how to handle the babies, feed the chickens, collect and clean the eggs. Every sense then I bugged my parents for chickens. well, at the time we did not have Back Yard chickens you only had them on the Farms. When I got married and we were at a place where we could have them we went out and get a few hens for eggs and my Daughter fell in love with a black cochin so that was her baby. That bantam followed her every where. We had to give them up for a few years due to a job transfere and we were in the city. Now that I am back out in the Country I have my flock back and its over 50 chickens, and about 30 chicks. I have Buff and Lavender Orpingtons, Australorps, EE's, Americana's, Black Copper Marans, Silkies, Frizzle, red and black sex links, Millie Fleur D"Uncles and various ducks and geese. We still get excited when we see the first chick hatched and the first egg laid from our new layers. This never gets old. I am now starting the 3rd generation on chicken keeping even though they are 3 years old and 3 months old.

      When my husbands job transferred us to the city we had to stop and my chickens went to a friends house and I helped her take care of them and hers as well. Now that we are back in the country for good I have my own flock now. I have buff and lavender Orpington's, Australorps, Easter Eggers, Americana's, red and black sex links,

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    71. I have been keeping chickens for 10 years now. It all started when my husband brought home a chick catalog, we were hooked! Each of us picked out and ordered our two favorite breeds. darkwithdancing@bellsouth.net

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    72. Christine L7/7/12, 8:45 AM

      My family had chickens about 20 years ago, a family friend just brought over two Barred Rocks and two RIRs and a rooster. In less than a year we had over 80 chickens! Mostly due to the family friend continually bringing more chickens to add to the flock. Ever since then I've wanted more and finally was able to make it a reality in December and brought home the beginning of my (ever) expanding flock!

      clayne317@gmail.com

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    73. I started keeping chickens 1 year ago because I decided I wanted my family to start living as self sufficiently as possible. With all the garbage in our food today, I think it's healthier to grow and raise your own. We do not eat our chickens, they are our friends, but we do enjoy the delicious eggs they provide us with:) Now I am an addict LOL. I said we wouldn't raise more then 6 and today we have 16!
      ~Christa
      cmkenyon01@yahoo.com

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    74. Chickens have been a part of our farm family for eleven years. We enjoy their antics as they prowl the garden for bugs, and they just bring a huge smile to our faces because they are so cute.

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    75. We have been keeping chickens for about a year and a half. I don't know why we started by I love them. They are our entertainment. I have enough eggs that I sell them at work. I subscribe to your blog and have "liked" both the Chickens for Backyard and the Chicken Chick.

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    76. I love my hens! <3 I bought this farm is 2006 and my first priority was making an old shelter into a coop. Morning "chores" are not work at all-a labor of love actually. Its been wicked hot here for the past week. I have a corner fan in both the lower henhouse and the brooder house upstairs. The mister/sprinkler is going all day to keep the girls cool and happy. The old cowbarns (added onto in the 1880's-yes, VERY old) provide cool shelter during the day and the girls have unlimited access to them. The downside? I have a few hens that enjoy laying their eggs in the upper hay mow. Makes for interesting egg collecting as I hop from bale to bale looking for them. (and makes me REALLY appreciate those who lay in the nesting boxes) Chickens for Backyard and the Chicken Chick are entertaining for both me and my 5 year old. We love you guys!

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    77. I started keeping chickens a year ago just to see if a city girl could actually do it :) Love my chickens not only do I get fresh eggs on a daily basis but so do my family and friends. The big bonus though is how entertaining they are and love when they come up to be held...cuz a chicken needs her some lovin too :)

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    78. I had the notion of keeping chickens around 5 years ago when I moved to a 1 acre property within my city limits. However, this never materialized until this past May (2012). My coop was half finished (thank goodness I had a brooder set up) and I started with around a dozen little heritage breed chicks, then added 15 more two weeks later, then turned into crazy chicken lady and picked up two free hens late May and a dozen more in the same age range as my first chicks and then 8 more full grown hens in June. I'm addicted. I would like to say that I keep chickens, but honestly I think that they keep me. They are the best pets I've ever had. The chicks were handled from day one, so they greet me, climb on me, try to perch on my shoulder, sit on my lap and purr (chirping of course) and they even fall asleep on me. I originally just wanted healthy organic free range eggs, but it looks like I have an extended family now. Did I mention that I'm not just a keeper of chickens? I'm also a vet now, examining all of their poop, checking for injuries. Incubating eggs (just had one hatch 2 days ago). I stay up late at night reading all about them. Chickens saved my life, and honestly I think I like them more than people sometimes (but shhh don't tell anyone ;D ).
      2.5 months of chicken craziness and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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    79. We have had chickens just over a year this time. :) I used to help raise them growing up... We have layers and are on our second round of meat birds too. :) We also have turkeys and love them!

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    80. I've had chickens for 2 1/2 years. Ordered 15 pullets chicks and received those PLUS 5 roosters. Still have three roosters, and as a result, have had a ball building three coops - Coop 1, and Coops 2A and 2B (the duplex) - so each rooster could have his ladies. Alex, Little Boy, and Sherlock. Love my birds!

      Hope Clark
      hope@chopeclark.com
      Author, Lowcountry Bribe
      Bell Bridge Books, Feb 2012

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    81. I have a large flock. Been keeping chickens for over 5 years...been loving them all my life. They have truly brought out the best in me, and have reminded me of just how much love I have to give... It is a true privilege to care for my flock every day. crystal1957@yahoo.com

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    82. We bought the farm LITERALLY in Febuary. We bought our first 5 chickens March 6 :) Now we have 30 chickens and 10 ducks.
      We love them and have so much fun watching them and caring for them. For 10 years we have lived on military installations and we finally can have farm fresh eggs from our very own chickens. We wouldn't have it any other way.

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    83. My husband & I have always wanted to raise chickens but we've always lived in the city. One day I was reading the paper & came across an ad for a house on 20 acres . We moved in in March 2012 & started raising some chicks we bought locally. We currently have 2 Light Sussex, 2 Turkey Necks & 6 Buff Orpingtons. We are supposed to be getting 15 more chicks mid July. I just love our chicks! They have such personalities & & love us talking to them. They run up to us whenever we get close to the run. Raising chicks for us are like eating those name brand hips where you can't eat just one lol ..

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    84. The Chicken Chick at Egg Carton Labels by ADozenGirlz sent me. I actually received 6 call ducks as a gift for helping my friend with her kids graduation open house. I enjoyed them so much that she had a coachen hen that roamed her yard alone so I brought her home and went to the small animal swap and brought home a pair of BB Reds and a Millie Fleur that was over a year ago and I have been in love with them ever since they are family.

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    85. Hi I'm totally new and raising 9 chicks from day olds. They are 13 and 14 weeks old now, we are very excited to see our first egg. I got started because i decided to stop supporting the battery hen houses and the fresh eggs we are getting at our local farmers market are so much more tasty and healthy.My family and I are having a blast, and have turned into true chicken enthusiasts this year!!

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    86. I got chickens this spring to help with natural bug control and for healthy eggs. the added bonus is they are fun and have such interesting personalities! Kathie.

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    87. After building a chicken coop and run with mostly reclaimed material, I started with a flock of 5 chickens in early June 2012. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the first eggs!

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    88. I have had chickens on and off most of my life but now that I have kids and they are old enough to enjoy them with me we decided we needed them. Im a single mom so it took a while but we bought our first house last November on 3 acres and after getting the coop build we got our first 5 chicks. They are now almost 6 months old and we have accumulated 9 more bring my total to 14 chickens for now. Chickens are so addictive so Im sure I will be bringing more home anytime now :)

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    89. I had chickens years ago, and missed them quite a bit through the years. I finally have my own home that allows chickens in the neighborhood! I adopted a homeless man for a while and he built a chicken coop out of 8 recycled pallet's. It turned out really nice and cozy for the chickens. He even built them little shade 'tables' to get under and a small A frame. I love being still for awhile and watching the chickens.They enjoy 'treat' time on hot days. I bring them cold watermelon, tomatoes and other juicy things to munch on. My cat misses our homeless friend and has taken to getting in the chicken run and lays on their shade table.She just watches them. I think she tries to protect them. She runs the birds off that come to steal the chickens cracked corn. I get an egg or two every other day or so.I have Campines and Buff Wyndots, I am unsure of their age. They are still young and I a hoping to get more eggs soon.

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    90. I have 6 girls now, my limit here where I live. I wanted to know where my eggs came from, how they were raised and treated and for the sheer joy and entertainment of having hens. And want my daughter, who is 14, to have a taste, though very small, of 'farm life' with the chores. She has been quite responsable in helping, whether its coolecting eggs, feeding/watering or chasing down a girl thats got out of the yard to go exploring, with no complaints. The hens have made her more involved with the work around the home, too.
      I had a pet rooster when I was a kid, he lived in the house (yes, he was out with me during the day) and slept on the back of a chair in my room at night. He was so much fun, he actually played hide n' seek with me outside.
      I was there supporting our law change to allow hens in the city (don't even know when THAT happened that they were disallowed) and was the second person to get a permit. I wish I lived out in the country more, I'ld have a parcel of them.

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    91. Hi, I am new to your blog and am loving all the helpful info. We just got our four baby chicks a little over a week ago. We got four little girls because that is all our town will allow. We made the decision to get them in an effort to be more green ( and well we think they will be awesome pets too ) . We want fresh eggs and fertilizer for our garden. Looking forward to making our home more self sustainable. We are also starting to compost as well. We just love our little girls who are about 1 month old right now and growing quickly.

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    92. I have kept chickens for over 1 year now and they are a wonderful highlight of my day. I've wanted to have chickens for quite a few years now for the fresh eggs as well as to provide for others.

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    93. I started keeping chickens about a year and a half ago. I raise them for farm fresh eggs and endless entertainment! Last year we started with 10. Now, lol, I have over 50. They are so addictive! Thank you for a wonderful blog, I have learned so much from reading it!

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    94. Hi - Just read through your page and some blogs, enjoyed it! I am going on yr 3 of chickens. We have 10 currently, and are soon to be adding more. I started out on this journey after a night of watching a documentary on "The history of the chicken" What an eye opener. After about 6 months of research, I dove in and have enjoyed it so much! My little egg laying ladies are great - funny, affectionate (most of the time) and functional!
      Gwen Fraser
      Gulf_fraser_fam@tampabay.rr.com

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    95. We have been keeping chickens now for 5 months! We also have geese,ducks and turkeys that are 2 months old! I am loving having these entertaining birds!! We have 40 birds total!!

      Mrsbebophh6@gmail.com

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    96. I have been keeping chickens and ducks for two years now. I started out wanting eight hens and was going to order them through the local feed store. There was some kind of mix-up with the ordering and my chicks did not come in. So I decided I'd try hatching some myself and I bought eggs on ebay, hatched out 30 chicks and caught the hatching bug. Needless to say, I have WAY more than eight hens....lol.

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    97. I started getting interested in chickens when my neighbors two chickens came to live here. His dogs got in his chicken pen and got the others but these two that came here. Well I could not get near them but I fed them. I was not set up for chickens but I did what I could. They would roost in the trees at night but a raccoon got them after a few nights. I was just sick over this. I was very attached to them and was trying to get a house made. They were only here two weeks. So my Hubby knew how attached I got and we decided to finish the house and get baby chicks. That was over a year ago. Nothing better than your own hen eggs!!! My four girls are my pets and I love my hens!!! One of my girls was hurt by a loose neighbor's dog and her leg was hurt and I have been nursing and messaging her leg and she is doing great and getting much better. In fact she even laid an egg today. My hens are free range. Thank you for this great giveaway, would love to win.....

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    98. I also meant to tell you I am a follower on email and I liked The Chicken's Chick. I am following you both on facebook....thanks again

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    99. We have had chickens (game variety) for about 10 years. A year ago we decided to expand our flock and add in more chickens for eggs and eventually meat. We started out with 5 Buff Orpingtons, 5 Leghorns and 1 lone Americana, we now have over 40 chickens! We have expanded our horizons to include Turkeys and Guinea fowl also. Our children love the chickens and watching the chick grow.

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    100. Personally, I have been keeping chickens for the last 6 years. I was inspired by my mother, who kept chickens all throughout our childhood!

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    101. This is our first year with chickens and I have to say I wish I would have gotten them sooner! My hubby and I decided to do a garden this year and figured chickens would be a great addition as well! He has since tried to bring home a goat and even mentioned a bull at one time as well.......I am content with our 5 hens, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Maude :)

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    102. Brenda Adrian Gilbert7/8/12, 8:33 PM

      I have had chickens off and on all my 64years, and now my boys are all grown and I need my chicken kids to keep me company. I have always done better with critters than people so this is pure joy for me. I lost all of my hens and ducklings last summer to stray dogs one nght..but my husband built fort knox and we told the dog owners their dogs needed to stay home and off our 10 acres..so I bought 30 ameraucanas,buff orpingtons, RIR, Barred Rock and some banties..and they are all wonderful!!
      featheredangel@hotmail.com
      Brenda Gilbert

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    103. I have had chickens for 14 months and LOVE them! I grew up as a city girl in the deep South and a wonderful friend from NY talked about her desire to have chickens for years. At first, I thought she was a little wacky, but as I began to see how dependent we were for everything, my desire to become more self-sufficient grew and led to our chickens. We started with 10 in May of 2011. We've lost some to predators and extreme weather, but we've also added to our flock several times. Now we have 44 and hope to get more and more.

      I hope I win!

      Tracee Young
      jtncmyoung@aol.com

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    104. I have only been keeping chickens for 4 months (got them from Chickens for Backyards and they had wonderful service too!!). We wanted to keep chickens for two reasons: 1. the eggs! We knew we would spoil our chickens so much that our eggs will be much better than even the ones we can get at the farmers market. and 2. our dog will not allow us to have any other pets in the house, and I normally have many different pets, so we thought chickens would be perfect since they have their own house in the barn that the dog can't get to. I have completely fallen in love with them and am so happy to be a crazy chicken lady now! :) I would love to be notified by email - earthgirl78@gmail.com
      Thanks!
      Sara Tryzelaar

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    105. I have been keeping chickens for only 4 months (got them from Chickens for Backyards and they were so great!!!! Will be a loyal customer forever) and we got them for the eggs and because our dog will not let us have other pets inside and I really wanted more pets - they have their own home in the barn, my husband built a giant mansion coop in there, and I am SO glad we did - I am officially in love with them and happy to call myself a crazy chicken lady! :)
      earthgirl78@gmail.com
      Thanks!
      Sara Tryzelaar

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    106. we've been keeping Wyandottes for about four years now. we both come from backgrounds with childhood chickens. when we moved to our current home we found we had enough space to support a small flock. our first four chickens were gifted to us by an acquaintance as chicks. when the chicks were about teen-age size we added two more hens to the flock. a place nearby had beautiful chickens running around in the yard, so we stopped to chat with the owners. as fortune would have it, they had been re-assigned to another city and were looking for homes for their birds. that is when blackie and stripe joined our group.

      we have woods behind our house where the chickens peruse for bugs and what not. it's a peaceful existence for the birds and for us!

      we are learning as we go along, thanks to sources of information like yours, and look forward to generations of chickens to come!

      thanks!

      deborah smith

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    107. I have had chickens for 3 months now. I started keeping chickens as one of the first steps in becoming self sufficient and providing food for my family without additives. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and just many times for extended periods of time and learn their personalities. They are truly unique and fun to have. The other reasons are for my puppy, Ms. Annie-a sheltie, which is a natural herder to be involved with nature. She loves them and is so gentle with them....she actually lays down beside them and drinks from their container.....when my grandchildren visit, we share quality time in feeding and gathering the eggs then making something yummy to make out of them.....Life is good........Blessings.....Shelia A.Bell....sheisrn@aol.com

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    108. My Daddy inspired us to keep chickens. He loved his chicks!
      My son now has an egg delivery business in our small rural town. People love getting Farm Fresh Eggs each Friday! It has taught my son great values.
      Signed,
      One Proud Momma
      Bobbie Sue
      bobbiesuex3@sbcglobal.net

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    109. Bobbie Sue Bower7/9/12, 3:49 PM

      My Daddy inspired us to keep chickens. He loved his chicks!
      My son now has an egg delivery business in our small rural town. People love getting Farm Fresh Eggs each Friday! It has taught my son great values.
      Signed,
      One Proud Momma
      Bobbie Sue
      bobbiesuex3@sbcglobal.net

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    110. Ive been keeping them about 4 years this time around.. I guess it goes back to my roots we had a farm in Canada when I was a child and Ive been a country girl at heart.I love living in the country & my chickens & goats, besides the eggs and such they are such a joy to have I love my ever growing flock.

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    111. My mother is actually the one who has gotten me interested in chickens, and owning them. We first got them on easter this year and since then our coop has grown. We love getting the fresh eggs out of our backyard and hearing our rooster in the morning. My mom has even built two chicken coop's, one currently being used and the other she is still trying to finish. But we love our chickens and enjoy having them in our yard.

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    112. I've been keeping chickens for 15 years and can't imagine my life without them! I always loved birds and, with cats in the house, couldn't keep pet birds in the house. My neighbor raises exotic chickens and gave me one of his older breeding pairs to keep. I fell in love! Elvis and Pricilla are long gone but my love for chickens has not waned. I am the Crazy Chicken Lady to everyone who knows me. :)

      Tracy

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    113. Ive had chickens for about 3 years. I started raising them as I seen people showing them and it looked fun so thn I wanted to.

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    114. I have always wanted chickens! My son and I were finally able to talk my husband into it earlier this year. We brought our chickens home on 3/18/12. We love our new pets! :)
      brit868@yahoo.com

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    115. I have always wanted chickens! My son and I were finally able to talk my husband into it earlier this year. We brought our chickens home on 3/18/12. We love our new pets! :)
      brit868@yahoo.com

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    116. I've had chickens for two years now! Started as a flock of three from my boyfriends Mom and am currently up to thirteen (just hatched our own for the first time from our original three!). I was inspired to keep chickens by visiting my boyfriends parents place and seeing their chickens and tasting farm fresh eggs! Before I was pretty afraid of chickens but when I realized what awesome animals they were I got over my phobia and was hooked!

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    117. I have ALWAYS wanted chickens and we just kept saying one of these days we'd build a coop so I could get them. That day never came. So when the local organic cattle farm had a Chicken Buy Swap Sell day, I took the plunge and just brought some chicks home. Now we HAVE to build that coop! ;)

      That was just over a week ago and today one of my hens brought me a bug and put it at my feet. I nearly cried. Love those girls!

      Thanks!

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    118. Have had chickens on and off for over the past 45 years. This time for keeps. My Ladies are just shy of 5 months old and expect eggs shorty. The Ladies are a learning experience for my grandchildren who are 11 and 9 years old. I wanted them to have some basic country roots. If I could I would also have a milk cow and maybe a small breed type of pig. I am also going back into gardening an a small scale. I am a firm believer, raise and grow what you need to survive and share the rest. I am Ilean Roberts-Hardy and can be contacted through hardyhens14@yahoo.com

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    119. I have alwasy had a few free range chickens running around my farm. This year my grandson who just turned 8 wanted to do something this summer to earm some money. So I went and got him 48 chickens and the rest is history now he collecting eggs, selling egg cleaning his coop and staying busy!!!!! :) I love watching chickens!

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    120. We have had a mixed flock of laying hens for several years. The girls are not only our pets, (they all have names)they also provide us with delicious, nutritous eggs right from the yard. My kids have learned the responsibility of caring for animals other than those in the house and have reaped the rewards of selling our eggs at the local farmers market. We love sharing our experience as chickens keepers and encourage others to keep back yard hens also!
      Kristina
      kscarpa3@aol.com

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    121. Thanks! I started with the chickens 2 years ago...when I needed a summer project for my husband and 4 boys. I thought a chicken coop would be a great one! The boys picked out the chickens...and we've been won over by the fresh eggs! After a visit, my Mom decided she needed a coop of her own. Thanks.
      Beth W.

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    122. I have had chickens only for 2 weeks. I have wanted chickens for a couple of years, mainly for the fresh eggs.

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    123. We have only had our chickens for about 4 months, but we've been talking and planning for the last year or so to get some. Can't wait for the fresh eggs! Your blog has been very helpful in learning how to care for our chickens!

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    124. I've been keeping chickens since February of 2012 and I was inspired to do it because I wanted to have my own eggs from my backyard!! I love it, best decision ever!

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    125. Did I comment yet? If not, I am now...I NEED those pretty egg cartons, especially the PINK ones...
      Suzi Fire

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    126. We have only had our chickens for about 4 months, but we've been planning for them for about a year or so. Can't wait for the fresh eggs! Your blog has been very helpful as we have been learning how to take care of our chickens!

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    127. Our neighbors inspired us to get chickens...and I think my late Grandfather had some influence as well. My sister and I grew up right next to his farm that was a menagerie of farm animals. It was not unusual to have baby sheep and goats in the kitchen in February and we used to love running to Grandpa's trailer on auction day to see what he brought home. Sometimes cute ponies or cows and sometimes boring farm equipment. I am soooo proud and pleased to carry on his love of the land and all its critters. He and Grandma left such an imprint on all the kids and grandkids. Hoping to pass it all down to our kids. Love all our girls and 2 roos soo much. Had our first broody hatch her own chicks which was astounding! Thanks for all the fun chicken pictures, ideas, stories and just plain old fun! Chicken Folks Rock!!

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    128. We have kept chicken for just under a year now and we were inspired by a friend who got us hooked!!! We also thought if every thing goes bad with the economy our girls will bring us food and income beside the joy we have raising and interacting with them!

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    129. We have been keeping c hicken for just under a year. We were inspired by friends who got us hooked! We know if the economy goes totally bad, our girls will supply us with food and income, along with then fun we have raising and interacting with them! All twelve have names and are just as important to us as any pets we have ever had!!

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    130. We just got chickens this past spring after wanting them for years. I wanted to teach my children about being self sufficient. We also expanded or garden from a tomato plant to strawberries, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, lettuce, jalapenos & tons of herbs. They are all in containers. My neighbor has a good 1/2 acre of a vegetable garden, we will be trading fresh eggs for veggies :)

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    131. Silly phone...lost my whole post. Here we go again. We just got chickens last spring after wanting them for years. I hoping to teach my children about being more self sufficient. We also added to are garden of just 1 tomato plant. We've planted lettuce, peppers, onions, cucumbers, strawberries more tomatoes and tons of herbs. My neighbor has about a 1/2 acre vegetable garden and we will be trading fresh eggs for veggies :)

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    132. Well we are newbies.... have had our dozen girls since march. Just found our first egg tonight! We decided to get the girls because I cannot eat store bought eggs I get really sick. The local amish run out of eggs majority of the time. So I have become the crazy chicken lady lol!
      Angie Tamara Reed

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    133. I got my first 2 chickens last May,then added to my flock till I had 8,then this past March, I ordered 5 chicks from Chickens for Backyards. They are so beautiful and healthy. They should be laying any day now. And I must say as a newbie to the babies you really helped me,answering all my questions. Thankyou so much. They are beautiful. And next spring hopefully I will order more chicks from Chickens for Backyards again!! If hubby will let me?!?!

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    134. We started keeping chickens almost three years ago, but the place was not right. So, we started traveling around in a big circle and landed near where we had started in February. A day later, we bought more chicks. It just makes sense... trying to grow anything except livestock in the desert is difficult and water-intensive.

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    135. I have had chickens for about 11 years and living my country life without them would be sad. I love to watch them whilst I go about my chores with them chattering and of course I eat eggs every day....nothing like my free range eggs!

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    136. I have only had chickens since "chick days" this year. Always wanted some, and we now have 3 acres so the logical thing to do was GET CHICKS!!! I love having them, hearing them respond to my voice when I call "Goodmorning Girls" from the porch. They follow me around with my dogs when I let them out to roam. Chickens really are like potato chips, you can't have just one. Started with 6, now have 19!!! We christened our little spread "Wind Whipt Acres"

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    137. 3rd year having chickens. Growing up, I would always read my grandfather's Mother Earth magazines. I liked the country life and tried to help my grandfather on his food plot out in the country. I finally decided to get some chickens even though my brother said they take too much time. Now he has chickens too. They keep to themselves and take care of themselves for the most part. Now I want a couple dwarf goats to eat the grass in the backyard.

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    138. When I was in High School I had Animal Husbantry. we raised many livestock and chickens. That is where I got hooked.. I have had chickens ever since I moved to the country 34 years ago. As I grew up I always wanted a place in the country where I could have a garden & my horses, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, rabbits, and many other 2& 4 legged critters. I love to see them come runnig when I bring them out table craps, & bread. I feel better giving it to them then throwing it away. I still get excited everytime I go into the coop to collect the eggs cause you never know what you might find! There is nothing like a fresh egg from happy chickens. Makes the best brakefast & cakes!

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    139. Subscribed... and both pages not only liked, but loved! :^)

      I grew up on a small family farm with chickens and all sorts of animals. In FFA I was fortunate to place 1st in the Oregon FFA poultry judging contest, and competed at the National contest in K.C., MO. It was a blast... then, 25 years later, my hunny and I bought a couple acres and got chickens almost a year and a half ago. Love my girls!

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    140. I've had chickens for almost a month now. I keep chickens because they're fun and interesting! I recently got into "exotic" chickens and find that their beauty is absolutely outstanding!

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    141. We started raising chickens for eggs a little more than a year ago. We have almost a dozen now of various ages and heirloom breeds and (surprise!) a beautiful roo as well.

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    142. We've been keeping chickens for about year and a half. We began with 21 and now have 73 plus 2 guineas. What a change it's brought forth in our lives! This farm living city girl teaches classes on raising chickens! What began as a way to have more control in our diet has begun a journey of self sustainability. We watched Food, Inc. and knew we had to do something to change our carbon footprint. And now we're loving every minute of it!

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    143. This was our first year having chickens and the best year ever. We have learned so much from them and make great pets plus you can have your own fresh eggs daily. My kids want to get into showing there chickens in 4H. This is just wonderful for my family.

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    144. ...in my 4th yr having backyard chickens! I love my girlz! I always wanted chickens when my kids were little as a way to teach them about life and death and caring for animals. My boys are grown now, but my grandkids are having the best of times with the chickens!

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    145. We are in our second year of raising chickens. My grand daughter and I got into them together & I'm not sure who is hooked more. We both love spending time just watching them walk freely around my property, collecting their tasty eggs & careing for them daily. They sure have brought us even closer together... who would of guessed a chicken could do that.

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    146. Jane Bennett2/1/14, 10:10 PM

      I had chickens about 20 years ago, but moved to a place I couldn't have them. Now, I'm back! I am in the process of building the chicken house, and will get my first batch sometime in April. I can't wait! I was raised on a farm, so chickens run in the blood. Can't believe it's been so long. Would LOVE to win!

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    147. TheChickenChick2/1/14, 10:27 PM

      Good for you Jane!

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