Nov 25, 2012

The 12 Gifts of Chickens

Staying grounded and focused on the spirit of the holidays can be challenging with the constant noise of retailers trying to convince us that we must have whatever they’re selling. Chicken-keepers, however, need look no further than their own backyards in order to filter out the noise and tune into what’s really important. The humble, backyard chicken serves as a living example that giving of one’s self to others is the best, most meaningful gift we can give. Chickens naturally give of themselves each day without expectation of anything in return; I think their gifts are worthy of acknowledgement and admiration.
12. Tasty, nutritious eggs.
 11. Beautiful, versatile egg shells.
10. Physical beauty. Unique lawn ornaments.
White Plymouth Rock, Marilyn (L) and Columbian Wyandotte , Lola(R)
Buff Orpington chicks, White Silkie, Freida and Olive Egger, Oliva (Speckled Sussex tail showing behind Freida)
Columbian Wyandotte pullet, Lola and Black Copper Marans rooster, Maxon.
  9. Nitrogen-rich, premium composing material for gardening. (Yes, even if they subsequently use the garden as a nesting area.)
8. Garden cultivation, weed-eating and composting assistance.
7. Extermination services. 
(mosquitoes, ticks, grubs, spiders, snakes...)
Mmm...worms!
 6. A brick in the walkway of self-sufficiency.
 5. Opportunities to teach children about responsibility, where food comes from and the circle of life.
4. Companionship. 
3. Entertainment.
Rachel, bantam Cochin Frizzle, playing fetch. ☺
2.Beautiful feathers for crafting, jewelry making or fly tying.

1. Two words: baby chicks!


51 comments :

  1. Garrett Martin11/25/12, 9:54 AM

    that manger scene is pretty funny, good job!

    Garrett @TheGrowingPatchwww.growingpatch.com

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  2. From one chicken lover to another - thanks for all your great posts.

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  3. I am in love with the chicken purse almost as much as I am in love with my "girls"
    Georgia Ankney

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  4. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 6:35 PM

    You're so sweet, thank you Sheri.♥

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  5. Love your posts and adore the henbag!!

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  6. I want a henbag!!! It's on my christmas list!  Great posts by the way!

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  7. I'm really excited for a Henbag!

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  8. Arlene Boyle11/26/12, 8:19 PM

    Really cute handbag ;)

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  9. Love your Blog. Learn new stuff everyday. Love the how to and diy projects. Terese in Mi.

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  10. I love your page! I hope I win. I've trying to win one so I can give my mom it for Christmas. She thinks its too cute!

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  11. Love your blog! Would love to win the hen bag!!!!!

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  12. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 10:34 PM

    Thanks Kristy!

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  13. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 10:34 PM

    Thanks Amanda and good luck!

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  14. This is a great website. I learn new things all the time. I also love the henbag!

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  15. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 11:20 PM

    Thanks Colette and good luck in the giveaway!

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  16. Love your site.  So much fun looking at the many varieties of chickens.  THAT purse has my name written all over it. haha.

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  17. I Really Love Your Page. I have learned alot of interesting facts from reading the things you post!!! I found the Love of Chickens though my Granddaughter Corneilia Stewart!!! She was such an awesome girl she taught me a Love I never knew before!!!! Nana Loves You and Misses You Cornilia someday we will meet again!!!!

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  18. Berni Kosman11/27/12, 9:02 AM

    You always have a great perspective on chickens and life!!

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  19. Love reading your informative posts. You have great information!!

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  20. Love your blog, I have found answers to many things here and appreciate your knowledge. Thank you very much. love to win a henbag! Regards Sylvi 

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  21. I adore the henbag. My sister in law found one 5 years ago that she took to Sierra Leone, Africa with her. She said she feels like she fits in more with everyone carrying their real chickens on the bus with them. lol

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  22. I have learned more on your page about chickens and the care of. I look forward to your tips and pic's. LOVE the chicken purse!! Keep up the great posts!!

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  23. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 6:48 PM

    Thanks Beverly!

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  24. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 6:56 PM

    LOL!

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  25. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:10 PM

    Thank you for sharing that, Bonnie. I'm very sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. ♥

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  26. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:11 PM

    Thanks Marilyn! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  27. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:11 PM

    Thank you Berni. ♥

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  28. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:13 PM

    Thank you Sylvi and good luck in the giveaway!

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  29. I must have that crazy chicken bag! I don't know why, it is just clucking my name!

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  30. I love chickens (and ducks), and will start my first flock in the spring...armed with all of the great information I've received from you!  I'd love to win a hen bag!

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  31. TheChickenChick12/1/12, 10:47 AM

    Thanks Lynn and good luck in the giveaway!

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  32. cluck cluck this ol hen wants a new bag shaped like a hen.

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  33. Some day I will win one of these bags....or break down and buy one. LOL. Love this site.

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  34. collieflowerfarm12/2/12, 3:04 PM

    I love reading your articles, and i would LOVE a hen bag sent to me in Canada!!!!!

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  35. I so need to win this purse for my Siser, the Chiken Farmer! 

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  36. wendy kelly12/2/12, 6:58 PM

    I am so excited for this contest, i really want to win it. I wish everyone luck and its just a really cute gift idea.. 

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  37. Amanda Pope12/2/12, 9:41 PM

    I dont know if I eneted or not I dont see my name for the hen bag

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  38. Your blogs and posts are also so helpful. Thank you!

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  39. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 8:20 PM

    Put it on your list to Santa, Teresa! ;)

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  40. Jeanwood Brown Smith8/7/13, 8:19 AM

    Please enter me

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  41. Kristina Nicole Richardson12/19/13, 10:56 AM

    You know I never thought I'd love chicken keeping but everyday I look forward to my chicken rutine I slow down and have a chat with my girls and my Rocky Roo :-) It's so relaxing!

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  42. TheChickenChick12/19/13, 3:56 PM

    Thank you Jenny. ♥

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  43. TheChickenChick12/19/13, 3:56 PM

    Thanks Susan. Merry Christmas!

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  44. TheChickenChick12/19/13, 3:57 PM

    Thank you Randi, Merry Christmas to you too!

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  45. TheChickenChick12/19/13, 7:11 PM

    Thank you Barbara.

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  46. Just love the 12 Days of Chickens blog post. Thanks for all you do for chicken lovers everywhere. Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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

    Thank you Sandra. Merry Christmas!

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  48. Katherine Reinhart12/19/13, 8:42 PM

    Love all of it! Love the eggs on the christmas tree & wreath. How did you do it???

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