Feb 15, 2013

Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks by Gail Damerow, Book Review

Aspiring chicken-keepers and hatch-aholics rejoice! Gail Damerow has hit it out of the literary chicken park yet again with her latest book: Hatching & Brooding Your OwnChicks. Just one year after publishing The Chicken Encyclopedia, Damerow delivers another must-have reference guide for poultry-keepers that reads like a novel from your favorite teacher, complete with illustrations and photos worthy of a coffee table book.
WHICH CAME FIRST?
Given that most poultry keepers begin their adventures with baby chicks, it makes sense that this book covers the basics of selecting andsourcing baby chicks and how to care for chicks before addressing the intricacies of hatching eggs. All of the essentials of chick rearing are covered from brooder features to broody hens and from bedding, watering and feed options to feathering-out, (stages of feather growth) camping out (the when and how of bringing chicks outdoors) and beaking out (the wasteful scooping of feed onto the ground from a feeder via beak). Damerow addresses the topics of brooding and hatching chicks of all varieties, geese, guinea fowl, ducks turkeys and chickens, without assuming any prior experience of the reader. The book is peppered with “Talking Fowl” sidebars, which are helpful, mini glossaries of terms used in that section.
Both halves of the book contain sections dedicated to health issues commonly encountered when acquiring and hatching baby chicks. These sections are written in layman’s terms, without being too technical even for the average 4-H student.
THE EGG
A few of the thoroughly examined topics in the second half of the book include: incubator selection and operation, the anatomy of an egg, sourcing fertile eggs and assessing hatch failures. Even with a great deal of hatching experience, I have plenty to learn about the finer points of incubation and this book has added enormously to my depth of understanding of the process. I recently experienced a very poor hatch, despite using the most reliable incubators available. Damerow’s chapter, “What Went Wrong” is extremely useful in assessing the wide range factors that may have contributed to the failure. Of particular interest to me was the “Breakout Analysis” section, which I call an “eggtopcy,” where she details the procedure for opening and studying an egg that has failed to hatch for clues as to the cause. Riveting stuff.
Breakout analysis of a chick that quit late in incubation.

OLD WIVES' TALES, AKA: SCREWPOT NOTIONS
Having spent a good deal of my time on my Facebook page and blog trying to debunk commonly parroted chicken-keeping myths and old wives’ tales, I particularly enjoy a section at the end of the book entitled “Screwpot Notions.” In it, Damerow detonates thirteen screwball/crackpot bombs that are often tossed around lightly on the Internet. You GO, girl!

Damerow writes: “Some of these ideas do contain a kernel of truth, which seems to lend them a modicum of credibility. Most of them, however, either have never been scientifically proven to be true or have been demonstrated to be decidedly false.” She goes on to caution against advice found on the Internet without verifying the information by several, reliable websites. “If the wording is identical on every website you consult, keep looking- once something is posted online, other sites will copy it, whether it’s accurate or not.”  

My favorite Screwpot Notion given a well-deserved smack-down by Damerow is: “You can prevent or cure coccidiosis by feeding (pick one) herbs, garlic, vinegar, milk or yogurt.” She is emphatic in her response to this absurdity: “No. No. No. No. And no. These notions are dangerous and can jeopardize the health, and lives, of your hatchlings. Certain herbs, as well as vinegar and yogurt, may be used in moderation to enhance the immunity and overall health of poultry. But too much garlic can cause anemia and therefore is hazardous to their health. Milk, in more than minor quantities, causes diarrhea, which is not a healthful condition in baby birds, especially if they are already sick.

Before modern drugs became available, milk sometimes was used as a flush to induce diarrhea to clean out the intestines of poultry infected with coccidiosis. Today, instead of spreading coccidial protozoa from the loosened bowels of infected birds, we have a variety of drugs called coccidiocides that destroy the parasites and reliably cure birds of the disease. A young bird with coccidiosis is a seriously ill bird. Don’t gamble with its life by treating it with ineffective alternative ‘natural’ products.” (emphasis added)
I am thrilled that Storey Publishing contacted me to review this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and know that I will refer to it often in my hatching adventures. The only thing missing from it is the Surgeon General’s warning on the back cover stating that this book may ignite a hatching addiction, for which there is no cure.

813 comments :

  1. I would live to win an incubator!

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  2. Love your blog and brinsea products keep up the great work!
    Deanna M

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  3. I hope we win the brooder - my daughter and I are coocoo for chickens!

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  4. I hope we win the brooder and book -- my 10-year-old daughter and I are cuckoo for chickens!

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  5. Amazing giveaway! I've been pining for a brinsea for a long time!

    -Jennifer Morrill

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  6. We are getting our first chicks this year. I would love to hatch out some eggs, my kids would love it! Thanks for the great info.

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  7. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest! I have been following the Chicken Chick and Brinsea Products and enjoy reading about both! Good luck to all who enter! :)

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  8. Liked, follower of your blog...this is a great giveaway!

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  9. Likek both FB pages, current follower of you're blog. This an awesome giveaway!

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  10. hope we win! we have been really loving hatching a new incubator would be great and the book would be wonderful!!!!

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  11. Love ya page!!! Period!

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  12. Love the Chicken Chick! My head is filling with chicken match with spring around the corner!

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  13. Great site! So glad I found you :)

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  14. Best chicken blog on the net! Thanks for a chance to win an incubator and book.

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  15. I have an lg and hovabator....for the price of both I could have gotten a brinsea. Wish I would have known better. They are ok once you get to know them though.

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  16. I have an lg and hovabator....for the price of both I could have gotten a brinsea. Wish I would have known better. They are ok once you get to know them though.

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  17. im a chicken addict and proud to be one. need a new bator. wgmfather@gmail.com

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  18. I would love to win this. So I can hatch chicks so my little chicken family can grow and be happy :) Also because I was hopping to hatch chickens at school this year.

    P.S. I love ur blog and I have the Facebook pictures that u post

    ~Emily

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  19. brojasonmullins2/15/13, 5:37 PM

    I already follow your blog and like Brinsea.  That is all taken care of.  I would love to have an incubator.  I have one little broody bantam that is a chick factory.  Alas, the size of her bum limits her ability far more than her desire.  She truly is the Little Red Hen as in the story of old.  I feel her mission is to take over the world.

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  20. I would love to win!  Right now I have 3 homemade incubators that I built myself but I would love a "real" one........especially a Brinsea!  Good luck to everyone!

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  21. I could never have raised my first flock of chickens if it weren't for Gail Damerow.  Her guide to raising chickens has been well loved and well used.  It would be so neat to win the Brinsea incubator.  My grandkids would have a ball coming over to grandma chicken's to watch the babies hatch.  Thanks to you and Brinsea for the great giveaway!

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  22. I'm already subscribed to your blog and already liked you and Brinsea long ago - so excited for this giveaway, I want to hatch my own chicks so badly!!!  Thanks for everything that you do! :)

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  23. Ooohhh, I see this as the start of an all-consuming addiction!  We just recently got 6 hens, and already my husband (who fought me on getting the girls) has asked when we are going to get more!

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  24. Already like, follow and would love to win!!

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  25. Micayla Ash2/15/13, 5:38 PM

    All done! :) Am enjoying participating in the giveaways...it's fun!

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  26. Cool picture of the embryo chick.

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  27. Tracy McCready2/15/13, 5:38 PM

    I would love to try hatching chicks with an incubator. I hear Brinsea has the best!

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  28. iam having major hatching problems with the LG incubator iam currently using i would love to win a Brinsea!

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  29. Would love to use this when I let hens go broody. Did all the requirements for entry. Tahnks.

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  30. I am currently looking for an icubator not sure whether to purchase one that automatically turns the eggs  or manual .  I like the more compact ones  any suggestions I really like Brinsea  with clear dome

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  31. When Freida's not broody she uses the Brinsea Mini Advance.

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  32. learn so much from this blog, my chickens are so much fun for our whole family

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  33. Christina Fisher2/15/13, 5:39 PM

    I would love to win! Can wait to start hatching............

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  34. I have several hens and a rooster and would like to try my hand at hatching instead of buying chicks this year. Money is tight and I feed a lot of people so I would really appreciate this prize.

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  35. Help me make chicks happen!!

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  36. Really getting into raising my own chickens from my own healthy mixed flock this year instead of purchasing from large hatcheries.  This would be such a nice way to add a few hand-raised individuals to my happy coop!

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  37. I have liked Brinsea and follow you through email. I would love to win this so I can bid on some of your olive eggers eggs.

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  38. The only reason I have not hatched my own eggs is because I do not have an incubator. This would make that possible.

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  39. S Summersell2/15/13, 5:41 PM

     Looks like a wealth of information. Can't go wrong with Brinsea.

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  40. kellybueker2/15/13, 5:41 PM

    I visited the Brinsea page, had already liked them but gave a shout that you sent me. Told them we Love there Brinsea50 and so do the chicks :). Hope I can win the Incubator

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  41. Done & done! I have wanted to hatch with my grand children.  Would be fun!

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  42. Done & Done. Have been thinking about investing in a Brinsea after losing $100 worth of eggs in my foam bater..poo. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Joy Bishton2/15/13, 5:41 PM

    Hi, found you a few weeks ago via a new chicken friend on facebook.  Have had chickens  on and off for 26 years.  Would love to win  the incubator and let my boys hatch out their 4-H chicks.  They are all just the perfect age. 11, 8.5, 5.5, 2.5, and 14months.

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  44. oh this would be so much fun to hatch my own babies!  so much to learn!

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  45. Love all your information, and especially love hatching baby chicks. :)

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  46. Already subscribed and liked everyone all around!
    This sounds like a fantastic book to have, and I wouldn't mind a new incubator either hehe :) Thank you for these contests!

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  47. I follow you through email and have liked and messaged Brinsea. I would love trying to hatch eggs. Then I could bid on your olive egger eggs. :}

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  48. Liked, liked, and Subscribed. Great information and great give-away!  Thanks!

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  49. Lee Ann Lenfest2/15/13, 5:42 PM

    The book sounds very interesting! 

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  50. Thank you so much for all the information..  Hatching chicks is really amazing!

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  51. I have been wanting to hatch eggs, what a great giveaway!

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  52. You are awesome! I love your pictures :)

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  53. Wendy Snider2/15/13, 5:44 PM

    I would love to win these items! I really want to hatch some chicks!

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  54. Christina B2/15/13, 5:44 PM

    I always know if I have a question, you will have the answer. Love your site/ facebook

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  55. Would LOVE to win this giveaway! My 7 yo son and I truly enjoy our chickens.
    I follow your blog, like both...
    Crossing my fingers...LOL

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  56. I would LOVE to win this giveaway!
    My 7yo son and I really enjoy our chicken hobby together.
    I follow your blog, and like both FB pages.
    Thank you!

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  57. That was a very interesting and thorough book review. sounds like a must-have text. I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I already follow your blog and shall start following on Facebook now too. thanks so much for this chance!

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  58. I am going to hatch my first hatch. I would love to win the incubator. City girl who started raising chickens and have fallen in love with my chickies!!!!!!!

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  59. This seems like a must read!

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  60. Love all the stuff you do and write about. I love my feathered family members♡

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  61. I love your sites. I get a lot of great info:) Thank you!

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  62. Please enter me into contest! I want to hatch feather babies ! :)

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  63. Another great giveaway along with great info!

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  64. nancylschliesser@gmail.com2/15/13, 10:21 PM

    Love your blog and I would love to hatch some chicks! Thanks for another great give away!

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  65. I just got my first start with chickens and your blog is very helpful! Thank you!

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  66. Would love to have this incubator for my little egglets :-)

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  67. I would love to have this for my little egglets :-)

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  68. caseyschicks2/16/13, 9:21 AM

    Love following you on Facebook, just signed up to follow on email.  Already a fan of Brinsea Products Inc on Facebook.  Would really love to win the mini eco incubator.  learning how to grow organic food and this would fit right in with growing my own chicks for chicken eggs!  Love those eggs!  :)

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  69. Thank you again for the information and the fun contest!

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  70. The way the Mrs. is hatching chicks a new bator would sure increase production & the book would be a great read for her while waiting for them to hatch. It's also her b-day on the 22nd, so this would make a great gift!

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  71. Hummingmeadowsalpacas2/16/13, 9:29 AM

    I would love to start hatching this year! I LOVE my chickens!!!!!

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  72. Really want to start hatching our own but haven't bought a brooder yet and it's too cold for the chickens to do it.  Would love to win an incubator.

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  73. I have eggs and I'm ready to hatch

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  74. Shows some love to a Canadian follower!

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  75. Pennsy Laura2/16/13, 9:37 AM

    Hi...

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  76. Melissa Ahlers2/16/13, 9:38 AM

    This is a great contest!  Thanks.

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  77. Tracy Schlaud2/16/13, 9:38 AM

    all done!!  thanks for all the great giveaways!!  and thanks for all of your helpful information!!!

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  78. Section on brooding first?  Makes sense but not something I would have thought of...but, yea...most get chicks first and THEN try to hatch!  this looks like a great book!  And incubator?  Oh yea...that would be awesome!

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  79. I would love, love, love to hatch some baby chicks!  New chicken house being constructed tomorrow....getting ready for about 6 Buff Orpintons in just a couple of weeks!  All new chicken people need a good book too!   :-) 

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  80. Brinsea has GREAT products.  I have the Ecoglow 20 and I love it.  I would love to win the incubator and Gale Damerows book.  I am new to raising chickens (got 9 girls from a hatchery back in May of last year) so have never tried to hatch eggs but would like to try.  Enjoy the pictures you post of your brood on Facebook Kathy!

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  81. Bobbi Spahr2/16/13, 9:40 AM

    I'v been raising chickens for a couple of years now and I'm getting my third batch of peeps next month. I've often thought of hatching my own and Brinsea is the only incubator I would try. It would be awesome to win this so I could actually do it instead of just reading about it and living vicariously thru those who hatch like you Kathy!

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  82. like, liked, and commented :)  so love your site

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  83. Help me make chicks happen! :)
     

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  84. Please put me in for the drawing.

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  85. I think I did it right. I am new to chicken raising and would love to have an incubator.

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  86. My parents had an incubator when I was child. I loved keeping up with the procedures - checking humidity, maintaining temperatures,  marking and turning the eggs - all done manually back then. The advances in technology are amazing, so I would really like to win one and step into my own hatching and brooding of chicks in a truly modern way! Thanks for the chance !

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  87. wow! what a great way to get started!  I would love to win this!!!

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  88. LOVE Brinsea products and have been eye balling the mini lately for those times i want to hatch in smaller numbers.... hoping to win one of these....

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  89. bitbychickenbug2/16/13, 9:49 AM

    I want to hatch F2 and F3 Olive Eggers and Chocolate Eggers, but I need an incubator!! And I have been enjoying all your posts since I "liked" you on facebook. Thanks for all the tips.

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  90. Oh how I would LOVE a brooder!!!  I can assure you it would quickly become a new obssession. :)  Liked both FB pages already...subscribed to the blog email...fingers are now crossed.

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  91. I LOVE your posts! If I win, I'm getting my vary own Rachels!" Oh and that warning label you mentioned? It should be on your site! LOL!

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  92. Rachel Dennis2/16/13, 9:50 AM

    I want one of there incubators so bad so i can hatch small groups of chicks. To see what comes out of cross breeding my chickens.

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  93. Lorri Davis2/16/13, 9:50 AM

    I love you, your info and Brinsea <3

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  94. Oooh!  I saw that book at the bookstore but was only window shopping that day and was sad I had to put it down and leave it without buying it.  Now's my chance to have that book!!  =D  This will be my first year ever hatching eggs and I'm all nerves and anticipation.  It's so cold here now, though, that it won't be till April that I do the hatching.  I bought my first Brinsea product recently: an EcoGlow 50.  I plugged it in to feel it and wanted to snuggle under it myself. LOL  Can't wait to have new little chicks to put under it. 

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  95. We are dreaming of a Brinsea, even though the Chicky Girlz are wondering why we need one! LOL, thank you Chicken Chick!

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  96. Never too late to get a good head start !Yeah I'm in.

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  97. I would love to be able to use this product to add a few new chicks to my happy, healthy mixed breed flock.

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  98. I love this time of year for baby chickens!!!  Would love to win an incubator so allow my kids to watch the whole process at home!!  :)

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  99. Done and done, now I just get all broody and sit waiting....!

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  100. New to Brinsea produts, but would love trying them out.

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  101. Burleigh Chick here, Coming up on my first year of having chickens in my life.  What a wild and rewarding ride!  I am so excited to hatch my own chicks this spring! I have at least 2 broodies in my flock of 11 hens right now and stressed about whether I will actually have a broody when it is actually warm enough to have babies.... An incubator would help if I don't have a lady cooperating

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  102. New to this chicken stuff.  I love your useful advice and have heard great things about Brinsea.

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  103. I have never hatched my own babies but would love to try!!

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  104. TheChickenChick2/16/13, 10:01 AM

    Nancy, can you email me please? Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com Thanks!

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  105. These must be great incubators as I read you sing the high praises for them.  Would love to hatch eggs for the first time.

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  106. TheChickenChick2/16/13, 10:01 AM

    If you can afford it, I'd recommend the Mini Advance. The Mini Eco and Mini Advance both look the same, but the Advance has the auto turner.

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  107. I have been wanting to buy one of the Brinsea  incubators since I see that the chick lady uses them. I could really use one because my Marans won't brood. Heres to hoping.

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  108. I have heard great things about Brinsea produts.  We have just returned to keeping chickens and would love to be able to hatch some of our own.

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  109. Frances Kendrick2/16/13, 10:02 AM

    What a Great giveaway!!
    Thank you!!

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  110. nancykittykay2/16/13, 10:03 AM

    Would truly be grateful to win this book or incubator.

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  111. New to Brinsea Products would love this incubator want to start raising silkies and showgirl chickens from eggs and raise them as pets!

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  112. I am dying to hatch my own eggs and have some chicky babies!  Thanks always for the great advice and the opportunities to win excellent prizes!
     

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  113. I have been eyeing this incubator forever... I have had horrible luck with the Styrofoam incubators and so want one of these. I have heard wonderful things about these! 

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  114. I am so glad i found your site! It's wonderful! Tks for sharing all your helpful info. 

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  115. I want to win this book, I am a hatchoholic!! 

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  116. good luck to all those entering, would love to try to hatch some eggs with my daughter....already in love with the girls we have, but can you ever have too many?

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  117. I need a better incubator than the one I have! :D

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  118. good luck to all those entering, would love to try hatching some eggs with my daughter.....already in love with the girls we have, but you can never have to many right?

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  119. I need another Brinsea! My girls are laying like crazy, and I love the first one one that I bought about 2 months ago. Thanks, Chicken Chick!                                                                                                                           

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  120. good luck to all those entering, would love to try hatching some eggs with my daughter!

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  121. Oh I would SO love one. My fan quit working on my regular incubator and my daughter broke my other one :(.  When I saw these on the Market I always wanted to get one. Another one I wanted is the quailcom. They are nice looking bators. Thank you for the chance to won one of these. :)

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  122. chris n amanda2/16/13, 10:05 AM

    what a great contest, thanks for all of your info!

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  123. Shirley Newman2/16/13, 10:05 AM

    Great give away, sure would love to win.  I've done ALL the things listed above.

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  124. I love your page and blog. A lot of very useful info ! 

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  125. Love all the give aways. I really need this one . If you endorse them they must be great. Thanks for all the good info
     

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  126. following on facebook and google friend,and liked Brinsea on FB. Have 3 hens, but getting some more chicks. My homeschool son(10) wants to go into business selling eggs to save for college. He wants to hatch some ladies of his own for his egg business...

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  127. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  128. I would love to win this incubator. If your going to hatch your own, you might as well use the best.

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  129. What a wonderful win!  My kids can't wait to raise chicks fro egs!  Thanks!

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  130. It would be wonderful to have one of these, I think my kids would very much enjoy watching eggs hatch into our very own baby chicks! Thanks for havin such a wonderful knowledgable page!

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  131. Thanks for the amazing give-a-way!

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  132. My kids and I really want to hatch our own chicks.  I think it would be a wonderful learning experience for them. 

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  133. My daughter has asked for an incubator for her 12th birthday next month,winning this would make her day!

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  134. farmfreshpattie2/16/13, 10:15 AM

     Hi again Kathy, I'm hoping to win the Brinsea imcubator!  The one I have now is depressing...not a very good hatch rate at all!  I'd really like to own a copy of the "Hatching & Brooding your own chicks" by Gail Damarow as well.  That way I can learn more about hatching! 

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  135. I've been hatching with Hovabators, but would love to have a Brinsea. They are very highly rated among my friends who hatch!

    Love your blog!

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  136. Karla Traxel2/16/13, 10:15 AM

    I followed all steps.  Thank you!

    karlatrx at gmail dot com

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  137. Hello! I would love to have the opportunity to hatch some offspring of my own little flock! Thank you for a chance to win some equipment and offering us so much valuable info on your blog.

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  138. Done!  I'd love to have an incubator.  What I really want is to hatch cream legbars!

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  139. I would love to win the incubator so I can get really started with chickens. Liked Brinsea Products and The Chicken Chick. Now following your wonderful blog. Thanks!

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  140. I'd love a new Brinsea incubator!

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  141. I LOVE your blogs!! I am new to raising chickens and eggs...and have found your info VERY helpful!! Thanks for the great blogs, time you've spent sharing your info I really appreciate it!!

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  142. thanks for yet another great giveaway!   ove following your blog, and like you and Brinsea both!    Chick hatching time not soon enough here in Vermont.

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  143. Sheryl_Butler2/16/13, 10:23 AM

    I have never had the luxury of a Brinsea, incubators, but I KNOW I'd love the book as Gail Damerow is my "chicken guru". I raise exhibition bantams, cochins, frizzles, silkies, and a few other breeds I can't part with, and I started with her book Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, have read a ton of books since then, and always come back to that book and the Chicken Health Handbook as my bibles. I am ALWAYS recommending her books to anyone new to chickens or the exhibiting of them as well. I can't wait to see the new book! (which I will buy if I don't win it anyway! 

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  144. Always love your blog & Brinsea products!!!

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  145.  I'm new to raising Chickens, and I find your site very informative! thanks a bunch for making this page! ;)

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  146. Enjoy your blog. Hope I win! Thanks!

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  147. This book looks so interesting! Would love to have a Brinsea incubator too. I had good luck with my LG on my first and only hatch so far (4 out of 6) but would love to upgrade :)

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  148. Carolinawoman2/16/13, 10:29 AM

    Really would love to win one of these. Just starting to collect some of the rarer breeds and this would really help. Was able to get a splash fizzle chick yesterday and hoping to find a chick like Rachel..love her color and style! Your FB page and blogs give me many hours of pleasure! Thank you!

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  149. I am really enjoying these sites and have learned many new things, looking forward to learning more..Have been around chickens for over 50 years and it proves you are never to old to learn more new things and am very impressed by what I see in the Brinsea products. I am looking forward to spending time on your site.. Thanks again for the opportunity to also enter your contest.

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  150. I'm hoping I win! I'm collecting fertilized eggs every day and am ready for some babies!

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  151. Would love to win this.  Plan on getting our first chickens this spring!

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  152. Robin Marquardt2/16/13, 10:32 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love all of the information you have on your blog! 

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  153. I would love to have a mini incubator! Love your blog and advice!

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  154. Love the chicken chick blog and advice.... Come on free incubator...Mamma needs new chicks!

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  155. Bruno Valdez2/16/13, 10:37 AM

    I've had my flock for 6 months and the natural progression from hatchery eggs is to hatch my next chicks.  A Brinsea incubator would be perfect!

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  156. How eggciting! Brinsea has so many amazing products!

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  157. Kathy, with hatching season here again it would be wonderful to win one of these and Gail's new book.... Keep up the good work! Gavin

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  158. I gave up my hens eight years ago and really miss not having them around.  We are expecting a litter of Lab puppies in the next month but after they are gone to their new forever homes it is time to get a new flock.  I can't wait!  I have a supplier for Copper Maran hatching eggs and this incubator would be the perfect size for my needs.

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  159. When I was a kid I built an incubater and hatched some eggs for my 3rd grade since project. I will never forget watching the eggs hatch. No that I am older 59yo I would love to relive that experience again  

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  160. This would be so much fun with my grandsons! They help me with our girls now and love them. We could hatch our own babbies!

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  161. DianeStevens2/16/13, 10:45 AM

    My chicks are now 8months old, but as alot of people, I have chicken math!! I would love to try incubating some and I love brinsea products, have the eco glow loved  it!!

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  162. Daniel Stokes2/16/13, 10:46 AM

    I love Brinsea and would be excited to win an incubator!

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  163. Salome honeycutt2/16/13, 10:47 AM

    I would love to be able to start chicks from eggs. What a great teaching tool for my kids too. But I'm just crazy about my chickens.

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  164. I am now ready for my next step in chicken raising--Hatching my own.  I had a broody hen last summer, hatch two bantam barred rock babies.  She wasn't the greatest mother.  Would love to win an incubator.

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  165. If I should win this I will crow like a Rooster!!!

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  166. If I should be lucky enough to win, I will crow like a Rooster!!

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  167. I hope to win the incubator! :)

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  168. I sure could use one of these inkys....It would keep me from attempting to hatch a full 42 in my BIG incubator...I could have SMALL hatching gratification all year round...

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  169. would love to have one 

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  170. Heather Clower2/16/13, 10:49 AM

    I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding Brinsea and would love to see for myself!

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  171. I'm following via Networked Blogs, liked everyone on FB, and would love to win!  :)

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  172. Great Article!I have been wanting one of these for a while! Fingers crossed;]

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  173. Great article! I have been wanting one of these for a long time-looks like  great product!fingers crossed!!!!

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  174. Wow, what I wouldn't give to win this! I only hatch a few at a time...and firing up the big  Brower Top Hatch just wastes space!

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  175. I would love the incubator!! I've never hatched anything, but I would love to try!

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  176. TarHeelBlue532/16/13, 10:51 AM

    Just love your giveaways!!  Never knew this book existed.  If I don't win, I will probably purchase it.  

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  177. I want to win, I want to win, lol. We have a homemade incubator, so it would be great to have a real one when you have eggs you really want to see hatch.

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  178. Love these products!  And I would love to win!  Most of all love this blog! thanks

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  179. Brenda Rumfola2/16/13, 10:51 AM

    Have hatched my own chicks in the past but borrowed an incubator and didn't get a single chick. Would like to try again!

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  180. Would be super nice to have one of these for my Cream Crested Legbars.  Perfect size for my for my small population of birds... well only have 3 chickens, got big ideas though lol. Never have tried Brinsea products....  this could be first lol  <3

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  181. grannyjanny712/16/13, 10:51 AM

    I love Brinsea! 

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  182. I would love this incubator and book for when my new flock starts breeding. Perfect incubator for my small flock. Your blog/Facebook page has been the best in helping me out with my first flock. 

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  183. The new book you have shared with us will be on my shelf for reference very soon and I hope if I am lucky the incubator will be sitting not far from it. I use my flock currently to provide for those in need and with a tool like your giving away would be able to grow my flock and give away even more. Thank you for all you do and share with us. 

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  184. I would love to try a Brinsea incubator.  I have heard a lot of good things about them!

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  185. This would be super nice for my Crested Cream Legbar.  I have never tried Brinsea products, but maybe this could be a first :)  Just the right size.

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  186. jill prescott2/16/13, 10:52 AM

    I am on my third hatch in a still air incubator which is dicey. I would love to have the Brinsea and experience better hatches!  I love the heritage breed eggs which are quite expensive so would really be able to use a good incubator!

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  187. I would love to buy a Brinsea or win one! Love the products..got to use a friends Eco 20..I think that was what it was!  Thanks for the chance to win Chicken Chick!

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  188. Just love all the info and goodies. We really would like to try 'growing' our own chicks just like we grow our own garden.  Thanks for the opportunity!

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  189. looks so cool i was thinking about hatching eggs this spring but if i don't win i can just let the girls do it them self's 

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