Mar 21, 2013

Once Upon a Flock Book Introduction Giveaway! 3/21/13

Lauren Scheuer, talented author and illustrator of Once Upon a Flock,
whipped up this drawing of my Bantam Cochin Frizzle and all-around diva, Rachel. ♥
Rachel can be seen on my Facebook page once a day in my series, "Your Daily Rachel."
Shortly after I began keeping chickens, one of the wonderfully unexpected revelations I had was that each flock member has its own personality, idiosyncrasies and challenges. Watching them evolve from tiny, wide-eyed, fluff balls into adults in a mere five months is truly fascinating in the same way I imagine it would be to watch an person grow from infant to college graduate in five months. I soon learned, however, that speaking to non chicken-keepers about their distinctive personas and daily antics, one risks being labelled "the crazy chicken lady" by friends and family. Enter Lauren Scheuer, author of Once Upon a Flock, Life with My Soulful Chickens, a flock-keeper,  illustrator, fellow New Englander and builder of stuff who, in writing this book, has single-handedly elevated the status of crazy chicken ladies everywhere to an enviable level.  

Publishers Weekly has listed Once Upon a Flock as one of the top ten most anticipated memoirs for Spring 2013. While reading this book, you'll fall in love with Lauren's chickens if you already keep chickens and if you aren't, it will make you want a flock of your own. The following is Lauren's introduction to her special needs hen, Lucy and her new book:
When my four young hens were about six months old, Lucy, the Barred Rock, fell ill with Marek's disease.
Suddenly, Lucy couldn't walk. She couldn't even stand up. She was very sleepy and her face turned grey. Not knowing what else to do, I brought her into the house and kept her as comfortable as I could. I expected Lucy to die any day, but she just kept on living. After a while I found myself sketching little chicken wheelchairs.   And little by little, I found myself falling in love with this chicken.
Once Upon a Flock is the true story of Lucy the special needs hen and of her friend Hatsy; of Marky the terrier, Lil'White the evil Orpington - and my small flock of remarkable individuals.
GIVEAWAY!
3/21/13
To ENTER to WIN a Copy of Once Upon a Flock:
1. Follow my blog via email, Google Friend Connect, NetworkedBlogs or RSS feed 
and
2. Leave a comment below!
Winner chosen by random drawing from eligible entries and notified via email if provided or at the bottom of this blog post. Giveaway ends 3/21/13 11pm EST.

148 comments :

  1. I would love to read about the little chicken family!! (and see the story about Rachel!)

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  2. I had a chicken like Lucy, MaryAnne who was blind. This seems like a very inspiring story.

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  3. Looks like a really fun read!

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  4. This looks like it would be a great book to read!

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  5. A friend of mine will help me build a coop, soon... he is 'growing' the chicks 4 me... Am learning>>>

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  6. Introduction is very catching and seem to grasp the trials and tribulations of all first time chicken owners go through, would love to win a copy of this sounds like a great read to settled down to next to the wood stove or front porch swing at end of long day....good luck with your book

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  7. Lucy looks just like my Bernadette who I call my baby girl. She is the sweetest & loves to sit on my lap and eat treats! When we first decided to keep chickens I was skeptical because I thought it would be so much work, but they are such a joy and keep me laughing! I would love to have a copy of the book to share with family.

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  8. Looks like a fantastic book.

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  9. Awwwww. I love the pictures. I may just cry cause the description is so sweet. (I am a cry~er. I confess.) Hope to win! I already follow your blog by email.

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  10. Toni Stathis Nettles3/21/13, 10:54 AM

    Can't wait to read about Lucy!

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  11. Please pick me! I would just love this book!

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  12. Audrey Siebert3/21/13, 10:55 AM

    Sounds like a great book!
    My family tells me I'm a crazy chicken lady, I look at it as a complement! At least my "craziness" provides breakfast for my family & others! :)

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  13. this would be a good book to have

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  14. Love your blog, and your facebook updates and pictures always make me smile. It's good to know there are other people out there just as chicken crazy as I am. I would like to enter to win a copy of Once Upon a Flock.

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  15. Once upon a flock sounds like a lovely book. I am a chicken lover trying very hard to own chickens. Still working on changing Covenants in our HOA. Love this blog!

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  16. Sounds like a great book and experience. Would love to read the book!

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  17. Sarah Rumbaugh3/21/13, 11:13 AM

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love to read it!! :)

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  18. Charlene Couch3/21/13, 11:14 AM

    So glad to find another great chicken blog! I have followed Lauren's blog since the early days and am excited to catch up on yours!

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  19. Carolyn Miller3/21/13, 11:16 AM

    Homestead memoirs are my favourite. I'll be reading this for use!

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  20. I got some frizzles this year, I'm looking forward to watching them grow.

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  21. Carrie Squires3/21/13, 11:19 AM

    So excited to discover a new chicken blog & to read Lauren's new book! Thanks!

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  22. i just got some frizzles this year, i'm looking forward to watching them grow.

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  23. Wow! This looks like a fabulous book that I can certainly relate to. Look forward to reading it.

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  24. Oh poor Lucy, but such adorable chicken wheelchairs!
    Thanks for such a wonderful blog---I am a follower!

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  25. Candice Salter3/21/13, 11:29 AM

    I too am madly in love with my chickens. I can't wait to read more about Lauren's chickens and her life with them. Of course it would be great to win the book, but I will have it for my own no matter what. Thank you for spreading the love.

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  26. Sounds awesome! Enter me please!

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  27. Wonderful giveaway!

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  28. I love books and I love chickens !!!

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  29. This will be my THIRD contest I've entered to try to win this book!

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  30. It looks like such a darling book!

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  31. It sounds so cute!! I'd love to read it. :)

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  32. Excited to hear about your new book (which I added to my library list last week... but I would LOVE to win a copy!) & have another great blog to follow! Planning to start our backyard flock this spring & hoping to earn the title "Crazy Chicken Lady"

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  33. I would love to win this book "Once Upon a Flock". I love chicken stories. Thanks for the giveaway, Kathy.

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  34. Amy at Kid Cultivation3/21/13, 11:50 AM

    While I don't have any chickens at my house I have no doubt that each of them possesses a personality all their own! :) Thanks for stopping by by blog.

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  35. I would love a copy of the book :)

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  36. Your blog is very pretty! Thank you for the contest, too :)

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  37. I would love to win the book! What an interesting story.

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  38. Preston Williams3/21/13, 12:00 PM

    Hope I'm doing this right - I'm never able to comment on your blog, or so it seems? Anyway, thanks for all you do! Love your blog and the info! This definitely sounds like my kind of book.. I adore my flock!

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  39. Ooo, I want in on the book giveaway!!!! And i follow your blog!

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  40. april ann fogg3/21/13, 12:07 PM

    This sounds like a heartwarming story. I love your blog and would love to read your book.

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  41. Maybe its my turn to win something? Maybe?

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  42. Lucy looks just like my Poopensheim, who also has special needs and a special place in our hearts. I love how you describe trying to tell non-chicken people about how remarkable your chickens are...just doesn't translate! S:>O=

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  43. Now this looks like a good read and a great gift to give to that special Chicken Keeper you know.

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  44. I love reading all of your posts you have provided me with tons of information!

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  45. Kathi Higgins3/21/13, 12:24 PM

    What a beautiful book! I'd so love to read this!

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  46. I love your blog and I have 15 barred rock chicks and 7 big 10 month old roosters. I hope I win the book, I'll read it to my chicks.

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  47. I would love to win your book. I can read it to my 15 barred rock chicks, they're 2 weeks old. I've also got 7 (10 month old) ROOs. I just love chickens, they make me smile.

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  48. Monica Ammerman3/21/13, 12:30 PM

    The blog is going to my email now. I'm so excited about this book. I really hope I win!

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  49. Sitting with my little flock of 7 hens and 2 Roos are my daily peace of mind. Their individual personalities are so diverse!

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  50. i have one hen and one rooster. we are just barely outside the city limits and therefore can't have a huge flock, though I wish I could have as many as you do!!!! love my pets to death, and because of them, I stopped eating chicken, and any chicken related products about 5 years ago. i beleive they are just like humans- own personalities, feeling, emotions, temperment, etc.

    This book is amazing I bet and would love to read it! (I'm sure my sister would too- she's crazy about chickens just as i am :) )

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  51. I would love to win this book.

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  52. Looks like a great read!!! The eggs in my bator should (fingers crossed) hatch next week. Do you vaccinate your chicks that you hatch?

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  53. Missy Kroninger3/21/13, 1:15 PM

    I'd love to read your book! I have a buff orpington that will sit on my
    lap and let me pet her. I never knew chickens had such unique
    personalities until I got mine (they're 11 weeks old now).

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  54. Hi Kathy! I'm enjoying getting to know your site. Consider me another kindred spirit & crazy chicken lady! I follow your blog & would LOVE copy of Lauren's book.

    capelucy@gmail.com

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  55. I subscribe to your bog via email & love all the information you give.

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  56. I love the pic of Rachel that Lauren made for you! I'm going to go check & see if I can get her book on Kindle yet. But, it would be very cool to have the hard copy. Thanks

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  57. Her book, which I hope to win, has the added bonus of introducing me to more chicken-bloggers! It's delightful. I look forward to reading Lauren's book, and to visiting this space, again.

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  58. I'm not here for the giveaway, but to tell you honestly that I'd loooooooove to read this book.
    My cousin should be in the US in a few months and I'm going to ask here to find this book

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  59. would love to pass your book on to a friend of mine!

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  60. I follow you in all those ways! Love your blog, and Lauren's too!

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  61. Lynette Mattke3/21/13, 2:19 PM

    I follow your blog with GFC. It is a great part of my day! I'd love to win a copy of this book!

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  62. Elizabeth Geraghty3/21/13, 2:36 PM

    Hi! Fellow New Englander here :) Finally own a space for chickens and have been doing lots of research over the past few months in preparation for Spring. So happy to add you to my rss reader! Would love a chance to own this book and soak up every bit of wisdom and chicken humor I can. Thank you!

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  63. What a wonderful picture of Rachel, and an incredible sounding book!
    When getting our first 3 chicks last year I never knew how much fun and how in to chickens I have become. As I write this we have 6 chicks in various stages and breeds hanging out in our guest bedroom!
    Because of the 'Daily Rachel' I started a daily " what I learned from my chickens" It's incredible how many people love it! :)

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  64. Nicole alexander3/21/13, 2:53 PM

    I would love to read about Rachel's flock.

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  65. I would love the chance to win this book. Thanks so much and Rachel is just the best!! :) queenb@epix.net

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  66. I have no chickens presently, but loved them as a little girl. We once had 13.... and a little rooster that only had his fuzz still and loved to chase me! A little black hen who let me hold her. .... she was my fav

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  67. This sounds like so much fun!!

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  68. Terry Kessinger3/21/13, 3:16 PM

    I am in the process of building a chicken house/run and looking forward to getting chicks & chickens for the first time. Finding your blog is perfect timing ... and I'm sure this book would be just what I need in looking forward to adding new members to my family!

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  69. Sounds like such a sweet story! <3

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  70. What a delightful drawing of Rachel. As I live in Australia I may not be eligible to enter but I have already ordered a copy of Lauren s book and the school librarian and I were chuckling over some of her blog stories. We might get a copy or two for the library.

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  71. I fell in love with Lauren's flock & their buddy Marky while reading their adventures on the Scratch & Peck blog! I have been looking very forward to this book! :D

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  72. Normally, I only enter the Vetericyn giveaways, but sign me up for this adorable offering! Thanks- SSS

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  73. I love the Scatch and Peck blog! She has a book? What? Awesome! Hope I win.

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  74. disqus_pUlbAAdGAF3/21/13, 4:21 PM

    cutest, sweetest book on chickens I have ever seen! Would love it!

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  75. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:37 PM

    How wonderful, Tiffany! I'd love for you to share some of your favorite entries from time-to-time on my FB page!

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  76. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:38 PM

    Hi Jill! I used to, but do not anymore. I prefer the acquired immunity approach now.

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  77. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:39 PM

    Good for you Terry! Welcome and please let me know if you have any questions that I can help with at any time!

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  78. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:40 PM

    You did it right, Preston! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  79. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:40 PM

    Thank you Grace!

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  80. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:40 PM

    I'd say it's worth the effort, Rene! ;)

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  81. TheChickenChick3/21/13, 4:41 PM

    Best wishes to you, Barb. I know it can be an uphill battle, but one that is well worth the effort!

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  82. April Poulter3/21/13, 4:47 PM

    hi, i just found your site a

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  83. oh that is so sweet. What a cool story. :)

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  84. Sounds like an Adorable story. Would love to read it!

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  85. What an adorable book! Crossing my fingers!!

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  86. Love Lauren's work and chickens. We had 4, but sadly lost one in January. Ruthie was one of the twins, Edith, her sister is a bit ditzy, Mildred likes to be held and is a bit bossy. Pedie, also likes to be held and she and Mildred follow me around the yard like puppies.

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  87. Perfect book. You will learn, laugh, and possibly cry. <3

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  88. Rebecca Wilson3/21/13, 6:04 PM

    What a sweet looking book! Now, I'm following Lauren's blog. :) Of course, I follow you on Facebook and via RSS.....thanks for all you do for us!

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  89. Lee Ann Lenfest3/21/13, 6:06 PM

    This sounds like a wonderful book!

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  90. aww what a heart warming story, im sure this is. Its funny the emotions a chicken inspire

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  91. This would be a neat book to have.

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  92. Debbie_Bruening3/21/13, 7:26 PM

    I'd love to read this book! dhorne7@nc.rr.com

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  93. I would love to have a copy of this book! Reading Lauren's blog always makes me smile ~ love her illustrations! Thanks for the chance, Kathy!

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  94. Delightful! I love the Rachel drawing of course :)

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  95. Kristy Mulkern3/21/13, 7:48 PM

    Looks like a great read!

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  96. Wow, Kathy thanks! I will :)

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  97. I'd love to share this book with my family. We are getting chicks soon, and can't wait! Thank you!

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  98. Kathy, thanks for all the hard work and effort you put into your blog. I'm on your site daily. The book is an awesome giveaway,

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  99. Gardener on Sherlock Street3/21/13, 8:33 PM

    Too precious. That would be a fun read.
    We had chicken on my parents' farm. Soooo many personalities for sure. Chickens are a hoot to watch.

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  100. would love to read this book

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  101. Kathleen RosePrairieQuilts3/21/13, 8:51 PM

    I'm already a follower

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  102. Kathleen RosePrairieQuilts3/21/13, 8:52 PM

    I am so hoping I can win a copy, Thank you

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  103. Erin Danzer3/21/13, 8:54 PM

    I love the illustrations! would love to win a copy.

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  104. I have a special need rooster. Everyone told me to put him down, but I just didn't have the heart. He gets around on one leg! He can't put any weight on it. He is now 3 tears old.

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  105. So cute and what a compassionate owner Lucy has!!!!
    Such a lucky gal!!!!

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  106. disqus_36xK31haDa3/21/13, 9:31 PM

    Want this book!

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  107. Every chicken keeper has a specially special pet. We can't help it. Often it is the one that seemed to need us the most..... love your FB entries and the blog! And I ADORE Lauren's work, so who could resist entering for a copy of her new book??

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  108. I follow you already all the time on facebook and LOVE this site with so many great ideas that have helped me with my chickens. Thank you I would love to have a copy of the book!!!

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  109. Love the drawing of Rachel!

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  110. Sounds like a fun book to read swinging in the hammock sipping sweet tea. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  111. would love to win this book

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  112. Lisa Shaddox3/21/13, 10:03 PM

    Can't wait to read this! It sounds just delightful.

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  113. My wife loves to read and loves our chickens

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  114. what a great read this would be. might teach some people some things about compassion. then again, anyone who reads this blog already poses that trait. would love to win this. i so look forward to your blog although have been so busy getting ready to move that i have missed it. looked for home out of town so i could have chickens. have my coop on order and am anxiously awaiting my HAPPY DAY when i receive my newfound family of 5. ive saved ALOT of your pages for future ref. i know it will be a Godsend. good luck to all. sub to your blog. thanks for all you do.

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  115. Your artistic and literary talents and warm heart are a gift to many! So glad to be one of your Peeps.

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  116. Your artistic and literary talents and warm heart are a gift to many! So glad to be one of your Peeps.

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  117. I too would love to read your story!

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  118. the book will be a great book to add to the many i have i even use the steps to house books love books but i rather have a rachel

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  119. oh yes that is perfect! I am known as the crazy goose lady, so i can totally relate..just love those hens!

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  120. Love both yours and Laurens blots! Thanks for sponsoring this give away! Natalie Bishop

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  121. Thanks for the chance to win! Natalie Bishop

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  122. New chicken mommy here (and aspiring crazy chicken lady). Happy to find you and subscribe to your blog. I hope to learn a lot. Please toss my name into the hat for the book. Peace & Grace, Amanda geaneymail@gmail.com

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  123. Chickens and chicks just go together like Lauren and Lucy and Kathy and Rachel....long live the love

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  124. Langela Richardson3/22/13, 8:50 AM

    Our family would love to read this book. We are fellow crazy chicken people. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  125. Carolynn Popp3/22/13, 10:43 AM

    What a fabulous idea for a book!

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  126. Margaret Kellogg3/22/13, 2:25 PM

    Raising chickens has to be one the joys and heartbreaks of my life. I really enjoy all the inspiration of others.

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  127. Cheryl in Texas3/22/13, 2:55 PM

    I can't wait to read this book! And I just LOVE being a new "crazy chicken lady". :D

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  128. Oh how we love the pic of Rachel! I'm buying this book right now! :)

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  129. This sounds like a wonderful wonderful story!

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  130. I love the egg background on your blog!

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  131. TheChickenChick3/24/13, 7:07 PM

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  132. TheChickenChick3/24/13, 7:07 PM

    Thanks Candace! :)

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  133. My husband and I embarked on the chicken raising journey September 2012 and we have fallen hopelessly in love with our special flock. We would love to read this book. We absolutely love your website as well AND your blog helped us SAVE our sweet chick! She was sick and we were able to bring her back to her talkative self. Thank you again for your website and Facebook news feeds!!

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  134. TheChickenChick4/11/13, 10:13 PM

    That's so nice to know, Christina. Thank you!

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  135. Ken N Ruth Carpenter8/1/13, 11:20 AM

    Would love to win this!!! So many great giveaways!! :)

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  136. Went to visit my mother 3 states away and took all my chicken books. Would love to add this one to my collection.

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