Jun 7, 2013

10 Tips for Healthy Chickens

All backyard chicken-keepers have an interest in keeping their pet chickens healthy and happy and making minor adjustments to various aspects of their care can have a significant impact on their health and longevity. There are a number of small steps that can be taken to promote the health of backyard chickens.

1. Provide the correct feed: As basic as it sounds, chickens must be fed properly to perform optimally and to be healthy. Even though our great grandparents may have fed their flocks cracked corn or scratch, advances in science and the work of poultry nutritionists reveals that backyard chickens require much more nutritionally to live long, healthy lives, while producing nutritious eggs. Chickens at different stages of development require different feed formulations.

While the feed manufacturer's recommendations for their products should always be followed, generally speaking, day old chicks through eight weeks old should be provided with starter feed. Adolescent chickens up to 18 weeks of age should be fed a grower or a flock-raiser type ration and laying hens should be fed layer ration no earlier than 18 weeks of age or the the appearance of their first egg. Layer feed contains calcium that laying hens need for eggshell production but is detrimental to younger birds.
 
While layer feed contains added calcium, an additional source of calcium, such as oyster shells or crushed eggshells, should be made available in a separate dish, apart from the feed.
My chickens get small amounts of scratch occasionally.
2. Limit Treats:
The ingredients in commercially prepared chicken feed are carefully calculated by poultry nutritionists to ensure that a chicken’s daily vitamin, mineral and protein requirements are met. Supplemental foods (treats/snacks) replace a portion of those essential dietary elements to some degree. Excessive treats, even healthy ones, can cause any of the following: obesity, reduced egg production, malformed eggs, habitual laying of multiple-yolked eggs, vent prolapse, protein deficiencies, feather-picking, fatty liver syndrome, egg bindingreduced egg productionincreased risk of heat stroke and heart problems. No more than five to ten percent of a flock's daily dietary intake should consist of treats.
Common sense should be the guide in treat selection. The types of foods we require to maximize our own health are the foods we should consider when spoiling our chickens: high protein, whole grains, low salt, low sugar, fruits and vegetables. Dairy products are an exception to this general rule because birds are not equipped with the enzymes necessary to properly digest milk sugars. Some yogurt on occasion is fine and does contain beneficial bacterial cultures, but too much dairy can cause digestive upset and diarrhea. Opt for probiotics specially formulated for poultry in lieu of yogurt for good gut health.
Cooked eggs are an outstanding source of protein for chickens, which is
particularly helpful during a molt.
Healthy Treats for Chickens
Scrambled Eggs- it may seem ironic to feed eggs to chickens, but eggs are an outstanding source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin E and beta carotene.2  Chickens will not develop a raw, egg-eating habit as a result of eating scrambled eggs.  During a molt, eggs are one of the best sources of protein to feed a chicken. 
Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, minerals including copper, calcium,
potassium and phosphorus, dietary fiber and protein in the seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain 30 grams of protein per 100 grams of seeds.1  When  pumpkins are in season, I make my flock "Peeps' Pumpkin Pie," for a nutritionally power-packed treat. Unsupported claims propose feeding pumpkin seeds to chickens as a "natural dewormer," however, there is no scientific evidence anywhere to suggest that pumpkin seeds are capable of deworming chickens. I give my chickens pumpkins and pumpkin seeds simply because they're nutritious and they enjoy them.

Meal worms are a good source of protein, reportedly containing 49% to 51%. They can be purchased live or dried and can also be farmed very easily at home. During a molt, meal worms are an especially smart snack choice.
Homemade Flock Block Substitute- Flock Block is a commercially available treat for chickens that is intended to entertain chickens and fulfill their natural pecking instincts.They can be purchased at feed stores for approximately $13. I have purchased the product once or twice, but have always thought I could make a similar treat myself. I made my own treat block recently and am much happier knowing that my homemade Flock Block Substitute is a healthy, fresh, nutritious treat for my flock. The recipe includes an Omega3 feed supplement which increases Omega-3 levels in eggs, improves laying rates and chickens' health and lends naturally occurring amino acids to the recipe, which serve as important building blocks of the protein in feathers and eggs.
For an extensive list of healthy treats for chickens, visit my blog here. 
A note about scratch. Scratch is affectionately referred to as ‘chicken crack.’ Chickens love it, but it’s not the best treat choice for them. Scratch typically consists of cracked corn and a mixture of grains, which lacks an appreciable amount of protein, vitamins and minerals. Scratch should be thought of as chicken candy and only given in small amounts occasionally. *Scratch should not be mixed into the flock’s feed.*

3. Clean Water:
Provide clean, fresh water to chickens at all times. Again, this sounds like common sense, but most backyard chickens drink from waterers harboring fecal matter, bacteria and other organisms that can make them sick. The solution to dirty water is employing poultry nipple waterers. "Nobody who is raising chickens professionally has used cups, bell drinkers or troughs in the past 25 years. ... Nipples have been used successfully on literally billions of chickens. The professional farmers across North America have made nipple drinkers the standard for all chickens. ... The disease reduction is so striking that there is no doubt which [system] is better."

4. Apple Cider Vinegar in drinking water: 
Adding apple cider vinegar with the mother to the drinking water of chickens can improve their gut health by changing the pH of the water, making it inhospitable to many organisms. "Acidifying water alters the gut’s bacteria, slowing the growth of nasty bacteria, and giving a boost to good bacteria. Acid also helps control coccidiosis and Clostridium bacteria, which can cause a fatal disease called necrotic enteritis." One to two tablespoons per gallon of water is the suggested amount of vinegar.


5. Clean Coop
A cleaner coop is a healthier coop. Chickens have sensitive respiratory systems that are easily irritated by mold and ammonia from accumulated droppings. Clean coops are less likely to house external parasites such as mites and poultry lice. For five ways to keep a cleaner coop with less effort, click here.


6. Dry Bedding:
A wet environment created by accumulated droppings or spilled water, provides a breeding ground for coccidia and other harmful organisms to flourish. Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease that can rapidly kill chickens if it goes undetected or untreated. Three ways to ensure the driest environment possible are:
  • by employing a droppings board and removing droppings from it daily
  • by using sand as coop litter/bedding and as ground cover in the run
  • by keeping waterfowl and chickens in different yards (Less moisture results in fewer opportunities for organisms to grow that can make chickens sick.)
 Many diseases and illnesses are easily kept at bay by keeping living conditions dry.
 
7. Observe Droppings:
The first sign of a potential health problem often will be found in a chicken's droppings. Knowing which droppings are normal and which are abnormal is an extremely useful tool in assessing  chickens' health. Installing a droppings board underneath the roost provides a regular opportunity to observe abnormalities unobscured by shavings or other bedding material. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit handy to treat some of the more common illness and disease early is highly recommended.
 
8. Break up Broody Hens:
A broody hen is one that is inspired to sit on a collection of eggs until she hatches chicks. Whether she is sitting on a clutch of fertile eggs or an empty nest, she will sit and wait for chicks to hatch indefinitely. In the 21 days normally required to hatch eggs, a broody leaves her nest briefly once or twice daily to eat, drink and relieve herself, neglecting her own health for the good of her anticipated chicks. Her comb will lose color, feathers lose sheen and she will lose a noticeable amount of weight. She can tolerate this drastic change in 21 day stints, but protracted periods of broodiness are unhealthy for her. She becomes vulnerable to external parasites, malnourished and emaciated.  Broody hens that will not be permitted to hatch chicks, either due to the unavailability of fertile eggs or the preference of the chicken-keeper, she should be broken/broken-up as soon as possible to return them to their regular routines.
9. No Supplemental Light for Youngsters:
Providing supplemental lighting when natural daylight hours decrease to 13 hours or less is a safe and common practice undertaken to keep hens producing eggs in the autumn and winter months. However, adolescent chickens should not be exposed to supplemental lighting as it can cause them to reach sexual maturity too soon, resulting in egg-laying before their bodies are properly equipped. Egg-binding and prolapsed uterus are two of the possible consequences of premature egg-laying.
 
10. Provide Dust Bathing Areas:
A dust bath is the chicken equivalent of a daily shower. Chickens dig shallow spots in dirt, sand, or even flower pots to work into their skin and feathers to aid in skin and feather maintenance and parasite control. A dust bath can be as simple as a dry patch of dirt in the backyard or a shallow bucket filled with sand. No additives or supplements are necessary to accomplish the objective. According to Gail Damerow in The Chicken Encyclopedia, adding diatomaceous earth (DE)wood ashes or lime-and-sulfur garden powder to their dust bath is hazardous to their respiratory health and should be avoided unless they are "seriously infested" with parasites. Even in that case, she writes, "the benefit may outweigh the danger of TEMPORARILY adding such materials" (p. 93, emphasis added).

"It is considered a serious human health risk if inhaled, and exposure to it occupationally has been the subject of much controversy with OSHA and NIOSH. It is believed to cause diseases such as lung cancer (silicosis), and carries some of the same risks as exposure to asbestos. You should never breath the dust created by DE if you work with it around your birds – wear a respirator if you do."

The treat trail. They will follow me anywhere for treats!
Sources & further reading:
1 http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html
2 http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx#ixzz2AcKccLNq
http://shagbarkbantams.com/de.htm
http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

183 comments :

  1. Little Brushwood Alpaca Farm6/7/13, 11:39 AM

    Great tips! And pretty colored egg carton

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  2. Kristin Maynard6/7/13, 11:42 AM

    another fun contest, thanks

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  3. Jaimie Lasley6/7/13, 11:42 AM

    Love the bright colors of the cartons!!! Hope I win!

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  4. Thank you for all the great information.

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  5. Love your blog and could really use some cartons! Fingers are crossed!

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  6. I need these!

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  7. Doreen Boudreau Hausler6/7/13, 11:43 AM

    So many great tips. Many, we've instituted already. We are new to chicken raising and very much look forward to our first eggs, sometime in July.
    It's pouring rain here today. But, our girls are dry and comfortable in their nice clean coop.
    Thank you for all the wonderful advice! It helps us newbies gain the confidence we need, to feel informed and educated.

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  8. caforsythe@gmail.com6/7/13, 11:44 AM

    I love the colored egg cartons!

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  9. Maranda Burns6/7/13, 11:44 AM

    I love all your blogs you have helped me in so many ways with my little chicken flock that I have. Thank you for all the good tips that you provide I always look forward to new things daily from you!

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  10. Barbara Thorbjornsson6/7/13, 11:45 AM

    I had never been to the egg carton page. It is beautiful! <3 it!

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  11. Jenn Werner-Williams6/7/13, 11:45 AM

    Great information. I wish everyone who has chickens would follow you! The world would be full of happy birds!!

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  12. DeAnna Haase6/7/13, 11:46 AM

    Easter colors.... yeah!

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  13. Karen Parsons6/7/13, 11:46 AM

    I would love to win. Love your blog and have learned much from it.

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  14. Jen McCormick6/7/13, 11:46 AM

    I hope I win the egg cartons...love the colors :)

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  15. love the info you give

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  16. I just love all the info you share!! Being new to raising chickens I am absorbing everything I can! Thanks for being so informative!!

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  17. Would LOVE the egg cartons!!

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  18. I just love the egg cartons and your site! great information and ideas~~

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  19. Shanna Lee Longino-Mackert6/7/13, 11:50 AM

    I would LOVE to win some egg cartons! We're just starting out and we would like to be prepared!

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  20. Patrick Buckalew6/7/13, 11:51 AM

    Thanks for the article! Do you put the apple cider vinegar in their water every day?

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  21. Amanda Geaney6/7/13, 11:52 AM

    Your blog and facebook page is awesome for first time chicken owners like myself. I've already put so many of your tips into practice. Thanks!

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  22. Diane Ayers6/7/13, 11:54 AM

    Great tips! I really think the ACV works wonders!

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  23. Thank you for all the wonderful information.... I visit daily :)

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  24. Shelley Carpenter6/7/13, 11:56 AM

    I can always use egg cartons!! I love the colors!!

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  25. Cheryl Sleeth6/7/13, 11:57 AM

    would LOVE to win..your page is always so informative, and you give the best give aways!

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  26. Tonnyo Wright6/7/13, 12:02 PM

    Those are really pretty egg cartons.

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  27. this would be wonderful to win for my backyard flock of 12!

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  28. Stefanie Hallman6/7/13, 12:06 PM

    Would be awesome to win the egg cartons! :)

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  29. Excellent tips.. I particularly like the vinegar in the water idea.

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  30. Tracy Peters6/7/13, 12:08 PM

    Thanks for all the great info. Would love to win the egg cartons.

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  31. Would love to win these cartons!!

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway!! Very excited to see who wins - hopefully meeeeeee. LOL

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  33. Kara Eichelman Leahy6/7/13, 12:18 PM

    First good rain since the girls were put outside and they couldn't get out of the coop fast enough to get all the fat worms!! :)

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  34. Debbie Hall6/7/13, 12:23 PM

    awesome site - love your tips and tidbits, could definately use egg cartons!

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  35. Connie Lancaster6/7/13, 12:23 PM

    Glad I came across your page.I've certainly learned a lot. My chickens thank you! :)

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  36. Thanks for everything, Kathy!! You have a great page, lots of info and great ideas.....and no matter how long you do this, there's always more to learn!!
    I love these egg cartons, great colors.....and I always need more!!

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  37. Nancy Bland6/7/13, 12:28 PM

    Really could use some free cartons to start me off. Got around 50 hens that will start laying in a couple of weeks.

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  38. Thank you so much for your site. I am a huge fan, I refer chicken keeper friends and read your tips constantly. Thank you!

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  39. I'd love to win the cartons. Thanks for doing these giveaways!

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  40. Debbie_Bruening6/7/13, 12:40 PM

    I'd love to win the egg cartons. Your posts have been invaluable to me as I started up my flock of 13 ladies. Americanas, Golden Comets, New Hampshire Reds, Gray Andalusian, Cuckoo Marans, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and question mark. It was so much fun to name them. Still have 3 that are nameless, but I'm getting there.

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  41. Janet Rosenfield6/7/13, 12:47 PM

    I love reading your articles. Even though we had done a ton of research before purchasing our first chickens ... I learn something new everyday from you! My hens thank you :-)

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  42. Sara Robinson6/7/13, 12:48 PM

    I would love to win the egg cartons..pick me : )

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  43. Joyce Zaleski6/7/13, 12:54 PM

    Thank you for the helpful information as always :) Please enter me into your giveaway for the egg cartons as they would surely come in handy. Thanks so much. queenb@epix.net

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  44. Esther widgren6/7/13, 12:54 PM

    Good advice, as always.

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  45. I would love to win the colorful egg cartons. Thanks

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  46. Karen Lawrence6/7/13, 1:06 PM

    Hi, got a question. My mother went and bought wild bird mealworms and a bag of wildbird food. could this be used as chicken treats?

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  47. Tina Roeseler6/7/13, 1:13 PM

    Can't wait until I can put something in those!!-- Tina Roeseler

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  48. What a great giveaway! Love your blog :)

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  49. Jessica Humphrey6/7/13, 1:20 PM

    Cute colored cartons! :)

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  50. Eilene Corcoran6/7/13, 1:31 PM

    I think lots of people are actually commenting on the Egg Carton Store's page instead of here. Maybe it will increase my odds of winning? :)

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  51. Tina Favara6/7/13, 1:38 PM

    Yeah great tips!

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  52. Tina Favara6/7/13, 1:39 PM

    Great tips

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  53. Dolly Sarrio6/7/13, 1:47 PM

    Hi I went to the Egg Carton Store on Facebook and thanks for letting us know about it! I love your blog always find answers to our chicken questions here!

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  54. Susanne Varner6/7/13, 1:49 PM

    These egg cartons are so cute! Bet my eggs would look wonderful in them! Thanks for another great give away!

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  55. Angie morig6/7/13, 1:50 PM

    Thank you for all you do, your information and fabulous contests

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  56. Wow, I've never seen egg cartons like you have the contest for. I liked The Egg Carton Store. Looks like an interesting place! Thanks for always giving us thoughts to ponder every day.

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  57. Melissa Ann Mazzarella-Ferman6/7/13, 2:15 PM

    I can't tell you how excited my daughter and I were when we saw you had pink and purple egg cartons! Lol love them!! I hope we win! Our chickens aren't laying yet but soon!! Can't wait!

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  58. Carton me! FB liked them and in need as we're now in a position to sell our extras and are using the most creative (pathetic) means of packaging. Thanks! SSS

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  59. Monica Morel6/7/13, 2:43 PM

    I wanna win...

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  60. April Luton6/7/13, 2:43 PM

    Matching Cartons! Genius giveaway! I am i carton collection mode since my first pullets are set to lay at the end of July. I would love to have cartons to ship out to friends that they can remember to give back since they are specially colored.

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  61. Koryn Dimock6/7/13, 2:56 PM

    They are so pretty!

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  62. cathy becker6/7/13, 4:37 PM

    Love the egg cartons..... I give eggs away in baskets, then need to get the baskets back.... uggggg.......Yes I want to win !!!!!!!

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  63. Michelle Chun6/7/13, 4:42 PM

    My girls haven't started laying yet, but these cartons would come in handy once they do.

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  64. Ashley Wonsey6/7/13, 5:36 PM

    Thanks for the great opportunity to win some cartons! Finding lots of great info here as well!

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  65. colored egg cartons would be sweet !

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  66. Vicki Lubarsky6/7/13, 6:59 PM

    Yay! Egg cartons!

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  67. Heather Gilbert6/7/13, 8:21 PM

    I would LOVE some colored egg cartons! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

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  68. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:09 PM

    My pleasure, Doreen. Thank you!

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  69. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:11 PM

    Aww, thanks Jenn. :)

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  70. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:14 PM

    Yes, you can put the ACV into their water every time you change the waterer if you're using traditional waterers or in the poultry nipple drinker at the rate of 1-2 tablespoons per gallon.

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  71. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:14 PM

    Thanks Amanda! Welcome to chicken-keeping!

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  72. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:16 PM

    Thanks Janet, that's really nice to know. :)

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  73. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:16 PM

    The mealworms are fine. What's in the wild bird food?

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  74. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:18 PM

    People are doing both, Eilene. ;)

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  75. TheChickenChick6/7/13, 10:18 PM

    I'm a big fan of the pink cartons myself. :)

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  76. Squidly Kegger6/7/13, 10:47 PM

    Yea for a chance to win pretty egg cartons!!

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  77. I really need to win :))

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  78. I really need to win!

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  79. willows Farm6/7/13, 10:56 PM

    You always have such good info on chickens. You have become one of my top resources as I learn about my girls.

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  80. I love the colors and would love to win thanks for the chance. Thanks for all the important info too.

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  81. Karen Lawrence6/7/13, 11:04 PM

    ok awesome. the other bag said, corn meal and roasted peanuts, Contains sweet corn, it shows a picture of a woodpecker, and how the food will attract woodpeckers. i think im going to return that bag

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  82. Melissa Alley6/7/13, 11:17 PM

    I would love the colored cartons! This article was great! I am really enjoying my 12 chickens and can't wait until they give me eggs!!

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  83. Susan Jaisle6/7/13, 11:21 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my chickens!! They are spoiled and very happy!! I would love to win the egg cartons too! Thank you for the blog post as well! Great info :)

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  84. Sabrina Stump Myers6/7/13, 11:31 PM

    Pick me, pick me! :)

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  85. Christine Lynn Peterson6/7/13, 11:34 PM

    As a first time chicken owner, I love your site! So much useful info and of course I woud love some colourful cartons!

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  86. Kathy Smith6/7/13, 11:49 PM

    what a blessing it would be to get color cartons for my eggs to be in! i give away most of my eggs so how nice to give more color!

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  87. Debbie Endsley Edwards6/8/13, 2:54 AM

    New to owning chicks luv to get egg cartons.

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  88. Terri Willey6/8/13, 4:21 AM

    Love the colored cartons. Thank you for the chance to win these and also for the information about keeping healthier chickens.

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  89. Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick6/8/13, 6:26 AM

    Fantastic tips. Thank you so much I learnt heaps. I'll be making eggs for my girls when they moult and I'm going to cook my pumpkin for them tomorrow. I know I'll be coming back to this post again. Mx

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  90. Shawcroton6/8/13, 8:47 AM

    My eggs would look so good surrounded by these cartons!

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  91. Kim Harden6/8/13, 8:48 AM

    I could really use some egg cartons, I've been donating my eggs & I'm running low

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  92. Ethelyn Churchwell6/8/13, 8:50 AM

    I'd like to win!!

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  93. would love the colored egg cartons love your blog

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  94. I would love these. Have tried many times to enter your contests. Will keep trying...

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  95. I'm am kind enough to donate free eggs to family and friends. Only they never seem to return the empty cartons. I could really use these!!

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  96. Christine Tincher6/8/13, 9:05 AM

    very informative post. Thank you. Love my chickens!

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  97. Carol Rayner Harris6/8/13, 9:06 AM

    I would love to have these... sooo cool.. thanks..

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  98. Missy Glover6/8/13, 9:13 AM

    I would love to win some pretty egg cartons to give my eggs to friends in :)

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  99. Beth Lukich6/8/13, 9:16 AM

    Thanks!!!

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  100. Angel Wiles6/8/13, 9:23 AM

    Thanks for all your blogs and contests, fun and informational!

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  101. Melinda Wolowicz6/8/13, 9:36 AM

    The colored egg cartons are amazing ... much prettier than the plain cardboard ones that we normally purchase

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  102. Jaime Alter6/8/13, 9:36 AM

    The egg cartons are so pretty. I think I'm going to have to try to make a good flock block. My girls would LOVE it.

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  103. Tara Hublou6/8/13, 9:51 AM

    Fun colors!

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  104. Jeanine Apuron6/8/13, 9:57 AM

    "Egg cartons, egg cartons,"that is what my husband would say, and I just agree :) thanks for the opportunity!

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  105. Jennifer Thompson6/8/13, 10:07 AM

    I always love reading your posts. Keep up the great work!

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  106. Dorothy Malm (duknuk)6/8/13, 10:25 AM

    I love your website. I learn things constantly - and I've been keeping chickens since 1971 - so that's saying a lot. I wish I could have my girls follow me like they do you ... mine figure out where I'm going and get right in front of me.

    Thank you for the contest - egg cartons are always welcome.

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  107. Melissa Lynn Braglin6/8/13, 10:42 AM

    We can always use more egg cartons! Thanks! :)

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  108. Angie morig6/8/13, 10:54 AM

    Love love love the cartons

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  109. Barbara Thorbjornsson6/8/13, 11:15 AM

    Kathy,
    Can I use regular vinegar or should it be ACV?

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  110. I would love these colorful egg cartons!!

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  111. Elizabeth Lea Barnes6/8/13, 12:54 PM

    yippee so much better than cardboard

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  112. Reusing foam and cardboard cartons is wearing thin, these colored longlasting plastic ones would be great!

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  113. Thank you for the giveaway. I could really use some egg cartons! I "liked" The Egg Carton Store on facebook. :)

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  114. Adam Felts6/8/13, 2:54 PM

    Would love the colored cartons! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  115. Anita Tosti6/8/13, 3:03 PM

    I would love these cartons! They would make my eggs look even better.

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  116. Tim Kilbreath6/8/13, 4:15 PM

    Boy do I need some egg cartons. Girl do I need some too!

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  117. Shannon Houchins6/8/13, 4:36 PM

    excellent info, and I would love to win those egg cartons...

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  118. Backyard Chickren Lady6/8/13, 4:57 PM

    WOw i would love to win 50 colorful egg cartons! Thanks for all the great tips! I learn so much reading your blog :-)

    Holly
    BackyardChickenLady at gmail dot com

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  119. Exactly what I need!

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  120. Kim Vonderharr6/8/13, 9:19 PM

    Would love more cartons!

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  121. We would love to have some colored egg cartons! My oldest son has been wanting to grow meal worms for our layers...

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  122. Elizabeth Sherrill6/8/13, 10:53 PM

    Nice cartons!

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  123. Valerie Jensen6/8/13, 11:47 PM

    How pretty!

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  124. Rhonda Compton6/9/13, 1:33 AM

    I would love to have these beautiful egg cartons... my daughters and I just started raising our first laying hens. It would really top off our journey to be able to package our eggs to share with our neighbors :)

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  125. Charlotte Reed6/9/13, 4:26 PM

    I would love to win the egg cartons!

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  126. Andrea Manuszak6/9/13, 4:56 PM

    I love your blog and giveaways!

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  127. What great idea! People would get a kick out of getting eggs from us with such cute cartons

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  128. Kathy M. Kestner6/10/13, 5:13 AM

    i would love some cartons for my eggs as soon as my peeps get old enough to lay them.

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  129. Thank you so much for hosting the CC hop! Love it here!
    I did not enter to win bc I honestly to not have a use for any of the items...but I love the giveaway! I tweeted it and shared it on FB as well!
    Have a lovely day!

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  130. sam bertone6/10/13, 8:30 AM

    so many eggs and no place to put them

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  131. Amanda Denz6/10/13, 9:11 AM

    That would be a big help getting eggcartens thanks for the opportunity

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  132. Another great blog post!

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  133. Thanks so much for these great giveaways... I love your site and refer to it often... Blessings!

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  134. Dina Dalzell Falasco6/10/13, 12:00 PM

    I'm feeling lucky! Thanks for all of your "giveaways".

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  135. You can never have enough Egg Cartons!!!!

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  136. I always learn something new when I visit here! Love the egg cartons but won't be needing any for a few more weeks.

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  137. I just liked The Egg Carton Store ;-) Here is HOPING I win them !!!

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  138. Staci Wightman6/10/13, 2:43 PM

    Love love love your page and always anxious to check out your recomended friends pages too

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  139. Shelley Carpenter6/10/13, 2:44 PM

    I love looking daily at the information you provide! I learn something new almost every time! I would love the colored egg cartons! Those would be great when I give my friends eggs!

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  140. Barbara Merrill6/10/13, 2:49 PM

    colored cartons! how fun! I would love to have colored cartons for my eggs. My friends would love to receive their eggs this way.

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  141. I'll know where to get my egg cartons in mid August! Thanks for always providing such great information!

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  142. CyanideCupcake6/10/13, 2:53 PM

    I've always wanted some of their colored egg cartons! I love your blog, and you have such fun contests.

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  143. Please sign me up for the beautiful egg cartons.

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  144. Christina Johnson6/10/13, 3:04 PM

    I would love some colored egg cartons to give away my colored eggs in!

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  145. Smith Family6/10/13, 3:15 PM

    Pick me!

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  146. Kristina Humphrey6/10/13, 3:18 PM

    The colored egg cartons are super cute! Hope I am the lucky winner :-)

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  147. Laci Chapman6/10/13, 3:18 PM

    I could definitely use some new egg cartons, but I am blessed to have nice helpful neighbors who happily return empty cartons for a refill every few days!

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  148. I could really use those egg cartons :)

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  149. would love some egg cartons. 20 chickens and counting! always a need for them

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  150. Mamabirdy556/10/13, 3:25 PM

    Eggciting giveaway !!!! I also give away many of my ladies' eggs and these pretty cartons make these gifts all the more nicer to receive !! Thanks again !

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  151. Carolynn Popp6/10/13, 3:26 PM

    Love The Egg Carton Store! Have made many purchases there!

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  152. This would be a nice blessing to win! :)

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  153. Bruce O'Donal6/10/13, 3:49 PM

    I would love to win some colored egg boxes! Then I wouldn't have to keep going to the recycle Ben at the dump!!!

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  154. Elizabeh Fogle6/10/13, 3:58 PM

    I would love to win! I would be able to start selling eggs at our farmers market!

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  155. This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the fun colored cartons.

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  156. Kellie Pittsley6/10/13, 5:05 PM

    Thanks so much for all the tips!!! We're new to chickens, and I love your blog! I would love to win the colored egg cartons!!

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  157. love all those colors

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  158. Love it!

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  159. Randy Francis6/10/13, 8:23 PM

    I never have enough 1 dozen cartons clean and in good shape.

    A bunch of new ones would be awesome! Thanks Chicken Chick.

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  160. TheChickenChick6/10/13, 8:51 PM

    Aren't you sweet, thank you for sharing.♥

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  161. Joy Salazar6/10/13, 8:52 PM

    Can always use cartons. Would love some colors.

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  162. Christy Amburgey Asn6/10/13, 8:58 PM

    Thanks, I love reading all your articles

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  163. TheChickenChick6/10/13, 9:03 PM

    You can use any vinegar, the ACV with the mother has the most health benefits because it has live bacterial cultures in it though.

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  164. TheChickenChick6/10/13, 9:04 PM

    Wow, that's a humbling compliment, Dorothy. Thank you.

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  165. TheChickenChick6/10/13, 9:06 PM

    Thanks Jennifer!

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  166. Lori Edmison6/13/13, 12:34 AM

    I love the Chicken Chick blog - and now that I learned how to enter for the giveaways - maybe I'll have something to crow about soon.


    I agree with the saying - you can't win if you don't enter!!!

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  167. Wow...I love your blog! So much good information. I love that I can click on so many other things and learn! Thank YOU!

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  168. I love this! Pinning it!

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  169. TheChickenChick6/14/13, 8:58 PM

    Thanks Joanie!

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  170. Amanda Denz6/16/13, 2:53 AM

    Great read!!

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  171. Lot's of good info here:) Question...do you ever feed your ladies sprouted grains? I've heard of people doing sprouted wheat but I would think the protein contact would still not be high enough. However, sprouted grains are healthy in general.

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  172. I give my quail sprouted wheat as a healthy treat, but not as a complete diet.

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  173. Would love to,win the watered! Great info as always Kathy!

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  174. Erin Stewart4/18/14, 12:03 PM

    I've got to invest in a nipple waterer. Could definitely use that with having chickens and ducks. The ducks make a mess out of the water dishes all the time.

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  175. First time here! Just want to say... What a lovely website!!

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  176. do you comment to enter..

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  177. Danna, that's one of the entry requirements.

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  178. Hi there! Love the blog! I am new to raising chickens and got some bad information at the feed store and have been feeding my adolescent chicks layer feed since they were about 8 weeks old. They are just about 18 weeks now and after reading this article I'm worried that the high calcium diet may cause permanent damage. Is there anything I can do now or is it a wait and see type situation? :-/

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  179. There is nothing you can do about it now, Meg.

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  180. What is your recommendation regarding calcium for 1 member of the flock? I have 5 chickens, 1 is 19wks the others are only 11wks

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  181. I attempted to ask a question twice but can't get through. What's the appropriate way to post?

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  182. Love love love all the info! I have three hens, the last hen I got came from the same farm as my other two. She is missing feathers from her back and nothing I have tried has worked to get them to grow back. The guy said she was missing them because the rooster had been in there with them. I clean the coop daily, they get bit they get fresh water with electrolyte in it I have treated her and the coop for mites nothing has worked and she is the only one like this. She has a nice red comb and aeats good. Any suggestions?


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  183. Wendy Robinson Chumbler9/7/14, 11:48 AM

    I've had chickens for 2 yr now and earlier this year I lost all but 3 to preditors. After setting up a more secure area I searched and found the multiple mix of chickens that I wanted. I'm looking at colored eggs. I've raised all of them since they were about 5 days old, so I want to make sure that I'm doing right by them. Until your site I gave scratch daily, now I know better and it was corn at that. I have 2 groups, 1 set are 5 months and up. The other group are just now hitting 3 months. Suggestions on the best quality feed and a scratch that is better for them. Thanks and any suggestions would be appreciated.

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