Jun 21, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 6/21/13


Blaze, my Black Copper Marans rooster, earlier this week. He is under-the-weather currently. :(
Lola (Columbian Wyandotte) & a Black Copper Marans hen, dust bathing in the mulch. My Black Copper Marans hens lay the dark brown eggs in the photo below. My Olive Eggers lay the green eggs, the Ameraucanas lay the blue eggs.
Most of the hens are working hard, producing an average of 18 eggs a day.
Several hens are  broody and must be broken up in order to get them back to egg-laying.


Two Olive Egger pullets and a Black Copper Marans cockerel, using my planter for a daytime roost.

One of my Olive Egger pullets with an attitude? ☺
Brutus (Mille Fleur Serama cockerel)  and Ariel (Black Copper Marans hen)


Aurora (Leghorn pullet)
Ariel (Black Copper Marans hen) and Simone (Olive Egger hen)


View from the bench.
Blaze, earlier this week. 
 


146 comments :

  1. Oh please please please let me be the winner of a Grandpa's Feeder! I have SO been wanting one and I'm not clever enough to build my own, plus I love the fact that these are galvanized. It would make life just a little simpler and give me a little more peace of mind. Keeping my fingers crossed big time that I'm the winner! I'm not begging, I promise - just tossing the idea out into the cosmos that I REALLY want a Grandpa's Feeder! ;-)

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  2. looks like an awesome feeder. great for my five messy girls. Subscribed, liked and commented.

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  3. My 10 chickens SOOOOOO need this! I've saving up to purchase one, but I'd much rather WIN one!

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  4. Wow that is a great feeder! How long does it take a chicken to figure out how to use these?
    Would love to be a winner of this one :-)

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  5. Grandpa would be proud of this feeder. Looks like it really will keep the food clean!

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  6. This would be great for my birds

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  7. New to your blog and page on FB. Enjoy seeing all these contests and hope to win one. :) And can't wait to see more posts from the page!

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  8. That is one handsome chicken feeder. I hope Blaze gets better soon!

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  9. I would love to add this feeder to my new chicken coop!

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  10. Would love to win the chicken feeder. I hope Blaze is in tip top shape soon. Thank you.

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  11. Would love to have a grandpas feeder!

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  12. Love that feeder!! I love your photos as well, especially the chicken dance!

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  13. Would love to try one of these feeders. My first baby chicks turned one week today!

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  14. Thanks for all the great info, Kathy, The Chicken Chick (love your name!)

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  15. This feeder is awesome! We keep saying we need to do something about the awful feeder we have, it just keeps getting lost on the list of everything we *need* to do!

    Thanks for hosting!

    http://skymindedandevergrowing.blogspot.com/

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  16. Amazing feeder. Also glad Blaze is on the mend. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I need this bad! My chickens are the messiest eaters ever...so wasteful these guys!

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  18. Would love one of these feeders:) Thanks for bringing attention to yet another great idea/product:)

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  19. Looks like Grandpa had a good idea.

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  20. not sure my other comment posted, so I am trying again.

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  21. email subscriber, Like Grandpa's Feeders on Facebook. What a great feeder!

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  22. Great question, Susanne. There is a 2 week training period, which only involves lowering the lid twice with two, little bolts.

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  23. Would love to try this feeder!

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  24. Please enter us in for Grandpa's feeder! Love all your opportunities for your giveaways! :D

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  25. This is a great looking feeder. If it works as good as it looks, I'm in!!

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  26. I would love to try one of these out.

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  27. Gotta have one of these ... Please!

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  28. Would love a feeder to keep the birdies happy and healthy :-)

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  29. I already get your emails and follow you. Just liked Grandpa's Feeders on FB! LOVE THEM!!! They are amazing! Love that the food won't go to waste. That is my pet peeve!! (and poop!!)

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  30. This would be perfect as I am building my coop pen and haven't installed a feeder yet.

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  31. I would literally died and go to heaven if I won! We have birds from all around come and eat out of our feeders. My chickens are totally down with it too....

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  32. Great pictures! I love seeing all your birds :) Great giveaways, too!

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  33. I will definitely be getting one of Grandpas Feeders. Hopefully I can win it!

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  34. I love your blog! (And my chickens would love a new feeder)...

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  35. Would love one of these as we update our coop!

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  36. What *I* don't understand, is WHY they flick all the feed out of the feeder, then DON'T eat it off the ground? Instead they all act like I never feed them!

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  37. Would love a feeder that feeds my birds more than the sparrows steal!!

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  38. I SO want one of those feeders!

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  39. baby blue orpingtons...wishing we can win a feeder !!

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  40. That feeder is perfect. I am at war with the mice, they sneak in at night and get into the feeder., and scare me when I check the coop at night. I love your site, informative and entertaining. Its also nice to see someone else decorates their coop ;)

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  41. Would love to win something like this :-). You help promote such great products, not to mention I love your page. Thanks so much for the tips, pics and general fun of your page. Good luck to Blaze and I have my fingers crossed!!

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  42. I need one of those feeders so bad-I have a huge problem with possums and rats after my girls feed in the middle of the night.

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  43. I commented earlier but I don't think it went through. I would love to be entered in this drawing and love even more to win! Love your blog & chicken wisdom. Also, today is my birthday and it would make an awesome gift to our clucking beauties! Thanks!!

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  44. I would love this for an outside feeder!!!

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  45. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the Grandpas feeder:) BTW I hope Blaze is feeling better.

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  46. I just love reading your posts via Facebook and in my email! Fingers crossed on this feeder!! :) Thank you for all of the great information!!!

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  47. I'd like to enter the contest for Grandpas Feeder
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  48. Just picked up 3 german spetz for a friend and going to hatch some eggs from the hen.

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  49. I need one of these now that I am feeding organic feeds.

    The sparrows are chowing down.

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  50. A Grandpa's feeder would be dream come true for this renewed chicken owner!

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  51. Love those Grandpa Feeders!!! Send one to Texas! ;-)

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  52. What a neat feeder, thanks for sharing!

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  53. Already have mice in our new barn so could use this feeder!

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  54. Your blog is excellent, I love grandpa's feeders & would be estatic to win one!!!!!!!!
    Miss Hopeful here ♡♥♡♥♡

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  55. These are great. I'd love to give one a try.

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  56. My girls would love Grandpas feeder! What a great idea!

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  57. *sigh* I guess I'm not the only one with messy wasteful chickens! O_o

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  58. not to sure if my chicks will try this out or not....but would love to give it a try. If I actually win I will be sure to let you know what they think. Going now to check out grandpas feeders site.

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  59. Looks like a pretty neat feeder. It would fit nicely in one of my smaller coops.

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  60. This is an amazing feeder. Just what we need for our Chicken Utopia.

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  61. I have tried everything to keep my chickens from making a mess and wasting food. Looks like Grandpa is onto something :)

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  62. Looks like a great feeder for any flock. I sure would love to have one of these for my flock of eight.
    I love your Blog!!

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  63. This feeder is ingenious! We would love to have this Grandpa's Feeder! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  64. I would love to have one of these feeders!

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  65. Wish I had one of these feeders, sometimes, I think I feed every feathered friend in my small town!

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  66. My chickens would really like this!

    Theresa :-)

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  67. When I saw this feeder I thought " what an awesome idea!" I've got to have one of these for my girls:-)

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  68. Wow what a cool idea,would love to have one of these feeder. A big thanks for all your fantastic giveaways :)

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  69. Would love to have a feeder. Thank you for the great opportunity! !

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  70. Would love to win the feeder. We live in the country and rodents are a BIG problem with the feed. Thanks for all the information. Susan Ladner, ladner309@bellsouth.net

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  71. Love your blog and fun pictures!Really pulling for Blaze!!!!! Would love one of these feeders save on feed so I can have even more chickens!!!!!

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  72. we got a surprise tiny chick today! it was hopping around underneath the nests, a tiny little thing, just born! someone was hiding eggs from me, but i'm glad. the older chicks took right to her.=^_^=

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  73. Grandpa's Feeders looks like a great product!

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  74. Could really use one of grandpa's feeders!

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  75. Grampa was a genius. Could really put this to good use. First full year as a chicken owner, first spring hatching. Life is good!

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  76. I would love to have a Grandpa's feeder because it would not only save on mess but also waste.

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  77. Nice feeder! Hope Blaze is still recovering -- I'm headed out to set a live trap for the (I suspect) opossum that dragged a full-grown guinea under the chicken house. (inside a 6', covered chainlink run with 3 strands of hotwire around it) grrrr....... I now suspect it was denned up under there and has been munching away on chicken feed. This also explains the complete disappearance of a few chicks and one turkey poult. :(

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  78. I totally need one of these feeders! I am always feeding the birds in the neighborhood.

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  79. Awesome feeder! What a great idea!

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  80. HELP! My chickens keep scratching the feed out of the feeder. It gets all over the floor. What a mess. We sure could use one of grandpa's feeders.

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  81. This looks like a great product!

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  82. I am new to chicken "keeping" but am having a blast! They are so entertaining and I find that I'm "following" and "liking" tons of chicken related stuff! I have also been following Blaze and his medical journey...hope he pulls through! This feeder would look great in the coop with my girls!

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  83. Such an awesome contraption! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  84. I would love to when a feeder for my kids 4-h chickens :)

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  85. Thanks for all of the great info!

    Marcia Esposito

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  86. Would love one of these feeders.

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  87. Grandpa's feeder is Worth way more than it's weight in chicken feed!!

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  88. Looks like an awesome feeder! Thanks again for alerting us to a great product!

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  89. Would love to try this for my messy girls.

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  90. Can always use a better way to feed the flock. The chipmunks sneak in right under their beaks and take food. frustraing.

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  91. We need one of these sooo bad. We travel a lot and sometimes it is hard to find someone to chicken sit.

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  92. Liked Grandpa's Feeders and have subscribed and liked the famous Chicken Chick ;-) Always trying to figure out the best way to keep these girls healthy with good feeding options! :-)

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  93. This chicken feeder is so amazing!

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  94. I am so tired of rodents in my feed!! Yes please.

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  95. This looks like a "MUST HAVE" for my sweet chickens! =)

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  96. Love reading your tips! Just started out 2 months ago with 4 hens...redcross hens....have to say I'm glad I did...I enjoy coming home from work and hanging out with the girls...it's relaxing. Thank you for all your great tips!

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  97. I sure could use Grandpa's Feeder here... the rodents ate thru our feed bins, so I have to lock up our feed in my jeep every night to avoid paying "rat-tax" - ugh!

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  98. Entered the give away .. Please keep us posted on Blaze .. poor little guy, we all love him so and Im sure rachel is missing him :(

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  99. We desperately need one of the GRANDPA FEEDERS for our new flock!! Wish me luck to win!!

    Taina Norris

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  100. I have been looking for a solution to our rat problem and it looks like this feeder might be the ticket!

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  101. I would love to try one of these feeders ... see if the darn goats can get in it!

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  102. Great design and good idea to keep the varmints away from the feed - so there is more for the chickens! Would sure like to win one.

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  103. I'm totally new to chickens and your blog is great. My sister's chickens got evicted after 2 years of having permission from the village to be there. They stayed in the family - I'm in the country. Unfortunately I have much more wildlife to steal food and chickens :(

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  104. Another excellent product shared! Learning alot from this blog and your facebook posts. Keep it up. Appreciate all the info and experiences you share.

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  105. Love your post. I find them very helpful. I just started this chicken thing a year ago. It started out as a way to help with the bugs. I live in the country. After getting them they became like everything else around here PETS!. What started out as 5 has now grown into 21. I even picked up a chicken that had fallen off a poultry truck headed for the processing plant. After a lot of TLC he is now doing great. We first thought he was a she. In any case he is part of the flock now and is doing great. The chipmunks and squirrels love the chicken feed. I could really use one of those feeders. Thanks for all your info and the pictures of your girls and guy. Hope Blaze is better soon...........Thanks Nancy

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  106. this is really cool but what about the bitty chickens guess they only eat when they have a larger friend at the feeder? And what if the larger friend steps away is the lid light enough not to crush a smaller bird? would love to won one of these.

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  107. I contacted Grandpa's Feeders about my squirrel problem and they said that squirrels are a grey area because they can weigh as much as a chicken and could possibly weigh enough to get into the feeders. They said they hadn't had the chance to test the feeders with squirrels because they don't have them in NZ. They suggested purchasing the largest feeder which requires more weight to open it, but also said that it wouldn't work if I had bantams. They assured me that if I wasn't satisfied they would refund my purchase in full. I haven't decided if I'm going to purchase the feeder yet, but I'll tell you one thing, what wonderful customer service they have. They responded quickly and very thoroughly to my questions and concerns. I have no doubt that they stand behind their product and that they care about their customers.

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  108. Thanks Debi! You can tell your grandson that I named my rooster after him. ;)

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  109. Colette Bolster7/1/13, 11:16 AM

    Would love to win either of these items!

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  110. Carol Sibbel7/2/13, 10:02 AM

    So good to see Blaze is on the mend!

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  111. Yay! I finally figured out how to post a comment. I love your posts and blog.

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  112. My girls love salad, hope the seeds come to me!

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  113. Kathy,
    I have a question about Black Copper Marans'. I notice Blaze has red/orange eyes while all my Black Copper Hens and roosters have olive green ones. Is there a standard and correct color for the eyes of Black Copper Marans?

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  114. TheChickenChick7/2/13, 10:26 PM

    Orangy-red is the APA standard of perfection, Earl. http://maransofamericaclub.com/blackcoppermarans.php

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  115. Charlotte Searcy Marquess7/3/13, 9:04 PM

    Oh wow!! I got this thing figured out!! Our chickens have just started laying. It is such an exciting event. Wish I could win one of the fab prizes!! Love your page and your helpful advice!!

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  116. Denise Allison Magil7/9/13, 6:58 PM

    thank you

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  117. Melissa Farncomb8/6/14, 4:28 PM

    Love the photos of the Marans! I have 16 (a new flock) and not many farms/people have them in my area!

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  118. Phillis Bouldin9/27/14, 9:15 PM

    Need some comments on what folks are doing with all those eggs, I am so overwhelmed, now receiving 16 most days. I have frozen some in the shell, mixed and froze some in muffin pans. I have read all the suggestions on the web and some say a certain method works and others say it don't. I live so far out, people won't drive out here even if they were being given away free. Getting so desperate I am gonna make egg noodles and freeze them. lol

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