Jul 12, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 7/12/13

Keeping cool was the name of the game this week. Wild weather included 80% humidity, 90°+F temperatures, torrential rains and two, confirmed tornadoes in the area. Thankfully, we are no worse for the wear and the grass and flowers
Ally McBeak & Calista Flockheart (both Tolbunt Polish Frizzles) keeping hydrated with The Chicken Fountain
Olive Egger hen (left, front) and Black Copper Marans hen (right, front). Tricks for helping chickens survive heat, here.

Marilyn Monroe, (White Orpington) wading to keep cool.

All in one basket.

Portia (Serama pullet) 
Windy (3 year old Blue Splash Marans) with crooked toes.
The rain wasn't kind to everyone's feathers. Calista Flockheart (Tolbunt Polish Frizzle)
These eggs will be blown out and sold for decorating.
The eggs' contents are a great source of protein & will be fed back to my peeps.
Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle)


I have won the fight for the right to keep chickens in my backyard, but the fight for the right for everyone to keep backyard chickens in my town continues. If you'd like to help, "Operation Home to Roost, Chickens For All" Blaze & Rachel tee shirts are NOW available! Help raise awareness of & support for backyard chicken-keeping, wear your Rachel & Blaze tee shirt proudly!

Shirt is unisex, white, 100% cotton.  Order here.

Thank you for your support regardless of the form!



156 comments :

  1. Another great giveaway !!! :)

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  2. Debbie Behling7/12/13, 5:23 PM

    Love your facebook page and blog! So many chances for winning great prizes doesn't hurt either ;)

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  3. Che Sweetland7/12/13, 5:23 PM

    I love your new tshirts!! :)
    Che at Meadowfly Farm
    meadowflyfarm@gmail.com

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  4. Jenn Werner-Williams7/12/13, 5:35 PM

    Miserable weather here! High temps and humidity but no rain! We need rain pretty bad. I think i even saw our chickens doing a rain dance earlier!!!

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  5. would just love the scale it is tooo cute

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  6. Staci Wightman7/12/13, 5:40 PM

    Keep up the fight :)

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  7. Tracy Cronin7/12/13, 5:42 PM

    Love your blog and all your helpful tips!

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  8. That is probably the COOLEST scale I've ever seen. :) Ughhh, these contests are so AWESOME!!!

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  9. Lena Shelly Johnson Conner7/12/13, 5:46 PM

    my guys would love this. way to go on your case. That's a win for us chicken lovers. I love to just sit and watch mine. They can be so funny at times.

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  10. angela lashley7/12/13, 5:47 PM

    Would love to be chosen for either prize. Thank you for another great giveaway!

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  11. 3littlechickies7/12/13, 5:51 PM

    Oh my gosh that scale is amazingly cute!! I would love that scale so much! My chicks are only three weeks old but I cannot wait until they start to lay! I'm so excited!

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  12. Oh my gosh what a cute egg scale and wow on the Omega Field Ultra.

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  13. Lena Shelly Johnson Conner7/12/13, 5:54 PM

    love your giveaways

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  14. carol tarzwell7/12/13, 6:07 PM

    Please enter me into your drawing for the egg scale and the omega egg feed. I look forward to your FB posts daily. Keep up the good work. Congratulations on becoming a farm😃

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  15. Barbara Thorbjornsson7/12/13, 6:15 PM

    Omega Ultra Egg, come to me!

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  16. Heidi Weeks7/12/13, 6:15 PM

    Love all the different chickens you have.

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  17. desertmtnalpacas7/12/13, 6:19 PM

    Great blog. I would be happy to win either prize!

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  18. Jennifer Thompson7/12/13, 6:25 PM

    This would be so neat to win, we have RIRs, Japanese Black-tailed Buffs & mixed birds who lay different singer eggs. It's always an adventure to see what is in the coop each day! Keep up the work & BLAZE STAYZE!

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  19. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth7/12/13, 6:32 PM

    would love to try the Omega for my girls!

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  20. Love your site! thanks for all the info!

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  21. Would love to have either one of these. My flock has 5 new little ones coming in they are 4 weeks now.

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  22. copperllama7/12/13, 7:03 PM

    I'm a email subscriber ! Thanks
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  23. I just love, love, love this blog!!! It makes me happy just to read all about the chicks... However, anytime I post, it doesn't show up. Any ideas??

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  24. Richard Schmitt7/12/13, 7:49 PM

    i love some of your pics with captions...great stuff. and another awesome contest! good luck everyone :)

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  25. Denise Allison Magil7/12/13, 7:52 PM

    i do all the giveaways still not sure if i dont have a rooster or 2 my girls were born april 15 th next set may 2nd waiting for an egg

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  26. Nancy Fitzgerald Hoggard7/12/13, 7:55 PM

    Lovin Flock Focus Fridays. Did Frieda get out from under Ariel? Love that Frieda. Brutus is HOT!

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  27. Lolita Hestand7/12/13, 8:28 PM

    It's been overly wet here in Kentucky. Normally I don't have to worry about straw in my run except during colder months. Temperatures have been very nice for the chickens though. mid 80's in July in Kentucky is strange. Love your blog and your facebook page!!

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  28. Kathryn Wetzel7/12/13, 8:53 PM

    I wish be a winner! Love reading all the great posts! Thanks👍

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  29. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:05 PM

    That's really nice of you to say, Kathryn, thanks. :)

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  30. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:06 PM

    Thanks Lolita!

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  31. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:06 PM

    She did, right after I took this picture and then tried to climb back underneath Ariel. Odd. lol

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  32. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:07 PM

    All comments get moderated first, so they don't show up immediately. ;)

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  33. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:09 PM

    Eggsactly! :D

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  34. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:09 PM

    Thanks, Carol!

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  35. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:11 PM

    Thank you, Lena!

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  36. TheChickenChick7/12/13, 9:11 PM

    Thanks Che!

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  37. Dawn E. Sarver7/12/13, 10:24 PM

    this is one of my favorite site/blogs around! loads of concrete info,teaching every time i visit! great giveaways! keep up the great work for chickens and people!

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  38. Kathy, I am proud to support your challenge. I am from Arkansas, and I live in the country so haven't the issue, but my sister lives in town (Springdale), would like chickens but No chickens allowed. Have any suggestions on how to change that. The towns around it can have (I think) 2, no roosters. You seem to have done everything right, did you have a lawyer?

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  39. Such neat products! I would sure love to give them a try!

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  40. Allison Phillips7/12/13, 11:23 PM

    Would love to win. New chicken momma and loving it!

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  41. Joyce Zaleski7/12/13, 11:57 PM

    I would be happy to win either one of these prizes. Once again you provided us with helpful/useful information. Thanks for all you do. queenb@epix.net

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  42. Would love to win the egg scale, love reading your posts and I am totally supporting you in the back yard chicken keeping. More people should so do it it is fun, rewarding, and even edible.

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  43. This contest ends on my birthday. Either would be a nice present!

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  44. TheChickenChick7/13/13, 12:17 AM

    Thank you, Debbie! I am a lawyer and I also have a lawyer working with me. When I have finished the fight here in Suffield, I will blog about what I believe the right steps are to take. It's always going to be different in each municipality, but the core concepts will be the same.

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  45. TheChickenChick7/13/13, 12:18 AM

    Thank you, Dawn. :)

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  46. Esther widgren7/13/13, 12:20 AM

    Oh so hard to choose which prize to hope for!

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  47. Christine Coy7/13/13, 1:13 AM

    Ally and Calista have beautiful coloring and love the frizzle! The Seramas are too cute. Loving Flock Focus Friday!

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  48. TheChickenChick7/13/13, 1:36 AM

    Thanks Christine!

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  49. Vicky Hallenbeck7/13/13, 3:00 AM

    My friends laugh at my weighing eggs and looking up charts. No, big isn't always better, but I DO wanna know just HOW big! I'd love the egg scale.

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  50. Lois Harris7/13/13, 3:08 AM

    This would be awesome!

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  51. Your frizzles are adorable! Amazing flock!

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  52. Deborah Paterson7/13/13, 7:27 AM

    As a new fairly new chicken Mama I can not begin to express my gratitude for all the knowledge and help you have shared. Your photos are always beautiful and have brightened my day with a laugh on more than several occasions....Thanks :)

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  53. Ahh, totally makes sense... Thanks!

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  54. Resi Connell7/13/13, 9:54 AM

    Great stuff, Kathy! I'm really enjoying the posts and picts!

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  55. Barbara Thorbjornsson7/13/13, 10:13 AM

    I love Calista

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  56. callydschaak7/13/13, 10:15 AM

    would love, love, love to win! We have a pretty new mixed group of 7 2 month old chickens and 5 guineas :)

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  57. Dawn E. Sarver7/13/13, 10:17 AM

    the egg scale is so super looking, and i sure would love to know what some of those beauties weigh, thanks for the great giveaways!

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  58. loving the prizes!

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  59. Diane Poole Gilbert7/13/13, 10:23 AM

    Would love to win!!!

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  60. Karen Parsons7/13/13, 10:29 AM

    Would love to win either. I am grateful for all the info you have shared with everyone and I have learned so much. Thank you.

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  61. Crysta Ladwig7/13/13, 10:32 AM

    It would be interesting to see the weight difference between our duck and chicken eggs.

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  62. Lorie Bell-Morrow7/13/13, 10:44 AM

    Cool

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  63. Renee Rogivue Walker7/13/13, 10:47 AM

    I love the egg scale. I was going to try to find one so if I win this...my worries are over!

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  64. Alanna Lafon7/13/13, 10:49 AM

    Hoping for a win! Love all your contests! Great prizes! :-)

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  65. Tina Roeseler7/13/13, 10:55 AM

    The egg scale is adorable! So if I want to be selfish I wish for that but if I want to think of the chickens....which I should....I will wish for the food. :o) Good luck to everyone!

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  66. Ken N Ruth Carpenter7/13/13, 11:02 AM

    Nice prizes!!!

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  67. Rebecca Kober7/13/13, 11:03 AM

    What fun contests! Would love to win the egg scale or Omega Ultra. Thanks!

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  68. great prizes would love this

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  69. Matt Johnson7/13/13, 11:12 AM

    Thanks for all the info you give out!

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  70. The egg scale is really neat!!!

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  71. Laura Johnson7/13/13, 11:19 AM

    such a diversity of chickens in your flock, I admit I'm a bit jealous! 5 of my 6 girls are now laying, it'd be great to be able to weight or add omega 3 to my eggs :)

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  72. maddienbugsmom7/13/13, 11:25 AM

    I love Calista Flockheart, we used to have a specialty chicken althouhg I am not sure of the breed, he was taken by a hawk!

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  73. amber rain rhodes whittenburg7/13/13, 11:27 AM

    you always have the best giveaways (and sponsors) I would absolutely love to win either of these

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  74. I subscribe to your blog via email. The chicken egg scale would be so fun! My chickens are just about the laying age!

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  75. Misty Dorsey7/13/13, 11:30 AM

    Great giveaway! Would love to win!

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  76. Cindy Knighten7/13/13, 11:34 AM

    I think we need to fix Ally McBeak and Calista Flockheart's hair/feathers into a ponytail with a scrunchie to keep it out and off their faces in this heat. What do you think, hahaha. Thank you for the contest.

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  77. Margie DeCaro7/13/13, 11:37 AM

    Love the egg scale. It's so interesting the differences seen in egg sizes day to day!

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  78. I love the egg-scale. The kids and I would have a lot of fun with it.

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  79. Erika Scarbrough7/13/13, 11:41 AM

    I can't imagine 80% humidity. it's been in the 90s here (S.CA) but not humid like that. We finally can legally have chickens in our city (no roosters).

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  80. Donna Richardson Baker7/13/13, 11:41 AM

    I love reading your blog!

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  81. I have been looking at egg scales! I don't really NEED it for measuring eggs (although it would certainly gets used for that) I just think it would be SOOOOOOO cute to have around for decoration!!!

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  82. Ashley Di Iacovo7/13/13, 12:16 PM

    Your prizes are always amazing! My chickens favorite way to beat the heat so far is to hang out under my tomato plants!

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  83. Jessica Lee Griffin-Cobb7/13/13, 12:25 PM

    Love the egg scale!

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  84. Rayna Estness7/13/13, 12:27 PM

    Oooo that egg scale is sooo cute! Lovely photos as usual! :)

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  85. My coop (and kitchen) is decorated with vintage farm items, and I would SO very much love the egg scale! And since I already give Ultra Egg to the girls, I'd love that too!

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  86. Would love to win the egg scale!

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  87. I would love to have the egg scale. Thanks for hosting the give aways.

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  88. Kenna Rogers7/13/13, 12:31 PM

    I would love to have such a gorgeous variety of hens in my flock!!

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  89. Alyssa Blankenship7/13/13, 12:51 PM

    More incredible products!! :)

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  90. Here I am posting, hopefully to win! My facebook name is Swen Arianna or Half A Chance Farm by the way.

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  91. Linda Powell7/13/13, 1:25 PM

    I enjoy all the pictures and advice you post and... the give-aways too!

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  92. Davis would love to have either the scale or the feed for his chickens. We are fortunate enough to live in a city where backyard chickens are permitted.

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  93. Thanks! The walls are going up on the hen house! So excited! Thanks for all the opportunities for free stuff :-)

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  94. Melissa Grover7/13/13, 3:16 PM

    Happy Friday! & WoOt for prizes!!

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  95. I just love all this info, for years I thought I was the only one into chickens but I know now there's a whole community of us out there, thanks !

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  96. I need that scale and it's CUTE!!

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  97. Lexie Johnson7/13/13, 3:59 PM

    I am new to chicken-keeping and am really enjoying your blog. I have learned so many things already and hopefully will win one of the giveaways sometime!

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  98. hannahking007/13/13, 4:16 PM

    The scale is too cute! I love it!

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  99. TheChickenChick7/13/13, 4:31 PM

    Thanks. Me too. :)

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  100. I have learned so much about chickens and keeping a flock happy.

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  101. TheChickenChick7/13/13, 4:42 PM

    Thanks Donna!

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  102. Love that egg scale!!

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  103. Kris Kirkland7/13/13, 5:27 PM

    I'm always curious about the weight / size of my girl's eggs. I would love to win an egg scale or some healthy feed for them. Thank you for answering all the questions I post. Congrats on becoming a "farmer" and Blaze's recovery. I just ordered my "Together We Stand" shirt. I've been wanting some "chickenwear" and I am so glad to contribute toward something I really believe in. I can't imagine my life without my chickens. It is amazing the joy they bring.

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  104. I've loved this scale since the first time you showed it! Question: is there something about the eggs in the wire basket that makes you choose THOSE to blow out? Did you find them not in the nest boxes? Because you blow them does that make them only suitable to feed back to the chickens?

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  105. Thanks! I should have known! You seemed so calm (I would have panicked!) I look forward to hearing all about it!

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  106. Karen Lawrence7/13/13, 6:11 PM

    that is adorable!

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  107. Congrats on being able to keep everyone. Like the name of your farm. You came up with that name quickly. Love the giveaways. A great way to try a new product(if you win).

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  108. LaDonna Martin7/13/13, 6:39 PM

    I love love love the scale! Looks like so many antique egg scales I have seen at antique shops.

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  109. I would love to win the scale.

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  110. I am so grateful for all your information on the blog... Have a great weekend!

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  111. I learn good information from you and enjoy the pictures of all the different breeds. I would enjoy the scale. My hens used to lay bigger eggs when they started laying and now their egg size has gotten so small. I'm not sure why.

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  112. SUBSCRIBE to my blog via email, done dropastitch@yahoo.com and I love that scale!!!

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  113. Rebecca Smith7/13/13, 8:30 PM

    I would love to have a scale like that!

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  114. Summers Acres7/13/13, 8:57 PM

    Following via Bloglovin. Who doesn't want a free bag of omega egg?!? Great giveaway.

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  115. Great photos and giveaways!
    I follow with GFC as Sue D

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  116. That scale would certainly come in handy! :)

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  117. Always love reading your blog and appreciate the giveaways. That scale is so cute!

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  118. Valerie Jensen7/14/13, 12:12 AM

    Too cute! I love all things chicken.

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  119. Elizabeth Lea Barnes7/14/13, 2:30 AM

    would love an egg scale thanks

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  120. peartreehens7/14/13, 4:57 AM

    Your photos are fantastic. Thanks for blogging.

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  121. thank you for another awesome Giveaway!

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  122. Teresa Stickels7/14/13, 8:04 AM

    I don't sell my hen's eggs, so I don't really need to size them, but I have to admit, one of my girl lays huge eggs, and I'd be curious to know what it would be graded as...

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  123. Kathryn Wetzel7/14/13, 10:24 AM

    I will take anything I may win! Love reading all you share! So do my chicks🐓👍

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  124. Kathryn Wetzel7/14/13, 10:25 AM

    Hope I win for my chicks👍🐓🐣🐥

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  125. Heather Warnock7/14/13, 10:32 AM

    I just love Brutus, he's so adorable. I need some seramas in my life!

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  126. Michele A Ray7/14/13, 11:07 AM

    I *NEED* one of these, so I can brag about EGGSACTLY how much bigger my eggs are than the supermarket!

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  127. My chickens have just started laying! I could use a scale like that.

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  128. I have the right to own chickens already with some qualifiers but I still feel lucky and can't wait to share some eggs with the neighbors who have experienced the young rooster learning to crow and practicing all day long. :)

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  129. Just found your blog. I live it. I subscribed via rss

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  130. Deborah Paterson7/14/13, 11:41 AM

    The sun has actually broken through for 30 min here yeah. Thank you for all of the information, I have shared with others so your helping more than you know.

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  131. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:07 PM

    Thanks Deborah, that's nice of you to say.

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  132. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:08 PM

    Thanks for joining me, Annette!

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  133. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:11 PM

    Thanks so much, I appreciate that.

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  134. the scale and the Omega Ultra Egg giveaway...I'm in it to win it!

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  135. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:15 PM

    Thanks Lisa!

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  136. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:16 PM

    When I have an abundance of eggs, I blow out the ones that are the prettiest. The contents can be eaten as long as the eggs were recently collected.

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  137. TheChickenChick7/14/13, 1:16 PM

    Thanks for your support, Kris! ♥

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  138. I'm so glad you get to keep your chickens! That is awesome news!!

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  139. Tina Williams Schroeder7/14/13, 3:16 PM

    Love the scale!

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  140. Arliss Friend-Wells7/14/13, 3:25 PM

    You have wonderful items on the giveaways! Would love to win the egg scale.

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  141. Love to win the Omega Ultra Egg/Egg scale. Definitely get great use out of either one. Thanks, Ellen

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  142. What a great giveaway....and I'm an email subscriber :)

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  143. TracyBernice7/14/13, 7:47 PM

    Love your blog! I would love to win :)

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  144. Linda Warner7/15/13, 12:36 AM

    The egg scale is really cool, as it'd make it easier to decide which eggs to use for baking recipes ( large) and which to cook with (everything else).

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  145. Laura Windham7/15/13, 1:17 PM

    Thanks for another great giveaway. Can use either. Thank you.

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  146. Michelle Chun7/15/13, 6:26 PM

    I've just started feeding my hens the Ultra egg. I bore countless friends on the boost in Omega-3s in each egg as a result. I think they only smile and nod out of politeness.

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  147. I love all of the tips to keep the chickens cool. Great ideas.

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  148. Mary Butler Brown7/16/13, 2:31 PM

    Those bags are so CUTE! I'd sure love to carry one of those around and see people's reactions!

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  149. Vickie Redmond7/17/13, 1:39 PM

    I think that that scale is soooo cute. But I can always use anything to give my girls. I just got 6 Buffs about 7 weeks old they are precious.

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  150. Cotton Carol7/17/13, 2:30 PM

    Thank you for having such a great website, Kathy. It really has enhanced my chicken-keeping experience.

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  151. Jennifer LeMaster7/17/13, 7:40 PM

    My first ever chickens just started laying! This would be a great product to try! Thanks

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  152. A scale would be awesome to keep track of the eggs from my girls!

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  153. Deborah Paterson7/21/13, 5:52 AM

    As I returned from the grocery and not one but two feed shops trying to find chick starter grow (according to the first it's past that time so they no longer carry it) and had nothing but things for the chickens hubby continued to mutter all day "Crazy chick Chick". As per your suggestions I now have grapes in the freezer ready to go out, they had cold cabbage on their cabbage swing, fresh pumpkin from my garden, a rubber feed bowl with water and 2 frozen bottles, a tarp covered run for extra shade...oh and a blue mister. I added to perches in a corner of the run to make use of the 7 foot run height (hubby is 6'11" so I made it tall enough for him) and so they could catch a breeze. I also added to roosts in the coop. The fan and built in vents seem to be keeping it at a good temp. Conan the little barn kitty in training and my 3 dogs laid outside the coop and watched. I can loose my day in tending the chickens and be the better for it. Thanks for all of your suggestions and help :)

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  154. Renee Sturgis7/25/13, 1:22 PM

    Great blog, as always! Hope I win!

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  155. Shannon Todd Hobbs9/20/13, 10:26 AM

    Would love to win this awesome brooder! 🐣🐣🐣

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