Sep 27, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 9/27/13


A few months ago I was contacted by Jon Kamp, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal who was researching a story loosely related to chickens; in that conversation, I mentioned the problem with finding qualified healthcare providers for backyard chickens, which ultimately resulted in several more interviews on the subject, a visit to my farm and an excellent article, which appeared on the front page of this week's Wall Street Journal! Many thanks to Mr. Kamp for his interest in this subject, which as helped raise awareness of the need for  trained medical professionals to care for backyard chickens. 
Two Serama chicks (far left) and three Polish Crested chicks. Big week for them in which they had their first chance to play outside and moved into the Big Girl Coop! They're using an EcoGlow brooder inside a large wire dog crate.
 In other news this week: I met with Zoning Department staff members at the request of the Zoning Commission to discuss tweaking my proposed text amendment to the zoning regulations that I argued to the Commission last week. While I'd like to report that the meeting went as well as the public hearing, I left with the sense that the zoning staff members are not as open to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"  regulations as the Commission seemed to be. My attorney and I have a plan. I'll keep you posted.
Blaze, Black Copper Marans rooster.
Buff Orpington pullet.
 
Lucy, a 4+ year old Easter Egger hen weathering a seriously painful-looking molt.
I received a phone call from the vet at the poultry pathology lab regarding Brutus' necropsy. While a final report was expected last week, they needed to perform more tissue testing this week. The vet indicated the final report would be issued this afternoon, but as of the writing of this post, there are 20 minutes left to their business day and I have received nothing. Phone calls have been placed and messages left. I'll keep you posted. 
 Brutus, Serama cockerel. 
 Calista Flockheart, Tolbunt Polish Frizzle pullet.
 Iris, Olive Egger pullet.


Thanks for visiting today and have a great weekend!


438 comments :

  1. Christina Carranza9/27/13, 4:40 PM

    I hope you get answers soon about sweet Brutus ♥♥♥

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  2. Good luck with the local zoning people.......

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  3. Amanda Caldwell9/27/13, 4:40 PM

    Oh, man! I hope the vet gets back to you soon! The suspense is awful!

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  4. Linda Marchesini Brown9/27/13, 4:41 PM

    First? :-)

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  5. Michelle in Massachusetts9/27/13, 4:41 PM

    Can't wait to hear an update on Brutus, and continuing to think good thoughts with the zoning commission!

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  6. Jenn Werner-Williams9/27/13, 4:41 PM

    I hope you get news about Brutus. Everytime I see a picture of him it puts a smile on my face!

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  7. Caryn Kralovansky9/27/13, 4:41 PM

    We've been predator free for several years now but recently it's like a newsletter went out and I've had to deal with a possum and skunk. Thankfully no signs of raccoon or foxes yet but I know they are in the neighborhood as well. Doing my best to keep the girls safe. Good luck with the Zoning Staff. I am paying close attention to our fight as more and more areas will be dealing this in the future.

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  8. Micah Fenton9/27/13, 4:42 PM

    Hope you get answers about Brutus soon! Follow via email.

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  9. Would love to win.... best of luck with your town officials.

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  10. Good Luck with the toxicology report... have been praying for you and your chicks!

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  11. Janell Surratt Stephenson9/27/13, 4:49 PM

    I really hope they can give you concrete answers as to what happened to Brutus. He was one of my favorites.

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  12. Eilene Corcoran9/27/13, 4:50 PM

    I was so hoping to hear the results of Brutus' necropsy. I hope it turns out to be something natural, and not an issue of human cruelty. As for the town commission thing, you've already progressed much faster than I thought you would. If our town council is any indication of the rest of the world, nothing gets done faster than the speed of a snail on quaaludes. Oh, and I'm apparently going to need to barb wire my coop, so maybe predator pee would be useful.....

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  13. Sandy Chesebrough9/27/13, 4:51 PM

    Love your blog.

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  14. Alyssa Blankenship9/27/13, 4:52 PM

    I praying you win this fight! Keep it up. I would be heart broken if I lost my chickens... there like kids.

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  15. Krystal Stone9/27/13, 4:53 PM

    The two girls that survived the passing of their sisters started laying eggs this week. My husband is extremely happy to have over easy eggs in the morning with dark orange yolks. :)

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  16. Jennifer Xoan Colon9/27/13, 4:53 PM

    I love reading your blog! It's getting me (and my hubby) ready to get our flock in March.

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  17. Mindy Jacob9/27/13, 4:55 PM

    It is nice to see all the cute pictures of the flock. I am trying to get my brother to get one like Calista Flockheart (i love that name) to add to his little flock he has going on.

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  18. I would love to win, anything! LOL I love reading your blog and I love all the names you name the boys and girls you have. You might want to get the Chicken Whisperer to pay you a visit to city hall if you need any help with the zoning of the chickens. He helped get new laws passed here in Nashville TN. a couple years ago. Hope you find out soon what took your beautiful Brutus, soon. I'm finding out how attached you can get to these cute little bundles of furry/feathers. :)

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  19. Oh, to win one of these giveaways!! La di da!!

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  20. Liisa Krause9/27/13, 5:02 PM

    Have a great weekend!

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  21. Denise Harvey9/27/13, 5:02 PM

    Aw, I hate when they say "today" and then leave you waiting! Cheers!

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  22. My girls would love to win one of the three giveaways. I really enjoy reading your posts; always something I can use to better the lives of my girls. Have a great weekend!

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  23. Deborah Paterson9/27/13, 5:37 PM

    Glad to hear the meeting went well, good luck with the out come. The Feed sounds great, I'd love to try it with my flock. I've checked my local Tractor supply, but they did not have any of this.

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  24. LaDonna Martin9/27/13, 5:39 PM

    WOO HOO! Great Giveaways!

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  25. Alishia Bigelow9/27/13, 5:40 PM

    I want to win!

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  26. Emily Usina Bowers9/27/13, 5:42 PM

    Watching for updates

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  27. Robbin Miller Treen9/27/13, 5:43 PM

    Im soooo close to getting those hens! Could really use any of these wonderful prizes! Thank you!

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  28. Jo Tetherow9/27/13, 5:44 PM

    been wondering about the drug tests. what will you do if it was indeed poison?

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  29. Karen Parsons9/27/13, 5:45 PM

    I will be watching for updates.

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  30. Gail Koehling9/27/13, 5:46 PM

    Thanks for all your great chicken keeping information.

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  31. Catherine Flannery9/27/13, 5:47 PM

    some beautiful chickens you got there!

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  32. Love Nutrena feeds!! Would like it even better to win a FREE one!!! :)

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  33. Deidra Benson Ozment9/27/13, 5:49 PM

    Sign me up!

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  34. Chris N Amanda9/27/13, 5:49 PM

    Wow, that's great, when did the article run?

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  35. Karen Parsons9/27/13, 5:49 PM

    I hope they let you know soon about Brutus. It is hard to keep wondering.

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  36. Good luck with the Zoning!

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  37. Joanne Caglione9/27/13, 5:50 PM

    Your Iris is REALLY a lovely lady:-)

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  38. Dianne Vela9/27/13, 5:54 PM

    I would love to win the feed

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  39. Shelly Parker9/27/13, 5:57 PM

    I am on pins and needles waiting for updated on Brutus and the zoning commission. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  40. Marianna Postema9/27/13, 5:57 PM

    I miss hearing things about Brutus :(

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  41. Waiting to hear the final results, and thanks for the chance to win stuff!

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  42. Michelle Chun9/27/13, 6:10 PM

    We'll be waiting for the update on Brutus.

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  43. Heather Schleifer9/27/13, 6:12 PM

    Eagerly awaiting the results for Brutus....

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  44. Thank you so much for all the great info you post. I have learned so much from you!

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  45. Sunny Van Horn Ploch9/27/13, 6:16 PM

    The Wall Street coverage is great- l am sure it is difficult waiting and waiting on the report for Brutus as well as the commission. Praying for positive amendments to the rules for you. I recently found out the city folks here can have backyard chickens but those of us who live in the county are in violation if we have them. Following your circumstances closely 🙏

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  46. linda prater9/27/13, 6:27 PM

    Could always use food and the other things are useful. would like to win. waiting to hear the update

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  47. Thanks for another week of great pictures

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  48. Christy Amburgey Asn9/27/13, 6:35 PM

    Thanks for keeping us updated!

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  49. Valerie Cottingham9/27/13, 6:40 PM

    Thank you for what you do!

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  50. I FINALLY subscribed to the blog! Why? Because rather than sleeping you created those fantastic little icons ;) and I don't want to miss a thing! You are so very appreciated!

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  51. Beautiful chickens! Would love to win the Omega Ultra Egg!

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  52. You are the best. Thanks for all the awesome opportunities to win stuff!

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  53. Nancy Fitzgerald Hoggard9/27/13, 6:53 PM

    Wow, what a week. LOVE the pic of Brutus crowing with the weather vane. His short life provided a lot of joy around the world. Will be curious to see the results of his narcopsy.

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  54. Mary O'Neal9/27/13, 6:53 PM

    My girls would benefit from ANY of these lovely give aways - Please sign me up!! I am seriously waiting on the last report from the pathologist. Curiosity more than anything. AND I'd love an olive easter egger! Not time yet :-)

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  55. Josephine Boscia Amrhein9/27/13, 6:59 PM

    I wish I could read that Wall Street Journal article.. My 7 yr old is going to become a "Farm Animal Veterinarian" after seeing the troubles we've been through trying to get any kind of effective care for our hens and chicks.Of course, by the time she becomes a veterinarian, I'll be near 70 but hopefully still keeping chickens♥

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  56. Love my chickens! Since my rooster found a new home, the hens have become much more friendly. I was in the pasture with them today and three came over to me begging to be picked up! Of course, I obliged them!!

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  57. Mets Suárez Salazar9/27/13, 7:07 PM

    Crossing fingers on the re-zoning front, and awaiting to hear of Brutus' necropsy report... I would love to win the Ultra Egg for my mottly, molting girls... here's hoping!

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  58. irish Wendy9/27/13, 7:12 PM

    Wow, thought you'd be scott free with he.zoning!

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  59. Marne Harris Long9/27/13, 7:13 PM

    I love you pics with quotes, they're always so fun...keep up the good fight on the ordinances.

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  60. It turns out that I can have up to 15 chickens, including a rooster in my wee tiny city backyard... I currently have four, and am thinking of adding six bantams next year. I think 15 full-sized birds would be too much for such a small space. I also think my neighbors would kill me in my sleep if I got a rooster, as one has a bedroom window all of 10 feet from my coop. However, I saw the cutest banty roo at the feed store who had a rather diminutive crow. He wouldn't bother the neighbors much more than my squawky Silver Lace Wyandotte hen does...

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  61. Would love to be a winner :)

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  62. Barbara Wright Fontaine9/27/13, 7:25 PM

    Brutus was a beauty!

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  63. like you my chickens are my best friends want to win

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  64. Thank you for all the updates! Too bad they hadn't come through on Brutus at press time. So will sit a bit longer twiddling my thumbs........

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  65. Joan Paprocki9/27/13, 7:33 PM

    Can't wait to hear the news about Brutus's necropsy!

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  66. Love keeping up to date with chicken news!

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  67. I love your pictures and stories. I have learned a lot and would Love to win any of these wonderful prizes. Keep up all the good work you do.

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  68. Have a good weekend too and enter me in this give a way, could really use all of it especially the predator pee, coyotes are going crazy right now, probably getting ready for winter, I don't know but need some help, thanks.

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  69. Laura Aderholdt9/27/13, 7:45 PM

    I hope you hear something soon - he sure was a handsome fella

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  70. Kristin Withrow9/27/13, 7:54 PM

    Thanks for your information. I love your blog and NEED the chicken info!

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  71. I hope it's good news about Blaze!

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  72. We don't seem to have a predator problem but would love to win either the food or the supplement!

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  73. Laurie Matson9/27/13, 8:07 PM

    Love the Chicken chick!!

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  74. susan ladner9/27/13, 8:08 PM

    Love your blog. Have learned so much from it. Would love to win the chicken food. Thanks, Susan Ladner, ladner309@bellsouth.net

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  75. Phoebe Mckell9/27/13, 8:12 PM

    Stay Strong, you're doing it right!

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  76. Another great giveaway. I hope I win!

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  77. Love your blog and those pictures are just so cute!
    Keep it up, and good luck with the zoning commission.

    lisa@vetteklisa.com

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  78. Kara Eichelman Leahy9/27/13, 8:33 PM

    I have fed my chickens Purina until I won a bag of Nutrena at a silent auction. The quality is so much better, I had no idea! BTW, 'nother egg in the box today. Woohoo!!

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  79. Myrna Jones9/27/13, 8:34 PM

    I would love to win anything. I never win anything. Enjoy your posts.

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  80. hannahking009/27/13, 8:36 PM

    I still miss Brutus, and I never met him. Hang in there.

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  81. I'm an email subscriber, I love you on FB and I could really use either of these prizes!

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  82. Gosh....sure would like to see those results on Brutus....I know you would too :-/

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  83. TheChickenChick9/27/13, 8:52 PM

    You can read the Wall Street Journal article, Josephine, simply click on the link in the article above, it'll bring you right to it!

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  84. TheChickenChick9/27/13, 8:52 PM

    LOL! Thanks for that. ;)

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  85. Cant thank you enough for your time and knowledge you share with us all! And my husband and I really get a kick out of your Ellen yolks LOL

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  86. Evelyn Qualls9/27/13, 9:13 PM

    Hoping you and your lawyer come up with a superior plan. Please also enter me in the giveaway. Any one of the prizes would be grand. evequalls@gmail.com also @Hillside Happy Hens

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  87. Maria Fraccica9/27/13, 9:14 PM

    Good Luck!!

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  88. Cristy Rogers9/27/13, 9:23 PM

    Sounds like you have a plan ;) I know you'll keep us up to date. Congrats on the Wall Street Journal Article.

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  89. Love your blog! Hoping to win! :)

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  90. Helen Gillengerten Becker9/27/13, 9:43 PM

    HOPE ALL WORKS OUT WITH YOUR ZONING.
    EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP CHICKENS.

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  91. Another Brutus cliffhanger. We are all anxiously waiting. Thanks for sharing.

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  92. naturerocks9/27/13, 9:46 PM

    Godspeed the lab results!

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  93. Just found you (facebook) a couple days ago...LOVE the information and extra love the photos. My chickens are my girls- I get mesmerized sometimes when I'm with them and forget just how much time has passed. Thank you for the [sometimes overwhelmingly] large amount of information! (And thanks for doing the giveaways- this is the first I've entered, but I saw a bunch from past posts!)

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  94. Patricia Stowe9/27/13, 10:02 PM

    Poor Lucy :( I am not looking forward to my chickens' first molt.

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  95. melanie bertsch9/27/13, 10:09 PM

    thanks for the opportunity

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  96. R.m. Hamilton Wilson9/27/13, 10:12 PM

    Wow. What a week you've had! TGIF and have a great weekend :-)

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  97. Cindy Yeager9/27/13, 10:12 PM

    So sorry you've not gotten your final results on Brutus yet!!
    Love your giveaways!

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  98. Love you on Facebook and follow your blog quite often. My wife thinks I'm crazy that I treat your chickens like celebrities. :)

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  99. Following blog...yes!, Like on Facebook...yes! Comment... I love your site! I hope you were able hear from the Vet about Brutus' report this afternoon. Keep us posted

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  100. Do update us on the vet results, I am very interested in the details.

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  101. Linda Fawcett Valentine9/27/13, 10:29 PM

    Love allll the great info!! And the pics - we laugh at the captions! Email and FB fan :-)

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  102. Hi Kathy, thanks for your wonderful blog and amazing information. I read with great interest your advice on putting sand in the coop. We're having a new coop built for the girls, put down some cheap linoleum on the floor inside the coop, are putting up 1/4" hardware cloth on the windows and open areas. We've found an old fence/gate enclosure with the larger rectangle wiring and intend to put 1/2" hardware cloth on the inside of that. We do have predators of every size and shape here and think we should put the hardware cloth across the bottom floor of the outside enclosure as well. (This is getting pretty expensive as we're not handy and it's gonna cost us - big time.)
    My question to you is: I can order a yard of sand which will cover the bottom of the outside enclosure 3" deep. Is that a good idea? Right now it's lovely pine needles, some moss and mulchy type soil. We intend to let them out into the yard whenever we're around but with the cold weather coming, we won't be around too much so they'll mostly be in the enclosure. Will they be happy with all that sand? We also presently have the two ducks that one of the girls hatched back in July from eggs given to us by a friend. We've been putting sand on the floor of the old coop and you were absolutely right, it really cut down on the flies. I also put in fresh cedar branches, that seems to help along with the sage branches by the doorway, etc.
    Thanks so much.
    Jo

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  103. How do I get in touch with you to ask a specific question about my hen?

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  104. Lynette Mattke9/27/13, 10:41 PM

    I'd love to win on of the prize packages. Your website is great. I always look forward to your posts.

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  105. Good luck with both, Kathy. If I was stuck on a desert island I wouldn't mind having you on my team.

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  106. Valerie Jensen9/27/13, 10:48 PM

    Thank you for all the great bits of info! My pullets have finally started laying and the colorful eggs are a real treat!

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  107. Just discovered your blog. Love it!

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  108. Wendy Cunningham9/27/13, 10:49 PM

    I am interested in seeing the results, too!

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  109. I would love to win any of thee prizes . You always have the best giveaways! I have heard we have bobcats not far from where I live. I hope not! I worry enough when I hear foxes around. Thanks again for all you do for chickens and their people.

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  110. Deborah J Jackson9/27/13, 11:06 PM

    Brutus was just magnificent and I am so sorry you lost him. Molting has put all 6 of my hens on an egg strike. I guess they needed a break. Haven't had any predator issues but I always read your stories. Thanks

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  111. Kim Warfield Weber9/27/13, 11:30 PM

    Wow, Seems like we have been waiting forever to find out he results on Brutus. Hopefully you will have results by Monday.

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  112. tphillips111229/27/13, 11:40 PM

    I really enjoy your blog. Especially your daily jokes. Keep up the great work.

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  113. We've sure been waiting a long time for this necropsy results. Often I learn so much from other chicken keeper's experiences, both good and bad. Thanks for posting all the good information we need to be ready for what happens next.

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  114. Love the blog/info. I hope you find out something on Brutus soon.

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  115. Erin Nicole Nelson9/28/13, 12:14 AM

    I love the giveaways! And I would be glad to provide some items for them, too...

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  116. I can't imagine that I used to be one of those "they're just chickens!" people! I am so happy I overcame that to be the fun Mom of 10 chickens and three ducks! And I'd love to be the winner of one of those great prizes!

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  117. Waiting for an update on Brutus...poor guy.

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  118. Margie DeCaro9/28/13, 1:02 AM

    I saw the Wall Street Journal article. It was awesome.

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  119. Denise Allison Magil9/28/13, 1:06 AM

    why we wait for the results on pins and needles i know something wasnt rite!!! prizes are great too ??? how long segregation of new 6 week old to my older 4 month old girls???

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  120. Enjoying getting to know your chickens, will be watching for the results from Brutus and the zoning.

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  121. Rob N Carri Hensley9/28/13, 2:35 AM

    sorry this thing with Brutus is dragging on so long. We have a roo we have named Agrippa...there is a pun in there...hope it make you smile.

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  122. Bob Broomfield9/28/13, 5:35 AM

    I love the picture of the white house! I wonder if any of the presidents did have a flock residing there in the earlier days! Please enter me to win! :)

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  123. desertmtnalpacas9/28/13, 8:25 AM

    What is your plan Kathy for the zoning commission? I hate it when you are told one thing and then it doesn't happen such as the final necropsy report on Brutus. Sure would like to know what happened to the little guy.

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  124. Cathy Piner9/28/13, 9:20 AM

    Would love any of those prizes! You've had a busy week!

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  125. Victoria Gordon Homeier9/28/13, 9:34 AM

    Coyotes on the property! I will name him Karl.

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  126. I sure hope I win! Let us know about the results of Brutus!

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  127. Thanks for all your info. I'm 12 weeks in with my first chickens and your site has been invaluable.

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  128. Kathy Musick9/28/13, 10:10 AM

    I am anxiously waiting the results of the necropsy. Please enter me into your giveaway, I can always use chicken feed. Thanks

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  129. Melinda Vaikasiene9/28/13, 10:17 AM

    wonderful pics as usual. The peeps are precious. Thank you

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  130. Great blog and giveaways! Thank you!

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  131. *Thinks of what to write* Uhh... UHHHH... CHICKENS.

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  132. Moved the chicks into their new coop. . . ready to switch to 'big chicken food' and would love to try a bag of Omega Ultra Egg feed supplement! Thanks for being a great source of information as we add chickens to the family!

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  133. Joyce Zaleski9/28/13, 11:00 AM

    It is a win, win, win with any of these 3 gifts. Please accept my entry. :) Thanks so much.

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  134. Love the photos and your blog.

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  135. kountrygoddezz9/28/13, 11:21 AM

    I love your better government pic. Awesome, the chicks could certainly do a better job. Hoping to win a prize this time. Thanks for all you say and do!

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  136. Molly Plunkett9/28/13, 12:02 PM

    I hope that you hear back from the lab soon, I wonder what the delay is?
    Brutus was such a beautiful rooster, I hope that one of the chicks grows up to take over his place by the weather vane!

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  137. Kelly Bueker9/28/13, 12:02 PM

    We would love to win any of these super gifts for the girls! I as always like your page, I'm registered for your blog, and commenting using google. Crossing our chicken toes! Thank You. kellybueker@ymail.com

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  138. I really like your blog. Thanks for the prizes!

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  139. Tara Prosser9/28/13, 12:08 PM

    Can't wait to hear about Brutus' report!

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  140. We would love to win!!! 😀 Hermione, the buff Orpington, approves this message!

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  141. Thanks for the Flock Focus photos! It's so much fun to see all the chickens!

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  142. Chicklover22469/28/13, 12:17 PM

    I love Fridays, for the weekend and what I can learn from your posts. Please enter me so maybe I can win.

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  143. Barbara O'Rourke9/28/13, 12:21 PM

    love your blog, love your pics, love your giveaways

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  144. Anxiously awaiting results on Brutus. Sometimes they are inconclusive, there are so many things that can make chickens sick. It won't bring him back of course but it helps to know what it was

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  145. Merrijo Cavanaugh9/28/13, 12:46 PM

    good luck with the chicken stuff , sounds like you are so busy.

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  146. Can sure use a bag of feed.

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  147. Juli Morris9/28/13, 1:14 PM

    Oh I would love to win! The ladies are always hungry for something new.

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  148. Jennifer Giese9/28/13, 1:53 PM

    Interested in Brutus's results. Would also dearly love to win a giveaway!

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  149. Sara Merritt9/28/13, 2:19 PM

    will be watching for Brutus updates. Would lov to win some fun chicken stuff ;)

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  150. Laura Windham9/28/13, 2:21 PM

    My girls have been in tip top form with full egg production this week. They clearly love being the beneficiaries of your experiences. When I asked, Boo Boo and Curiosity made an affirmative cluck for Nutrena. They are so into the feed thing! They pass on the super pleasant Southern Miss temp, sunshine, and low humidity from today. Great weather for chores or football tailgating!

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  151. Grandma Bird9/28/13, 2:22 PM

    Would love to have a rooster as beautiful as Brutus was. Cant even have an ugly one here but maybe someday. Love you little farm.

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  152. Linda Marie Clark9/28/13, 2:47 PM

    I have a horrible time with Racoons and skunks- over the year lost 5 of my ladies and we keep such watch - would love to try scents- My neighbor even tried caging them- got a skunk and end up with alot of stink and had to call animal control to get it out of cage- lesson- don't try traps if you don't want a skunk - you will get sprayed for sure.

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  153. Tracy Spangler9/28/13, 2:48 PM

    I love your blog! I always learn something new. I have been following your blog for quite some time, and I like you on Facebook. I would love to win feed for my ever-growing flock here in Southern Arizona. Thanks so much!

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  154. Lisa Dowdy Lampman9/28/13, 2:50 PM

    Looking forward to hearing the results from Brutus' necropsy!!

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  155. I subbed, I liked and here's my comment.............COOL giveaway.

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  156. A few more weeks before my chickens are ready to lay. I'd love to win the Omega Ultra Egg!

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  157. Please enter me in the giveaway!!! And keep all the great info coming:)

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  158. Sherri Loberg Senjem9/28/13, 4:14 PM

    would love to win, my hens would love the prizes :D

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  159. Michele McGraw9/28/13, 4:19 PM

    Trifecta! I am an email subscriber, I like you on FB and just love your blog and giveaways. Thanks for all the fantastic chook-raising information!

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  160. I am SO intrigued to learn what's the "final word" on Brutus. I'm sure you are as well! Do all chicks get a necropsy, or is that a request you have to make? Also, I would love to win ANY of the prizes offered... I need some positive these days!

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  161. I just love your chicken photos

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  162. TheChickenChick9/28/13, 6:21 PM

    It's a service that must be requested of the state poultry pathology lab as soon after the passing of the bird as possible.

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  163. It is so lovely to get an article in the Wall Street Journal! You should be very proud of that accomplishment!

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  164. Tessica Reynolds9/28/13, 6:55 PM

    Love your blog! I learn something every time I read a post :-)

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  165. Terry Kessinger9/28/13, 7:18 PM

    I look forward to see you proceed with your attorney on the zoning. It's an issue many are having to deal with in their communities. I'm rooting for ya!

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  166. Jennifer McLaughlin Doane9/28/13, 7:53 PM

    I can't wait for the update on the news (both Brutus and th Zoning Commission). I'm hoping I will not need a Predator pack but one never can be too prepared!

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  167. Barbara Thorbjornsson9/28/13, 8:42 PM

    thank you for these give aways

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  168. Carla Anderson9/28/13, 8:45 PM

    I Love my ladies ! Hatched them in March and they are my first ever, got 19 ad they are just starting to laying now im up to 2 eggs a day. GOOO LADIES

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  169. Rebecca Kober9/28/13, 8:48 PM

    Please enter my name in your give away. Love your contests - love your advice and chicken care tips even more!! Thank you!

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  170. I love your blog and Facebook page! Thank you so much!!

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  171. I don't see the comment I left last night. Left as a guest as I don't know what discus is so did not want to subscribe to that (and that is what comes up when I hit FB icon) and that was the only way it would let me post unless I did as guest. I email subscribed to your blog....not sure what else I have to do to enter.

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  172. Love all the information and tips you provide on you site. I always go there first when I a question about my chickens. Your photos are great too.

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  173. melanie bertsch9/28/13, 8:54 PM

    thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  174. Dawn E. Sarver9/28/13, 9:03 PM

    lots of updates this week,interesting about the meeting. glad to hear Brutus isnt forgotten in a closet somewhere. We sure wont forget him, love that crow! hope i win the giveaway for my girls ! thanks for a great week!

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  175. Cyn Van Antwerp9/28/13, 9:04 PM

    Thanks for another chance to be a winner!

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  176. Melissa Grover9/28/13, 9:09 PM

    really am interested on what will come of the lab tests.

    and yes, I'm in it for the free food. My girls are always up for more of that XD

    except Silver, she prefers to steal the butter. I kid you not! lolz
    Happy weekend!

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  177. Jessica Fuller9/28/13, 9:22 PM

    I love all the useful info. :)

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  178. jerrie Thomen9/28/13, 9:26 PM

    I am very appreciative that you take the time to help us with our chickens. I love your site.

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  179. We bought our first hen and rooster today! A friend sent me your webpage info :) We are so grateful for all the wonderful information!

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  180. Lindsay Williams Lang9/28/13, 9:45 PM

    Love it!

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  181. Man, I am really waiting to see what is up on Brutus. :c
    I always enjoy looking at those pictures of your chickens- makes me crave more. Umph!


    Excited about these giveaways~
    Thanks again!

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  182. Thank you as always for such a wealth of information! Would love to try the ultra egg especially

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  183. Hot lips just cracks me up, but Blaze is just amazing! Brutus...! Any news?

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  184. Thank you for your giveaways and soooooooooo much information! Your blog has been so helpful to me.

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  185. Would love to win! You always have awesome giveaways!! I'm a subscriber and i just like'd ya on facebook! :)

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  186. Lisa Spencer-Williamson9/28/13, 10:37 PM

    LOVE those chickens!

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  187. Wendy Campbell9/28/13, 10:51 PM

    Would love to win any of the prizes.

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  188. Valerie Jensen9/29/13, 12:03 AM

    I am getting such a nice assortment of colorful eggs from my pullets! It's like Christmas everday!

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  189. Brandi Moore9/29/13, 12:03 AM

    I love all the info I get from you

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  190. I would love to win these prizes!

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  191. Lisa Steenberg9/29/13, 2:06 AM

    Love all the photos!

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  192. Werblessed Ones9/29/13, 4:42 AM

    Thanks for all your awesome giveaways!! =)

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  193. Cheryl Poucher McAtee9/29/13, 8:18 AM

    I love my chickens!

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  194. sarahannecloud99/29/13, 8:18 AM

    :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  195. I would love to try the feed for my girls, your write up was good.

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  196. Cindy Favro9/29/13, 9:29 AM

    thanks chicken chick! would love to win!

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  197. Deby Trueblood9/29/13, 9:40 AM

    Awesome that you've made it to WallStreet Journal! My little ladies would love to try these prizes!

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  198. Would love to win!

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