Sep 6, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 9/6/13

This past week featured typical New England weather: high heat, pouring rain, sunshine, fog and/or autumn temperatures on any given day. I've been preparing to bring the backyard chicken-keeping fight to my local Zoning Commission and will have a table at the town's annual "Suffield on the Green" event. I hope to meet a few of my peeps there this weekend!
The public hearing is slated for September 16th and I encourage anyone in the tri-state area or beyond to join me at the meeting to be seen and/or heard in support of backyard chickens everywhere!

The flower farm up the road from me had some spectacular specimens in full bloom and I was like a kid in the candy store with my camera yesterday! 12 stems of pure beauty for a mere ten bucks.

 Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster) is quite the proud papa with several hatches of his progeny
occupying the backyard in recent weeks.
 Freida (White Silkie) is the surrogate mom to these two Olive Egger chicks of Blaze's.
 BroomHilda (Black Copper Marans hen) is probably close to cutting the apron strings of
her babies. They both appear to be roosters by the size and color of their combs.
 Blaze, his son, Sparky, and Eunice are all Black Copper Marans. We know Sparky is Blaze's son, but his mom could be any one of the Black Copper Marans hens.


 Lola (Columbian Wyandotte) is experiencing her first molt. She's dropping her feathers like a box of hot rocks, which is typical of a good layer.


  Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle) not looking her best between the rain, humidity and molt, her feathers don't get much more pathetic looking than this.
 ellen deHeneres (cross between a Wheaten Marans and Black Copper Marans) another Blaze baby.
 









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Thanks for visiting today and have a great weekend!

134 comments :

  1. Please enter me and have a great weekend!!!

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  2. Thank you for the great articles! How do you handle feeding chickens of different ages and protein requirements?

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  3. Barbara Thorbjornsson9/6/13, 2:27 PM

    Yay another give away

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  4. R.m. Hamilton Wilson9/6/13, 2:29 PM

    Great pictures! You have a good eye!

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  5. I would love to win the magazine!!! Happy Friday :>

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  6. Allison Cochran Burkhead9/6/13, 2:32 PM

    Love this blog-- I've learned so much valuable information!

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  7. Sure do like your blog. Read it daily. All of your giveaways are great and would be thrilled to win any of them. Thanks

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  8. Michelle Chun9/6/13, 2:40 PM

    Congrats on Blaze and Rachel being featured in the magazine!

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  9. Linda Marinoski9/6/13, 2:47 PM

    I hope you have a good turnout of supporters at the hearing

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  10. TheChickenChick9/6/13, 2:53 PM

    Thanks Linda!

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  11. TheChickenChick9/6/13, 2:53 PM

    Thanks Michelle. (I wrote the article. ;) )

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  12. Joyce Zaleski9/6/13, 3:11 PM

    How exciting having Blaze and Rachel featured in the magazine. Congrats!!!

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  13. I would love the mag. or the infusion. I bet it smells wonderful !

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  14. Will be with you in spirit at the hearing !

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  15. Beautiful pictures this week. Good luck with the zoning stuff once again. My girls are in juvenile molt right now at 17 weeks. My BSL lost her entire tail. She looks so silly. I'm sure she feels for all your molting girls.

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  16. I love the picture's of all the chickens and the up the road flowers, mine didn't bloom that full this year. Good luck on the hearing, wish I could be there.

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  17. Martha Wells9/6/13, 3:58 PM

    Would love to win either, I do enjoy all your informative posts.

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  18. Tyree Mechelle Mahlberg9/6/13, 4:15 PM

    I love this blog and I've learned so much information! Beautiful flowers by the way!!!

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  19. Renee Fleeman9/6/13, 4:21 PM

    I just started keeping chickens this spring and have found so much useful info on your blog.

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  20. Debbie_Bruening9/6/13, 5:21 PM

    I can't tell you how much love your blog. It has helped me so much with my little flock. They are so spoiled! I'd love to win the Chicken magazine or the Spruce the Coop!

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  21. Allison Phillips9/6/13, 5:38 PM

    Good luck! Sending good vibes!

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  22. JessicaHughett9/6/13, 8:38 PM

    Hoping that Blaze, Rachel and all of your feather babies are surrounded by supporters tomorrow. My ladies & gent will be thinking of you guys tomorrow =)

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  23. LaDonna Martin9/6/13, 9:23 PM

    SO COOL!!! Your in a magazine... And I can say I know you and your chickenS!

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  24. Kathy, these are just tooooo funny. I love looking at the flock.. and the sayings are a riot! Love this post! Linda

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  25. Shel Reitmajer9/6/13, 9:40 PM

    Cool that your sweet pair in in the magazine!

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  26. Kathy, I made a new Pinterest board for your chickens. Chicken Fun. I pinned all the chickens with sayings. Hope my followers get as much of a kick out of this as I did. Thanks again, Linda

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  27. Deborah Paterson9/6/13, 10:00 PM

    I am so excited. My pampered pet egg window decal came in today...thanks :) and I there was a little green egg in my nest box. One of my EE 1st egg...what timing :)

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  28. susan ladner9/6/13, 10:06 PM

    Love your blog. Would love to win Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion. Susan Ladner, ladner309@bellsouth.net

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  29. I really got a kick out of the photos with captions. Good luck at your meeting.

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  30. Bob Broomfield9/7/13, 8:58 AM

    Wonder what it is like to be a winner? lol Enter me! ty

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  31. Love my tee of Blaze and Rachel. Good luck at the meeting.

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  32. Jackie Fletcher9/7/13, 11:18 AM

    Lovin this blog and all the valuable info!! :) Thank you!!

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  33. Laura Aderholdt9/7/13, 11:23 AM

    awesome prizes as always...

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  34. Evelyn Qualls9/7/13, 11:35 AM

    WOW! Beautiful photos Kathy. I would love either the magazine, or the herbal infusion giveaways. Finished 3rd coop and would love to add something different. @Hillside Happy Hens wishing you spiritual support in your 'backyard chicken' town meeting. Truly wish I could be there however, I have the utmost confidence in your ability to sway the board members. Good luck.

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  35. Deby Trueblood9/7/13, 11:58 AM

    Good luck at the hearing, I am very lucky. My little ladies are finally laying so sweet smells would be great and I never pass up a chicken book!

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  36. I would love to try out the Coop Herbal Fusion in my chickens' coop!

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  37. Tracy Spangler9/7/13, 12:09 PM

    I'd love to win the magazine! Congratulations on being featured- I love your blog!

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  38. So happy you are fighting the good fight for chicken lovers in your tri-state area! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. Love following your blog!

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  39. Cindy Knighten9/7/13, 12:16 PM

    Thank you for the give a way. You're great!

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  40. Please add my name to the entries. Love the chance to win!

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  41. Valerie Cottingham9/7/13, 12:50 PM

    If I were wealthy, Id fly down there and give my support at the hearing!

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  42. hannahking009/7/13, 1:51 PM

    I would love to win either! Thanks so much!

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  43. Love your blog. the pictures are awesome and the captions are really funny!!

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  44. Marisa Martin9/7/13, 2:22 PM

    I just found your site and it is absolutely gorgeous and chalk full of information that I'm hungry for. This is our first try with backyard chickens and since we are the only ones in our immediate area who have chickens this is a total learning process for us. Our chicks are about 2 months old and are in the first phase of their coop now. Such an exciting time for our family. It is going to take me a while to read through your site but I will. Have learned so much already. Thanks!

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  45. Jess Knowles Lane9/7/13, 2:24 PM

    I absolutely love your blog. Congrats to you and your birds. I can't wait to check out the magazine!

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  46. I live in California, or I would sure show up and support the cause! I subscribe through email ~ and I love, love, love your blog! PS - I ordered your herbal mix through Etsy and received it yesterday. It smells WONDERFUL! Good enough to eat ;)

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  47. Carolle Mallette Cox9/7/13, 3:09 PM

    I've been hoping to win a packet of Spruce the Coop...seems like it would be right up my alley! Good luck at the hearing!!!

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  48. Vickie Redmond9/7/13, 3:20 PM

    I just can't tell you how much good it does me to see your cute chickens and those snazzy comments you give them in the pictures . What a pick me up. We are facing a serious chicken issue here in our town they are talking about not only limiting our little chicken families but making us reduce some of them.

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  49. The Messy Organic Mum9/7/13, 3:45 PM

    Great giveaway. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  50. Micah Fenton9/7/13, 4:04 PM

    Awesome about the mention in the magazine! Hope the zoning meeting goes your way!

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  51. Jean Kozsuch Vincenzo9/7/13, 4:36 PM

    Good luck at the Zoning Commission meeting! We are all counting on you! I know YOU are hoping for a great outcome, as well! Thank you for the chance to win and try a package of Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion!! ~Jean from The COOP Mahal and Sunrise Farms

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  52. Susan Kilstrom9/7/13, 5:10 PM

    Love the pics! Congrats on the magazine! How fun that must

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  53. Great pics. Your blog is always interesting and educational.

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  54. Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

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  55. Julie Klaassenvanoorschot-Doug9/7/13, 6:54 PM

    Beautiful flowers and chickens

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  56. I love the picture that says "To save time, lets just assume I'm never wrong." Oh how I'd love to put that up at my desk, but it would probably get me in trouble!

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  57. I'm not a backyard chicken owner yet. The chicks will be her early October so I'll need to learn a lot fast! Looking forward to reading and learning from your blog.

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  58. P.l. Forgash9/7/13, 11:34 PM

    Such beautiful photographs Kathy! Love that Rachel and Blaze are in print :) Thank you for sharing your chickens and photography with us, I really enjoy it all!

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  59. Amanda Wilson9/8/13, 12:05 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. Francene Kilichowski9/8/13, 12:42 AM

    I'm already one of your subscribers, love reading your blog and the great pics you include - we have 4 - 2 week young turkey poults - one wild and three bourbon reds (to keep the wildling company!) - looking forward to stewarding their growth, so cute already ! makes me want chickens TOO - it's habit forming, I can see !

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  61. lynnknoone9/8/13, 7:07 AM

    Kathy, thank you so much for always having the information on your site that I need to know. This is my first chicken-enriched year, and you've been a tremendous help. Congrats to the celebrities, Rachel and Blaze!

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  62. congratulations love yourblog

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  63. Linda Marengo Davis9/8/13, 9:02 AM

    I would love to be entered & hopefully win :D TY. great info on your page

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  64. JessicaHughett9/8/13, 9:03 AM

    Hope Blaze enjoyed seeing his photo! So cute!

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  65. Wendy Cunningham9/8/13, 9:04 AM

    Love that magazine.

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  66. LaDonna Martin9/8/13, 9:05 AM

    LOVE LOVE your giveaways..

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  67. Michael Gambino9/8/13, 9:11 AM

    Very cool!

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  68. I hope the powers that be see things your way, it would be the start of a world wide movement if they did.

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  69. Elizabeth Tumilty9/8/13, 9:16 AM

    Love the blog, my city is close to passing backyard hens. Of course I didn't wait for them but my neighbors love it.

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  70. That is awesome! It's great to take something you love and do things on all levels with it!

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  71. Sandy Scofield9/8/13, 9:23 AM

    ""Enter to WIN a copy Chickens Magazine, which features Blaze AND Rachel in an article written by Yours Truly! Or...win a package of Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion, Organic Pest Control! "" I say Yes please!

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  72. Good luck fighting the good fight. Still amazed it is even an issue! Really excited about the herbal fusion giveaway. Fingers crossed.

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  73. Denise Allison Magil9/8/13, 9:54 AM

    Love to have a chance to ty

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  74. I'm new here and loving it!

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  75. Jim Marshall9/8/13, 10:05 AM

    Beautiful flowers and chickens! Thanks for the great tips too!

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  76. Richard Schmitt9/8/13, 10:08 AM

    Good luck with the hearing! And so happy for your additions to the flock :)

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  77. Shel Reitmajer9/8/13, 10:16 AM

    I love the meme's you put up with your adorable chickie-poos!

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  78. Donna McGlasson9/8/13, 10:42 AM

    Thanks for all your giveaways! I can't wait to read your article in Chickens Magazine.

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  79. Rachel Zunino9/8/13, 10:50 AM

    Good luck at the hearing! That's so cool that you wrote the article in the magazine!!

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  80. Erin Nicole Nelson9/8/13, 11:30 AM

    I love those silly memes!

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  81. Love the Chicken magazine!

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  82. Lovely pictures. Please enter me in the drawing too! I would love the Coop Herbal Fusion. :)

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  83. I would love to be entered in your contest as well! I love your blog, you have such great info, and all the photos are beautiful! Everyone should have backyard chickens, they are such a joy :)

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  84. Marianna Postema9/8/13, 4:25 PM

    I love all the pictures you include in your blogs and on facebook. They are amusing most of the time :)

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  85. I just saw a comment you left on one of my old posts. Thanks for the invite to your party. I will link up next time. I appreciate the sweet comment!

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  86. Mary Gilbert9/8/13, 6:37 PM

    I love your pictures...and good luck to you :)

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  87. Thinking of you hope you have a successful hearing.

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  88. I'm an email subscriber.... thanks for another great giveaway!

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  89. You deserve to be published in there!
    Would love to get a copy!
    graceinapril@gmail.com

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  90. Cara Jeffords9/9/13, 10:42 AM

    I love seeing all the pictures on Fridays! (even though it's actually Monday-busy weekend) It's my first time with backyard chickens. I hatched them from eggs in the spring and just got the first eggs this past week!

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  91. Jennifer Path9/9/13, 11:10 AM

    Another wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

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  92. Sandie Moore9/9/13, 11:53 AM

    That would look really cute sitting on my counter!

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  93. JessicaHughett9/9/13, 10:53 PM

    I feel like we should be mailing you prizes! Thank you so much!

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  94. Heather Warnock9/10/13, 9:16 AM

    I just love the picture of Blaze and Sparky! I'm jealous of all your pretty flowers too!

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  95. Stephens Michelle9/10/13, 2:12 PM

    love your page and you have the cutest chicken names hands down

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  96. Love the scale... Kids and will have a blast with it... :)

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  97. Thanks for hosting and for having another great giveaway! :-)

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  98. TheChickenChick9/10/13, 9:43 PM

    I have covered that subject here, Mindy: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/feeding-chickens-at-different-ages.html

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  99. TheChickenChick9/10/13, 9:44 PM

    Thanks Kristin!

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  100. Kathy Richards9/10/13, 11:16 PM

    Love the giveaways and your blog

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  101. TheChickenChick9/11/13, 12:06 AM

    Thank you Valerie. ♥

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  102. kountrygoddezz9/11/13, 3:38 AM

    here to try for the give aways again. I'm really looking to build a new coop and fencing my back yard off so my birds can free range without going to the neighbors or in the street of just say leaving the property.

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  103. Jaime Corey9/11/13, 1:05 PM

    I love your blog and your FB posts- I've learned so much from reading thru your articles!

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  104. Angela Canfield9/11/13, 1:12 PM

    Would love to try

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  105. Woohoo i just ordered a Spruce the Coop packet, can't wait to get it :)

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  106. Jen Thompson9/11/13, 1:33 PM

    Your Dalias are spectacular!

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  107. Maranda Burns9/11/13, 1:38 PM

    I love reading about Blaze and Rachel, I sure would like to get the magazine they are in!

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  108. I love all of your pictures of your chicks!!

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  109. Tracy Dempsey Gilbert9/11/13, 1:58 PM

    Thank you for a chance to win the Coop Herbal Fusion!!!

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  110. Alicia Link9/11/13, 2:06 PM

    Your chickens are beautiful! I hatched my first chicks recently and they are slightly bigger than the smaller chicks in your picture! It was one of the most amazing experiences!

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  111. Love yur site

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  112. Thank you for the giveaway! My young hens JUST started laying, so I could really use some cartons!

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  113. hannahking009/11/13, 6:12 PM

    I would love to win one!

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  114. LaDonna Martin9/11/13, 6:39 PM

    I would love to win anything...

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  115. Connie Griffin9/11/13, 7:56 PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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  116. TheChickenChick9/11/13, 8:44 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping, Marisa!

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  117. TheChickenChick9/11/13, 9:01 PM

    I am published in this magazine, Grace! lol This is an article that I wrote and took all the photos for. :)

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  118. TheChickenChick9/11/13, 10:05 PM

    Jen, you should have seen the endless varieties and each one was PERFECT.

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  119. love your site and all of the great info you share!

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  120. Emily Usina Bowers9/12/13, 12:42 PM

    Great site & information! Love the pics! The beautiful and the funnies =)

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  121. Would love to read that article!

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  122. Stephanie Pfahl9/12/13, 1:51 PM

    Love the ustream chick cam!

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  123. Andrea Burson Robbins9/13/13, 10:20 AM

    Would love to win a copy of the magazine or the herbal fusion! Love these giveaways! :)

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  124. Angel Macias Wiles9/13/13, 10:36 AM

    So many giveaways!!! I love them all!

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  125. I would like to win. I like that I can read info about chickens here.

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  126. Ashley Guckian9/13/13, 1:44 PM

    I would love to win :0 Would def. help me out.

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  127. I sure could use this! I love it that you are able to give us a chance to win things we can't afford! Thank You!

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  128. Bianca DiRuocco9/13/13, 7:10 PM

    Would love to win the egg scale, but I seem to be on the wrong week's blog page for it. :-(

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  129. I don't know if this is where I am supposed to comment....but.....I would LOVE to win that egg scale!!! I have been wanting one for awhile! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  130. Kathy Richards9/14/13, 12:07 AM

    love your pictures and I would love to have the eco glow

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  131. I have a question regarding my Black Copper Marans Rooster "Doodle". All of my Black Coppers are about 6 months old; 1 rooster, 2 hens. The hens have yet to lay any eggs and Doodle has been sowing his wild oats but not with the Black Copper hens as they blow him off but rather with my 2 silkies Yin & Yang who are laying eggs. Is this just a phase or what as my Silkies are not thrilled about all the attention. Doodle thinks they are an easy target for his affections but has been unsuccessful at wooing the Black Copper Marans hens but rather seems to be very close with them like brother/sister. Hopefully that will change as I would like to breed some Black Copper Marans. Have you had an issue like this?

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  132. My Black Copper Marans

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  133. Bobbie Turner9/15/13, 4:37 PM

    Yes, lets hope I win the egg measured!! Can't wait to have my first egg

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  134. Marisa Martin9/16/13, 3:37 PM

    Thanks!

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