Oct 18, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 10/18/13

Lots going on this week here at Blazing Trails Farm in New England. Peak leaf-peeping is upon us and the foliage has been spectacular. The highlight of my week was being able to introduce you to Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc, aka The Chicken Vet.  It has been my great pleasure to have worked with him for the past year and a half to bring you a laying hen veterinarian's expertise and perspective to my blog. He has helped us understand and care for our birds better and we can look forward to more of the same in the coming months! 
In other news, I've been busy working with my zoning attorney, preparing for Monday's Zoning Commission hearing, at which I expect my chicken-keeping proposal to be voted upon. I've got a little something up my sleeve that I'm hoping will be the game winning, home-run swing, so tune in at 7pm EST for all the action! If you missed it, last month's hearing on my hobby farm proposal, you can still watch it here!
Freida (White Silkie) is an empty nester again as her two boyz have struck out on their own. That means she should be broody again any time now. I've got two incubators full of eggs, so I'm actually hoping it's soon! 
 Windy (Blue Splash Marans hen and adoptive mother of the Littles) and Spartacus.
Maternal photobomb: NAILED IT!
 Lola (Columbian Wyandotte hen) keeps a respectful distance from the Ruby Slippers I planted under the coop this week.
 Jerry Seinfeld and his unnamed Polish Crested sibling, enjoyed the warm temperatures this week.
Thanks for joining me and have a great weekend!
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

167 comments :

  1. Just getting started with chickens. So glad I found your site!

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  2. Paula Gaumer Tooke10/18/13, 6:02 PM

    How about Kramer for Jerry's un-named friend?

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  3. Emily Usina Bowers10/18/13, 7:34 PM

    =)

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  4. Shawn Stanley Sharp10/18/13, 7:34 PM

    Still loving the blog!

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  5. Jenn Werner-Williams10/18/13, 7:34 PM

    Hope the meeting goes well!! I would name jerry seinelds buddy sideshow bob from the Simpsons!

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  6. Love your give aways! Maybe one day.... Maybe one day ;)

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  7. Courtney Freed10/18/13, 7:34 PM

    You are so amazing I love reading everything you post you have helped me with my chicks so much :) Thank you

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  8. Jennifer Doane10/18/13, 7:37 PM

    Love sitting and looking at all the pictures in the Flock Focus. My daughters like to join me! Would love to try that feed!!!

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  9. You are just a blessed soul! Thank you for everything you do for your followers!

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  10. Jessica Fuller10/18/13, 7:39 PM

    love your pics!

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  11. Rebekah Ward10/18/13, 7:44 PM

    We will be moving to a home on 7 acres in December, and I plan on getting chicks this coming spring. I blog about my dogs, but did a search for chicken blogs, and found you. I would love the book, as I plan on free ranging my chickens. Thanks for all the great posts.

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  12. Deborah Ciesla10/18/13, 7:47 PM

    Momma needs some organic chicken feed!

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  13. OOOOOO don't know which one of those I'd pick! Both would be nice..... ;-)

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  14. Love so many pics this week. Just beautiful. I really miss east coast autumns. Cacti don't change :( I have a lot of faux autumn leaves around to play pretend with.

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  15. Chris Chapman10/18/13, 7:51 PM

    Ooooo....a book! I love chicken books :)

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  16. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 7:55 PM

    Thanks for joining me, Rebekah!

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  17. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 7:55 PM

    Thank you Ashley. ♥

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  18. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 7:55 PM

    Thanks Jenn!

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  19. Laura Aderholdt10/18/13, 8:00 PM

    I really.really need that book - the one for dummies - lol

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  20. Michelle Chun10/18/13, 8:04 PM

    My girls treat Scratch and Peck feed like it was candy. They absolutely love it.

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  21. Gonna decorate my coop tomorrow for fall harvest party at our house next weekend! Everyone loves to see my babies when they visit!

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  22. Krystal Stone10/18/13, 8:11 PM

    I can't wait to get my coop spruce and peeps sticker in the mail. These giveaways are awesome.

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  23. Tessica Reynolds10/18/13, 8:18 PM

    My six girls are approximately 13 weeks old. I have about 2 pounds of non-layer feed left, which I think should get them to almost 15 weeks. I hate to buy another 25 or worse 50 lb bag of starter/grower feed, but don't want to do any damage by starting layer feed too early. What do you recommend?

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  24. Non GMO feed...how I wish that was available around here! Awesome!

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  25. I would love to win the book probally learn a lot

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  26. Wendy Cunningham10/18/13, 8:28 PM

    Greatest site ever!!!

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  27. I (and my"first ladies") would love to win! Thank you for having such fun and practical giveaways.

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  28. Cool feed! Would love to try it!!

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  29. Rachel Dennis10/18/13, 8:49 PM

    Great pictures and great givaways

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  30. Rachel Mayer10/18/13, 8:50 PM

    Their feed sounds great! Right now the best I can find is non gmo but not organic.

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  31. Glad I found your blog! Great information.

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  32. Hope I'm not too late to enter!

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  33. Kim Warfield Weber10/18/13, 9:07 PM

    I need a new chicken book to read. The flock would also like to taste some Scratch & Peck Feed.

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  34. Becky Shelley10/18/13, 9:11 PM

    I'm hoping it's my turn to win soon!!

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  35. This dummy sure could use some help, plus I love to read!

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  36. I can always use more feed and good reading!!!

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  37. Would like to win.

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  38. Melinda Vaikasiene10/18/13, 9:44 PM

    awesome

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  39. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 10:21 PM

    This will help you out, Tessica: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/feeding-chickens-at-different-ages.html

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  40. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 10:22 PM

    Thanks Tammy!

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  41. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 10:22 PM

    Welcome to chicken keeping!

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  42. Lisa Frazier10/18/13, 11:01 PM

    Love your blog!

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  43. My chickens talked me into commenting...they sure would like to taste the Scratch & Peck...;-)

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  44. Tara Parker-Essig10/19/13, 1:16 AM

    My housemates could certainly use a copy of free-range for dummies! (Mostly just because they don't read your blog, though!)

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  45. Valerie Jensen10/19/13, 1:24 AM

    Loving the fall colors!

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  46. Denise Allison Magil10/19/13, 1:30 AM

    sweet giveaways as always thank you

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  47. Already following your blog via Google, and "liked" Scratch & Peck Feeds on facebook! Thanks for creating this awesome blog and giveaway! My "girlz" and I wish you the very best of luck on Monday!

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  48. Patty Kennedy10/19/13, 1:45 AM

    As a new chicken owner, I learn so much from your experience. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Shel Reitmajer10/19/13, 2:26 AM

    Could really use either! :)

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  50. Would be awesome to win. Love this blog and site. Thanks for all the great information.

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  51. Love these photos! I follow your blog.

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  52. I follow you by email. I liked Scratch & Peck and told them you sent me and here is my comment. :)
    Cool giveaway.

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  53. Mary Anne Moore10/19/13, 11:24 AM

    Love your blog.

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  54. Sherri Loberg Senjem10/19/13, 11:52 AM

    would be great to win thanks for the tips

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  55. Sherri Loberg Senjem10/19/13, 11:52 AM

    thanks for the tips would be fun to win

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  56. Kathy, I just love your ruby slippers under the coop, ADORABLE!!!

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  57. Debbie Jaynes10/19/13, 12:12 PM

    Would love to win!!!! Also, love all the photos and captions :)

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  58. Love your pics! I'm a follower of yours by email, I liked Scratch & Peck Feeds on FB and I told them you sent me!

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  59. HILARIOUS captions this week!

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  60. Teri Ferguson Scott10/19/13, 12:48 PM

    All ready to win!!

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  61. Had no idea these chicken peck brand existed. But I don't do much interwebbing :)

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  62. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. Oooh, my chickies would love it, and I would love the book! Fingers crossed...thank you!! :-)

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  64. keeping my fingers crossed! :)

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  65. I'm a follower (fb: oursafehaven) and would love to win!

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  66. Great giveaway, thanks!

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  67. Evelyn Qualls10/19/13, 7:01 PM

    Two great giveaways. Would love the book, or the bag of non GMO seed. Thanks to Kathy and her great sponsors.

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  68. Kashia Wales10/19/13, 7:20 PM

    Liked and commented...would really like either of these especially the book cause i'm kind of in "dummy" mode right now with my chickens lol

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  69. Nicole Weiss10/19/13, 8:40 PM

    Good luck next week, sending good thoughts your direction :)

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  70. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 9:40 PM

    Thanks Debbie. And good luck!

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  71. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 9:40 PM

    Thank you! I love them too. :)

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  72. Becky White Ballard10/19/13, 10:42 PM

    Liked and commented thank you for putting up another great giveaway.

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  73. Hi, I would love to win.

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  74. Meg Kapla Oursler10/20/13, 6:25 AM

    good luck monday, can't wait to hear . I am sure it will be good news!

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  75. Would love to win !!!

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  76. Shawn Stanley Sharp10/20/13, 9:47 AM

    Still loving the site and all the great info

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  77. Stephanie Serenity Steele10/20/13, 11:07 AM

    Love your photos and thanks for the lead on Scratch & Peck feeds!

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  78. Please enter me!!!

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  79. Susan Kilstrom10/20/13, 11:47 AM

    liked and commented, would love to win!

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  80. I keep trying! Will win one of these days. Keep up the good work, Chicken Chick!

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  81. I am a dummy and I need the book!!

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  82. I want to win!

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  83. Brandy Workman10/20/13, 1:30 PM

    Love this site and the giveaways. Hope I win!! Good luck to all!

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  84. Love love love all your advice n tips

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  85. love to win this one.

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  86. Michelle Underhill Gundersen10/20/13, 1:50 PM

    I would love to win this, the place where I get my organic feed doesn't have scratch.

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  87. April Poulter10/20/13, 2:04 PM

    Thank you for all the great info you provide.

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  88. Lavenderchick10/20/13, 2:07 PM

    Your pictures & captions make me smile....especially the coffee ones....thanks for the contests, but thanks more for the info....I'm a winner everyday....

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  89. Either one of these prizes would be superb! Love your information and recipes and raft ideas!

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  90. Love your blog!!!

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  91. Ann Massarella Maxted10/20/13, 2:59 PM

    Throwing my hat in :)

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  92. liked and commented, thank you for providing these contests for us! It's fun to enter!

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  93. I love the morning coffee peeps

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  94. hannahking0010/20/13, 3:41 PM

    Could really use these.

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  95. I have entered so many I can't remember if my hat is in the ring or not. So here it is again

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  96. I would love to win. Linda Engle

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  97. Cyn Van Antwerp10/20/13, 4:11 PM

    thanks for another wonderful give-away!

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  98. Liked and commented . Thank you for the chance

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  99. Graywood Community10/20/13, 4:49 PM

    I really want the gmo free feed but could also use all the information I can get! Rachel makes me want a frizzle!

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  100. Joyce Zaleski10/20/13, 5:09 PM

    Count me in on this giveaway. Would love to win any of the prizes. :)

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  101. Love all the pics and tips.

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  102. VARRRY INTeresting Enjoyed the ruby slippers and my 5 ricki.s cickies would luv somr new food

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  103. Would love to win!

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  104. Denise Allison Magil10/20/13, 5:43 PM

    would love to win

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  105. Love your site. Entered I think. Your Columbian Wyandotte looks like my Dottie.

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  106. Love how Windy adopted the Littles. And that they let her!

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  107. I almost missed Flock Friday!! Eek...

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  108. Hope I entered right too!

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  109. JessicaHughett10/20/13, 10:42 PM

    <3 all your post! I would love to win!

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  110. Diana O'Brien10/20/13, 11:49 PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a win, my girls would be so happy!

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  111. Paige Crawford Willcutt10/21/13, 7:54 AM

    I want to win something for my girls! I love love love this blog! Full of much needed info!

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  112. "Liked" and commented on their FB page. Thanks for providing these contests for us all! :)

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  113. Arliss Friend-Wells10/21/13, 1:41 PM

    Love your chicken pics!

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  114. I read something on your site that I think saved my hens life, thank you.

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  115. TheChickenChick10/21/13, 11:44 PM

    I'm happy to know that, Pauline. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. Ashley Capps10/22/13, 6:39 AM

    Love your blog!!! :D

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  117. Flowering Feather Farm10/22/13, 11:29 PM

    Thank you for the contests!

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  118. really want to win this feed since I can't find it anywhere here in Florida

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  119. Amanda Caldwell10/23/13, 1:23 PM

    Waiting...waiting...lol! Can't wait to see who wins!

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  120. Gibson Hereford Ellison10/23/13, 1:31 PM

    My future tomato crops would sure appreciate that gardening with free range chicken book!

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  121. like and like and already follow!! Thanks

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  122. Thank you for all the great information and, of course, the contests :). Would love to win either :).

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  123. Sandy Scofield10/23/13, 1:44 PM

    Entering to WIN a 25lb bag of 100% Non-GMO, Organic Scratch & Peck Chicken FEED and a copy of "Gardening with Free Range Chickens for Dummies" Thank You for the chance!

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  124. Rita Schwartz10/23/13, 1:50 PM

    Great blog, very interesting and fun

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  125. I always enjoy your captioned pics.

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  126. Jennifer Bier Thompson10/23/13, 2:13 PM

    our first molt - wow, feathers EVERYWHERE. Can't wait to see how naked Gertie's gonna get!

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  127. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  128. LIked you both on FB! Hope I win!

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  129. done!

    would love to win! just got my first flock of 13 :-)

    mojoandzen at gmail dot com

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  130. Sally Schroeder10/23/13, 2:34 PM

    Thank you for all your great info and chances to win very useful products!!!

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  131. Love what you do !

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  132. Would love this, hatching out own eggs in 2 weeks :)

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  133. Regina Ginsel10/23/13, 3:00 PM

    So exciting to read your blog. It has so much great information. Thanks or the fabulous pictures. We want to win one of your great giveaways. Our girls would be excited.

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  134. I would love to win the feed!!!!

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  135. Wendy Campbell10/23/13, 4:06 PM

    Left a message on their FB that the Chicken Chick is wonderful..

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  136. Kristin Withrow10/23/13, 4:15 PM

    Your site is so cute! TONS of information, too!

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  137. Maribeth Adams10/23/13, 5:45 PM

    Would love to win the feed or the dummies book as I am new to backyard flock but use your website for alot of resources. thanks for this.

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  138. Thank you so much for your bog! I check it a lot! We got our backyard flock about 2 months ago and are enjoying every day with our chickens! I'd love to try thefeed for my gals!

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  139. Lisa Anthony10/23/13, 6:30 PM

    Ah... nothing like a little organic scratch first thing in the morning... with my coffee of course!

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  140. YouWantFreedomNotFalseSecurity10/23/13, 11:17 PM

    Organic feed! Yes, please :)

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  141. Marilyn Painter10/24/13, 8:19 AM

    Thanks for all the great information! Has helped me tremendously!

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  142. Terry Kessinger10/24/13, 11:42 AM

    Great giveaway - with a choice! I can't get organic feed where I am (that I'm aware of).

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  143. Hey Kathy, I 'liked' Scratch & Peck on FB, but I used my blog FB page (With a Cup and a Sword) rather than my personal one. Is there anything different I should do? Thanks!

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  144. Wilson Holland10/24/13, 12:02 PM

    Always informative and a pleasure to visit and follow the blog!!
    Wilson Holland, Clayton, NC.

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  145. TheChickenChick10/24/13, 8:58 PM

    Nope, you're good to go, Terry!

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  146. Amanda Caldwell10/24/13, 8:58 PM

    Great blog :)

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  147. Ok it's my turn to win something. Love all the great advice !

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  148. Karrie Sedlmeyer10/24/13, 8:59 PM

    hey....what started you off on this chicken odyssey??

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  149. JessicaHughett10/24/13, 9:00 PM

    Thank you for the great information!

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  150. nice prizes

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  151. Betty J Cordero10/24/13, 9:15 PM

    I absolutely love your page, I can't wait to see what new info you have for us. We had yard birds when I was a kid but I never could've imagined that I'd love them so much is an adult.

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  152. pumpkinpatchprim10/24/13, 9:19 PM

    Cute items on that site of Scratch & Peck!

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  153. TheChickenChick10/24/13, 9:21 PM

    One of my neighbors keeps chickens and horses and asked me to collect eggs one summer when she was on vacation. I was intrigued and the rest is history! :)

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  154. so many give a way , don't know if I entered this one, if not please enter me, could use all the great products, thanks

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  155. Would love to win some :)

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  156. I have learned so much from everyone here, it seems great to have others who share my passion for chickens. thank you.

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  157. Tiffany Hayes10/25/13, 7:47 AM

    I love your blog and all the awesome giveaways <3

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  158. thanks for the chance to win a great give away.

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  159. Glad to have found you, we've got 80 birds (soon to be 40 when most of the boys go to their date with the butcher), mostly ameraucanas and wynadottes, love the info you have.

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  160. Denise Allison Magil10/26/13, 12:25 AM

    would love to win if im to late!!

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  161. Thanks for your wealth of information and fun pictures!

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  162. Congratulations on your successful week! My great news for the week is we got our first eggs from our girls! Yay! Now to get them to lay in their nest boxes instead of around the yard. Any suggestions?

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  163. Vickie Redmond10/27/13, 10:47 AM

    Honestly I would love to win any of these great prizes.

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  164. TheChickenChick10/27/13, 7:01 PM

    Congratulations Tara! Yes, read these suggestions for nest box training: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/coop-training-chickens.html

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  165. Love the chicken chick!

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