Oct 15, 2013

Where Did The Chicken Vet Come From and How did I Get Here?

As a new chicken-keeper in 2009, I read every book I could find about backyard chickens and I spent countless hours, days, likely months on the BackyardChickens.com member forum under the username ADozenGirlz, trying to gain a level of confidence in caring for my new pets. What I quickly learned on BYC is that there was a great wealth of excellent information online, but even more guy-on-the-street opinions and unreliable recommendations.
As a new chicken-keeper in 2009, I read every book I could find about backyard chickens and I spent countless hours, days, likely months on the BackyardChickens.com member forum under the username ADozenGirlz, trying to gain a level of confidence in caring for my new pets. What I quickly learned on BYC is that there was a great wealth of excellent information online, but even more guy-on-the-street opinions and unreliable recommendations. Such is the internet age, I suppose. It was confusing and frustrating at times, but the more I read, the more I felt able to determine which information was likely reliable and which should be ignored completely. It’s the stuff in between those extremes that plagued me. I am an attorney by profession and my training in research drives me to find facts, so when was unable to find facts on any given chicken-related topic, I found it frustrating. As time passed, the frustration grew and so too did my small, home-based business making custom egg carton labels.
When my pullets began laying eggs in the winter of 2009, I wanted cute, custom egg carton labels to put on their egg cartons and began designing my own. That endeavor quickly evolved into a tiny at-home business, Egg CartonLabels by ADozenGirlz.
When my pullets began laying eggs in the winter of 2009, I wanted cute, custom egg carton labels to put on their egg cartons and began designing my own. That endeavor quickly evolved into a tiny at-home business, Egg CartonLabels by ADozenGirlz. As all smart business owners know, social media marketing is essential to the success of a business, so I set up Facebook, Twitter and Blogger accounts as marketing tools. I had no vision for my Facebook page or blog, I simply began sharing my chicken-keeping experiences. Facebook was a lot fun, but I didn't get the hang of blogging right away.
My blog-writing methodology evolved slowly and organically. During my BYC total-immersion period, I found that bits and pieces of helpful information were scattered around the website, seldom collected in one place, so I began tackling topics on my blog that I felt needed to be fleshed out, the important information distilled and presented in a straightforward, common-sense way to the average backyard chicken keeper.
My blog-writing methodology evolved slowly and organically. During my BYC total-immersion period, I found that bits and pieces of helpful information were scattered around the Internet, seldom collected in one place, so I began tackling topics on my blog that I felt needed to be fleshed out, the important information distilled and presented in a straightforward, common-sense way to the average backyard chicken keeper. I realized that not everyone had the time or inclination to perform the research or check sources that I had and I wanted others to benefit from my legwork. At first, I focused on subjects I had experience with and felt confident sharing with my readers: bumblefoot, nest box curtains, how eggs are made, the differences between Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers and a few fun topics like how to blow out an egg and decorate it. 

The format was well received and the more I shared, the more my Facebook page and blog grew. However, I was still plagued by certain subjects that I felt were out of my depth such as vaccinations, sour crop and worming, for example. When Facebook fans would ask questions that required detailed answers, it was more efficient to link them to answers in an article on my blog than to re-type the same answer repeatedly. When readers began asking questions on topics that were out of my depth, my frustration with the lack of access to credible, science-based information from experts grew. I wanted to be able to help people with their chickens, but did not feel qualified to address certain subjects and there was a shared feeling of helplessness on both ends of the conversation when those questions were left unresolved. 
While researching a blog article in March 2012, I stumbled upon a blog authored by a real live chicken veterinarian and I felt as though I had hit the lottery!
While researching a blog article in March 2012, I stumbled upon a blog authored by a real live chicken veterinarian and I felt as though I had hit the lottery! I wasted no time contacting him and we chatted extensively about his education, background and experience. His blog was barely 8 months old at the time and with two small children, a medical practice caring for chickens and working on his thesis for a masters degree in animal welfare, he was rather busy, yet he agreed to help field questions from me and my Facebook fans as often as he could. Since that time, he has contributed to my blog on topics ranging from worming to crop impaction, vaccinations and legalizing backyard chickens and he has made himself available to me when I have had general questions concerning apple cider vinegar and the risks of diatomaceous earth. In our initial conversation, we discussed the likelihood that if I revealed his identity, traffic to his blog would exceed anything he could possibly handle at that time in his life. So, we agreed that he would consult with me and write guest blog posts for me occasionally, but his identity would remain confidential at least until he finished his masters degree. We have had a great working relationship and I am grateful to him for his generosity with his time and experience over the past year and a half. 
In our initial conversation, we discussed the likelihood that if I revealed his identity, traffic to his blog would exceed anything he could possibly handle at that time in his life. So, we agreed that he would consult with me and write guest blog posts for me occasionally, but his identity would remain confidential at least until he finished his masters degree. We have had a great working relationship and I am grateful to him for his generosity with his time and experience over the past year and a half.
Maintaining his privacy has come at a price to me, however. I have been maligned and accused of inventing him. Fresh Eggs Daily and The Chicken Whisperer have been relentless in their accusations and attacks on what has been referred to as my “shadowy anonymous source” who “hides behind a veil of secrecy” and worse, attacking him “real medical professionals don't hide their credentials.” All of this venom and for what? Because I want to help people take better care of their chickens? Mind-boggling. They were hits I was willing to take for the team though and I'm glad I wasn't deterred by their pettiness.
Maintaining his privacy has come at a price to me, however. I have been maligned and accused of inventing him. Fresh Eggs Daily and The Chicken Whisperer have been relentless in their accusations and attacks on what has been referred to as my “shadowy anonymous source” who “hides behind a veil of secrecy” and worse, attacking him “real medical professionals don't hide their credentials.”
Relentless criticism and unending attacks continue from Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily, who wrote that "Chickens DON'T belong in suburban backyards for lots of reasons."  Really?
Relentless criticism and unending attacks continue from Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily, who wrote that "Chickens DON'T belong in suburban backyards for lots of reasons."  Really?
Detractors aside, The Chicken Vet has finished his masters degree and has given me the green light to introduce you to him! Please meet, Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc here and read another insightful blog article he has written for us. I am grateful for his guidance and insights and look forward to our continued collaborations.
Detractors aside, The Chicken Vet has finished his masters degree and has given me the green light to introduce you to him! Please meet, Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc here and read another insightful blog article he has written for us. I am grateful for his guidance and insights and look forward to our continued collaborations!
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281 comments :

  1. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:52 AM

    Thanks Carolyn, I won't. :)

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  2. Looking forward to the introduction and grateful for his help and yours!

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  3. Linda Fawcett Valentine10/15/13, 9:33 AM

    I have to admit as one who is still fairly new to the chicken keeping community, I have been gaining a growing understanding that all is not always well amongst chicken experts and disagreements and different opinions are not always tolerated, much less respected. You named the big three - yourself, FED and the Chicken Whisperer, who I usually hit first for advice when problems or questions arise. I try to go into everything with a healthy dose skepticism and try to balance things out - but am finding at some point I just have to choose whose advice I'm going to take. I'm discouraged - and frankly disappointed in - the outright pettiness from FED and the Chicken Whisperer, so simply for that reason I will be more careful regarding what they advise (and yes, horror of horrors, I do use antibiotics on occasion ;-) ), BUT I am very thankful for the help you pass almost daily - and of course there are the lovely give-aways ;-) Plus lots of cute pics and humor (just showed my hubby the compost pile egg stash status and your response - he laughed, too). I'm looking forward to the help your Chicken Vet will share (and has shared) - thankful for hearing advice from skilled professionals who truly know what's going on. Thanks for bringing him into the mix - and thanks to him for being willing to share!!

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  4. Cyn Van Antwerp10/15/13, 9:49 AM

    You are one of the VERY FEW sources I trust for reliable chicken-keeping advice. What a shame that some people insist on causing problems for selfless people like you. Thanks so much for helping us.

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  5. can we post questions for the chicken vet? One of my girls died suddenly on Sunday & I'm looking for answers.

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  6. Kathy, I have been nothing but grateful for you and the emphasis you put on credible sourcing. As I've seen you state, anyone can write ANYTHING, that doesn't mean it's true. I'm over the moon that one of my patients who's recently graduated college is now at the U. of Georgia, becoming a poultry vet. Her mom's own backyard flock is resulting in a service to the whole of us chicken keepers!

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  7. Sara Demick Ewen10/15/13, 10:18 AM

    Bravo! You are much more real and down to earth than the "Whisperer". Protecting a person's identity is important. People have lives and other things going on. Especially with a family, school, work...ugh....its exhausting. Looking forward to learning about him. My sister too, she's done crop surgery. Thanks for being real. =-)

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  8. Patricia Stowe10/15/13, 10:23 AM

    I just don't get why people feel the need to question and belittle others in hopes of making themselves look better. I do know that I find your information most reliable and I thank you and your chicken doctor... I love your blog and all your very helpful information.

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  9. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth10/15/13, 10:41 AM

    I am so happy I found you blog and value your advice and input beyond measure! I am sorry other bloggers are treating like an old shoe - those of us here think you're the best. Looking forward to hearing more from the Chicken Vet! And going right now to read about vaccinations, as i am not sure what to do.

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  10. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 11:13 AM

    I'm sorry to hear it Sarah. You should get a necropsy whenever a bird dies unexpectedly. I have provided links to resources to do that in this blog article: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/07/5-ways-to-prepare-for-chicken-illness.html

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  11. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 11:58 AM

    Lucky you, Tiffany!! What a relief.

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  12. Canada Goose10/15/13, 12:09 PM

    and he's cute, too!! I wish more vets would go into the chicken specialty, or even just avian for that matter. Could use more of them, thats for sure! Most just stick with the general cats and dogs. I think its great this guy branched out to poultry as his specialty. Awesome!

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  13. Laura Graham10/15/13, 1:58 PM

    Love you, Kathy. I have always been behind you 100%. You do a great job disseminating information that is good and well researched. Your discretion with your chicken-vet efriend is totally understandable, and I can't wait to meet him tomorrow.

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  14. melissa wittner10/15/13, 4:34 PM

    I adore this blog, there is always something good to read!

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  15. Amys Backyard chickens10/15/13, 4:35 PM

    Your blogs are great!!

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  16. Barbara Thorbjornsson10/15/13, 4:39 PM

    always happy to enter

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  17. Lisa Rodriguez Cofresi10/15/13, 4:42 PM

    thank you for this blog!!

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  18. Karrie Sedlmeyer10/15/13, 4:43 PM

    yum!!

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  19. Donna Arcand10/15/13, 4:50 PM

    I read your post about the chicken vet this morning and went right away to subscribe to his blog... the more i learn about my chickens the more i want to prepare myself for what may happen (hopefully not but you never know).. Thnx :)

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  20. Deborah Gray10/15/13, 4:51 PM

    would love to win !!

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  21. I too blog and have felt the snub from some of the other chicken bloggers. I enjoy gaining information from all of you talented women and am not here to step on any toes. Thank you for taking the time to help sort and organize all the information afloat on the internet. It definitely makes my life simpler. Keep up the great work. And if you're ever curious, check out my little blog at clucknhoe.wordpress.com

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  22. Vickie Redmond10/15/13, 4:53 PM

    I am really excited about the "Chicken Doctor" that is exactly what we need. Excited about the feed giveaway too.

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  23. I don't seem to be able to find a chicken vet around anywhere close. Im glad there is a blog that I cant go to for help. Ive learned a lot from your Blog. Keep up the good work.

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  24. Diane Stevens10/15/13, 4:58 PM

    love the blogs and all your great contests, so excited to start reading the new vets blogs!! thanks for all you do for us chicken lovers:)

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  25. I was unaware of this negative stuff from the other chicken people. I like being oblivious ! It seems there is plenty of room for all of us in the chicken caring community to learn from each other....why be nasty? I am glad I found your blog and Facebook page. I have learned so much from you. I love that you have this chicken vet to help you answer various questions. My Vet didn't say no when I asked her if she would see my chickens if they got sick, but mostly she was concerned because she had never worked with chickens. She had done volunteer work with wild bird rehab so I'm hoping she will come through if I need her. Keep up the great work ( and giveaways) !

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  26. I've learned so much from your blog. There's so much more to having chickens than I thought. I'm grateful for all the information to help keep my flock healthy.

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  27. Thank you for your integrity!

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  28. Debbie Cernoch10/15/13, 5:06 PM

    I love your page and blogs, they are helpful and learn something new everyday. So glad you have a chicken vet to help everyone that has questions. I love seeing all your pics, makes me go out and do work on my coops and decorating also with plants. Thanks for all your help.

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  29. Leigh Uemae-Valdivia10/15/13, 5:07 PM

    I look forward to learning from the Chicken Vet. There is so information to absorb about caring for and keeping my girls happy and healthy.

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  30. Kristina Nicole Richardson10/15/13, 5:09 PM

    Thank you both for making things easier for me as a new backyard chicken keeper!

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  31. Catherine Flannery10/15/13, 5:14 PM

    I always turn to your blogs when I have questions about my chickens. Your answers always seem to make the most sense. Thanks.

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  32. I enjoy all your articles, and I am sorry there appears to be such an atmosphere of jealousy among chicken aficionados. If we all share what we know or have learned through trial and error, won't we all be the better for it? :-(.

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  33. R.m. Hamilton Wilson10/15/13, 5:18 PM

    Hello, Dr. Mike! Nice to meet ya! Congrats on all of your hard work and thank you for your expertiese.

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  34. Rebecca Kober10/15/13, 5:19 PM

    Thanks for another fun giveaway! Would love to win the Nutrena Feed.

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  35. You know some people have the nerve to question you. I love your blog and would never think you made things up. I want to know whats wrong with people! A chicken vet boy we need lot of those. Yes chickens belong wherever people want to keep them as long as the chicken is being cared for.

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  36. Pamela Lepper10/15/13, 5:21 PM

    I am really glad that I found you as you have the voice of Honesty, Caring and Reason among the many voices that may not be as forthright with the truth sans here-say.... I got into chickens after my cousin gave me a wonderful present of 10 young Black Araucana's.... I have gotten just about all the books I can get my hands on even one for vets. I love "Grit" and "Mother Earth" but you are my "go to in a hurry". Pay the haters no never-minds because you are the best in our minds! Thank you for caring and sharing.....oh and a big thank you to Dr, Mike Petrik!!!

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  37. Ellen Riddle Marique10/15/13, 5:22 PM

    OMG I am so happy and Congratulations Dr. Petrik. You are a much need Vet now a days. I'm sure your family is very proud of you . Now that I really have 6 chickes (No more waiting) I would really love to win the chicken feed.LOL . Kathy you have the best blog, Facebook page, some times people are jealous, you are a great source of Info. and I'm glad we have Dr Mike. thanks for everything

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  38. Tami Blanton Hall10/15/13, 5:23 PM

    I would love to win, I love your blog

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  39. jane stanford boozer10/15/13, 5:27 PM

    Jane Boozer here from North East Alabama and I am new at this and I know NOTHING.....I bought a used chicken or hen pen last Saturday and it came with four hens. I named them Matilda, Yolkam, Henrietta, and Kentucky...We got them Saturday evening and they still haven't laid eggs, we are feeding them laying mash and veggie scraps do you have any suggestions for me? Could they just be nervous from the move and the new surroundings maybe....Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated...I mean I am not quiet ready for chicken and dumplins I did buy them for the eggs....

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  40. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 5:29 PM

    Thanks Pamela

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  41. Amanda Caldwell10/15/13, 5:30 PM

    That really surprises me that FED and TCW would say things like that :( I must have missed those posts. It is petty, there is OBVIOUSLY room for all of you, as I and many others I know, follow all of you. Thank you so much Dr. Mike Petric, for working behind the sceens to help us help our birds!

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  42. Linda Ljung Cranford10/15/13, 5:34 PM

    The food would sure come in handy

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  43. How can you ever have too much information? I use several different
    resources. Some people are just haters; they are so busy trying to put everyone’s candle out, because they think theirs will burn brighter. It never works. Keep doing what you are doing, we love you. Greenbean is addicted to your blog!

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  44. Thanks for introducing us to Dr. Mike!

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  45. Meg Kapla Oursler10/15/13, 5:47 PM

    It is so nice to have availability to a chicken vet. so many people wouldn't even think of finding or using one. My friends (and my ex) once thought I was crazy because I took a chicken with a broken leg to my avian vet. We were able to set and save it's leg. Pet or not, all animals we take into our care deserve our best care. Sometimes that involves using a veterinarian. Thanks for making simple vet questions easier!

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  46. Thanks for introducing the Chicken Vet!!

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  47. Jenn Werner-Williams10/15/13, 5:48 PM

    Your blog is wonderful! It has made chicken keeping even more fun!!!!

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  48. I. Love. Your. Blog

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  49. Jennifer Bier Thompson10/15/13, 5:49 PM

    Probably the best advice on your site is about poop. Seems odd, but poop's pretty important.

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  50. Jessica Fuller10/15/13, 5:50 PM

    love your blog had baby chicks hatch been very helpful!

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  51. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 5:52 PM

    Thanks Natalie.

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  52. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 5:53 PM

    Thanks Kim.

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  53. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 5:54 PM

    There's something to be said for obliviousness, Marion. ;)

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  54. I really love reading about how your blogs began and it is quite insightful! I am SURPRISED people didn't pick up on why he would not want you to introduce him yet.


    But anyhow, I would love to win the feed for my girls! Anything honestly helps!

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  55. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 5:54 PM

    Thanks Catherine. I'm glad to help. :)

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  56. LaDonna Martin10/15/13, 6:01 PM

    I am encouraging my friends and family to "Like" your site. It's full of great information.

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  57. Jennifer Vaughn Roddy10/15/13, 6:01 PM

    Would love to win! Thanks!! Your blog is so full of great information! I just love your daily Rachel pics!!

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  58. I have been on BYC many a nights for the smallest and simplest things and have read suggestions from culling my chickens to doing absolutely nothing. While everyone has the right to choose the information they believe i find it relieving to have ONE source with condensed information about specific topics from someone i trust (even though we don't actually know each other) I truly appreciate all your research and blogging. I feel so much more comfortable in tending to my chickens needs.


    THANK YOU THANK YOU
    -nikki

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  59. I just came across your site when looking up normal vs abnormal chicken poo, and you really cleared up my questions (and made me realize what I thought was bad was completely normal, thank goodness!). Love your site and looking to try the DIY PVC feeder. :)

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  60. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:05 PM

    Wow, talk about trial by fire! Welcome to chicken keeping! It sounds like you've got a handle on the basics. The stress of the move and new environment will prevent them from laying for a while. Keep the layer feed available to them all the time, make sure they have fresh water at all times and get some oyster shell at the feed store and put it in a separate dish for them to eat when they need it.
    I recommend getting the book "Raising Chickens for Dummies." It has all the info you need right now and won't overwhelm you with too much information.

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  61. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:06 PM

    Eggsactly, Suzanne. Thanks for your comment.

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  62. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:06 PM

    Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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  63. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:07 PM

    Thank you Nicole.

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  64. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:07 PM

    Thanks for sharing, LaDonna!

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  65. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:07 PM

    Thanks Jennifer! :)

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  66. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:08 PM

    They weren't surprised, Ashley, they were simply continuing their attempts to discredit me to try and bolster their own credibility. Sad, really.

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  67. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:08 PM

    LOL! Great.

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  68. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:09 PM

    Thanks Jenn!

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  69. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:09 PM

    My pleasure!

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  70. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:09 PM

    Thanks Greenbean. ♥

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  71. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 6:11 PM

    Sadly, it doesn't surprise me anymore.

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  72. Brenda Nonamaker10/15/13, 6:34 PM

    So love your FB page and your blog it is so informative so much I didn't know about chickens and I keep learning thanks to you and your knowledge that you post for us it is so appreciated....Thank you for all you do and for having all your giveaways they are awesome!

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  73. Karen Lawrence10/15/13, 6:46 PM

    im going to try the egg blowing.

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  74. Sherri Loberg Senjem10/15/13, 6:47 PM

    Thanks for all the great info

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  75. Thanks so much for having an expert on hand to consult. We're quickly learning that chicken vets are very hard to find and the research online is pretty mixed reliability.

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  76. Love the blog!

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  77. Flowering Feather Farm10/15/13, 6:54 PM

    Wonderful site! Glad to have found you! Thanks.

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  78. Would love to win a bag of Chicken Feed! I appreciate your FB & Blog posts!

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  79. Wow, people have no lives...I never doubted what you told before so while it's nice to meet him and I wish him luck, didn't need it....

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  80. Kathy Fontana Raffetto10/15/13, 7:24 PM

    Kathy, I am so happy to have you as a chicken resource! I'm only 18 mos. into chicken raising and it's a constant learning process. These girls not only provide our breakfast they are a constant source of learning opportunities. My kids and grandkids love them. Not everyone has a grandma that holds them on one knee while holding a chicken on the other. Since I feed my girls Nutrena another bag would sure be nice.

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  81. Shawn Stanley Sharp10/15/13, 7:33 PM

    Being new to all this your site has been of great help. Life is to short to spend energy in a negative way. Stay positive and keep up what you know to be right and good.

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  82. Momma needs a new bag of feed! xoxo Monica Wheeler

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  83. Food , glorious food and 50 lbs of it to boot!

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  84. carol tarzwell10/15/13, 7:45 PM

    Way to go Chicken Chick and a big thank you to Dr Petrik for all the helpful information you have given to The Chicken Chick to pass onto us chicken lovers

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  85. Kimberly Swenson10/15/13, 7:50 PM

    I am fairly new to your blog. I am sorry there has to be drama in our chicken blogging world! I was surprised at hearing this news. I will admit I have your blog page and fresh eggs daily saved to my book marks and visit each day. I have been reading the most I can from all points of view on chickens. So that I can make the best decisions for my flock. Thanks for hanging in there and providing us scientific facts from the chicken vet"

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  86. Dawn E. Sarver10/15/13, 7:59 PM

    Welcome! Dr.Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc. aka The Chicken Vet! I have enjoyed reading the post here on The Chicken Chick and a dozen Girlz , and hope to gain more insight and knowledge on caring for my flock. Thanks Kathy for all your time and effort in ferreting things out so we as chicken moms( or dads) can be the best we can be.

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  87. Ashley Capps10/15/13, 8:10 PM

    Free chicken feed! My favorite! Yes I know its bad to from Chicken Run but I LOVE that movie!

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  88. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:25 PM

    Thanks Dawn. You're welcome. :)

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  89. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:26 PM

    It's really unfortunate, Kimberly, but not a new situation. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  90. I like your blog, our chickens like Nutrena, I like to win stuff, our chickens like watching your chicken videos. I like promoting positive instead of talking negative about others. I am however curious, now that I have mentioned our chickens watching your videos, has the appropriate age of a chicken to start watching videos ever been discussed? :)

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  91. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:27 PM

    Right on, Shawn!

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  92. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:27 PM

    Thank you Kathy. It's a constant learning process for me too! :)

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  93. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:27 PM

    Thanks Kat. ♥

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  94. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:28 PM

    Thanks!

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  95. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:28 PM

    He's a gem, Jen. I feel fortunate that he takes the time to educate us and it's clear he enjoys teaching people about chickens.

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  96. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:29 PM

    It's easy once you get the hang of it! :)

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  97. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:29 PM

    Thanks Brenda. :)

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  98. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:30 PM

    Thanks Kristy. ♥

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  99. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 8:30 PM

    Thanks Dawn!

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  100. Marianna Postema10/15/13, 8:37 PM

    I enjoyed reading how it all started very much. :) I love this blog. It's so useful!!

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  101. Betty J Cordero10/15/13, 8:40 PM

    So happy you do what you do :)

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  102. Why on earth are people so mean? I've just stumbled across your blog (I'm in Australia) and as I'm getting some chickens for the very first time soon, I have found your blog and information invaluable. Thank you for all you do and share :)

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  103. Michelle Chun10/15/13, 9:05 PM

    I'm so amazed that people could be so negative. Why would anyone ever suggest the Chicken Vet was a made up person? You've never been anything but forthright in your posts and I for one appreciate the wealth of practical advice you provide and when you don't know, you find out from sources such as the Chicken Vet.

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  104. Does your chicken vet have a brother father uncle cousin sister mom friend acquaintance grandparent friend former neighbor school chum teacher or anyone who is a chicken Doc here in Eastern Washington??? We could use him. Got plenty for pets & livestock but not much for our feathered friends...Thanks!!

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  105. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:20 PM

    LOL! Seems unlikely, Nola. We're all in the same boat, so we're going to need to take what we can get by way of general information from Dr. Mike and do our best to keep our flocks healthy!

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  106. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:28 PM

    Envy and insecurity are the best theories I can come up with, but it still doesn't excuse the behavior.
    Thanks for your comment, Michelle.

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  107. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:29 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping, Karla! You're going to love your new pets.
    Oh, and there are bad eggs everywhere in the world, shining a light on them exposes them for what they are.

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  108. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:35 PM

    Thanks Marianna.

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  109. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:35 PM

    Thank you Betty!

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  110. Jennifer Doane10/15/13, 9:37 PM

    Thanks to you and the chicken vet for finding a way to work together to help all of us!

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  111. What an exciting relationship with the The Chicken Vet! And I really don't know why people must "know everything" about someone. Those are usually the blamers. I'm more than happy to meet him now, thank you for the introduction!
    My girls would love to win the Nutrena Poultry feed. They have just opened a C-A-L Ranch store that sells it here in my area so its on my list to try. My girls are a bit picky though! Thanks again for the give-away and for the introduction.

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  112. Wendy Campbell10/15/13, 9:42 PM

    The girls would love the food!! So would the Roo

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  113. TheChickenChick10/15/13, 9:43 PM

    It is exciting, Mary. Thank you for your comment!

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  114. Melanie Ray Schave10/15/13, 10:09 PM

    Oh I so hope I win something from your fabulous blog! I have my whole local chicken group joining now!

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  115. Could really use this give a way, just finished my new coop and ready to go, so are the chickens , they are taking to it pretty good, all except 2 out of 23, thanks for info.

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  116. nancykittykay10/15/13, 10:40 PM

    I read your blog everyday. My 17 chickens depend on me to be well-informed.

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  117. TJ Russell-Zapata10/15/13, 11:07 PM

    That is gonna cost a bunch to ship or is it just a coupon?

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  118. Thank you for the Chicken Vet blog. I signed up to receive emails from his blog

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  119. Loved reading about the chicken vet! Your blog is always full of great info!! Thanks!!

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  120. Joyce Zaleski10/16/13, 12:22 AM

    Once again you educate us with wonderful information. Thanks so much for all you do and continue to do! :)

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  121. Nancy Fitzgerald Hoggard10/16/13, 12:24 AM

    Such a nice article. ......and thanks for sharing about Lisa and FED. As you know, I noticed her "dissing" you and don't care for "self promotion" by slamming others. I don't think people like that will ever "get it", but it's good to be said. Good for you and The Chicken Vet. Gotta go now and check out his blog.

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  122. Denise Allison Magil10/16/13, 12:40 AM

    good article by the vet causing me to think more scary!! would love to win

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  123. Shel Reitmajer10/16/13, 2:34 AM

    I love your blog/posts. They are so very helpful as well as interesting. Thank you so much for them!

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  124. would love to try this i love my chickens and turkeys

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  125. Maureen Crouch10/16/13, 6:35 AM

    Use Nutrena food all the time. Would love to win a bag!
    Maureen C.

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  126. Toodles' Mom10/16/13, 7:30 AM

    I love finding your blog in my Facebook feed. It's a little ray of chicken sunshine! ;-)

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  127. Michelle Devine10/16/13, 8:41 AM

    What a great giveaway!

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  128. Lynne Milligan Franks10/16/13, 9:01 AM

    I am subscribed to your facebook account. Please enter me in the drawing for the 50lb bag of Nutrena feed. Thanks.

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  129. Thanks for all you do!

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  130. Mary Blanche10/16/13, 9:05 AM

    I love your blog. As new chicken owners both my husband and follow yyour blog. Thanks for being there!

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  131. TheChickenChick10/16/13, 9:07 AM

    Thanks Mary!

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  132. TheChickenChick10/16/13, 9:07 AM

    You're entered, Lynne! Good luck.

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  133. This blog about the Chicken Doctor was great. Amazing that he would give up at least the time he has to answer questions for us/you. Sounds like he had a full plate already. I UNDERSTAND the need for getting good medical advice from a real vet as there are none in our area. And I live in the land of Tyson!!! You would think....but no! I am a voracious reader of all thing chickens. When I wanted a educated answer this is where I have always come. Thank you for the work you have done. Thank the Chicken Doctor for being there in the background. And just WHY would people not understand the need for privacy in this busy world we live in? Keep up the good work!

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  134. Very nice Site !

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  135. Sandy Scofield10/16/13, 9:10 AM

    Thank you for a chance to win a 50 pound bag of Nutrena Feed.

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  136. I could really make good use of this feed

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  137. Kathryn Wetzel10/16/13, 9:12 AM

    Hello, sure do love reading chicken information on your blog! Oh and I love your hair too! Enjoy our chicks more since we found you!!

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  138. Becky Shelley10/16/13, 9:15 AM

    Would love to win!! Thank you so much for your love and dedication to our sweet chick babies!

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  139. TheChickenChick10/16/13, 9:15 AM

    Thanks Kathryn. :)

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  140. Heather Manning10/16/13, 9:19 AM

    I just love reading your blog. Just when you think you know all there is to know about raising chickens and keeping them happy and healthy, you learn something new. I'd be lost without my chickens. They are just as spoiled as my 2 sons. =) Keep doing what you do, and don't worry about what other people think or say.

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  141. Christine Bussler10/16/13, 9:20 AM

    I love your page and find so much great info! My girls would be so happy to win the bag of feed :) They are little pigs and eat everything from bananas to cottage cheese!

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  142. Thank you for all you do to help us newbies, and also for making me smile every day with your awesome pictures!!!!

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  143. I would certainly love to win the bag of food for my girls. And my response to this person who says that chickens do not belong in backyards is this " The last I checked I still have this freedom. Using freedom loosely, as I do have local ordinances I need to follow. But at least I am not YET being taxed for this.......

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  144. check daily to see if other chicken people are having same concerns that I am or if someone is having a problem I know nothing about, trust your advice! Thanks for the give- a- ways, very generous!

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  145. Lorna Tuttle Lacey10/16/13, 10:15 AM

    As a new chicken owner, I appreciate every piece of information you have to share, Thank you!

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  146. My husband and i are new chicken owners and have been raising our chciks since they were a week old. We are awaiting our first eggs but as it gets colder we may have to wait until next spring. Any advice on how we might be able to get some during the winter months? I love Reding your blogs and seeing the pictures of your beautiful chickens especially Rachael she has to be my favorite.

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  147. Marykate Fowler10/16/13, 10:57 AM

    I'm so excited to have found your blog! :)

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  148. Sumer Fisher10/16/13, 11:12 AM

    I love reading all your information about chicken keeping. It really helps me with my girls and taking care of them. I am very glad and grateful that I found your blog and I value your opinion and advise on matters concerning them because I know you are knowledgeable and trustworthy. Thank you so much for blogging about your experiences and knowledge, it really does help a lot of us with our little flocks! ;)

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  149. Jennifer Giese10/16/13, 12:13 PM

    Thanks for all the advice so far! I love Rachel and all your pictures, too. Would love to win the feed.

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  150. jane stanford boozer10/16/13, 2:00 PM

    awe thanks so much I appreciate the info, I will get the oyster shells I didnt know that...glad I found your blog...
    Jane

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  151. Chris N Amanda10/16/13, 4:02 PM

    I refer to your blog for an questions or issues that arise in my flock... I cannot thank you enough for all of your knowledge that you so generously share with us! I think its fantastic that you have a vet you consult with and will be sharing on your blog. Thanks again for everything, I owe in much part, the health of my flock to your advice!

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  152. TheChickenChick10/16/13, 6:33 PM

    I'm glad to have you here!

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  153. Heather Kunselman Linney10/16/13, 10:04 PM

    Love the blog! Love chickens too!

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  154. So much info on this blog! I love it. Thanks for sharing and offering such great giveaways as well.

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  155. JessicaHughett10/16/13, 10:53 PM

    There are not words for some people. The end. Period.
    Thank you for all that you do...and a big thanks to the Chicken Vet!

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  156. Tessica Reynolds10/17/13, 8:15 AM

    Your blog is the only one I go to when I have questions about my girls! I had to quickly check my Facebook and make sure I hadn't liked the pages of any bullies. Can't stand negative energy.

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  157. TheChickenChick10/17/13, 8:44 AM

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Tessica. :)

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  158. I love Nutrena feed! So do my girls!! ;)

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  159. Valerie Cottingham10/17/13, 2:00 PM

    Yay! Keep it coming.

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  160. Staci Wightman10/17/13, 6:33 PM

    Love you and your FB page and your blog...and your fight for backyard chickens!

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  161. Elizabeth Lea Barnes10/17/13, 6:40 PM

    thanks a ton :)

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  162. I learn something new everyday from you! Thanks!

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  163. Love your attitude with your flock and everything you've had to deal with this year! Keep up the good work and your insight is really appreciated

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  164. Denise Breault10/17/13, 7:08 PM

    Me me me!

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  165. Deborah Ciesla10/17/13, 7:13 PM

    Glad you stuck to your guns! Love your pages & beautiful pictures.

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  166. Elizabeth Flippo10/17/13, 7:14 PM

    You are truely inspirational! And you info is priceless....thank you

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  167. Dawn E. Sarver10/17/13, 7:20 PM

    i agree, you r one of the few and far between people i trust for chicken advice. thanks for all your work

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  168. TheChickenChick10/17/13, 7:26 PM

    Thanks Deborah.

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  169. Laura Aderholdt10/17/13, 8:29 PM

    Have read all the hatch-a-longs and am hoping for the best - thanks

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  170. Kara Eichelman Leahy10/17/13, 8:39 PM

    It's so close to Friday I can smell it! :)

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  171. My hens would love some of that feed!

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  172. susan ladner10/17/13, 8:50 PM

    Would love to win the poultry feed. Love all your info. Thanks, Susan Ladner, ladner309@bellsouth.net

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  173. Thanks for all the advice. We would love to win the feed!

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  174. Thanks would love to win

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  175. I find you to be very helpful in my chicken raising!

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  176. Denise Allison Magil10/18/13, 12:45 AM

    looks good

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  177. Great Information!

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  178. As someone new to backyard chickens, I could REALLY use the food!

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  179. I love nutrena!

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  180. TheChickenChick10/18/13, 5:53 PM

    Thanks Tami!

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  181. veletta reed10/18/13, 8:09 PM

    Thanks for all you do to help your fellow chicken keepers!

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  182. Micah Fenton10/19/13, 4:57 PM

    Can't remember if I have commented on this one or not! Better safe then sorry! Love the blog! Great resource!

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  183. Great information this week!

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  184. April Poulter10/19/13, 5:00 PM

    Congrats to the Dr. for pursuing his degree in poultry. Like the lady's post you shared, those people are everywhere. There will always be people who thing they know everything. Especially when it comes to things they don't understand.

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  185. Heather Yates10/19/13, 5:03 PM

    I would love to win this bag of feed for my flock, please enter me in teh running!

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  186. Eva Hargrave10/19/13, 5:03 PM

    I love my chickens and try to keep them healthy. I would love to win any of these products.
    Eva

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  187. Alishia Bigelow10/19/13, 5:03 PM

    I get a lot of conflicting advice on what to feed my chickens so this giveaway would be a welcomed gift.

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  188. Would be awesome to win! Found your blog recently and love it - your comments on molting really helped me!

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  189. Jennifer Hulbert10/19/13, 5:11 PM

    I really need the feed. I have several ducks and chickens. I hatch muscovies to give to people to start their own back yard flock and offer the show quality ones to FFA and 4H kids.

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  190. I too like to research, but I'm not as good at it as I would like to be. Glad I have you to help me out when I'm stuck! Looking forward to more from the Chicken Vet !

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  191. Shari Lanham10/19/13, 5:15 PM

    Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  192. Kelly Bueker10/19/13, 5:16 PM

    Its so nice to be able to refer to your blog and read what the chicken vets advice is on poultry. Thank you so much for putting all the info you have found on so many poultry topics!

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  193. Teresa Jo Lawson10/19/13, 5:19 PM

    We. Re new to the chicken world! Your bogs really help us out with so much needed information. Thank you!

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  194. I really hope I win this bag of nutrena feed! i could realy use it for all of my birds! I have 2 silkie bantam hens, a red golden pheasant, a swinhoe pheasant, a pair of doves and 6 snowflake bobwhites! Im sure they would appreciate it too!

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  195. Sarah Halsey10/19/13, 5:27 PM

    I agree, you have been a valuable source in my quest to find reliable chicken keeping info! Thank you for that.

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  196. Kimberly Rodgers10/19/13, 5:52 PM

    Nutrena is all I feed and my birds have benefited in the best way.

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  197. I really would love to win a bag a chicken feed.. but I love your site. I especially love your help pages. I had 5 broody hens and tried all different ways to unbrood them, until I read your post about placing them in the pen with wire floors so the could cool down.. Wow worked in 3 days.. I was so amazed. I come to you now for everything regarding my Beautiful Chickens.. all 25 of them.. ( would take to long to tell y'all their names ) ^.^ So anyways, I am entering for a chance to win.. Pick me Pick me!!!

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  198. Alden P Miller10/19/13, 6:02 PM

    Thanks to you, him and all girls! Blaze too!

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  199. Love your info! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  200. I sure would love to win a free bag of feed! Please enter me!

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