Nov 22, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 11/22/13

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The photos this week don't really tell the weather tale. It was alternately pleasant and sunny, to freezing cold and rainy and the flock is a little confused. We're all cool with rain, it's snow we dread. We spent several days preparing for snow and biting cold. Sparky (shown above. Black Copper Marans cockerel) kept a close eye on Mr. Chicken Chick as he winterized the run with heavy duty plastic. While he was busy with that project, I spent a significant amount of time writing about winter weather challenges that chicken-keepers face.  Check it out here if you haven't already.


Rachel. Silly Rachel. (Bantam Cochin Frizzle)
Iris (Olive Egger hen) and her babies.(which are either Olive Eggers or Black Copper Marans.) They're spending much of their time foraging ever further away from her every day.
Marans hen, soaking in the warm afternoon sun.
Partridge Plymouth Rock availing herself of a better view. 
Black Olive Egger hen.
Spartacus (Serama crossed with a Red Sex Link)
Vera, a Red Sex Link & Spartacus' mom. (pic above and below)






  Thanks for joining me and have a great weekend!



139 comments :

  1. TheChickenChick11/22/13, 8:30 PM

    Thanks Keri. :)

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  2. Came across your blog a while back and have been checking it out ever since! Thank you for such good advice. I take it all to heart being a newbie. Keep it up.

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  3. love these! thanks!

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  4. T Marie Kalisek11/22/13, 11:05 PM

    Sparky is a beautiful boy!

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  5. Kind of scared to possibly deal with snow for the first time!

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  6. Love your facebook page and your info!!!

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  7. Linda Ljung Cranford11/23/13, 7:30 AM

    Thanks for all your Giveaways it is so much fun trying. Enter me in this one also

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  8. Please enter me in this weeks give a way,never tried the cackleberry nuggets or hotcakes. My TSC sells the hotcakes but not the other item. Would love to try something different for my flock, thanks and have a good weekend.

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  9. Your photos always make me smile. :-)

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  10. Ha! I love your chicken captions. And you have made me so interested in marans. Are they good at withstanding New England winters?

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  11. linda prater11/23/13, 8:26 AM

    all my girls are wanting to win the treats, but they'll be alright with me getting the book.thanks for all the chances to win a giveaway, maybe this time.

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  12. Love the photos and thanks for the chance to win. I follow with Bloglovin'

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  13. Nancy Evans Wolff11/23/13, 11:11 AM

    I love all your wonderful giveaways, maybe I'll win this one! :)
    Your chickens are beautiful!

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  14. Mary Anne Moore11/23/13, 11:25 AM

    Love the Chicken Chick.Big help for city dweller.

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  15. Two more great giveaways. Thanks so much. :-)

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  16. What type of rooster is your guy in the top picture of this post? I have one that looks like him and don't know his breed! Thank you...

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  17. love your giveaways and all the great advice :) thanks

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  18. Esther widgren11/23/13, 12:16 PM

    Bravo again, Chicken Chick!!!

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  19. I get cha by email too, and facebook. My girls don't like the snow much.
    Thanks for another chance to win!

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  20. I'd like to win the book. I have free range chickens and I am also a gardener.

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  21. I definitely need to learn how to garden with my chickens! Hope I win!!

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  22. Josephine Evatt11/23/13, 3:11 PM

    You always have such interesting topics and pictures.

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  23. What great giveaways, as usual.

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  24. Jenn Werner-Williams11/23/13, 3:48 PM

    Your blog is the best!

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  25. kountrygoddezz11/23/13, 4:55 PM

    Just love your blog, I went to the feed store today, they hadn't got in the Holly Farms with your article yet. I need to start preparing for winter, tonight will be our first night at freezing 32, then 31 Sunday and 26 degrees Monday. Since the highs are in the high 40s and low 50s I'll wait and put plastic around the aviary/run.

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  26. Barbara Metzger11/23/13, 5:15 PM

    love reading your blog

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  27. Tina Wahl Gosnell11/23/13, 6:50 PM

    Love your blogs and all the great info you provide.

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  28. Debbie Jaynes11/23/13, 7:47 PM

    Love the site and would also love to win

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  29. Elaine Schaefer Hudson11/23/13, 9:27 PM

    Much better to flock focus than indulge in black friday shopping!

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  30. Love Flock Friday!

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  31. What a beautiful flock you have! Thanks for sharing the great pictures and a HUGE thanks for all of the great advice! I've read your winter tips twice now and feel so much more confident than I did before reading them. Our four girls - Georgia, Edie, Lucille, and Waffles - thank you, too :)

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  32. Thanks for all the great giveaways

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  33. My husband and I have been thinking about getting some chickens for awhile now and have been trying to read up on it as much as possible. So glad I found your blog, following on G+

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  34. Therese Hancock11/24/13, 1:39 AM

    Love the daily photos of Rachael and the updates on Spartacus. Facebook friend and Bloglivin subscriber from Australia

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  35. Rosalie Almas11/24/13, 1:38 PM

    Just covered the run in time for 17 degree weather.....

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  36. Just in from work have to go see my girls i know they missed me.

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  37. Kelly Bueker11/24/13, 5:16 PM

    Yes! I figured out how to enter. LOL. I love bird books. I of course have already subscribed to your blog, liked your page. One thing I just made from your page was The Flock Block. It is baking right now. Hope we win the Cackleberry nuggets, hot cake, or Gardening with free range chickens for dummies! Thanks Kathy. kellybueker@ymail.com

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  38. Ellen Riddle Marique11/24/13, 10:31 PM

    I so love your blog, filled with great info. and this one was right on with the cold weather blowin in. Thanks. Happy Turkey day <3

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  39. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:10 PM

    They are VERY cold hardy!

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  40. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:15 PM

    Neither do I! lol

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  41. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:37 PM

    Thank you Josephine!

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  42. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:45 PM

    Thanks Tina!

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  43. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:47 PM

    Eggsactly, Elaine!

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  44. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:47 PM

    Thanks Lydia!

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  45. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:48 PM

    Do it, Adena! You won't regret it!

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  46. TheChickenChick11/24/13, 11:49 PM

    Thanks Therese!

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  47. Yeah! More great giveaways!! :) I receive your blog updates via e-mail. We've been busy prepping the coop for our first winter with chickens. This blast of arctic air was a bit early for us in the Midwest ... the girls kept laying through it all though!

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  48. Shannon Barbian11/25/13, 7:04 AM

    I am already a subscriber but I could sure use that book! LOL Your winterization posting has been infinitely helpful. My husband already has plans to implement some changes when he gets back from deer hunting his week! Thank you!

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  49. Great prizes! Thanks!

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  50. I'm an email subscriber and you have great giveaways!

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  51. I have subscribed and your information is awesome!!

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  52. Valerie Jensen11/26/13, 5:20 PM

    These all look great! I've learned so much from you. Thank you!

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  53. Shel Reitmajer11/26/13, 7:46 PM

    Ways to keep chickens away from gardens?!

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  54. I am a blog subscriber :) thanks for all the info and giveaways!

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  55. Ashley Carson11/27/13, 11:35 AM

    Looks like a great book!

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  56. Follow you on FB and follow your blog on G+. Winter post was super helpful!! Had just the answers my husband and I needed to keep the girls safe.

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  57. Jennifer Grey Reed11/27/13, 11:38 AM

    I'm subscribed... thank you :) :)

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  58. Sally Schroeder11/27/13, 11:42 AM

    Great giveaways as usual!!! Thank you!

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  59. Got any info for beginners?

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  60. Melissa Wittner11/27/13, 11:46 AM

    I love to let the girls out to free range, but since the neighbor's bird dog tried to carry off my rooster, I just am so paranoid. Poor Dr. Orpheus. He was unhurt, but instead of fighting the dog, he just went limp.

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  61. Jolene Pregent11/27/13, 11:49 AM

    gotta have treats for my chickens :)

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  62. Kristin Hesch11/27/13, 11:58 AM

    Thank you for the giveaways! Fun!

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  63. Julie Walter DeMoss11/27/13, 12:10 PM

    You always have the best information on chickens. And great giveaways. I subscribe to your blog through email

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  64. We are new to chickens. We have six beautiful girls and one extremely handsome guy :) We will be planting our first garden next spring and would love to have the book "Gardening with Free Range Chickens for Dummies"

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  65. It's been my goal to create a chicken-friendly environment in my backyard. I'm just getting started and always looking for resources to help in the process. Would love to have this book! Please consider me entered. :-)

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  66. Kelly Mosley11/27/13, 12:43 PM

    Glad I found your blog and FB page I have really enjoyed both!!!!! I would love to read that book. Would love to know the secret of Gardening with Chickens lol!!!!

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  67. Oh I need that ;)

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  68. Would love to win either the book or the Farmer's Helper prize! Hi to all the "kids"!

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  69. I definitely could use that book! Love your giveaways. Fingers crossed!!

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  70. Jari L O'connor11/27/13, 1:19 PM

    Would really like a copy of the Gardening with chickens book!

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  71. Denise Allison Magil11/27/13, 1:22 PM

    Love to try

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  72. Yvonne van Katwijck11/27/13, 1:45 PM

    only a chicken girl for a few weeks (wish I started years earlier!!) and I'm learning a lot from your site/blog, big thanks from the Netherlands!!

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  73. ...For Dummies! Yes, I qualify, LOL. Enjoy your posts, especially the Daily Rachel.

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  74. Katie Brown Stafford11/27/13, 2:53 PM

    I would love either prize, we still have lots to learn!

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  75. Leigh Uemae-Valdivia11/27/13, 3:10 PM

    The babies are getting so big! Everyone in your flock looks so happy and healthy. :)

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  76. Carol Ann McGrath11/27/13, 4:25 PM

    Good stuff! Count me in to win! Thanks!

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  77. I wish I had this info last year!

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  78. As it's getting colder, perfect timing for planning next year's plantings? Next summer will be first full summer dealing with chickens in the yard, so have to plan my new flower bed plantings accordingly.

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  79. Cheryl Postma11/27/13, 7:29 PM

    One of the best parts of my day, tucking the birds in and peeking at Facebook to see what the Chicken Chick is up too. Thanks for the great info and inspiration. ;)

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  80. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 7:41 PM

    Thanks Julie!

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  81. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 7:41 PM

    Welcome to chicken keeping, Lynn!

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  82. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 7:41 PM

    You're entered. Good luck!

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  83. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 7:54 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping, Yvonne!

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  84. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 8:13 PM

    Sand, by far. This article will help with the "which kind" questions: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/chicken-coop-bedding-sand-litter.html

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  85. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 8:18 PM

    Thank you Cheryl. ♥

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  86. hannahking0011/27/13, 9:02 PM

    I love the giveaways! and the peeps:)

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  87. Tracy Harden11/27/13, 9:49 PM

    Love your chickens, would love to win something!

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  88. Sign me up, please. Love your blog!

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  89. Jessica Huszar11/27/13, 11:59 PM

    This is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs just for the chicken pictures. :)

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  90. As always would love to win a prize package. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  91. TheChickenChick11/28/13, 11:35 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  92. TheChickenChick11/28/13, 11:35 PM

    Thank you Jessica. ♥

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  93. I would love a book.

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  94. I could use the gardening book !

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  95. I too would love to win one of your give aways...hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  96. Marie O'Dell11/29/13, 4:11 PM

    <3 my chickens!

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  97. Love the coffee pictures they are funny haha

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  98. thanks for a chance to win!

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  99. Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt11/29/13, 4:26 PM

    Dont have chickens yet but can't wait to. FB, Google+ , blohlovin, & newsletter suber

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  100. JessicaHughett11/29/13, 4:27 PM

    I love all the chicken for dummies books!

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  101. Love all the pictures of your chickens.

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  102. I would love to win. We have chickens at the wildlife rescue I volunteer at and I adore them. I want to learn more about chickens so I can be sure they have what they need.

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  103. Lisa Kingsley11/29/13, 4:45 PM

    Dingo and the girls clucked in unison, "Pick us! Pick us!" :)

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  104. Rebecca Kober11/29/13, 4:46 PM

    It would be great to win the contest! The treat package would be especially welcomed. The flock always love a good treat. :) I subscribe via email.

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  105. Great giveaway!!!!

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  106. Debbie_Bruening11/29/13, 4:54 PM

    Hi! I would love to win the prized package too! I'm working on creative ways to give my hens healthy treats to stave off boredom.

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  107. Laurie Matson11/29/13, 4:56 PM

    What a great giveaway! Would love to win!

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  108. Love the weekly flock updates and pics! (And of course the giveaways!)

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  109. Can't recall if I entered. Would love book or farmers helper prize

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  110. Paula Carroll11/29/13, 5:10 PM

    Ohh that book would be wonderful! I free range the girls each afternoon and was wondering how I was going to keep them out of the veggie garden come spring time. I may have to double the netting around it and make it higher!

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  111. Anastacia Marshall Caldwell11/29/13, 5:18 PM

    Thank you for the great giveaways, even if I don't win I look for products my ladies will enjoy, our local store doesn't have much for chickens.

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  112. Love the prize packages :)

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  113. Linda Ljung Cranford11/29/13, 5:18 PM

    I would love to win either of these prizes packages thank you for your wonderful give aways

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  114. love your giveaways!

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  115. Pick me pick me! I really must make one of these treats for my girls...

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  116. Wendy Cunningham11/29/13, 5:58 PM

    Love this site!!

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  117. Your chickens are so pretty. I'm new to this and think I might be getting my first eggs soon. :)

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  118. Jeanne Labana11/29/13, 6:11 PM

    Your blog is fantastic. Would love to figure out how to keep the girls out of my garden!

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  119. Laura Roadcap11/29/13, 6:12 PM

    Have raised one Rhode Is Red rooster ( 1 1/2 yrs old) that is with me at my thoroughbred training barn. He is my "barn security", & is selective with who enters! Learning all I know about chickens from you on facebook. Everyone is amazed at Frank's personality, & he stays by my side during the morning. He even loves me to carry him in my left arm while hotwalking the racehorses. He lost his hen months ago & I am looking for another for him.

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  120. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 6:20 PM

    Thanks Holly. :)

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  121. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 6:24 PM

    He sounds so sweet!

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  122. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 6:24 PM

    Thanks Jeanne and good luck!

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  123. Lynn Cassell Price11/29/13, 6:51 PM

    Enjoyed watching your Baby chicks hatch last night! I know it must take a lot of time to work on this blog and site. I have one Barred Rock Rooster "Bill" and 6 Hens of 6 different colors and personalities each unique!

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  124. Just found you from Pintrest. I have 2 cuckoo marans and 30 red stars. Love my chickens and your site!

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  125. Thank you for all the information you share. I think my family probably gets sick of me saying 'The Chicken Chick says……" haha

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  126. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 7:05 PM

    Hi Patti! Happy to have you here! Please feel free to join me on Facebook too if you'd like! http://www.facebook.com/egg.carton.labels.by.adozengirlz

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  127. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 7:06 PM

    Thanks Lynn! He is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  128. Andrea Manfredo11/29/13, 7:30 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  129. Thanks for another great give-away!! :)

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  130. My husband is planning on getting a few chickens next summer & is really excited to learn more, so this would be a wonderful (& helpful) gift for him! Love your blog!!! (:

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  131. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 9:09 PM

    Thanks so much, Ellen! ♥

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  132. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 9:40 PM

    Good for you, Amanda! Thanks for following and good luck in the giveaway!

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  133. TheChickenChick11/29/13, 9:40 PM

    So does mine. :o LOL! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway.

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  134. This is my girls' first cold weather, and they're loving it! I could use the book, but the girls want the treats!

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  135. Thank you ma'am!

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  136. Love the blog. I am not afraid of raising my girls, 'cause I have a friend like you.

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  137. barbie lytwyn11/30/13, 12:38 PM

    Love reading ur posts!!! And love your pics!!!! You've taught me a lot. Thankyou. Keep it coming.

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  138. Cheryl Postma11/30/13, 7:00 PM

    Great prizes! Be interested in seeing how you garden with the mini bulldozers around!

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  139. Cheryl Hawes11/30/13, 9:42 PM

    My girls (and boy) would love the treats.

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