Jan 8, 2014

FROZEN EGGS: The Nest Box Cozy & Winter Food Safety Tips

DIY Nest Box Cozy to Prevent Frozen Eggs in the chicken coop during frigid winter temperatures and additional tips on preventing frozen eggs and  egg eating safety tips!
When winter temperatures plummet, frozen eggs are usually not a chicken keeper’s primary concern, but once the coops are shored up and the chickens are protected from the elements, egg preservation and safety become significant issues. A decline in egg production in autumn and winter is expected and any egg laid during those lean months is prized- losing any to freezing temperatures is truly disheartening. But, what can be done to prevent frozen eggs and what to do with eggs that have frozen? 
DOs and DON’Ts of Preventing Frozen Eggs
DO collect eggs frequently.
DO insulate the nest box with towels, cardboard or reflective bubble wrap insulation, for example. (always conceal materials chickens might peck at to prevent ingestion)
DO collect eggs frequently.
Hens generate heat and the curtains will help keep the heat in the nest box.
DO use Nest Box Curtains. Hens generate body heat and the curtains will help keep some of the heat in the nest box. If you use a lightweight cotton fabric or burlap in the warmer months, consider using a heavyweight fabric in the winter.

DO use a flat panel radiant heater near the nest boxes if necessary; never use dangerous heat lamps.
Cracked eggs are an enticement to bored chickens and egg-eating is a tough habit to break.
DO be on the lookout for egg-eating chickens. Cracked eggs are an enticement to bored chickens and egg-eating is a tough habit to break. Institute corrective measures immediately if egg-eating is suspected.
DON’T allow a broody hen to sit on a nest for the purpose of keeping eggs warm in extremely cold temperatures.
DON’T allow a broody hen to sit on a nest for the purpose of keeping eggs warm in extremely cold temperatures. Why? A broody eats, drinks and eliminates waste once or twice a day at most, which is unhealthy for her any time of the year, but can be life-threatening in frigid temperatures. In the winter, a chicken increases its feed intake to generate body heat to keep itself warm; given that a broody hen consumes 80% less feed than usual, she can ill afford fewer calories in frigid temperatures. If the nest box is cold enough to freeze eggs, it’s cold enough to cause hypothermia and death. Read how to break up a broody hen here, which should always be done indoors in extreme weather.
An egg has 4 layers of natural protection
What to do with a frozen egg?
When a frozen egg cracks pathogens gain an express route in to contaminate the egg; frozen eggs that are cracked should be thrown away.

Clean, Frozen Eggs with intact shells:
If the egg might be frozen, but you’re not certain and the shell is not cracked, place it in the refrigerator to thaw until ready to use. Don’t wash a clean frozen egg as washing might crack it. Use thawed eggs as soon as possible and only in dishes that will be thoroughly cooked.

When in doubt, throw it out- the hens will make more!
All eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating because even clean, intact, never frozen, fresh-outta-the-hen eggs can contain Salmonella enteritidis bacteria inside the yolk.
If the egg might be frozen, but you’re not certain and the shell is not cracked, store it unwashed in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Freezing causes a change in the consistency of the yolks, so while they are fine scrambled, in frittatas and in other recipes where leavening isn’t critical, they won’t provide the same rise in baked goods as an egg that has never been frozen.
Cooking with Thawed Eggs:
Freezing eggs causes a change in the consistency of the yolks, so while they are fine scrambled and in recipes where leavening isn’t critical, they won’t provide the same rise in baked goods as an egg that has never been frozen.
Vineyard Honey Mustard
Vineyard Honey Mustard. Recipe here.

Living in New England my entire life, I know a thing or two about negotiating winter, so when I found frozen, cracked eggs in my nest boxes, I hatched the idea for the Nest Box Cozy.
When winter temperatures plummet, frozen eggs are usually not a chicken keeper’s primary concern, but once the coops are shored up and the chickens are protected from the elements, egg preservation and safety become significant issues.
The inspiration for the Nest Box Cozy came to me  after a morning of snow shoveling followed by an evening spent with a handmade, rice-filled, microwaveable heat pack on a pulled back muscle, which I noticed retained warmth for several hours. That's when it hit me: if I could bring the temperature of the nest boxes up a few degrees in the morning, I might be able to prevent eggs from freezing in the chicken coop. Booyah! Bring on The Nest Box Cozy!
DIY Nest Box Cozy to Prevent Frozen Eggs in the chicken coop during frigid winter temperatures and additional tips on preventing frozen eggs and  egg eating safety tips!
A few notes about using the Nest Box Cozy:
The goal is to bring the temperature in the nest box up a few degrees, not to cook the eggs, which means that several layers of insulation in between the egg and Cozy are required. (More on that, below)
I had no intention of sewing and installing a Nest Box Cozy for each of ten nest boxes, so I identified which nest boxes the ladies were using (as we know, they all use the same one regardless of how many are available) and closed off the lesser used boxes for business. Stacking a few empty egg cartons in the nest boxes did the trick.
I had no intention of sewing and installing a Nest Box Cozy for each of ten nest boxes, so I identified which nest boxes the ladies were using (as we know, they all use the same one regardless of how many are available) and closed off the lesser used boxes for business. Stacking a few empty egg cartons in the nest boxes did the trick.
The Nest Box Cozy will require re-heating for hens on an afternoon laying schedule.

I heat my Nest Box Cozy in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, but heating times will vary based on a variety of factors. Common sense should be exercised always.  
I heat my Cozy in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, but heating times will vary based on a variety of factors. Common sense should be employed.
Having mentally checked out of the sewing portion of 7th grade home economics class, this is my quick-and-dirty tutorial for the Nest Box Cozy. There is no cutting mat, no ironing and only one measurement- just the basics: sew and go, baby!
I heat my Cozy in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, but heating times will vary based on a variety of factors. Common sense should be employed.
MATERIALS
Sewing machine 
Fabric remnants cut slightly larger than the base of the nest box 
Uncooked rice or dried beans
Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion/Dried herbs/flowers (optional)
Pins
A funnel (optional)

METHOD
Cut: My nest boxes are approximately 12” x 12”, so I cut the fabric in 14” x 14” squares (as far as you know)
Sew three of the four sides of the material closed.
Make 4 pockets: From the open end of the fabric, sew a straight line down to the opposite side, repeat two times so that there are four long pockets created.
Make 4 pockets: From the open end of the fabric, sew a straight line down to the opposite side, repeat two times so that there are four long pockets created.
Partially fill: Hold the fabric with the open side facing up and pour a little rice into each pocket so that it comes approximately 4 inches up the pocket. Add a pinch of dried herbs if you like. Pin the pocket closed where the rice ends or wing-it, as I did, without pinning. That's right, I'm a real risk-taker.
DIY Nest Box Cozy to Prevent Frozen Eggs in the chicken coop during frigid winter temperatures and additional tips on preventing frozen eggs and  egg eating safety tips!
Sew the rice-filled portion of the pocket closed. Remove pins. Repeat process until the Nest Box Cozy is full and sewn shut. Ready to rock and roll!
DIY Nest Box Cozy to Prevent Frozen Eggs in the chicken coop during frigid winter temperatures and additional tips on preventing frozen eggs and  egg eating safety tips!
DIY Nest Box Cozy to Prevent Frozen Eggs in the chicken coop during frigid winter temperatures and additional tips on preventing frozen eggs and  egg eating safety tips!
NEST BOX PREP
I use plastic nest box pads and bottoms. If you do not, simply substitute cardboard where nest pads and liners are indicated. 
I use plastic nest box pads and liners. If you do not, simply substitute cardboard where nest pads and liners are indicated.
Materials:
Straw. (The Nest Box Cozy warms the air inside the straw)
Nest box pads and liners, cardboard cut to size or Excelsior pads 
Heavy duty aluminum foil 
Bubble pack reflective insulation or other self-contained insulation (read: not fiberglass)
METHOD
Add a layer of straw to the bottom of the nest box and 
place the nest box liner on top of the straw. 
Add a layer of straw to the bottom of the nest box and  place the nest box liner on top of the straw.
Add a layer of bubble wrap reflective insulation.
Wrap the warmed Nest Box Cozy in heavy duty aluminum foil 
(protects it from becoming soiled) and place it on top of the insulation. 
Wrap the warmed Nest Box Cozy in heavy duty aluminum foil  (protects it from becoming soiled) and place it on top of the insulation.
 Add the nest pad on top of The Nest Box Cozy. 
 Add the nest pad on top of The Nest Box Cozy.
Place more straw on top of the nest pad. Add herbs/dried flowers if desired.
 Place more straw on top of the nest pad. Add herbs/dried flowers if desired.
Sources & Further Reading:
http://1.usa.gov/1cYPhgd
http://bit.ly/1dVoMIJ
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

263 comments :

  1. Christine Wessling1/8/14, 1:43 PM

    Just found the blog :) Yay chickens!! :) Currently trying to work up my courage to process my first roosters......

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  2. Kim Harden1/8/14, 1:43 PM

    Great idea

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  3. Jayme Barker Ottena1/8/14, 1:44 PM

    Love your page!

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  4. A Goldstrom1/8/14, 1:45 PM

    Would like to win this.. Just getting started with having Chickens.

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  5. Phyllis Ann1/8/14, 1:45 PM

    Thank you for all the great tips and ides to make our girls happy!

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  6. Love the water..I do use curtains..got tip from you :) Gonna show my mom cozy..sewing is her thing :)

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  7. LilStikMom1/8/14, 1:47 PM

    woot! I"m the first! I sure could use a waterer for my gurlz! Love you blog!

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  8. Sheri Keener1/8/14, 1:47 PM

    Love the info you put out for us chicken lovers and other site you connect us to for everything chicken.

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  9. Denise Allison Magil1/8/14, 1:47 PM

    Great idea my nest boxes get wrecked they move the hay milch all sround

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  10. Laura Cornelison1/8/14, 1:47 PM

    Thanks for the great blog - I'm having trouble with frozen eggs and wasn't sure if I could still use them. Your blog came at just the right time considering -27 wind chills in my neck of the woods

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  11. Isn't this a great idea! I am dealing with some freezing issued in arkansas! Thank you for all your great ideas!!

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  12. Elizabeth Lea Barnes1/8/14, 1:52 PM

    love it thanks!!!

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  13. Kelly Cobb1/8/14, 1:52 PM

    I love this post. Been dealing with frozen eggs myself

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  14. Denise Frederick1/8/14, 1:55 PM

    I liked the chicken waterer AND commented. I LOVE this waterer....I hope I can win this!! :) Thank you Chicken Chick!!

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  15. This is fantastic! As are many folks in the country, we're dealing with ridiculous cold here in North-Central New Hampshire. I've been trying to figure out how to warm up things around the nest box and this is perfect! Time to dig out the sewing machine and brush the rust off my sewing skills =D Thank You!

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  16. Jayme Logan1/8/14, 1:57 PM

    Done thank you for the giveaway

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  17. I love your blog!! We have 5 hens and even our Pit bull loves them. Thanks for all the great tip.

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  18. Great article about frozen eggs. It sure is timely with this weather! So far the hens are coping....

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  19. Kerri Dobbins1/8/14, 2:00 PM

    Just entered the waterer giveaway. Love your site!

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  20. Caitlyn Ralston1/8/14, 2:00 PM

    I love this waterer! Thanks so much for the opportunity! I love those curtains too!

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  21. Thank you so much!! I may try this!

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  22. Susan Hornick1/8/14, 2:02 PM

    Entering

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  23. Great info, as always. Stay warm!!

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  24. Alison Drouillard1/8/14, 2:05 PM

    Good to know. Thanks

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  25. bobby sue jabat1/8/14, 2:08 PM

    that is a very neat idea I make the rice hot packs (can also be frozen to make cold compress) that fit in pockets to keep your hands warm

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  26. Debbie Kelley Rice1/8/14, 2:10 PM

    Sounds like great idea I threw out 14 eggs this week already because they were cracked and frozen?

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  27. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:12 PM

    My pleasure. thanks Alison.

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  28. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:12 PM

    Thanks. We're trying!

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  29. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:12 PM

    You bet! Let me know how it works out for you, Liz.

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  30. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:13 PM

    Thanks Jeanie. Hang in there, it looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel!

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  31. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:13 PM

    Thanks Amy!

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  32. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:14 PM

    My pleasure, Good luck Jayme!

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  33. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:14 PM

    You're welcome, keep me posted on how it works for you, Tracy!

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  34. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:15 PM

    Thanks Kelly. No fun. :(

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  35. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:15 PM

    My pleasure Liz! Stay warm.

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  36. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:16 PM

    Thanks Sheri. :)

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  37. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:16 PM

    Thanks Laura. I hope it helps. :)

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  38. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:17 PM

    Thanks Jayme. :)

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  39. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:17 PM

    Thanks Kim. :)

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  40. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I see you are as cold as Maine is.
    I will have to try the Honey Mustard recipe but would like to use something other than Campbells soup maybe something organic instead. Any suggestions?

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  41. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:17 PM

    Welcome, Christine. Good luck with that. :/

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  42. This would be nice to win! Thanks, Chicken Chick!

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  43. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:28 PM

    I'm not sure how to make consomme, but I'm sure there are recipes that you could find online for it, Mary.

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  44. ed & sarah1/8/14, 2:28 PM

    we are very new to the chicken world. Our hens just started laying last week & nearly all the eggs we find are frozen. We've been learning a lot about what type of coop we need for the winter months here in MN, next year will be a much better winter season for our hens:)

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  45. Thank you for the info!! Looks like I'll be trying this with my girls ;)

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  46. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 2:31 PM

    That's a major bummer. :(

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  47. Juli Morris1/8/14, 2:32 PM

    I would love to win this giveaway! My ladies could use this Brite Tap waterer!

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  48. Rev. Alloway1/8/14, 2:34 PM

    I always read your pages !! Always :) Thank you for being diligent and noteworthy... and your years of experience have helped me so much! you are a blessing.

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  49. Kim Collins Hunt1/8/14, 2:36 PM

    Would love to win one of these waterers! Great in the summer and the winter!

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  50. Christine Wessling1/8/14, 2:37 PM

    Thanks... if they weren't being so mean to my hens I would just tolerate them and appreciate the lack of bugs this spring... and I want to be more self sufficient so.......... still not looking forward to it!

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  51. Who knew that warmer was so easy to make?? (Well, besides you!) Great idea--thank you!!

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  52. What do you think about hard boiling the frozen or potentially frozen eggs ? I have a dozen in my fridge that are clean but were most certainly partially frozen when collected yesterday and before.

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  53. I always thought throwing it out was mandatory. Great article!

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  54. Just what I need to help me prepare for my new chicks this spring.

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  55. That would be awesome to have! I am so tired of carrying water to the chickens every 2 hours just to have it freeze again!

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  56. neat waterer but I wonder if a bucket heater could be dropped in the jug safely to keep it from freezing

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  57. Hmm! Gave me an idea to try reading this article. The Hot Hands hand warmers wrapped well would probably work too. :) After checking for eggs and finding 1 of the 2 frozen I am going to try it tomorrow.

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  58. Little Onion1/8/14, 3:07 PM

    These are great ideas! My coop could use some dressing up and warmth.

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  59. Kristi Baldini1/8/14, 3:10 PM

    All my eggs are frozen I give them to the pigs. they like the treat.

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  60. ebeauchamp1983 .1/8/14, 3:13 PM

    Great idea!

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  61. Robin Hughes1/8/14, 3:18 PM

    Thank you again for your great information!!! Would love to win the watered. My girls are doing great in this weather. I let them free range the other day because it was sunny but cold. We had a fun time watching them.

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  62. Michelle Mumothree1/8/14, 3:18 PM

    excited to learn so much on your page ! Thank you

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  63. Great Idea!

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  64. Kara Nehring McMurtrey1/8/14, 3:22 PM

    I've only had 2 frozen eggs so far and they were from my girls that refuse to lay in the coop :( Would love to win the Chicken Waterer too!

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  65. Wendy Montreuil1/8/14, 3:23 PM

    Liked Chickenwaterer on FB and would LOVE to win! What a great watering system!

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  66. Jessica Fultz1/8/14, 3:34 PM

    This great to help our chickens survive this "polar vortex" in the Northern Michigan!

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  67. Jo Tetherow1/8/14, 3:36 PM

    i purchased the little waterer part but would love the entire outfit. sure glad my hens all lay just before the time i go to collect eggs. :) good hens.

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  68. I am happy to say that I have been going in the right direction in protecting the girls and their rooster during the cold winter days. I do have curtains on the nest boxes but am considering heavier fabric. I also implemented the rice cozies in under the nest boxes. I haven't had any frozen eggs so far. I am going to enclose the run with constructon grade plastic so they have more room to roam. Our biggest concern is the water. We are often gone for long periods of time with our grandchildrens activities and I am constantly nervous about them having enough water. I also have a boody hen that will sit on nothing. I make her move, eat and drink but she is determined. If I bring her inside how do I contain her and break this habit? Will she quit on her own?

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  69. linda prater1/8/14, 4:03 PM

    I love that waterer I have been trying so long and hard to win one maybe this one is my lucky time. Liked you info on eggs freezing I must go down to the hen house 5 or 6 times by 5:00 pm to keep the eggs before they freeze it would be easier if they all layed about the same time.

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  70. Gail Parker1/8/14, 4:19 PM

    Great information during these cold days. Thanks a bunch!

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  71. Cherad Cloran1/8/14, 4:25 PM

    Thanks for the information! This is the first time it's been cold enough to freeze our eggs and we weren't sure what we should do with them.

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  72. Allison Phillips1/8/14, 4:41 PM

    Nice idea!

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  73. Smith Family1/8/14, 4:41 PM

    I liked the chicken waterer AND commented. I hope I win!Thank you Chicken Chick!!

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  74. Kathy Roberson1/8/14, 4:49 PM

    This is our first hard winter and I've worried about those eggs freezing. Three out of four are still laying almost daily so I have to check regularly. Thanks for this great idea. Just may we make these tonight.

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  75. teri snowden1/8/14, 5:10 PM

    i love your site. you have been very helpful in my hatching and more. and i LOVE this new site Chickenwaterer

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  76. Tracy Harden1/8/14, 5:26 PM

    Wonderful advice! So far *knock on wood* I haven't had any cracked eggs! just verrrry cold.

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  77. Thanks for this info. We are new to this chicken thing (loving it) and want our chickens to be happy. We have had a couple of frozen eggs and now know a few things to do to aid in this issue. New Hampshire can be quite cold (also new to this as we hail from Tennessee).

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  78. I wondered what to do with frozen eggs. Thank you for the great info!!

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  79. Perfect timing! I have been checking the coop often for eggs since its been below freezing and I don't want to lose eggs if I can avoid it.

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  80. Heather Holzberger1/8/14, 5:43 PM

    Thanks for posting this information. As the temperatures dip to -30 to -40 (with windchill) I'm finding more and more frozen eggs. I only have 5 hens and 1 rooster so when I lose eggs because they're frozen is gets frustrating because they don't lay as many eggs as usual as it is.

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  81. Becky Morris Rhoades1/8/14, 5:44 PM

    Thanks for info on frozen eggs. I have had a few this year, some didn't make it. Can't wait until spring.

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  82. Kelly Mosley1/8/14, 5:54 PM

    That water bucket looks like something you would see on a work truck. I love it!

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  83. Kimra Ross1/8/14, 6:00 PM

    Thanks for the info. We have been watching our girls and Roos closely. Having some problems with water so would love to win a waterer. Took the heat lamps down this fall after reading all your articles

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  84. Symphony26271/8/14, 6:23 PM

    Ok done hope i win this for my chickens

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  85. Melinda Edwars1/8/14, 6:26 PM

    You rock, clever lady! Thank you so much for the great invention you created! You are my hero!

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  86. Brook Warner1/8/14, 6:42 PM

    I haven't had any frozen, cracked eggs but I do believe some of my eggs have been frozen. Glad to know they're okay to eat.

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  87. Ferne McAllister1/8/14, 6:44 PM

    Thanks for the frozen eggs info... This is the worst winter in CT!

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  88. My girls would sure enjoy a waterer like this one....and they sure are glad that we had temps above freezing today!!

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  89. Tricia McKinstry1/8/14, 6:52 PM

    Thabk you for the information!

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  90. Jessica Engle1/8/14, 6:55 PM

    I was just wondering about this today as I picked up two frozen eggs. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I'll have to whip up some nesting box cozies:)

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  91. I will have hens this spring ... I'm so excited :)

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  92. I didn't know that I should be lining the nest boxes with anything other than straw. Thank you so much

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  93. Very interesting, here in TX I never thought about eggs freezing.

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  94. Thanks! I've only had one egg crack so far, but a little more insulation won't hurt!

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  95. Victoria Midkiff1/8/14, 8:14 PM

    You really have some great ideas, suggestions and advice!

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  96. Thanks chicken chick!!

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  97. Gail Koehling1/8/14, 8:15 PM

    I had many of those frozen eggs this week, even checking every hour.....nice information. Would love yo win the waterer. Thanks.

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  98. Sara Trocker-Hambly1/8/14, 8:16 PM

    Good to know about the frozen eggs. Thank you for that info.

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  99. waiting until spring to get new chicks.....trying to decide breed

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  100. Anita Miller1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    I'm new to this site. I'm just getting started on raising chickens this spring and I'm so excited!

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  101. Cindy Callaway Smith1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    Thanks for all the info.

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  102. Matt Snider1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    Would like to win this for my chickens.

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  103. Betsy Anderson McAvoy1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    Nice,I love chickens

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  104. Breezy Bree1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    Done! Hope my luck holds out! Or holds up! Lol

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  105. Karen Tucker Gouge1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    Thank you for the information! My chickens aren't laying yet but this will come in handy when they start. :-)

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  106. great info :) thank you

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  107. txbarehoof1/8/14, 8:17 PM

    I would absolutely LOVE this waterer! Thanks the the winter tips!

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  108. Katie Brown Stafford1/8/14, 8:18 PM

    I really want to try one of these, thanks for the chance!

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  109. This is such a great idea! Thank you!!

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  110. Kristen Rogers Guerrette1/8/14, 8:18 PM

    Always great info!

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  111. Deborah Paterson1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Great idea. I may make a nest box cozy for my pockets, my bed, my Wellies, etc. :)

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  112. Laura Altman Marron1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Thanks for all the great info you're always giving & thanks for the chance in the give a way!

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  113. Monica Schulze Burton1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Great article!!

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  114. Peggy Enlow1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Thanks for the helpful information.

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  115. Sara Trocker-Hambly1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Great article on the frozen eggs. I will try some of these ideas.

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  116. trina Elliott1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Great article. I'm trying to learn all I can. New to raising chickens.

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  117. Diane Stevens1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    Love the idea of the cozies! I've made these for friends before, never thought of using them in my nesting boxes!!

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  118. Patty Kennedy1/8/14, 8:19 PM

    This would be a wonderful waterer for my four girls.

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  119. Trixie Woodard1/8/14, 8:20 PM

    Maaan wish I had this LAST WEEK WHEN IT WAS -17 HERE IN
    INDIANA!!! This would be awesome!

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  120. Andrea Cross Shephard1/8/14, 8:20 PM

    Great info!!

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  121. kara smith1/8/14, 8:20 PM

    Thanks for the info! It has been crazy cold here!

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  122. Dawn Bitsky Indpendent Represe1/8/14, 8:20 PM

    I struggle with keeping my waterers clear of droppings & straw. This waterer would be my answer!

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  123. My girls would this water system

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  124. Kelly O'Malley1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    Love the Chicken Cozy idea!! Also love the Chicken Waterer site. Thanks for sharing :)

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  125. Heather Stauffer1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    Always love reading your blog, and signing up to try to win things. Just had a fabulous coop gifted to me for Christmas and I can't wait to fill it with chicks!

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  126. Wyan Young1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    Just found your site and Facebook page. It is just what I have been looking for to learn about and learn how to care for my Feathered Friends. Thank you !!

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  127. Heidi Tatum1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    Nice info. Will definitely be using this next winter.

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  128. Gotta have it; my girls drink lots!

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  129. Spikesowmer1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    Great article as always.

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  130. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    I like the page for the Chicken Waterer and told them The Chicken Chick sent Me. )))

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  131. Wow great info. I will have to save it for future we only freeze like this once ever 5 or so years.

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  132. Christie Von Ditter1/8/14, 8:21 PM

    That looks awesome! I'm new to the chicken world! Great cross promotion too!

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  133. Andrea Cross Shephard1/8/14, 8:22 PM

    Great info!!!

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  134. Tanyia Altamuro1/8/14, 8:22 PM

    I liked and posted a comment on "Chicken Waterer" facebook page. Good Luck to all who entered. Love all the articles and tips. Thank you

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  135. trina Elliott1/8/14, 8:22 PM

    Great article. I'm am new to raising chickens so I'm trying to learn all I can.

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  136. Rose Zamarocy1/8/14, 8:23 PM

    Thanks for the advice of frozen eggs. With the great freeze we just had I wish I had known a few of those ideas before!! One quick question though, is if you have an egg eating hen how do you know who it is? I know in one of my coops I have one but I'm not sure who...

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  137. Anne Wright-Cunniff1/8/14, 8:23 PM

    Great information, as always. Too bad my ladies are on strike.

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  138. great info! :)

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  139. I love the egg cozy idea. I am a crafter and never thought of that one and I make those for the necks and backs...lol Thanks so much for more great info.

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  140. Pam Wetherill Wright1/8/14, 8:24 PM

    I can't wait to warm up my nesting boxes! The reflective bubble wrap is genius!

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  141. Patricia Sacha1/8/14, 8:24 PM

    I use my frozen eggs, but thankfully my coop is insulated enough that i havent had much of an issue, also my neck of the woods isnt as cold as some areas of the country :)

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  142. April Halverson1/8/14, 8:24 PM

    The Chicken Chick sent Sent Me :)

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  143. Stephanie Anders1/8/14, 8:24 PM

    Every egg has been frozen the last few days due to this crazy weather! Thanks for the tip!

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  144. Niki Hicken Bailey1/8/14, 8:24 PM

    Thank you so much for always giving us helful hints

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  145. Amanda McFarland1/8/14, 8:25 PM

    Would love to be entered in the contest!! :) Can't wait for warmer weather :D

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  146. Thanks for the information!!!

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  147. Jenny Smith1/8/14, 8:25 PM

    I love that waterer! Thankfully here in Oregon we are not going through a deep freeze like some of you chicks are! Great article!

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  148. Sue Dion Leighton1/8/14, 8:25 PM

    Great idea!!! I will have to try this!!

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  149. Nancy Smith Spinning1/8/14, 8:25 PM

    It's all about the chickens and the eggs....thanks for the tips!

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  150. Julia Kurtz1/8/14, 8:26 PM

    I had a frozen egg today. I am so looking forward to spring!

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  151. Kelly Benner-Longley1/8/14, 8:26 PM

    Im so glad I found this site I love it , havent gotten any eggs lately but have had the frozen ones , thanks for all the info

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  152. jacqueline f1/8/14, 8:27 PM

    This is a great article. And very timely for this weather. I let them know the chicken chick sent me under reviews from friends. It posted it under that after I like their page. Thanks so much for the giveaways. I would be very excited to win this one. Stay warm everyone

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  153. shannon nichols1/8/14, 8:27 PM

    This is my first winter with chickens and so far, your info is a lifesaver. Literally. Keep up the great work. I look forward to many more articles.

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  154. Thank you for all your energy, knowledge enthusiasm. Thank you also for all the give aways. The waterer is just what we could use.

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  155. Just got my first 5 chickens. It would be so awesome to win this since I don't have everything I need yet. The chicks keep filling their waterer full of shavings.

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  156. So excited to start my adventure with chickens.

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  157. Rachael.IN1/8/14, 8:27 PM

    Whooohooo! Awesome. Fingers crossed!

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  158. Michelle Lloyd Atkins1/8/14, 8:28 PM

    I love this site! So much useful information!

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  159. Elizabeth Tucker Windrow1/8/14, 8:28 PM

    I really enjoyed learning of a way to keep my eggs from freezing. I have several kennels setup with chickens and always have at least one or two eggs frozen when the temps are low......

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  160. Christy Carey Greagor1/8/14, 8:29 PM

    Going to start this spring with chickens so would love to win this!

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  161. I'm in Colorado and frozen eggs were completely foreign to me until this year. The winter in the lowlands is usually so mild that I had no idea what to do, so thank you for the great advice!

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  162. Would love to win this for my grandkids chickens!

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  163. Erin Nicole Nelson1/8/14, 8:29 PM

    such neat ideas!

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  164. justjoan201/8/14, 8:30 PM

    Thanks for the info on the nest box cozy. Will try to make this soon. We're out the recent cold snap and headed to the 40's but always nice to have a little warm spot to sit on.
    Liked Chicken Waterer on FB.

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  165. Marion Plylar Webb1/8/14, 8:30 PM

    Love frozen egg info and I crave that chicken waterer!!!!

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  166. Rebecca Thompson1/8/14, 8:30 PM

    Thank you for good information.could really use the waterer

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  167. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:30 PM

    Thanks Joan and good luck in the giveaway!

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  168. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    Good luck, Jo!

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  169. Melanie Brennan1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    Love your page! Just entered the giveaway!

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  170. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    Fun, Christy! You're going to wonder why you didn't get some sooner- they're a blast!

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  171. Terry DePasquale1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    Love the page and this waterer!

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  172. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    I hadn't had this problem until this year either, Addie. Crazy weather this year!

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  173. Martin Hess1/8/14, 8:31 PM

    I wud love for my flock to have a waterer (or 2 or 3 haha) I have a variety flock of bout 50 & bout 4 guineas lol so maybe just 1 wont be enuff but purchasing other cud be possible. thx

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  174. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:32 PM

    Thanks Michelle and good luck!

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  175. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:32 PM

    Thanks Jacqueline and good luck in the giveaway!

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  176. Heidi Lachapelle1/8/14, 8:32 PM

    Great idea and timely!

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  177. JessicaHughett1/8/14, 8:32 PM

    Love the ideas! Thank you!

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  178. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:33 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping!! Pine shavings aren't even the worst thing they get in their waterers. :(

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  179. Cristal 'Pinky'Hobbs1/8/14, 8:33 PM

    Thanks for the tips! I totally entered too! Thanks for the chance! I have 15 hens and they would love the waterer! :) Pinky out- Nashville TN

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  180. My 10 year old son loved the looks of the chicken waterer! I'd like to be able to use your idea of the nest warmer but our chickens scratch all their hay out of the nest most days. Thanks for a great blog and great ideas!

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  181. Thank you for the information on frozen eggs, I love the cozy - just make sure others know not to use fabric that has anything in it that would not go well in the microwave. I had one with metal flecks catch on fire once and another melt.

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  182. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:33 PM

    Thanks Shannon. I'm working as hard as I can! :)

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  183. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:33 PM

    It's SO much fun, Vicky!

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  184. Vicki Lubarsky1/8/14, 8:33 PM

    Would love this waterer!

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  185. Anna Orgeron1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    Here's hoping that warmer weather comes soon.

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  186. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    Thank you Marilyn. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  187. Jennifer Hershberger1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    Thanks for the info on frozen eggs and nest box advice! We've had our silkies for almost 2 years and I love learning better ways to take care of them. I love the waterer!

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  188. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    Thank you Kelly. I'm happy to have you here! :)

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  189. llacey20011/8/14, 8:34 PM

    This waterer looks awesome. So glad I can use the frozen eggs. I had been wondering about that.

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  190. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    Me too, Julia! :)

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  191. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:34 PM

    You're entered, Amanda, good luck!

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  192. Heather Schleifer1/8/14, 8:35 PM

    Great info as always Kathy. Thanks for all you do!

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  193. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:35 PM

    Thanks Sue. Stay warm over there in Simsbury!

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  194. Very neat waterer

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  195. I thank you daily for the great information for my small flock. This waterer would be a Godsend here in Southern Idaho!

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  196. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:35 PM

    My pleasure. :)

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  197. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:35 PM

    Thanks Jenny! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  198. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:35 PM

    Thanks Pam. :)

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  199. TheChickenChick1/8/14, 8:36 PM

    GAH! That's such a drag. I hope this helps, Stephanie!

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  200. Lori Garcia1/8/14, 8:36 PM

    Maybe this time! Thanks for the give a ways!

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