Feb 27, 2014

How to Build a Better Brooder for Raising Baby Chicks

It’s amazing how quickly baby chicks grow and it can be a challenge to house them in a  brooder that is large enough for them from week to week.  I have used a number of different brooder types over the years from cardboard boxes to playpens, rabbit hutches and plastic tubs. I even used a toboggan once. Choosing the biggest brooder possible for the age of the chick is important as overcrowding causes behavioral and health problems that are easier to avoid than to remedy.
It’s amazing how quickly baby chicks grow and it can be a challenge to house them in a  brooder that is large enough for them from week to week.  I have used a number of different brooder types over the years from cardboard boxes to playpens, rabbit hutches and plastic tubs. I even used a toboggan once. Choosing the biggest brooder possible for the age of the chick is important as overcrowding causes behavioral and health problems that are easier to avoid than to remedy. Many, creative options can work for a brooder- the set-up is limited only by the imagination. Having brooded countless batches of baby chicks, my strong preference is the cardboard box.
Many, creative options can work for a brooder- the set-up is limited only by the imagination. Having brooded countless batches of baby chicks, my strong preference is the cardboard box.
Elements of a Highly Functional Brooder
1. Spacious (provides adequate elbow room for each occupant)
2. Safe (no fire hazard, keeps chicks inside & unwanted guests out)
3. Easy to move
4. Easy to clean or discard (eco-friendly is a bonus)
5. Inexpensive is always nice.
These are all examples of various brooders 
I have used over the years.
Upcycled playpen brooder with sand for bedding.
Toboggan brooder during a snow storm. TOTALLY silly but fun idea, lasted only 24 hours before chicks began climbing out.
Toboggan brooder during a snow storm. TOTALLY silly but fun idea, lasted only 24 hours before chicks began climbing out.
Extra large plastic tote brooder. This is a very impractical brooder design. Even two to three chicks outgrow it within a week.
Extra large plastic tote brooder. This is a very impractical brooder design. Even two to three chicks outgrow it within a week.
Rabbit hutch brooder.
Rabbit hutch brooder.
I purchased this is a Chick Corral online. It has a wonderful, lightweight design, is easy to set up and take down and has a handy L shaped arm for hanging things such as a poultry nipple waterer.
I purchased this is a Chick Corral online. It has a wonderful, lightweight design, is easy to set up and take down and has a handy L shaped arm for hanging things such as a poultry nipple waterer.
Chicks instinctively know to use the poultry nipple waterers from day one.
Chicks instinctively know to use the poultry nipple waterers from day one.
Plan on 2 square feet per chick in the brooder, which may seem excessive initially, but chicks grow at an astonishing rate and it is important to have adequate space available to them in order to avoid problems that result from overcrowding such as picking and cannibalism
Rabbit cage brooder with horse stall pellet bedding, available inexpensively in feed stores.
Cardboard brooder condo with EcoGlow Brooder for warmth.
Cardboard brooder condo with EcoGlow Brooder for warmth.
I generally brood chicks in stages, beginning inside the house, then moving to the basement or garage, then finally into a wire dog kennel inside the coop just prior to integrating the birds into the main flock. Cardboard boxes work best for me because they can be added onto as chicks grow, are easy to move, can be recycled, are free and because I use a Brinsea EcoGlow for warmth, they are infinitely more safe than traditional heat lamps.
I generally brood chicks in stages, beginning inside the house, then moving to the basement or garage, then finally into a wire dog kennel inside the coop just prior to integrating the birds into the main flock. Cardboard boxes work best for me because they can be added onto as chicks grow, are easy to move, can be recycled, are free and because I use a Brinsea EcoGlow for warmth, they are infinitely more safe than traditional heat lamps.

THE BETTER BROODER
Here's how I make a chicken brooder condo that will grow with my chicks: I start with the largest boxes available at the time and line them with puppy training pads, which water-proofs the bottom of the box.
I start with the largest boxes available at the time and line them with puppy training pads, which water-proofs the bottom of the box.
I cut out two windows between the boxes that are identical in size.
I cut out two windows between the boxes that are identical in size.
Duct tape the boxes together at the four edges of the windows. This holds the boxes together and prevents bedding from falling through the gap when using pine shavings.
Duct tape the boxes together at the four edges of the windows. This holds the boxes together and prevents bedding from falling through the gap when using pine shavings.
For a billion and one reasons, I use an EcoGlow Brooder, not the least of which is because heat lamps are supremely dangerous even when used properly. More about heat lamps versus this radiant heating unit on my blog here.
 Dog playpen brooder
This puppy playpen makes a fantastic brooder for baby chicks. In this photo, 6 of my adult chickens traveled with me to film a television show, but the playpen is an excellent brooder space for chicks too. The top zips closed to keep flying peeps inside. I do not recommend using a heat lamp at all, but especially not with a cardboard box or canvas playpen.
For a billion and one reasons, I use an EcoGlow Brooder, not the least of which is because heat lamps are supremely dangerous even when used properly.
When the chicks are big enough to fly out of the brooder, I simply lay a piece of hardware cloth on the top of the boxes to contain them. In homes with cats or dogs, the hardware cloth should be installed much earlier to keep them out of the brooder.
I also use a poultry nipple watering system to keep chicks from spilling water in the brooder, which can lead to coccidiosis, a deadly disease, which is the #1 cause of death in brooder chicks. 
When the chicks are big enough to fly out of the brooder, I simply lay a piece of hardware cloth on the top of the boxes to contain them. In homes with cats or dogs, the hardware cloth should be installed much earlier to keep them out of the brooder. I also use a poultry nipple watering system to keep chicks from spilling water in the brooder, which can lead to coccidiosis, a deadly disease, which is the #1 cause of death in brooder chicks.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

332 comments :

  1. I do the cardboard condo method as well. We had 4 chicks last batch and ended up attaching 3 boxes together with tunnels with a hardware cloth top. I have boxes saved up in the garage for the babies coming in May,

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  2. We have a double sink vanity guys out with an addition we built of the same size attached to it, doubling the size. First timers here, so we use your advice & info quite frequently! Great prize package to win!!

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  3. Sherry Lloyd Willsey2/27/14, 11:31 AM

    Love this simple idea! Thanks for sharing

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  4. Patricia Lessard2/27/14, 11:33 AM

    We are planning on some new chicks shortly so thanks for the info and I could use the

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  5. Alishia Bigelow2/27/14, 11:37 AM

    Good to know!

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  6. Donna M Sarvay-Stone2/27/14, 11:39 AM

    I have a 20 gal tank how soon will 4 out grow that? This is exciting getting newbies but scary as I want to do every thing right.

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  7. Jessica Lee Griffin-Cobb2/27/14, 11:41 AM

    we have 28 in a very large cardboard box right now :) just came yesterday. It was 4 degrees out when i picked them up! they were warm and healthy :)

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  8. Some great ideas and information. Will have to share with my friends!!

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  9. Rachel Stoliker2/27/14, 11:50 AM

    Since I'll be getting chicks soon, this could be invaluable.

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  10. Stephenie Renee2/27/14, 11:51 AM

    We've ordered the portable pet playpen for the chicks we will be getting this spring. Can't wait! Would love to win the starter kit. :)

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  11. Rebecca White2/27/14, 11:55 AM

    I'd never heard of the EcoGlow Brooder. We have a plywood brooder that we've used for years (we usually get an overabundance of chicks and then sell some). This year we're going to use some baby gates and just keep expanding in one of the breeding stalls in the barn. :)

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  12. Currently in process of brooding 38 chicks - just swapped out my heat lamps for the Ecoglow 50 due to your high recommendations. I actually build myself a very heavy duty brooder box out of old wooden crates. Pictures are on my Facebook page/Website - and Grit even shared it on their wall. - B.A. Chickenman - The NCchickenman :)

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  13. This would be wonderful! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  14. I need a brooder soon....chicks coming in 6 weeks.

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  15. Joanna Hatcher2/27/14, 12:18 PM

    Like your cardboard box design!!

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  16. Pamela Davis North2/27/14, 12:21 PM

    Loved your brooder information. Thanks!

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  17. Avis Peterson2/27/14, 12:23 PM

    I am using a large shipping box of our barrel swivel chair. It's at least 3x3x3. When they get too large for this, they go to the big shop where I will secure the second shipping box as you have shown. Already have the 'flight fence' laid over the top.

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  18. Kara Nehring McMurtrey2/27/14, 12:24 PM

    Would LOVE to win!! 26 babies on their way soon. :)

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  19. Always love seeing how other people put together their 'equipment'

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  20. I am using a 150 gallon rubber stock tank, which will then become a doggy swimming pool. I also use the Brinsea EcoGlow, and love it. I like not having to worry about fires, cooking or freezing chicks.

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  21. Annie Garrett2/27/14, 12:35 PM

    We built a brooder out of a large rubber maid tote and started with sand bedding but it was extremely dusty and I was concerned about breathing issues so we switched to extra fine pine shavings. Have you ever had issues with your chicks starting on sand?

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  22. Michelle Schumacher2/27/14, 12:36 PM

    This was a great article. Gave me a good knowledge base for preparing our first brooder. Thank you! :-)

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  23. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling2/27/14, 12:42 PM

    Where do you get the nipples for the waterers? Also, where do you get that Brinsea EcoGlow heater? Is it very expensive? Thanks!

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  24. Enter enter enenter! This would be greatly needed at Chicago Ag Highschool!!

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  25. We just went and visited with baby chicks at our local feed store yesterday. We're waiting until the end of march though to bring ours home just for weather purposes. Hurry up warmth and sun

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  26. Danielle Main2/27/14, 1:47 PM

    Do you mix the deciduous earth in their food as well as for dust bathing? And how old are the chicks when you do?

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  27. We just got baby chicks a week ago, they are 9 days old today and growing fast! I have them in a wire crate and so fast so good. I am using pine shavings but I was wondering if I could switch to using sand on the bottom or do I need to wait till they are a certain age before I can use the sand?

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  28. Jennifer Jarman2/27/14, 2:07 PM

    Love all that you do, Kathy!🐓

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  29. We've had our chicks about 2 weeks now and they range in ages from 1 week to almost 3 weeks. Can we introduce a chicken nipple watering system now or is it too late for them to learn

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  30. Diana Shook Ramsey2/27/14, 2:09 PM

    I have babies coming next month :)

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  31. Wonderful info. Can't wait for our tundra of a winter to ease up so I can get babe's for my brooded.

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  32. Lovin' the Scratch and Peck....Organic ;-)

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  33. Gen Damon Sours2/27/14, 3:00 PM

    Oh how I loved finding the scratch and peck feeds. I got to use your link to finding the right breeds for me. Just a little bummed because I fell in love with the cream leg bar but none are available oh well there is always next year. I love how your blog sends me to like 10 different places and I learn so much. I am very much enjoying my new books I bought: The Chicken Encyclopedia and Storey 's guide to poultry breeds. Thank you so much for the detailed brooder. I think it will do much better for us. We have constructed so many different types and I think this will be the best one!

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  34. Tammy Eyler2/27/14, 3:01 PM

    Ugh - THANK YOU!!!! The last time i brooded chicks ~3 years ago, I borrowed a GINORMOUS stainless steel horse watering trough to get me through from peeps to ready for "playpen" introduction to the rest of the flock. Now.....I thought I was pretty smart until i realized that the ding dang trough was going to have to live in my family room for ~4 weeks - WHATTA hassle!!! Cardboard boxes - you are BRILLIANT!

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  35. Faith Richardson2/27/14, 3:03 PM

    We have used a kiddie swimming pool the last couple of times. It works quite well. We limit the area initially with cardboard panels, gradually increasing until they are running happily around the whole pool. When they are starting to climb out, we use the portable dog fencing around it. It's easy to get in and out to clean. This year, thanks to your blog, we are going to use sand bedding. I'm hoping to buy an Ecoglow brooder, but not sure if I have enough change in my pockets!

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  36. Hopefully I'm entered in the giveaway. I've "liked" Scratch and Peck Feeds and commented. ;)

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  37. Birdie Barb2/27/14, 3:37 PM

    Will be using this info. Great giveaway! Thank you.

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  38. Thank you for a great article. Very helpful. My little ones come this June and I am very excited.

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  39. desertmtnalpacas2/27/14, 3:45 PM

    I'm starting to get my brooder box ready for new chicks. I will be using a cardboard box like you show. I was debating if I should try to round the corners because I read chicks can pile on top of each other killing the chick on the bottom. I don't see this being done in your pictures so can I assume it is unnecessary?

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  40. I so wish someone would sell Scratch and Peck Feed in CT! I have the brooder and everything but the feed ready for 26 chicks arriving 4/7. I have yet to find anyone in CT selling soy free organic feed and bonus they have corn free too!

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  41. Heather Porter Lipps2/27/14, 3:58 PM

    I like the cardboard condo idea. I think I am going to use this

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  42. I would sure love to win this! ! Love your blog! !

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  43. Hope I win the Chick Starter Kit!! Got lots of eggs in the incubator and will need the starter kit soon!! Thanks for all your ideas!!

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  44. thanks -- we have some new chicks coming in two weeks. this is a great help. i always enjoy reading your stuff.

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  45. Kelly Migash Chronister2/27/14, 4:48 PM

    Definitely going to try the nipple waterer this time around.

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  46. Joann Osborne2/27/14, 5:15 PM

    I really like the 'cartoon' they had with the donkey. Building brooder boxes is my next move.. Thanks

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  47. Love the info and have I a question, in previous blogs or postings you have said you did not like to use diatomaceous earth yet this starter kit includes it. Just wondering of this is different?

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  48. I have 15 chicks coming, how many cardboard boxes will I need over the 6 weeks or so they will be inside??

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  49. Sandi Bergeron2/27/14, 5:37 PM

    Perfect and great ideas! I got my chicks this morning and of course my variance last night so I am on a Chicken high. I wish I could show you my pictures, i really wish i could win this too!

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  50. Kristen Laney2/27/14, 6:43 PM

    I love your site. I'm ordering my heritage breed chicks right now!

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  51. Very informative--we are still trying to work out the best system for us and you have given me some great ideas.

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  52. We are working on a brooder this weekend. Chicks arrive Monday!

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  53. Sandi Bergeron2/27/14, 8:24 PM

    Oh what fun, i'm loving my chicks in their brooder, its their first day home and i'm the doting Mom! sure could use this!

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  54. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 8:58 PM

    Congratulations Sandi!

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  55. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 9:02 PM

    Yes, pine shavings are fine to put on top of the puppy pads- plenty of traction.

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  56. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 9:02 PM

    I'm thrilled to know you're able to brood your chicks safely!

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  57. Cindy Nadeau Mainely BT2/27/14, 9:21 PM

    Can't wait to order our chicks and def need these before they get here :)

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  58. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:45 PM

    It's never too late! They take to them very naturally.

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  59. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:45 PM

    Absolutely! You can switch to sand now and enjoy the show b/c they'll go nuts for it!

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  60. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:46 PM

    Here's a link to the EcoGlow brooder: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008HVM56Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008HVM56Q&linkCode=as2&tag=thechichi-20

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  61. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:47 PM

    I do not.

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  62. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:52 PM

    That only happens if there are a ridiculous number of chicks being kept in a brooder that is too small and too cold for them.

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  63. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:53 PM

    Check with Amazon to see whether you can get free shipping with Amazon Prime on these products. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068SP3V4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0068SP3V4&linkCode=as2&tag=thechichi-20

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  64. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 10:58 PM

    You probably won't need more than one, but it can't hurt to keep a spare on-hand.

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  65. Not eligible for prime - 17.00 shipping.

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  66. Would LOVE to try this stuff out! Hope to get a few chicks SOON!!

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  67. Debbie Jaynes2/28/14, 1:25 AM

    Great article on brooder design. Would love the chick starter kit

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  68. Love all your tips and ideas :)

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  69. Love the scratch & peck food. I'm brooding little ones now. How do you make the nipple waterer?

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  70. Michelle Peoples2/28/14, 6:18 AM

    Thanks for all your great info. I'm learning so much

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  71. Love the sled one - ha ha

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  72. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling2/28/14, 8:44 AM

    Thank you!

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  73. TheChickenChick2/28/14, 8:46 AM

    Here are DIY instructions: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/06/chicken-nipple-waterer-diy-instructions.html

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  74. Gwendolyn Robertson2/28/14, 9:39 AM

    I am learning so much from you. Thanks for your dedication!

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  75. Michelle Rogers2/28/14, 10:17 AM

    We use a plastic baby pool with chicken wire over the top for the first few weeks. Then I have a long piece of cardboard and some tomato stakes to raise up the sides a couple weeks in. Last year we brooded 7 chicks comfortably until we put them out in the coop at 5 weeks old. This year's chicks, there's only 4 and they love to run laps in there! Silly chickie-babies ;-) Thanks for this giveaway!

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  76. Baby chicks, baby chicks, baby chicks need scratch & peck feeds

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  77. Julie Drigot2/28/14, 11:56 AM

    Oh such great ideas! I've brooded chicks a half a dozen times and some things work better than others. By far the best way I've experienced brooding chicks is to use a hover brooder like the eco brooder vs. a heat lamp. This is sure a nice giveaway!

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  78. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to start raising my first backyard chickens. They shound arrive early April! I would love to start them off right. Thanks :)

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  79. I already have chick fever (I don't pick mine up until April 28th!) Maybe i will kill some of the time making a new brooder :) great info as usual!

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  80. Cecily Bjorklund2/28/14, 2:35 PM

    Best brooder box I ever used came from a club store ~ big octagon box that cantaloupes came in. Put a divider in it when they were tiny and adjusted the size as they grew. Completely free becaused I asked for it, and recyclable when done with it.

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  81. Love all the ways you've made brooders. The cardboard box idea seems super easy.

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  82. How often do you change out the puppy training pads?

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  83. TheChickenChick2/28/14, 8:24 PM

    Whenever they need it.

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  84. Thanks for the great info! Came in handy in the past few days :)

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  85. TheChickenChick2/28/14, 10:17 PM

    Perfect!

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  86. Wendy Montreuil2/28/14, 10:39 PM

    Love to show you pictures of the new brooder we made this week out of an old cupboard!. Hope to win this giveaway!

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  87. Thanks for the info! I am brooding my first batch of chicks. Wish I knew about the brinsea heater, I got a heat lamp :-(

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  88. Already liked :) Good article!

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  89. Colleen Rhodes-Golub3/1/14, 10:29 AM

    Scratch and Peck feeds sound great. Just don't know yet where I can find them. Still looking.

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  90. michele woods3/1/14, 11:30 AM

    This is great info, I plan on brooding some this spring. Considering getting the eco glow brooder to keep them warm and safe.

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  91. I love your blog! Thank you for the great cardboard idea. I am getting my new batch of chicks in April. But I am concern over my 5 month old rooster I have now. When the chicks are ready to go outside the coop, do I separate them until they reach puberty? All my chicks are female. Also, does one hen one rooster works?

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  92. OlyGirl19843/1/14, 8:58 PM

    I would love to win! I have a broody hen that is setting now and will hopefully be hatching in about 3 weeks!

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  93. After researching healthy chick starter feed, Scratch and Peck sounds awesome! I would love to win. Can't wait to get started!

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  94. Bev Thacker3/2/14, 4:43 PM

    Would love to start my own chicks and this would be perfect. Thanks for the info.

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  95. TheChickenChick3/2/14, 9:26 PM

    He won't bother the young pullets. One rooster to every 12-15 hens is the ratio.

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  96. TheChickenChick3/2/14, 9:27 PM

    Thanks Kimberlee!

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  97. William LaFollette Jr3/2/14, 11:26 PM

    My chickens sure would love sum Scratch and Peck feed :)

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  98. Rich Baker3/3/14, 3:25 AM

    excellent and timely information as I am about to get my chicks :) I have already received some starter feed from Scratch and Peck, and man did it travel far from Washington to Florida!

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  99. TheChickenChick3/3/14, 8:52 AM

    Enjoy your new pets Rich!

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  100. Can't wait to get our new babies this year! Still trying to pick the breeds :)

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  101. April Halverson3/3/14, 10:45 AM

    My Chicked Would Love It :)

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  102. Pamela Davis North3/3/14, 10:46 AM

    My day old chicks are arriving on April 2nd. Would love to win this contest!!

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  103. T. Valencia3/3/14, 10:47 AM

    PERFECT giveaway! We have 3 new additions coming to our backyard farm in Brooklyn and this would be a perfect way to get them started! We already feed our girls S&P and they LOVE it!

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  104. Yes! Thanks for this post. Running out of room but can't move them outside yet.

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  105. This would be awesome to win for my chicks!

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  106. Ordering eggs as we speak. Could use supplies! Thanks!! Val Hider

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  107. Paulinee Fitzhugh3/3/14, 10:50 AM

    This package would be wonderful!

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  108. Heather O'Keefe3/3/14, 10:50 AM

    LOL! Good to see I'm not the only one that's been creative with creating brooders for my chicks and ducklings. Some work, some don't work so well...But like the saying goes, always trying to build a better mouse (or in this case, chick) trap. :D

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  109. Heather Clark3/3/14, 10:50 AM

    Done! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. Jennifer Caley3/3/14, 10:50 AM

    I love all these ideas!!!🐔

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  111. mary carmen3/3/14, 10:51 AM

    Just love your giveaways! Thank you for giving me advise this morning on my girls who are so bored they are starting to peck each other!

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  112. Stacie Crocker Brumley3/3/14, 10:51 AM

    Love this site and your facebook page...from a fellow Chicken Lady <3

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  113. Teri Robinson3/3/14, 10:52 AM

    Great information. I hope I win.

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  114. Nichole Ziegler3/3/14, 10:54 AM

    I recently brought home my little fluff babies. I have 12 broiler chickens and then 12 brown egg layers...they are being so spoiled, between my 5 kids and myself....we might just have the friendliest little chickens this side of I-75...lol

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  115. You always give awesome info..since my hubby has difficulty understanding my visions ..I just show him your page and he gets it :) The chick starter kit would be great help

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  116. Sheri Bousquet3/3/14, 10:55 AM

    I have 4 new chicks and got a bag of Scratch and Peck, could use more :) Egg-cellent blog!

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  117. Jillian A. Bogater3/3/14, 10:55 AM

    Love the brooder information. I went with a rabbit hutch for the chickies. I'm hoping they don't outgrow it too quickly!

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  118. Gail Koehling3/3/14, 10:55 AM

    Getting our babies soon, even made birth announcements this year! Can't wait.

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  119. Linda McClellan3/3/14, 10:55 AM

    I will be getting chicks for the first time this spring. This great give away will be fantastic to have!

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  120. Debbie Nuss3/3/14, 10:56 AM

    We are about to add more chicks too...would love to win this! Thanks for sharing so much helpful info!

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  121. This would be a great start for our brood.

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  122. Sheri Bousquet3/3/14, 10:57 AM

    I have 4 new chicks and am using Scratch and Peck food :) The BEST stuff out there. Egg-cellent blog!

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  123. Would love to win this awesome package as I am awaiting the arrival of 6 new fluffies in May:) you have the best giveaways!

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  124. I'm fixing to have 60 hungry little mouths to feed, so this sure would be awesome! I converted a large dog crate into a brooder and this has given me some awesome ideas on ways to improve it!! Thanks!!

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  125. Jessica Christiansen Avila3/3/14, 10:59 AM

    My favorite brooder for baby chicks is a couple different rabbit cages !! Babies are always sooo much fun!!!!

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  126. Liz Bennett3/3/14, 10:59 AM

    Wonderful article! I have silkie eggs due to hatch in 2 days and this is great info. First time hatching so fingers crossed :) Thank you so much!

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  127. The chicken chick is great I would love to win this !!!

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  128. Elizabeth Lea Barnes3/3/14, 11:00 AM

    they are ordered just waiting now!!!

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  129. Deborah Paterson3/3/14, 11:00 AM

    Love the spring and chicken pics. So excited about all the new little babies. Great ideas for brooders and chick care. Even if I've already read you information I keep coming back for refreshers and new ideas. I brought home 3 frizzled baby Tolbunts yesterday and find myself a happy happy camper with the little baby cheap cheap sounds again.

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  130. Cheyenne Mason Ross3/3/14, 11:00 AM

    I baby chicks would love some!!!!!!!!!

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  131. I love scratch and peck! I was able to get them to my small community! Great product!

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  132. Avis Peterson3/3/14, 11:02 AM

    My 12 chicks, 13 days old today sure go through their feed fast!
    Cheers, avis

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  133. Love the Chicken Chick. And my seven little hens. Chicken keeping is so addictive.

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  134. Kimberly king3/3/14, 11:06 AM

    Thank you for sharing your brooder box ideas! I am thankful I found your page on fb!! Keep up the awesomeness!!

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  135. Gladys Sanders3/3/14, 11:06 AM

    I would love this, getting chicks this year for the first time in years.

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  136. Wendy Karcher3/3/14, 11:06 AM

    Getting our chicks soon. So excited!

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  137. IslandBettie3/3/14, 11:06 AM

    These are some great ideas. Thanks for the sharing!

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  138. Shel Reitmajer3/3/14, 11:07 AM

    With my bantams laying eggs...gonna need those yum yums!

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  139. Britt Callahan3/3/14, 11:07 AM

    So excited by our new venture into raising chickens!

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  140. I've got a lot of chicks coming this spring and would love to give them Scratch and Peck's healthy food!!

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  141. Vivian Hogue3/3/14, 11:08 AM

    I enjoy your information. I have baby chicks right now!

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  142. Tere Van Mater Thomas3/3/14, 11:09 AM

    I would love to have this! So would my chicks! :)

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  143. Milissa Kukla3/3/14, 11:10 AM

    Got some little guys in the brooder right now. Hope I win!

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  144. Kim Bracknell3/3/14, 11:10 AM

    I just got my first hen and we just finished building our chicken coop! We are so excited to get started! I have read all over your website and learned so much! Thank You! This starter pack for the baby chicks would be awesome to win!! Thank You for the chance!

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  145. julie Green3/3/14, 11:12 AM

    plan on getting some little bitty egg layers soon, this would be perfect!

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  146. Just in time! Already have 8 houdan babies!

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  147. Jacquline J Turrentine3/3/14, 11:13 AM

    Great timing, my new chicks will arrive soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  148. Lisa Sutton Killian3/3/14, 11:13 AM

    Love the chick condo idea. your so inventive, and you keep things on a budget.

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  149. Kezzie Kvidt3/3/14, 11:16 AM

    Getting my first chicks in April and can't wait! Great post and lots to consider. I'm getting 16 chicks. I was planning on getting the metal troughs they use at most feed stores as I can use them for other things after. Would I need two for that many chicks? Would love to win the feed!!

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  150. Nancy K. Wagner3/3/14, 11:16 AM

    have 4, 7 weeks old but i want to get more soon

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  151. Allison Davis3/3/14, 11:18 AM

    My first batch of chicks are coming soon!!! Thanks, as always, for the timely information!!

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  152. Lisa Frazier3/3/14, 11:20 AM

    I can't wait to get my new chicks!

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  153. Mary Bremer3/3/14, 11:20 AM

    I have babies hatching this week, Hope I can win can not find the white DE at any of my stores and I would love to try all this stuff.

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  154. Rachel is the bomb! Enjoy the posts on FB.

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  155. Kim Collins Hunt3/3/14, 11:26 AM

    My eggs are hatching in less than two weeks! This is a good reminder I need to finish my brooder and pulling together my supplies.

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  156. Love my new baby chicks!

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  157. I hope to be getting my eggs this weekend , happy hatchery we go . Would love to do it the perfect way and win this . Up here in Maine.

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  158. I really need this!

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  159. Stacey Paden3/3/14, 11:28 AM

    Thank you for yet ANOTHER amazing give-a-way!

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  160. Nancy K. Wagner3/3/14, 11:28 AM

    would love to win.. while I'm here I havea question, I have a 7 week old that her middle toes are turned inward, she seems ok, gets around fine, but a little off balances, have you even seen this before Thanks

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  161. Caitlyn Ralston3/3/14, 11:30 AM

    I am getting more chicks soon so this would be amazing to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  162. rachel blake3/3/14, 11:32 AM

    I love this article. My mom and are working this up now. Using the sled is awesome!

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  163. Lori Friedrich Johnson3/3/14, 11:36 AM

    Getting excited for my new chick adventure!

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  164. Karen Parsons3/3/14, 11:37 AM

    Another excellent contest. I could sure use this for my new chicks. Thanks you for the opportunity.

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  165. I need chick supplies please!

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  166. Linda A Leonard3/3/14, 11:41 AM

    Learn some thing new ever day thanks

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  167. Angie morig3/3/14, 11:44 AM

    Another contest! YES

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  168. cathyspears3/3/14, 11:46 AM

    Oh just got my 20 chicks Sat. and sure can use this great feed to start them on their new life journey. thanks for the great site and this chance to win!

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  169. Elizabeth H3/3/14, 11:46 AM

    We have eggs in the incubator now and need some starter feed from Scratch and Peck! Thank you for the opportunity to win and all of the GREAT info and laughs.

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  170. Could really use this beginning of April!

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  171. This is too sweet.with this I can pamper my babies more than I already do.again thanks for the awesome tips.

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  172. I'm excitedly waiting for the due date! It looks like your last brooder was a plastic tub....it was so much fun watching the chicks...and seeing them peck away at the water nipple!

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  173. Amanda Goethals3/3/14, 11:53 AM

    I will be getting my first batch of chicks as an adult!! My parents always had chickens when I was growing up. They gave me a few White leghorns last fall, and I can't believe how much I enjoy taking care of them. My kids are super excited to get baby chicks, it's all they've talked about all week!! I am excited to get my Polish Buffs!! I always wanted them as a child, and now that I run my own coop, I can get them!! Ha ha!! I could really use the Scratch and Peck Feed, as I am getting 25 birds!!! ;) I liked the Scratch and Peck Feed FB page already. Thank you Chicken Chick for all of your advice. I am happy to make a brooder condo today for my chicks I'll get on Thursday!!!

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  174. Rachel Farmer3/3/14, 11:58 AM

    Fingers crossed we have lots of salmon favorelles and cuckoo marans end of april!! Thank you for all the awesome information you share! I have learned a lot from you and the sites i end up checking out you recommend :)

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  175. Babies are here! Sure could use this.

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  176. Sandy Scofield3/3/14, 12:04 PM

    Picked up chicks at Rural King last Friday (when the tubs say "pullets" is hard to walk away.) Would love to win the Scratch and Peck Feeds Chick Starter Kit.

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  177. Brad Carlson3/3/14, 12:11 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  178. Marian Wade3/3/14, 12:12 PM

    so excited about spring and new baby chicks on the way!! would love to win!!

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  179. Katie Proffit3/3/14, 12:14 PM

    So excited to find organic non-GMO chicken feed. It's near impossible to find around here.

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  180. Yvonne Miller3/3/14, 12:23 PM

    chick were ordered today, sure would be nice to win all the supplies needed to make them comfy when they get here.!!! thanks for the chance

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  181. Becky Taylor3/3/14, 12:23 PM

    We would love to win. Looking forward to getting chickies soon!

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  182. Nancy Addington Tye3/3/14, 12:25 PM

    Liked and can sure use this, thank you!

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  183. So excited for my first flock of baby chicks!

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  184. Kim Warfield Weber3/3/14, 12:27 PM

    Gearing up for some new chickies here in Ohio. Im going to need all sorts of supplys! Yea :)

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  185. Debbie Staton3/3/14, 12:29 PM

    I am expecting chicks March 13! First babies!! Love reading all the great info you have! Thank you!!

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  186. Liked, and so excited about this one

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  187. Brandy Keyes3/3/14, 12:39 PM

    Your blog is my absolute favorite!

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  188. We are getting baby chicks tomorrow!!!

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  189. Kathy Blackwell-Phillips3/3/14, 12:43 PM

    Love this giveaway... Thank you for all your wonderful posts!

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  190. Ron Willett3/3/14, 12:50 PM

    My chicks will arrive on the 21st. I know they would love this product.

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  191. Vera Lauterbach3/3/14, 12:53 PM

    What a great giveaway. Love baby chicks and would love to win.

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  192. Barbara Sherman3/3/14, 12:55 PM

    I have learned so much from your site, more than from books! I would love to win this for my babies! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  193. Got my Brinsea incubator, got my Brinsea EcoGlow, got my 2 cardboard boxes and a sheet of hardware cloth for the lid, and the eggs were shipped from My Pet Chicken on 2/28. Here we go!!

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  194. I have chicks in the incubator, so I can definitely use some Scratch and Peck!

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  195. just in time as we bought chicks yesterday

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  196. Shauneen Deschaine3/3/14, 1:04 PM

    For my new babies I get in April, I want to start them off right with non Gmo feed

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  197. Loretta Barber-Miner3/3/14, 1:05 PM

    This would be great...I'm thinking about getting some chicks!

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