Jul 4, 2014

Flock Focus Friday, 7/4/14

Marans hen: half Black Copper and half Wheaten
The dog days of summer aren't limited to man's best friend- our chickens have been keeping a low profile in this week's high temperatures when they weren't being chased back into the run by thunder and lightening storms. I love wicked thunderstorms, but I think my flock could live without them! This photo looks like it was taken at night, but it was actually taken in the middle of the afternoon just before the storm hit.
This photo looks like it was taken at night, but it was actually taken in the middle of the afternoon just before the storm hit.
2 GIVEAWAYS!
7/4/14-7-11-14 9pm EST
Enter to WIN a coupon for a 50 pound bag of Nutrena Chicken Feed!
Nutrena Poultry Feed Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
OR
a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package!
Nutrena Poultry Feed Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
(scroll all the way down)
If you are having challenges keeping your chickens comfortable in high temperatures, I have lots of suggestions for keeping chickens safe in the heat this summer here. In terms of emergency preparedness, I always keep a bucket of cool water near the chickens in case someone begins looking wilted, lethargic or pale, which is often a sign that the bird is in big trouble and needs its body temperature lowered immediately. Submerging the bird up to their neck in cool water can be a lifesaving measure.
lots of suggestions for keeping chickens safe in the heat this summer here.
I was amused by the reaction to this photo on my Facebook page this week. While I predicted that the hen I Photoshopped onto the cup would be the focus of attention, my summer chicken yard shoes stole the spotlight!  This is where I got mine and I'm waiting for pink to come back in stock in my size!
Chillin' with My Peeps
Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle) enjoyed sunning sprawled out on the mulch in the late morning hours before it got too hot out. 
Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle) enjoyed sunning sprawled out on the mulch in the late morning hours before it got too hot out.
In other news this week, Frieda, my white Silkie hen, hatched one of the eggs she has been incubating for the past 3 weeks. The seven other eggs from my backyard hens didn't hatch. That was surprising and disappointing, but the Serama chick that hatched is quite the consolation prize. 
Frieda, my white Silkie hen, hatched a Serama chick this week.
Nobody appreciates the high heat less than Bertha, my Partridge Cochin, who is heavily feathered and the heaviest bird in my flock. She spent most of her time in the shade behind the chicken coops, which is significantly cooler than most other locations in the yard. 
Bertha, my Partridge Cochin
Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster)
Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster)
The Light Sussex chick I hatched from P. Allen Smith's egglets is getting HUGE!
The Light Sussex chick I hatched from P. Allen Smith's egglets is getting HUGE!
 These three are inseparable. The Silver Spangled Hamburg behind the white birds is fairly flighty as is expected of the breed, but the Light Sussex and the other, undetermined breed white bird, are BFFs. 
Silver Spangled Hamburg, Light Sussex and mystery chick.
These Silver Gray Dorkings are also P. Allen Smithletts. The one in front is a cockerel and the other is a pullet.
Silver Gray Dorking pair______
Guess what day it is?!

I think I can see the weekend from here!
Just hand over the coffee and no one gets hurt.
Oh, look...it's coffeethirty.
NOTICE: I cannot be held responsible for things I say or do before caffeine enters my bloodstream.
Whazzzup, ladies?!
Coffee's not helping...get the jumper cables.
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Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®
Nutrena Poultry Feed Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
Happy Hen Treats Prize Package Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
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Eligibility limited to US residents only. Winners chosen by random drawing from eligible entries and notified by email if provided and/or here. Giveaway ends 7/11/14, 9pm EST.
The winner of last week's Flock Focus Friday giveaway is:  TBA HERE.

665 comments :

  1. Great pictures and love the giveaways.

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  2. It would be GREAT to win either of these giveaways!

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  3. Love your blog. My chickens are staying cool. And they love happy hen treats and could always use free food :)

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  4. Thanks for this giveaway (=

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  5. Susan Fischer7/4/14, 5:46 PM

    I'd love to win either!

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  6. Melanie Kelley7/4/14, 5:46 PM

    Just joined your blog via email, but always enjoy your Facebook posts!!

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  7. Monique Watanabe7/4/14, 5:58 PM

    Love the pictures you put up! They are the best!

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  8. I love FFF. I love the week in review and coffee jokes! Always fun and informative for a newbie like me! All my friends think I've gone batty! CHICKENS??

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  9. Love your blog, always informative!

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  10. Always enjoy your emails and even share things on there with other chicken friends of mine. I would also really like to win that bag of chicken food!! I sure could use it! It would help out this month or next on my finances :) have a great day!

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  11. The Light Sussex Chick is so cute and looks so soft. But don't get me wrong they are all cute chickens!

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  12. I'd love to win! Love reading your blogs :)

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  13. Alan Thomas7/4/14, 6:24 PM

    Would love the treat pack

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  14. Lisa Slayden Schraw7/4/14, 6:24 PM

    Can always use more chicken feed!

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  15. Ruth Mizzell7/4/14, 6:25 PM

    you have the neatest hens and roosters...so jealous of al your coops
    wish I had some of your knowledge........

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  16. Sunflowers and Raisins wow I haven't bought that. Sissy Girl and Miss Cilla love mealworms but they say they would like to win the Party Mix to try. I just love the pics of all your girls. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Rachel rocks!

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  18. Jennifer Flowers7/4/14, 6:25 PM

    I love seeing the P Allen Smith chicks almost all grown up! So pretty :)

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  19. What do you do to prepare for bad storms and hurricanes?

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  20. "Coffee's not helping, get the jumper cables" is a great caption for a great photo!!! Love it. And the food coupons would be awesome to win too!!

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  21. Vicky Pratt Hoyer7/4/14, 6:29 PM

    Tweeter, Snow White,Henrietta ,Honey & Summer would be most grateful if they were chosen for either of your Happy Hen treats or the bag of Nutrena Poultry feed :-) Happy 4th of July to you!

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  22. Love the poster! Just started my first flock and would love it in my coop!

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  23. Flock Focus Friday is my favorite!

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  24. Jennifer Giese7/4/14, 6:30 PM

    These are both verrry attractive giveaways! Me, me. And thanks for the flock integration advice, by the way. I'm about ready to put my 3 newbies in with the 5 older hens, and I'm nervous.

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  25. Kat Andersen7/4/14, 6:32 PM

    Got my first eggs!

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  26. Teri Ferguson Scott7/4/14, 6:33 PM

    I so love to read your blogs..

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  27. I learn so much from your articles! Thanks for the info!

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  28. Daniel Hilty7/4/14, 6:36 PM

    I would love to have a sample of these products

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  29. Patricia Damuth Shelton7/4/14, 6:37 PM

    Love the information from your website

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  30. Jeanne Harrison7/4/14, 6:38 PM

    Love your blog ! You have great pictures !

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  31. wow! You have SO Many Give-aways! It seems like I'm entering to win something every day! I hope I win the granola, not the worms :( . I bought the little green snack ball the other day. It was smaller than I thought but it will be very useful. Thank you again Chicken-Chick!

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  32. Maggie Vansickle7/4/14, 6:41 PM

    Oooooo i would LOVE to win some free feed!

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  33. Jennifer Nyanchini7/4/14, 6:41 PM

    I would love to win something. I love reading your Facebook posts. And adore Rachel!!!

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  34. Amanda Wayer7/4/14, 6:42 PM

    Another great giveaway!

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  35. Would love to win this prize for the girls. :)

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  36. Terri Leaf7/4/14, 6:44 PM

    I hope I win either one.

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  37. Would love to be a winner. Would make my Chicken man very happy.

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  38. our girls and boys would love this! my daughter is getting ready for the fair so we are vamping up the protein to help them for their debuts! my daughter just loves her birds! she would be so thrilled to win something for her chickie poos!!

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  39. Debbie Knebel7/4/14, 6:47 PM

    Win, win, win, then I'd have a Happy Hen, Hen, Hen.....Thanks for sharing!

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  40. I love your sites, so much good information I hope to win something one of these days

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  41. Dianne Vela7/4/14, 6:51 PM

    Would love to win!

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  42. Carol Johnson7/4/14, 6:58 PM

    Thanks for the giveaways......the rooster is BEAUTIFUL!

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  43. I can't believe how dark it got when that storm rolled in, it does look like a night time picture!

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  44. jessielove43637/4/14, 7:12 PM

    The light sussex chick was like "And you are taking pictures of me why?" lol

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  45. Love happy hens!! They love these treats!!

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  46. Bethlehem Chicks7/4/14, 7:16 PM

    Followed your advise for winter protein snacks and stood under a birch tree this afternoon hand picking Japanese Beetles! They are seriously defoliating my two trees. In a few weeks it will be my green beans. It was a cool, windy day here in the Appalachian Mountains. We customarily wear sweatshirts to the concerts and fireworks. That is perfect picking weather. The beetles were so sluggish I could have picked all day. Shhhh, don't tell my friends I did this :)

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  47. Raeann Dunn7/4/14, 7:19 PM

    Always love the pictures.

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  48. Russ and Sue Giebler7/4/14, 7:24 PM

    Love the photos and captions!!!! My girls would love to win this giveaway!

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  49. mommiefeathers7/4/14, 7:24 PM

    I just love this blog always learning something new <3

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  50. Vickisundin7/4/14, 7:35 PM

    I love all the pictures of those beautiful roosters and their beautiful ladies!

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  51. More pictures of your Polish hens, please, especially the golden Polish. They are my favorite type of chicken.

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  52. They love Happy Hen Treats but we have never tried the Nutrena feed. Are there other breeds that look like the Dorkings? I can not identify one of my pullets. Possibly a mix between RIR, Ameraucana, and silkie but she looks similar to your Dorking.

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  53. Sharon Randall7/4/14, 7:40 PM

    Always look forward to the pictures, and information!

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  54. Shannon Graeber7/4/14, 7:49 PM

    Would love to try some of this feed or the treats. Granddaughter loves to feed treats to her hens.Tks for the info you give us.

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  55. Sandy Striffler Schwager7/4/14, 7:52 PM

    Just got my (5) girls 2 days ago and have had 6 eggs so far!!! It is very exciting going out and finding eggs....

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  56. I look forward to each blog. I love it!!!!

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  57. Kelly Krause7/4/14, 8:00 PM

    I am addicted to your blog! Thanks for all the great info!,

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  58. Another great blog - love the shoes. So much cuter than crocs

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  59. Ellen Belshin7/4/14, 8:07 PM

    It's been really hot here in Texas too. I have been using all your suggestions for keeping my girls cool in this heat. Thanks so much!!!

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  60. Smilechicks7/4/14, 8:09 PM

    my girls would love to win! ps... also enjoy your posts and pics.

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  61. Ian Crosser7/4/14, 8:10 PM

    Congrats on that serma chick! Hopefully my silkies will hatch me some chicks once they mature.

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  62. Seramasoncall7/4/14, 8:12 PM

    Beautiful pictures, as always!

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  63. Tracie Newton Rogers7/4/14, 8:12 PM

    Precious pics! Happy 4th! 🎉

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  64. Great onfo on keeping your flock cool. Had our first day of 100 degrees which is unusual in the NW. Girls got a mister and all the panting beaks soon closed in comfort. Thanks!

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  65. MamaRandom7/4/14, 8:23 PM

    I love your blog-the advice is great, the pictures hilarious and the giveaways fun. I got some Happy Hen treats after you talked about them. Now when I pull them out, it causes a riot!

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  66. My girls are happy today with all the extra watermelon rinds they get on 4th of July

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  67. John Kostiuk7/4/14, 8:27 PM

    can always use food and treats!

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  68. Vicky Rangel7/4/14, 8:28 PM

    I would love to win anything.

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  69. I love the best of friends. So cute!!

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  70. Mellissa R7/4/14, 8:35 PM

    Love the blog and so many great giveaways! Thank you

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  71. I'm thrilled to hear it, Jason. Keep up the good work!

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  72. Thanks Kelly. I had Crocs, but I leave my chicken yard shoes outside and they actually SHRANK in the sun! :(

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  73. Dorkings have five toes- does yours have five toes?

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  74. Trina Baier7/4/14, 8:37 PM

    Thank you for sharing all the great chicken information!

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  75. This is how I prepare, Erin: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/08/hurricane-preparedness-for-backyard.html

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  76. Sally Mills Ross7/4/14, 8:45 PM

    Thanks for all the information! I'm new at this and my flock is only 5 weeks old. Love watching them grow up!

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  77. Shel Reitmajer7/4/14, 8:47 PM

    I have my first, official, grandchick today! My girl I hatched in December had her first egg hatch!

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  78. Thanks! You think of everything!

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  79. Michelle D Young7/4/14, 8:56 PM

    Beautiful chickens and great info!!!! Love all your giveaways and would love to win anything!!!!
    Here in Sacramento Calif. we have been getting temps as high as 107! My chickens have been doing great! They love their ice bottles! It's great to see them standing on them. I also put sand in their coop, and it has been keeping them cool along with the fan that is on a timer. I have a large planter bottom filled with cool water that they wade in. It's like their own little pool!!! Thanks for all the great advice for keeping our chickens cool in this hot California weather!!!!

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  80. ssearnhardt7/4/14, 9:01 PM

    Happy and safe 4th to you and yours!

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  81. Anna Orgeron7/4/14, 9:07 PM

    We just had a storm come through. When I went out earlier to put the cat up for the night and give the chickens their evening treat, they were all under the shed......including the cat. No one wanted to be out in the rain.

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  82. I have bought the meal worms but never seen the party mix, will have to ask the next time I go to the feed store.

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  83. Great info. I am so glad you share all these great tips, it is so helpful.

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  84. always love the chicken info! and still slightly horrified by the flystrike info!

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  85. I love all of your photos of your chickens!

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  86. Love the pictures as usual, chicks are getting huge and Rachel is the star! !

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  87. Ellen Riddle Marique7/4/14, 9:37 PM

    What a great week in pictures! Love it and the giveaways are fab. Have a great weekend ! Happy 4th!

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  88. Happy 4th all!

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  89. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs7/4/14, 9:48 PM

    I have new babies coming soon. Would love to win the food and or anything else. )))

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  90. Sarah Puente Salazar7/4/14, 9:50 PM

    I learn so much from your blog posts, thank you so much:)

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  91. Love the pic's, I really love the picture of the silver gray dorkings showing affection to each other. :)

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  92. I've stopped by your blog a few times before. I want to raise birds. I had a pet rooster when i was in high school, he was gorgeous. I'm thinking about getting an incubator.

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  93. Jennifer Bolea7/4/14, 9:53 PM

    Would love to try this new food.

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  94. Happy 4th of July to you and all your babies! Thanks for all you do!

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  95. What a beautiful feathered family!

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  96. Jacqueline Yonke7/4/14, 10:02 PM

    Chicken lovers UNITE!!!!!

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  97. I always learning things from your blog and tell my chicken friend to follow you also

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  98. Kathy Janes7/4/14, 10:12 PM

    I feel the need...the need for feed! Lol. Or chicken treats. Either will please my girls, and guy.

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  99. Connie Chen7/4/14, 10:13 PM

    A nice block of ice in their water is a great way to keep my girls cold and comfy on a hot day :)

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  100. Donna Endicott Linnane7/4/14, 10:19 PM

    This would be a great way to start our flock!

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  101. What a wonderful give away! Happy Fourth

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  102. Tweed_Brahma7/4/14, 10:26 PM

    Love the information! Read your article on Flystrike- I just installed a solar shower that the girls are fine with! 10 gallons washes 3 hens!

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  103. Always love the beautiful and funny pictures. I haven't tried either product and would love to.

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  104. Marilee Hagee7/4/14, 10:34 PM

    Happy 4th to you and your chickens, thank you again for the giveaways. There are so many!

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  105. Free is always good especially feed!

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  106. The P.Allen Smith chicks ARE getting huge!

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  107. Angella Trout7/4/14, 10:42 PM

    I look forward to your pictures each week!

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  108. So far my chicks have been okay in the warm weather. They are almost ready for grower feed. Thanks for all your great information.

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  109. Sonia Rodriguez7/4/14, 10:56 PM

    Enjoying every post ty

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  110. Always looking for smiles on the 4th of July!
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  111. Would love to win one of these!

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  112. Claire Berry7/4/14, 11:03 PM

    It's been extremely hot in reno this week also. Luckily ALL my animals have been keeping cool in the shade of the kids tree house.

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  113. Thanks from the girls!!!!!!!

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  114. I would love to win one of theses.

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  115. Brandy Keyes7/4/14, 11:10 PM

    Feed for peeps :)

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  116. chicken chick- you're the best!

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  117. Shannon Berrios7/4/14, 11:16 PM

    Love all the good info you give...I think my chickens would love both prizes...lol!

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  118. Jaymi Mullay7/4/14, 11:18 PM

    My girls would love it!!!

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  119. Always love your posts, so informative and entertaining.

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  120. Enjoy your adventures! Hoping for a win one of these days. Anything would be helpful!!

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  121. love your blog, I get so much info that I NEED from it, newbie here with chickens, but LOVING it!! Thanks!

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  122. What a lovely flock! Just love them, and always get a laugh at the coffee pics.

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  123. Caitlyn Ralston7/5/14, 12:04 AM

    I would love to win either of those prizes! Thanks for the opportunity! Happy 4th of July!

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  124. Lori Spencer7/5/14, 12:15 AM

    Great pics. Your chickens are very photogenic!

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  125. Esther widgren7/5/14, 12:30 AM

    That little serama chick is too cute! Congratulations!

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  126. Kelly Miller7/5/14, 12:32 AM

    Would love to win. Great giveaways.

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  127. There is so much to read and learn and admire in your site, I could stay glued to my iPad all day! ;)

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  128. Yea another giveaway!!

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  129. Oh that would be a great prize to win

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  130. Marnie Griggs-King7/5/14, 1:43 AM

    My feathered friends would love some new treats! :)

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  131. Heather Snyder Colt7/5/14, 3:00 AM

    Love your blog! It was sweet to see the three hens who are friends. Chickens really do develop relationships.

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  132. Love your blog and appreciate all the giveaways! Thank you :-)

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  133. Sally Hurtt7/5/14, 4:37 AM

    Love all the great jokes. And I LOVE LOVE the chickenopera!

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  134. Ruth Mizzell7/5/14, 7:24 AM

    Either one of these sounds wonderful........am sure they would be gobbled right up
    745rem

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  135. Love your pictures! Thanks for all the great giveaways
    Marian

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  136. mary peterson7/5/14, 7:44 AM

    Love following your blog....look forward to it every day. Add my name to the give - a was :-) thank you:

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  137. Only 4. I need to look at more pictures of Ameraucanas because Nova just doesn't look like any chicken I have seen before. Her "sisters" are Dominique silkie mix and Phyllis could pass for a striped Polish Crested! Thanks for helping rule out one option!

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  138. Kristin Betthauser7/5/14, 8:13 AM

    I would love to win something for my flock.

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  139. Eileen Head7/5/14, 8:24 AM

    My girls say that they need a treat :-)

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  140. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  141. Donna Hood7/5/14, 8:36 AM

    Thanks for all the info! As a novice, I need all the help I can get!

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  142. I am learning a lot of great info for your blog

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  143. Rachael Rose7/5/14, 8:47 AM

    Thankful for the tips on keeping the flock cool! Love those shoes!

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  144. Rachel Stoliker7/5/14, 9:27 AM

    It's exciting to see how big the chicks are getting. Mine are just over four months and I'm impatiently waiting for egg laying to start.

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  145. Jenna Crom7/5/14, 9:37 AM

    Love all your pics!

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  146. Cheryl Prehn7/5/14, 10:18 AM

    Love Nutrena products! Though my chicks haven't experienced the joys of treats yet...

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  147. sharon potteiger7/5/14, 10:25 AM

    Love your blog and all the advice you give. I look forward to checking your blog everyday!l

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  148. Lori Benton7/5/14, 11:39 AM

    That serama baby is a cutie pie! I can relate to Bertha's distress in the heat. I, myself, and heavily feathered! :)

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  149. I'm a new chicken mom this year and have learned tons reading through your blog. Thanks for the great info and giveaways! :)

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  150. Love your blog! And I love all the wonderful give aways.

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  151. Thanks for stopping by, Sonia.

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  152. Grandma Bird7/5/14, 12:38 PM

    too hot for chickens...too hot for me! Love your blog!

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  153. Our silver laced wyandottes (who are more black than anything) can relate to big Bertha. We live in the desert and have to take major precautions. At 100+ degrees and 3500ft above sea level it's hard to get away from the sun. Thank god for trees and ice or else i'd have fried eggs ;)

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  154. Love this blog :)

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  155. Polly Hershey7/5/14, 2:01 PM

    Great blog, as usual. I would love to be a winner of either giveaway!

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  156. Good luck everyone!

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  157. We jump started our mini farm with 35 chickens this past February, and not knowing anything about how to care for chickens I have turned to your blog many times. Thanks!

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  158. Nana Rominger7/5/14, 3:04 PM

    I hope you holiday was as nice as ours.

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  159. katpolkadot7/5/14, 4:17 PM

    I would love to try this food. I'm limited, even in a larger city, to one bag of food unless I order it. I'm sure it's not the best. I would love to learn more about brands of chicken feed and it's quality.

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  160. Robbyn Trent Allen7/5/14, 4:28 PM

    Just gave my girls the leftover watermelon basket I made yesterday! They are cool and happy today!

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  161. Love all your chicken pics! Your white chickens are so pretty!

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  162. spooky picture of the pre-thunderstorm chickens!

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  163. I love that cup!
    gaceinapril@gmail.com

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  164. Love your blog

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  165. Love seeing that DD iced!

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  166. Ashley Harrison Stroud7/5/14, 8:19 PM

    Chicken Chick, you are the bomb-diggity! or should I say bomb-chickety? ;)

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  167. Linda Halacy Treadway7/5/14, 9:52 PM

    I love this. This is a great thing to be part of. I live in Maine and have 25 chickens and one dick. I could use the feed.

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  168. Thanks again for the opportunity!

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  169. Peggy Denton7/6/14, 1:03 AM

    I don't think we had spring! My ladies have been staying under the raspberry bushes chillin' where the sun don't shine.

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  170. Rochelle Luttrell7/6/14, 1:06 AM

    I always learn something :)

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  171. Gabriela Dunn7/6/14, 2:15 AM

    It's been over 100 degrees F for a week with no real break in sight. Keeping the flock cool has been a real challenge, but I've picked up some great tips from your blog. Thank you!

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  172. Learning so much from your blog!

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  173. Sagadahoc Bay Silkies7/6/14, 4:54 AM

    My babies just love Nutrena NatureWise Starter Grower Crumbles

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  174. Ron Willett7/6/14, 6:03 AM

    I love the Nutrena feed. The treats would be nice to help in this Mississippi Delta heat. Love your blog.

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  175. Love your light sussex. They are big! That's mine in my avatar, and such a good rooster.

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  176. Would love to have either of these for my hens. I have learned a lot about breeding from this page.

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  177. Jeanette Ford7/6/14, 8:42 AM

    Your chickens are beautiful and you have such an awesome variety!

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  178. So far our summer weather has not been too hot.

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  179. It has been HOT in NC lately, too! Would love to win some goodies for my girls!

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  180. Rebecca Ashley7/6/14, 11:57 AM

    Great article on beating the heat. I found one of my girls panting and droopy today so i dunked her. She wasn't impressed but it did cool her off!

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  181. Hot in Durango, CO. We are in the low 90's. YIKES!

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  182. Kimberly Swenson7/6/14, 12:11 PM

    Love your Rachel pictures and your P. Allen Smith birds are getting big!!!

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  183. Love happy hen
    Treats! Hope I win

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  184. Heather Dailey Dean7/6/14, 12:29 PM

    So hot here in south Georgia! Thanks for all the useful information.

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  185. Thanks for all the great information. And the humor. I'd love to win some goodies for my girls.

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  186. Mmmmm...tasty giveaways! Always love all the pictures that you post. Such a beautiful flock!

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  187. Wonderful prize package! Would love to win... (great photos too, as usual)

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  188. Paula Price7/6/14, 4:45 PM

    My ladies would love some treats!!!! =)

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  189. sarah cole7/6/14, 5:39 PM

    would love to win

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  190. Kim Duncan7/6/14, 6:31 PM

    Our summer here in Arkansas been mild compared to normal. Thanks so much for the info.

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  191. Alicia Smith7/6/14, 6:34 PM

    I love your blog <3 what a great flock too!

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  192. Alicia Smith7/6/14, 6:45 PM

    Arizona.... yep we got the heat!

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  193. Wonderful pictures of your chickens! Thank you for the tips and giveaways!

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  194. Julie Shafer7/6/14, 8:25 PM

    Great pictures and beautiful birds!

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