Jan 28, 2015

Chicken Sweaters: Just Say No

While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.
Dressing pet chickens in sweaters has become something of a fad in backyards recently, a trend not entirely different from the pet rock of the 1970s- silly, cute and unnecessary. Photos of hens wearing sweaters are being shared on social media channels like the common cold in a kindergarten class, photos that no doubt fuel a practice that ought not be encouraged. The average chicken does NOT NEED a sweater. I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens and can anthropomorphize my pets with the best of 'em, but the truth is, sweaters do not help backyard chickens and if I believed they did, I would use them and advocate their use. While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time for a quick photo op, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.
 While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.
Doc Brown is keeping herself warm by fluffing out her feathers to trap warm air next to her body
THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKEN SWEATERS
1. Sweaters Prevent Natural Regulation of Body Temperature
Chickens are anatomically and physiologically very different from people and have unique attributes that allow them to regulate their body temperatures. The average body temperature of a chicken ranges between 104°-107°F (daytime rectal temp is even higher at 105-109.4). In cold weather, a chicken is able to increase its body temperature by eating more.  Digestion creates internal heat, which radiates through the skin warming the air next to it, which is then trapped against its body by feathers. Chickens are living, breathing furnaces wrapped in down coats and we ought not confuse our comfort level with a chicken's comfort level. In freezing temperatures, the average backyard chicken in the midst of a hard molt would be better served by a retreat to an indoor dog crate in the basement or garage than a sweater.
A quick search of "chicken sweaters" on Pinterest turns up plenty of photos of hens in sweaters, none of which are bald or even mostly feather free, the main argument in favor of the garment.
A quick search of "chicken sweaters" on Pinterest turns up plenty of photos of hens in sweaters, none of which are bald or even primarily feather-free, the main argument in favor of the garment.

2. Sweaters Trap Moisture Next to a Chicken's Skin
A sweater will trap moisture next to the chicken's skin, which further impedes its ability to keep itself warm and encourages lice & mites to set up camp on feathers and skin. 
Newly emerging feathers, called pin feathers, have a vein-filled shaft which is very sensitive and will bleed if cut or injured. Chickens prefer not to be handled during a molt because it can be quite painful, so it stands to reason that a sweater pressing on sensitive, emerging pin feathers is painful proposition, at best.
Pin feathers.
3. Sweaters Rub Against Sensitive Pin Feathers
Newly emerging feathers, called pin feathers, have a vein-filled shaft which is very sensitive and will bleed if cut or injured. Chickens prefer not to be handled during a molt because it can be quite painful, so it stands to reason that a sweater pressing on sensitive, emerging pin feathers would be a painful proposition, at best.
Newly emerging feathers, called pin feathers, have a vein-filled shaft which is very sensitive and will bleed if cut or injured. Chickens prefer not to be handled during a molt because it can be quite painful, so it stands to reason that a sweater pressing on sensitive, emerging pin feathers is painful proposition, at best.
4. Sweaters Interfere with Preening
Dust-bathing and preening are important chicken activities that help keep parasite populations down and feathers in good working order. Sweaters prevent a chicken from maintaining its hygiene if it cannot reach the feathers or toss dirt into the feathers and shake off afterwards.
Dust-bathing and preening are important activities to a chicken that help keep parasite populations down and feathers in good working order. Sweaters prevent a chicken from maintaining their own hygiene if the bird cannot reach the feathers or toss dirt into the feathers and shake off afterwards.
5. Sweaters Make Easy Prey of Chickens
A chicken sweater provides hawks with a handy carrying-case for a free-range chicken. No need to make their jobs any easier or ensure that there is no possibility of the raptor releasing a chicken from talons that have become entangled in a sweater.
A chicken sweater provides hawks with a handy carrying-case for a free-range chicken. No need to make their jobs any easier or ensure that there is no possibility of the raptor releasing the chicken from talons that have become entangled in a sweater.
6. Mating Accidents
When chickens mate, the rooster gets into "treading" position, which resembles a piggy-back ride, standing on top of the hen, holding her neck feathers with his beak and steadying himself with his feet on her back or wings. A rooster's spurs or nails can get caught in a hen's sweater while mating, which is a strangling hazard to the hen and can endanger both a hen and rooster if he cannot free himself from a sweater.
A roosters spurs or nails can get caught in a sweater while mating, which is a strangling hazard to the hen and can cause a dangerous situation for the rooster who cannot free himself.
7. General Accident Hazard
Aside from the potential for roosters to get caught in a chicken sweater, the dangers of entanglement in chicken wire, hardware cloth and branches in the yard are extremely high.
Screengrab of the British Hen Welfare Trust, a battery hen rescue and re-homing organization in the United Kingdom. From these photos it is clear that the birds are not featherless.
Screen-grab of the British Hen Welfare Trust, a battery hen rescue and re-homing organization in the United Kingdom. From these photos it is clear that the birds are not featherless. 

8. Ex-battery Hens
Ex-battery hens who have lost feathers from a lifetime of imprisonment in tiny cages were no doubt the recipients of the first chicken sweaters. The British Hen Welfare Trust, a battery hen rescue organization in the UK, states on its website, "The hens sometimes have few feathers, but most people are surprised that the majority of birds don't look too bad. If you adopt feather-bare hens, you'll be amazed at how quickly they blossom. They usually start to re-feather within a few weeks and look amazing within a couple of months!" There is no recommendation for chicken sweaters, bolstering my belief that sweaters contribute more to making humans feel better about "doing something" for rescued hens than they actually contribute to the bird's well being. Further, the British Hen Welfare Trust goes on to outline measures for caring for ex-battery hens in cold weather without mention of sweaters whatsoever.
"The hens sometimes have few feathers, but most people are surprised that the majority of birds don't look too bad. If you adopt feather-bare hens, you'll be amazed at how quickly they blossom. They usually start to re-feather within a few weeks and look amazing within a couple of months!" There is no recommendation for chicken sweaters, bolstering my sense that sweaters contribute more to making humans feel better about "doing something" for these poor hens than they actually contribute to the bird's well being.
If a chicken is truly without feathers, they should be kept out of the elements (rain/snow) in a shelter that is above freezing. A sweater will not help a naked chicken stay warm and will be a safety hazard.
The average, backyard pet chicken does not need a sweater to keep warm. Take the cute photo and then pack it away with the Halloween costume she undoubtedly also finds irritating.
The average, backyard pet chicken does not need a sweater to keep warm. Take the cute photo and then pack it away with the Halloween costume she undoubtedly also finds irritating.
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373 comments :

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  2. Elissa Powell1/28/15, 8:42 PM

    THANK YOU!!!!!! As a chicken owner, knitter, and crocheter, I have been sent dozens of photos by my friends of adorable pictures of chickens ensconced in various styles of sweaters. I always grimace when I see them, concerned for the safety and comfort of these poor chickens. You have addressed and verified my concerns.

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  6. Linda Kirby1/28/15, 8:57 PM

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  7. Jodie Maassen1/28/15, 8:59 PM

    Love this product! We have been using it for several months and would love to win a bag!

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  8. Penny Coffman1/28/15, 8:59 PM

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  9. Would love to try Koop Clean

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  10. I had three different people post the same photo of chickens in sweaters to my Facebook page. I showed the photos to my husband to prove I am not the crazy chicken lady he believes me to be. : ) Timely and informative post!

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  11. Would love to try a different bedding. Been using straw.

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  12. Great article and I have already said NO to sweaters for my girls and anyone who asks I explain the body regulation, etc. Thanks!

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  13. Can't imagine putting a sweater on my chickens lol. They are cute though! Would love the coop klean for my new nesting boxes!!

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  14. Hard to believe people would actually put sweaters on their chickens! Would love to try the Koop Clean.

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  15. I would love to try Koop Clean.

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  16. Also, I totally agree on the sweater issue. Don't anthropomorphize chickens to their detriment!

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  17. Would love to win this! Thank you!

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  18. Michele Rutter1/28/15, 9:26 PM

    Sweaters no, saddles yes!

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  19. This is sad that this has to be a blog post. Seriously people actually make and use these?!

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  20. Allan Blackford1/28/15, 9:26 PM

    Never heard of chicken sweaters till now. Definitely seems like a bad idea

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  21. Would love some Coop Klean!!!

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  22. Lia Marrazzo1/28/15, 9:26 PM

    I don't think I could get my chickens to hold still enough to stuff them into a sweater.... not going to happen around here.

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  23. Another great giveaway! Been wanting to try this :)

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  24. Would love to win!

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  25. I would like to try coop clean, but not chicken sweaters.

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  26. Kelly Ravner1/28/15, 9:27 PM

    Would love to try the Koop Clean! Had one chicken in the living room this winter for 2 weeks during some big cold - smelled rather a lot like a barn. :)

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  27. I would love to win some of this. Hard to get here.

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  28. diane ferguson1/28/15, 9:27 PM

    Love the give a ways ! TThanks Kathy for all you do !

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  29. Would love to try some Koop Clean please.

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  30. Pauline Williams1/28/15, 9:27 PM

    Interested in trying the loop clean. I use baled wood shavings now or straw.

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  31. I would love to try that out!

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  32. I agree with you about the sweaters..They are cute but to keep them on a chicken all the time doesn't seem right to me..Their feathers are so beautiful more so that a sweater..

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  33. Really glad that you posted an article on chicken sweaters. It is well done.

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  34. Ronnie Wilcox1/28/15, 9:30 PM

    Would love to win some Coop Klean for my girls!!!

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  35. I never thought they looked good. Nor do Chicken Saddles. I do have some hens with no back feathers due to the roos, but I will not cover them. They don't like it at all.

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  36. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley1/28/15, 9:35 PM

    I laughed at the sweaters when I first saw them! My first thought was they never had them years ago, why now? The chickens don't need them.

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  37. Okay lets just use photoshop and leave our girls au naturel! Love the koop clean!

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  38. Sweaters???!! Would love to try the Koop Clean.

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  39. Birdie Barb1/28/15, 9:39 PM

    I hate! seeing animals in any type of human garb that is put on them for purely human "enjoyment"! Why! Why! Would anyone want to mess with what the good Lord gave animals to equip them wholly for all their needs?! Gaaaakkkkkk! O.k., enough said.
    This giveaway would be bliss for my birds! Thank you Kathy.

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  40. This sounds like a great product!

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  41. My coop is an old outhouse....I would love to try a different bedding :)

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  42. Becky Laakso1/28/15, 9:43 PM

    Since we are a "no chicken sweaters" family here, and my two girls therefore spend many days in the garage during our single digit temps here, I would love to win a bag of coop clean to keep them (and my garage) smelling sweet. Thanks for all the great articles, and chicken humor. :-)

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  43. chicken sweaters: bad idea
    Koop Clean: good idea


    thank you

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  44. Eva Hargrave1/28/15, 9:47 PM

    I would love to win this great give away.

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  45. Valerie McNaught Rogers1/28/15, 9:52 PM

    I so agree with you, just not practical

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  46. I never would have even thought of putting sweaters on chickens.

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  47. I think the sweaters make chickens look ridiculous. Nothing is more beautiful then a fluffy feathered chicken!

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  48. Peggy Denton1/28/15, 10:02 PM

    This would be great to have! By the way, thank you for that article on chicken sweaters. Another site had someone mention them, but the idea was laughed at. Never thought anyone would seriously put a sweater on their chicken!

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  49. I am starting a flock, and learning from The Chicken Chick. Sounds like I need a big bag of Koop Clean!

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  50. Thank you for posting this Kathy! I posted a copy of one of the chicken sweater posts on a friend's FB page as a joke. Neither one of us would ever do it. Unfortunately everyone thought it was a fantastic idea and I gave them my reasons for not using sweaters. I hope you don't mind me adding a link to this on my page, so they can get the word from an expert!

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  51. No sweaters here... They just need to put on their big girl panties and deal with it!

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  52. Hen saddles are completely different from sweaters and saddles can actually benefit a hen immensely.

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  53. I've never even heard of chicken sweaters. I need to crawl out from under my rock more often. Lol I would love to win the giveaway. Great prize.

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  54. Stephanie Craner1/28/15, 10:26 PM

    A Kleen Koop is a heathy Koop! ๐Ÿ‘

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  55. I was just thinking about making a few sweaters-- now I know not to!

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  56. Robin Guerra1/28/15, 10:27 PM

    Although it does look cute, it is ridiculous.. no sweater for my babies!

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  57. Would love to win and try!

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  58. Koop Clean looks like a great product.

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  59. Rosie Wright1/28/15, 10:29 PM

    Love this

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  60. Koop Clean is amazing can get kinda hard finding it in stock though :(

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  61. Koop Clean sounds like an amazing product! Definitely want to try it.

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  62. My ladies would love this great give-a-way!

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  63. I have been noticing that type of thing happening and folks beginning to ask about whether they should put sweaters on their chickens and that's what prompted this article at this time. It's unbelievable. Please do share the link- knowledge is power! :)

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  64. LOL! I don't know, Terri, under a rock sounds like a good, safe place to be! :)

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  65. 13happygirls1/28/15, 10:48 PM

    I love this Koop Clean! Your winter picture is beautiful and pinned appropriately. Thanks for the chance at the Koop Clean giveaway.

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  66. Cheryl Prehn1/28/15, 10:49 PM

    My girls would love this!

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  67. Time to get my girls' coop cleaned and refreshed for spring. This would be great to try.
    I haven't seen it around in the stores here yet.

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  68. Athena Reynolds1/28/15, 10:55 PM

    Thank you for the information on avoiding chicken sweaters. I was just about to make some for my girls.

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  69. Millie Ferrin1/28/15, 11:02 PM

    This would be wonderful!

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  70. Would love to give this a try! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. Would love to win coop clean. Also, no chicken sweaters at my home!

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  72. Jenn Gregory1/28/15, 11:27 PM

    I'd love to try this in my newly expanded coop!

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  73. This would be a big help, being just starting out.

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  74. Cindy Ulshafer1/28/15, 11:29 PM

    I would love to win the coop clean after a long winter of build up! Can't wait to do the spring cleaning for the girls!!!

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  75. Joyce Huddlestun Steber1/28/15, 11:32 PM

    Say YES to Koop Clean and NO to chicken sweaters!!!!

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  76. Katy Herring1/28/15, 11:32 PM

    Thank you for this blog. I must admit I've been tempted to jump on the sweater bandwagon, being a knitter, but due to the fact I have kids I barely have time to knit for them let alone my 12 feathered girls, they are safe from the perils of sweaters! Now I don't have to feel guilty, lol!

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  77. I would very much love to try Koop clean! I have pine chips down now. I prefer them to straw, but I wonder how much better this is? P.S Just said no to another chicken sweater!

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  78. Heather Vittini1/28/15, 11:37 PM

    Would love to try this!

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  79. Cheryl Murphy1/28/15, 11:37 PM

    I would love to try this for my new chicks !!!

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  80. Kathy Whitman1/28/15, 11:50 PM

    I hope I win this! I wanted to try sweet pdz but have not found it locally. Hoping I win this, need something better.

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  81. I would like to try this. Get the henhouse clean and fresh. Can't find it locally

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  82. Diana O'Brien1/29/15, 12:12 AM

    Wow thank you so much for this post, my daughter has been wanting to make a sweater for our molting hen. I think we will just have to yarn bomb the clean up tools instead. A little Koop Clean would be great to try, I have not seen it in stores near us.

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  83. I am an avid knitter, but drew the line when it came to sweaters for chickens. It makes no sense if you have ever slept under a feather bed. Love Koop Clean and just cleaned out the poop trays today. Absolutely no smell and I clean out the poop trays every Wednesday and Sunday. I have 2 hens at the moment and that works for us. I got little microwaveable rounds- like a salad plate, with their velcroed covers and am using them in the coop during this really cold blast of weather. The hens aren't in the coop during the day, so I take them out and they can use the nest boxes to lay. The mild warmth lasts for 10 hours so they say.

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  84. Definitely no sweaters here! The Koop clean looks awesome! Would love to try it. Thank you for a chance to win a bag!

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  85. Barbara Sherman1/29/15, 12:26 AM

    Would love to try this, cannot get it here in Colorado.

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  86. Allison Adams1/29/15, 12:26 AM

    Would love this. Can't find it around here.

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  87. Barbara Bogan Bealer1/29/15, 12:27 AM

    Re-doing the coop and would love to have some Koop Clean to freshen with.

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  88. I'd love this, and so would my chickens!

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  89. Would love to try out the Koop clean for my girls!!

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  90. Erin Carter1/29/15, 1:05 AM

    It's been so abnormally warm and moist ithis winter, the featured product looks like it might work better than just shavings at keeping ammonia smells in check.

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  91. pioneer woman1/29/15, 1:24 AM

    although I think the pictures are cute, I agree that sweaters and capes could pose a hazard, especially for free range hens. I would love to try Koop Clean in my Chick's house.

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  92. Alison Maffett-King1/29/15, 1:26 AM

    Were putting our chickens in the coop next month and not sure what were using for bedding. Would love to try this.

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  93. Esther widgren1/29/15, 1:27 AM

    Thanks again for another great article, Kathy! Hope you're 100% recuperated now! While I've never seriously considered sweaters for my chickens (even though I am a knitter!) I have considered using saddles on a couple of my girls who seem to be getting bare-backed of late. I imagine that some of the above information applies to saddles as well (such as being a handy carrycase for hawks) but I hope that the smoother texture of a saddle wouldn't be as abrasive on pinfeathers. Any thoughts?

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  94. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth1/29/15, 1:27 AM

    A friend sent me sweaters she knit for my hens. I took a couple pictures for her, then off they came.

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  95. Krystal Doyle1/29/15, 1:27 AM

    This product is new to me, and I am so glad someone finally agreed with me about the whole sweater issue. I have left a couple blgs because of discussions over this!

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  96. Springhill1431/29/15, 1:50 AM

    Koop Clean sounds like a great product. Would love to try it!

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  97. Cassandra Rowland1/29/15, 2:07 AM

    That Koop Clean looks amazing! What about those chickens that were breed to be fully naked? I can't even think of what they are called.

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  98. I would love to win the coop clean!

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  99. great read on the sweaters I won't be torturing any of my girls with them ( but they would enjoy the Koop Clean

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  100. IdahoFischer1/29/15, 3:26 AM

    A nice, dry coop ought to keep the girls warm enough...that, and the thick layer of down they each happen to carry around!

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  101. This sounds great for my brand new coop

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  102. My children would love this !

    Can chicken do grimaces ?
    Share some with us at grinselfie.com

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  103. I have always used Hay and would like to see how better this might be.

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  104. Chicken sweaters have plagued my Facebook wall. .... sigh. .... I just want to reply, there are chickens in Alaska people!

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  105. Wow! Koop Clean looks awesome- a lot of people around here use sweet PDZ as an addition to straw/hay but I would love the heat killed straw/hay in addition. The closest possible dealer to me is about 230 miles away so I would LOVE to win. I have subscribed to your blog via email since before we got our hens.

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  106. Pamela Davis North1/29/15, 6:27 AM

    Great article. The sweaters are cute but not necessary!! And Koop Clean is the best!! Thanks Chicken Chick!

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  107. Cynthia Stevens Morrill1/29/15, 6:44 AM

    I would like my crew to try Koop Clean. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. Just the thing I need to set up a new brooder.

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  109. This looks like a great product! Would love to try it.

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  110. Getting new chicks this spring and would love to start them off right.

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  111. Suzanne LaFleur1/29/15, 7:27 AM

    I think I need a bigger coop. But I'd love to try this stuff!

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  112. Carol Volkmann1/29/15, 7:27 AM

    Would be great to have.

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  113. Brandy Keyes1/29/15, 7:28 AM

    For the love of Koop Clean!

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  114. Catherine LaGrange1/29/15, 7:30 AM

    Timely article. They need little knitted hats to go with those sweaters. LOL. Sweaters do interfere with normal chicken activities.

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  115. Cher Shipman1/29/15, 7:51 AM

    Thank you for injecting some common sense and good-to-know information into the whole chicken sweaters thing!

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  116. Julie Schock1/29/15, 8:18 AM

    Could certainly use this to freshen up my coop.

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  117. Thanks again! You backed me up with information about the sweaters! I keep telling people that chickens are fine in cold weather! Would love to win the Koop Clean!

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  118. Melanie Jones1/29/15, 8:27 AM

    Would love to give this bedding a try. I have 3 little ones in the house until Spring.

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  119. Thanks for all the great tips and information, Kathy. I love visiting your site. I use Sweet PDZ with pine shavings and it works very well. Thanks for the opportunity to win a bag of Koop Klean!

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  120. Would love to try Koop Clean bedding!

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  121. Looking for Koop Clean. would love to try it.

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  122. would be great to win this - I am a big fan of Koop Clean ;-)

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  123. 1specialedteacher1/29/15, 8:32 AM

    Just getting started with chickens, everything helps!! I promise no chicken sweaters

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  124. Chickens are more cold-hardy than we think sometimes. Even the breeds that are not suppose to be cold-hardy can surprise us. Chicken sweaters seem so rediculous. After reading this, chicken sweaters are much more redundant than I had thought.
    Anyway...I grew up with my family using sand in the coops. They used old, dry straw in the nest boxes and added staw above the sand to stop drafts at the bottom of the coop in the winter. Not that I think sand is bad. Sand work tremendously well. I just want to let everyone know that I love Koop Clean. I also really like hemp bedding, but hemp bedding is truly for a "lazy man's" bedding.

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  125. Jonathan Sarver1/29/15, 8:38 AM

    Thanks for the post on the chicken sweaters , I wouldn't put a sweater on my chickens but I learn something from the post. And yes the 30lb. bag of Koop Clean would be nice to win.

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  126. Check the Koop Clean website for a location near you. If the store that they give you does not keep it on the shelf, you can ask the store manager to order the amount that you would need. That is what I have to do.

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  127. Would love to win some Koop Clean, something new to try. BTW, I've never used sweaters on my chickens, even when I had them in MA. They do already have a down coat!

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  128. totally agree... i find that, in really cold weather, my girlies are happy to fluff up and snuggle together ... they have a great shelter and wind breaks... plus lots of hay outside too (under shelter) to warm up in... my horses on the other hand are complete wusses about the cold ;)

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  129. New at chicken raising, your blog has been a blessing. Would love to have this.

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  130. Dona Males Becchelli1/29/15, 8:53 AM

    would love to try this

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  131. Matt Carroll1/29/15, 9:21 AM

    I would like to try this next time I'm cleaning the coops

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  132. Laura Davies1/29/15, 9:26 AM

    My chickens turn into lumps whenever we put anything on them. Had to bandage one up. No fun:(

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  133. Koopclean is the best!

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  134. It drives me nuts when people do no research before getting an animal. I have neighbors who have chickens and I've had to tell them you can't set their coop up on concrete (but it's so easy to clean up), or you can't force your hen to lay eggs (caging her alone in a dark corner of the barn). It hurts my heart to see and with the Internet no excuse for remaining ignorant. Thank goodness for The Chicken Chick who shares her knowledge.

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  135. I am a knitter and REFUSE to make these for my chickens. they are perfect on their own! They love to run around outside no matter how cold, as long as it's not too windy and I live in Maine!!! I'd love to try some koopclean!

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  136. Crazy Chicken Farm1/29/15, 9:27 AM

    I would really enjoy winning this for my flock. Oh, I know they would love it also.

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  137. Lori Twehus1/29/15, 9:30 AM

    would love this :)

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  138. SlothluvsChunk1/29/15, 9:36 AM

    Considering we are about to have a bunch of new little chicklets, this would be great for their indoor coop! As a family with allergy sensitivities we'd love to try this!

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  139. Linda Reichert1/29/15, 9:41 AM

    I would love to try this. My coop has been so damp. Any suggestions?

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  140. Roxanne Malloy1/29/15, 9:48 AM

    Just say no to sweaters-And yes to feathers!!! (And I've paid good money to be warmed by down filled coats. Why wouldn't my girls want the same luxury?)

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  141. carol bartram1/29/15, 9:54 AM

    Don't the saddles cause some of the same issues with pin feathers, dusting and potentially getting the rooster tangled up?

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  142. I like all the info in youe blog, thanks!!

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  143. LOVE your blog! Our family is anxiously waiting to start our adventure in backyard chicken raising!! Great information I come back and reference daily!

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  144. Janna Robison1/29/15, 10:00 AM

    I want to try Koop Clean!

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  145. Sherri Carmody1/29/15, 10:05 AM

    I am a big fan of Koop Clean and the ladies seem to enjoy it as well. As far as chicken sweaters go, how ridiculous. There would be a revolt in the coop if I tried that one! One of my ladies got pooped on yesterday morning (her sister was on the roosting bar and apparently let loose) and she allowed me to clean it off her. Can't imagine trying to put a sweater on any of them. It would be like trying to wrangle a newborn into a onesie. Thanks for the informative blog, love reading it.

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  146. Bobbye Snyder1/29/15, 10:14 AM

    I would love to win this. This product is not sold in the area that I live in. I even called the company to find where I could buy it. Would love to have for my new coop. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  147. Jennifer Leigh Dace1/29/15, 10:25 AM

    My rough and tumble yard birds would think I lost my mind if I tried to put a sweater on them. Ha!! They are not prissy hens they are all tomboy hens. Lol!!

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  148. Our chickens prefer cooler over hot weather.
    The Koop Clean looks interesting, I'd try it.

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  149. that just seems horribly mean. :(

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  150. Sally Mills Ross1/29/15, 10:27 AM

    So happy for your blog! My chickens have handled the cold much better then I have. I just say no to the sweaters!! I love Koop Klean. Finally found it at my hatchery in Missouri!

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  151. I would love to try

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  152. Terri Brooks Tribble1/29/15, 10:37 AM

    Seems a chicken sweater would be a lot of work for nothing

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  153. Oh my. That is a bad idea I know people like to dress up dogs and cats too but I am not for that either unless there is a medical need. After our house fire one of our kitties survived because a police officer reached in and grabbed her and made her cough out the deadly black smoke she had lost a lot of fur si we had someone send us a canadian sweater for her until her fur grew back enough she was too cold but on a feathered bird it will cause injury jjust putting the things on and off. Let alone the temperature imbalance and the infections and parasites wow just wow what will people think up next booties on goats ?

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  154. I have not heard of chicken sweaters for warmth - just to keep hens from getting their backs torn up by overeager roosters! My FB friend has a chicken in his home which wears a chicken diaper. Makes sense but a bit over the top for me! Would love to win the bedding giveaway! Have a great day.

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  155. Sharon Scott1/29/15, 10:56 AM

    Would love to try coop clean. Thank you for the give~away!

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  156. Would like to try this!

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  157. I enjoy your blog essays and often refer new poultry keepers with questions to you :) I'd love to try Koop Clean!

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  158. Denise Allison Magil1/29/15, 11:27 AM

    love to try this thank you

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  159. Robin Morris1/29/15, 11:37 AM

    I thought it was a joke! A friend sent me a picture on FB because she knows I love my chickens. Had no idea some people actually were doing it!

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  160. Can't wait to try Koop Clean!

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  161. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs1/29/15, 11:54 AM

    would love to win the bedding to try

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  162. Would love to try this!

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  163. Jennifer Steelman1/29/15, 12:27 PM

    I don't have chickens yet, but I think that the sweaters are crazy. God made chickens a certain way, why mess with it. I would love to try the Koop Clean this spring when I get my chickens.

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  164. I can' t get Koop Clean in our area & would love to try it!

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  165. Doris Pelkey1/29/15, 12:28 PM

    Getting our first chicks in about ten days! So excited, but I must admit to a little nervousness as well. Thanks for all of your great information.

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  166. I can't get mine to tolerate a scarf. Sweater ONLY if they lost the vast majority of feathers and it's cold.My boys are pretty polite so don't need to protect their backs. Now some new litter might make the kids happy!

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  167. Colleen Maher1/29/15, 12:40 PM

    Thanks for the great information & for the opportunity.

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  168. None of my farm animals get sweaters

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  169. Allison Spradlin1/29/15, 1:13 PM

    AMEN!!!! As much as I love to crochet, I agree that Chicken sweaters are just ABSURD! Now I am contemplating sewing a few saddles for the rooster's favorite girls as they are just pitiful looking and need a break from the over-zealous boy!

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  170. Charleen Klein Mehan1/29/15, 1:27 PM

    Would love to win this and try it in our coop

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  171. Jamie Baker1/29/15, 1:27 PM

    I think the sweaters are silly and unfair to the chicken. Thanks for the good article and giveaway.

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  172. Sandy Striffler Schwager1/29/15, 1:27 PM

    I can not find Koop Clean in my area...

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  173. What we I do without all the useful info you share? Thank you

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  174. I would love to try Koop Clean. Sounds like a great product!

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  175. I always thought those pictures of chickens wearing sweaters was just a silly photo op thing, not something people actually did. Recently I heard an interesting discussion on the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corp) about sweaters to save oil-struck penguins in Australia. http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/03/hand-knit-penguin-sweaters-overwhelm-wildlife-charity.html The Disney movie, Happy Feet 2, had a penguin wearing a sweater similar to this idea. Who takes these things off once no longer needed? I think that same penguin was wearing a plastic pop/beer can six pack things which almost killed him, in the original Happy Feet. Thank you for addressing this topic.

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  176. lauraweymouth1/29/15, 2:27 PM

    As one of the few keepers of backyard hens at my church, I get sent chicken sweater pictures A LOT. I just very honestly tell people that while my hens are friendly for the most part, there is no doubt in my mind that they would peck my face off if I tried to put them in sweaters. Forget about the rooster--I might be the first person killed by a chicken if I went near him with one of those.

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  177. Becky Litz Nelson1/29/15, 2:35 PM

    The ladies would love this!

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  178. Just saw this yesterday at my feedstore. Asked about it and why it was $20 and what were the benefits, unfortunatly the owner wasn't too educated on the product, hopefully I can try it for myself. Would love to try it in my duck coop, they're extra high maintenance and stinky.

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  179. No... Sweaters don't even sound like a "Chicken" warmer!!! Thank you for your insight!

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  180. Jennifer Giese1/29/15, 2:52 PM

    Would love to win some. There is no dealer in our part of the world. By the way, chickens do just fine without sweaters (haha) or supplemental heat out here in Western Wyoming.

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  181. I would really like to try this product.

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  182. I have such a difficult time finding a suplier for this product in my area and would absolutely love to try it.

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  183. Thank you for your common-sense article. Sweaters? C'mon people, we're talking about birds here, not human infants! I would add to the list of no-no "accessories": hen saddles, hen diapers (your hens do NOT belong where their poop does not belong, i.e, in your house), and, worst of all, no-crow collars for roosters.
    I would love to try some Koop Clean; it isn't available on the West Coast yet.

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  184. Cannot imagine putting sweaters on a chicken anymore than I would do this to a cat. Now some short hair dog breeds, well dogs are another group altogether.

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  185. Wouldn't even consider using a sweater on my chickens, flattening their feathers with a sweater would only make them feel colder. Mother nature intended them to fluff up in the cold and they do a really great job. Would love to try Koop Clean, sounds like a great product. :)

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  186. Ellen Riddle Marique1/29/15, 4:34 PM

    Koop Clean is such a wonderful product. LOVE IT! Never have enough ! thanks for
    this article . My girls hate to wear anything. Throws them off balance.

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  187. Would love to try Koop Clean!

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  188. About to get chickens. Found your sight: wonderful!!

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  189. Barbara Bogan Bealer1/29/15, 8:39 PM

    Yes please...pick me! Would love to have a bag of Koop Clean!

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  190. I really want to try this!

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  191. Jennifer Marie Thiele1/29/15, 9:00 PM

    Coop clean!

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  192. My son would love this for his chickens.

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  193. Would love to win!

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  194. :) great. Advice as always!

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  195. My girls and I love to try new things. This would be a neat bedding to try.

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  196. would LOVE to try this stuff out!! Thank You for the opportunity to win some!!!

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