Jan 15, 2015

The Complete Chick Care Guide

Baby chicks will be filling feed store bins and arriving in post offices around the country soon, so I have rounded up some tools to help the new chicken keeper with chicken breed selection, chick housing options, feeding questions and trouble-shooting problems common in baby chicks. If you are new to the chicken adventure, welcome! If you're an ol' pro, you still might find a few tips that will help you keep your chicks healthier and happier and keep your family safe while doing so.
Baby chicks will be filling feed store bins and arriving in post offices around the country soon, so I have rounded up some tools to help the new chicken keeper with chicken breed selection, chick housing options, feeding questions and trouble-shooting problems common in baby chicks. If you are new to the chicken adventure, welcome! If you're an ol' pro, you still might find a few tips that will help you keep your chicks healthier and happier and keep your family safe while doing so. The entire pet chicken experience is immeasurably more enjoyable when knowing what to expect. Each topic below is a clickable link to its article on my blog.
Some lessons in chicken care are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, my Facebook fans and I have written a of things we wish we had known before taking the chicken plunge.
Some lessons in chicken care are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, my Facebook fans and I have written a of things we wish we had known before taking the chicken plunge.
The enormous array of breeds available to choose from can be daunting, but it's important to make an informed decision about breeds in order to avoid disappointment for the chicken keeper as well as unnecessary challenges for the chickens.
The enormous array of breeds available to choose from can be daunting, but it's important to make an informed decision about breeds in order to avoid disappointment for the chicken keeper as well as unnecessary challenges for the chickens.
Where to buy chickens to start a laying flock.
 Where to buy chickens to start a laying flock via The Chicken Chick®
What you need to know about vaccines from Dr. Mike Petrik, The Chicken Vet
Tips for Selecting Healthy Chicks  via The Chicken Chick®
How Much Heat do Baby Chicks REALLY need?
 How Much Heat do Baby Chicks REALLY Need?
All chicks need to thrive is a caring chicken-keeper with safe,
warm, spacious housing, food and clean water. 
Of all the advances in baby chick care in the past 10 years, the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder is the most important since it ensures that families are able to safety care for chicks without the fear of burning the house down.
Of all the advances in baby chick care in the past 10 years, the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder is the most important since it ensures that families are able to safety care for chicks without the fear of burning the house down.
No need to invest in expensive housing for chicks- with a little creativity, you can make a brooder that perfectly accommodates day old chicks with the flexibility for expansion as they grow!
No need to invest in expensive housing for chicks- with a little creativity, you can make a brooder that perfectly accommodates day old chicks with the flexibility for expansion as they grow!
Even the most reliable sexing methods used by commercial poultry operations have a margin of error and sometimes chicks get mixed up in the bins at the feed store. Always have a plan for roosters if you cannot keep them and learn how to distinguish males from females as early as possible.
Even the most reliable sexing methods used by commercial poultry operations have a margin of error and sometimes chicks get mixed up in the bins at the feed store. Always have a plan for roosters if you cannot keep them and learn how to distinguish males from females as early as possible.
Chickens at different stages of development require different feed formulations. This article explains what they need at different ages and stages of development.
Chickens at different stages of development require different feed formulations. This article explains what they need at different ages and stages of development.
Treats: How Soon, How Much, Which Ones?
The wrong treats and treats in excess can be harmful to a chick's health, stunt growth and shorten their lifespan. So, we should be aware of what can they eat, what should they not eat and how much is too much.
The wrong treats and treats in excess can be harmful to a chick's health, stunt growth and shorten their lifespan. So, we should be aware of what can they eat, what should they not eat and how much is too much.
A research team with the University of Arkansas studying the effects of probiotics on young chicks has found that giving probiotics to newly hatched chicks helps to keep them from developing and passing on diseases in later life, including Salmonella Enteritis.
A research team with the University of Arkansas studying the effects of probiotics on young chicks has found that giving probiotics to newly hatched chicks helps to keep them from developing and passing on diseases in later life, including Salmonella Enteritis. 
The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated.
The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated.
The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated.
When baby chicks need a pedicure
Picking can run rampant in a brooder, resulting in serious injuries and death, so it’s critical to control the factors that cause picking and address injuries urgently.
Picking can run rampant in a brooder, resulting in serious injuries and death, so it’s critical to control the factors that cause picking and address injuries urgently.
Picking can run rampant in a brooder, resulting in serious injuries and death, so it’s critical to control the factors that cause picking and address injuries urgently.
When to Move Chicks from Brooder to Coop
 How to Reform a Brooder Bully- when good chicks go bad.
 First Aid Kit & Emergency Housing
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

323 comments :

  1. Michelle Reiche1/15/15, 10:11 PM

    I would love this!

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  2. nancy weckbacher1/15/15, 10:12 PM

    I would so love to win any of your giveaway . Just saw pictures of chickens wear in sweaters now I want them for my girls. I had saddles on two of them because my rooster was too ruff but I finally was able to regime my boy he went to live on a farm with 35 girls and he was the only king.Hope he's happy.

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  3. Colleen Richman1/15/15, 10:12 PM

    I'm a subscriber, look forward to your emails with new blog post. Thank you for the giveaway fingers crossed! Have a good day.

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  4. Kambra brawner1/15/15, 10:14 PM

    Ohhhhh I could use some of that!

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  5. Lori O'Shea Roberts1/15/15, 10:16 PM

    I have loved this blog from the first time I saw it. It is always helpful and entertaining, and more than once has had timely information that I needed. For this giveaway, I would be very grateful to win, as I have never won any contest, and can't wait to see if I win this one!

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  6. I'm glad you mention the dangers of heat lamps.

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  7. Peggy Whitson1/15/15, 10:22 PM

    I'm just getting started with chickens, and would love to receive the Vetericyn giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. Love your website and blog!

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  8. your giveaways are awesome

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  9. Nese Orlosky1/15/15, 10:31 PM

    Would love to have this.

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  10. Already have a flock of 6 which are 3 yrs old. These articles will be good refreshers for the chicks I am getting this spring.

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  11. Would be awesome! Thanks for all your info!

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  12. Don't peck me, PICK me!

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  13. This is great. Would be awesome to have.

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  14. Stephanie Domer1/15/15, 11:22 PM

    I learn so much from.this blog. I love it. Can't wait to win a give a way..

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  15. Another cool giveaway

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I voted for you to be the Blogger of The Year. I hope Doc is on the mend!

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  17. My girls thank you for all the great info! They'd love to win this giveaway!

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  18. Quackydoodle1/15/15, 11:39 PM

    Your timing is im'peck'able. ;) I'm putting some eggs in the incubator tomorrow. Thanks for the info!

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  19. I've done a lot of research regarding Vetericyn and would love to have it for my flock. Thanks for giving us the chance.

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  20. my chicks don't need this now, but to have it on hand when needed is good

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  21. I would love this kit for my girls TY

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  22. Laura Hughes1/16/15, 12:37 AM

    Awesome. This would be great to have.

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  23. Gloria Rumple1/16/15, 1:13 AM

    really need some of this

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  24. I could use this in my rx/kit thank you for the great give aways

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  25. Tracy Jenner1/16/15, 6:01 AM

    Great giveaway as always

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  26. i will be getting chicks this spring..thank you for all the info..

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  27. I would love this kit!

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  28. Ron Willett1/16/15, 7:32 AM

    This would be a nice addition to my first aid station in the barn.

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  29. juliann blad1/16/15, 7:46 AM

    would be great for my first-aid kit!

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  30. Ginny Tata-Phillips1/16/15, 7:54 AM

    Thanks for all the good advice! We would love to win to stock our first aid kit!

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  31. This is totally the ultimate chick care guide!!

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  32. Last year was my first year with chicks and your site was my main go to. Thanks for helping all of us do a great job! Great give a way!

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  33. Vetericyn is a great product - thanks for the opportunity!

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  34. Becky Lounsbury1/16/15, 8:52 AM

    I would love to win this!!!

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  35. great to have all the info in one place!

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  36. Wow what great information.

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  37. Nicole Caryn Lerma1/16/15, 9:17 AM

    I have no first aid stuff yet but luckily have not had any issues with my girls yet. Wouldn't hurt to start preparing just in case.

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  38. Thanks for the great article! It is helping me to prepare for the baby chicks we are getting very soon.

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  39. My first hatch is doing great at 2 weeks old now. Your blog and website have really helped so much. Thanks for all the information!

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  40. I had read this a while ago. This site has a wealth of information and your ideas and plans are the best that I can find...ever! Thank you so much for your blog and sharing. I feel the items for the extensive kit are needed. You just never know when you will need them, so it is good to have them handy, but I can understand if people do not keep everything.

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  41. I know, right? Always on time. She must be a goddess. Lol

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  42. Count me in !

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  43. We can't wait to get our chicks, first-time chicken owners here!! Your blog is such a help!

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  44. Would love to win!

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  45. These tips are just in time for my hatching next Wednesday. I feel prepared, but like a brand new mama-nervous!

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  46. GrammaSoozin1/16/15, 11:22 AM

    Love this information, user friendly and super helpful. Hope I win!

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  47. Danielle Pearson1/16/15, 11:50 AM

    This would help my first aid kit greatly! :)

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  48. Rosemary Edgar1/16/15, 11:56 AM

    I am so impressed with the depth and breadth of the information you have assembled! Thank you for helping us to become better chicken keepers.

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  49. What a perfect giveaway to be prepared for chicks!

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  50. EVERY prospective chick person NEEDS to read this... GREAT JOB... AGAIN!

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  51. Vetericyn is amazing. This kit would be a fabulous addition to my chicken keeping supplies. Thanks for such a great compilation of blog posts!

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  52. Jennifer Marie Thiele1/16/15, 1:16 PM

    You rock!

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  53. Erin Carter1/16/15, 1:32 PM

    Everyone should have a well stocked first-aid kit for all their fur and feathered babes!

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  54. Cheryl Prehn1/16/15, 1:36 PM

    Awesome resource! Thank you!

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  55. Vetericyn is good stuff. Put it on the ears of my foster dog and they healed up quickly. He has allergies and dug at his ears.

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  56. Penny Buxton1/16/15, 2:12 PM

    Love the Chicken Chick and would love to try some Vetericyn!

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  57. MaryKate Kilfeather1/16/15, 2:14 PM

    This would be awesome for this first timer :)

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  58. Jennifer Laforest1/16/15, 2:22 PM

    Love the "problems With solutions" page!

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  59. Very informative information!

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  60. Wow, I really like this... Yes I need to learn about first-aid for my 'flock"

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  61. Megan Krauth1/16/15, 2:54 PM

    I've been thinking I need to get a chicken first aid kit setup!

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  62. All the news you can use! Thanks again, and I'll take that RX win, too!

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  63. crazychickenlady1/16/15, 4:14 PM

    I could use some

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  64. This would be great thanks!!!

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  65. Valora Palmer1/16/15, 5:09 PM

    Love your blog

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  66. Great resources! And giveaway :)

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  67. Tammie Weatherford1/16/15, 5:37 PM

    I would love a kit like this...thanks for the chance to win it.

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  68. Can never have too much Vetericyn!

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  69. love to win for my "kids" med-pac. and all the things I never knew.

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  70. Kathy Miros Andrascik1/16/15, 6:53 PM

    I need this for my girls. Been lucky so far, so I need to be prepared.

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  71. Amanda Amato1/16/15, 7:02 PM

    Goat kidding season is on its way and we are rebuilding our flock-sure could use this!!

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  72. Now this would really come in handy!

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  73. I love the spring/summer photos. Gives us hope. Also love the giveaway. I am watching Dr. Pol right now and they recommend Vetericyn on the show.

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  74. Amy Conner Hewitt1/16/15, 7:07 PM

    I would love to try this!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. Would love to win the Vetericyn for spring chick-getting season!

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  76. Angela Nelson-Patterson1/16/15, 7:51 PM

    I wish I had of had this a few weeks ago when my hen got attacked by something but dont know what. Shes alright now but it caused her to stop laying. Hope it didnt traumatize her to not lay anymore. She is 2 years old now so I dont know how long we would have had her laying but Im glad shes better now!

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  77. Alan McIntyre1/16/15, 8:24 PM

    Need this for molting season

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  78. Would love a chicken first aid kit.

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  79. Cheryl Murphy1/16/15, 9:02 PM

    I would love this, thanks Kathy for the opportunity !

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  80. Andrea Alley1/16/15, 9:03 PM

    Oooh...good stuff!

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  82. Caitlyn Ralston1/16/15, 9:24 PM

    I would love to win this for my chicken first aid kit! Thanks for the chance!

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  83. Valerie McNaught Rogers1/16/15, 10:06 PM

    I have learned so much from your blogs, thank u

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  84. Brandy Keyes1/16/15, 10:34 PM

    Would love to win!

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  85. Great product

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  86. Thank you, this was very informative.

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  87. Tammy Belicic1/17/15, 12:12 AM

    I would love to win this....what a great package!!

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  88. Janet Voight1/17/15, 12:34 AM

    Love your site and Vectrcyn

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  89. Love this stuff!!! :-)

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  90. Carol Vitko1/17/15, 2:53 AM

    Vetericyn is the greatest!

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  91. Katie Proffit1/17/15, 5:37 AM

    Could really use this!

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  92. Jennifer Stipe Miller1/17/15, 8:51 AM

    Vetericyn is a great product for wound care!

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  93. Visit your blog often for info on chicken keeping. Lots of great ideas!

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  94. Rebecca Blake1/17/15, 9:34 AM

    Thanks for these great giveaways! Now I'm off to find that blog you did about a hen squatting when you walk up to it.... No clue why she started this!

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  95. Becke Bogue1/17/15, 9:37 AM

    Would love to win!

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  96. Would love to win this-thanks for the chance!

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  97. really need some of this

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  98. Sherry Pivirotto1/17/15, 9:53 AM

    This is something i would love to have around, incase of any mishaps! Thanks ☺

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  99. Carol Johnson1/17/15, 9:56 AM

    Thanks for the chance to win it for emergencies.

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  100. Christina Egan1/17/15, 10:07 AM

    This would be a great kit to have just in case of emergency

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  101. McKenna Carey1/17/15, 10:07 AM

    Thanks for all the great info!

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  102. Tamara aka. Straykat81/17/15, 10:11 AM

    My girls are getting a little older, some of them are 7 years old. They could use a little TLC. ;)

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  103. Love everything about your blog!

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  104. I would so loooove to have this for my ladies!!

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  105. Kim Sieve-Fischbach1/17/15, 10:26 AM

    My hubby blew through my last bottle on our Bullie 's skin conditions . ...need more for my chicken emergency kit ha...love your site

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  106. Brooke Walker Berarducci1/17/15, 10:28 AM

    Definitely a must have !!

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  107. Dianna Valadez Castillo1/17/15, 10:32 AM

    I already subscribe to your blog, and I would love to have this for my daughters chicken first aid kit !

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  108. Would love to win some! It's pricey!

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  109. Great to have on hand! Thanks for the advice! Would be great to win!

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  110. Colette Bolster1/17/15, 10:40 AM

    Love these give aways that you make available to us all! Someday......

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  111. Keep 'em healthy!!!

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  112. Bobbie Jones Gildroy1/17/15, 11:24 AM

    This would be a great prize to win!! Thank you for your blog!!

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  113. Could use for the first aide kit!

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  114. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley1/17/15, 11:38 AM

    This sure would help this Rooster I am treating for frostbite. Our local Tractor Supplies have been out! I asked them to order but no luck yet :(

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  115. My Chickas and I would love to have this for our First Aid kit! Thank you, thank you.

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  116. Margaret Houk1/17/15, 12:35 PM

    Always enjoy your posts/blogs; so much good information. Definitely need to put together a first aid kit formy 7 Chicky Girls and the Vetrycin would be wonderful.

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  117. Ill need this when my chicks come in March!!

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  118. Barbara Bogan Bealer1/17/15, 12:43 PM

    Surely would like to add this spray to my first aid box.

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  119. I would love to have this amazing first aid kit for my hens.

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  120. Jennifer Marie Thiele1/17/15, 1:34 PM

    I will deff have this on hand!!

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  121. Mary Clendenin1/17/15, 1:36 PM

    Nice giveaway....give it to me! :)

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  122. Catherine LaGrange1/17/15, 1:47 PM

    my girls continue to do well thanks to all your helpful advice

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  123. Linnea Wharton1/17/15, 1:52 PM

    Would love and really need to win this. Still learning everything I need to know about my girls. What else for the med pack??

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  124. I have never used it but would love to have available.

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  125. I'd love to win this. Love this blogger!!

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  126. Lori Benton1/17/15, 2:30 PM

    It's great stuff and a must have for the critters!

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  127. Would love to win. TY .

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  128. Matt Snider1/17/15, 3:49 PM

    I have some and it works great.

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  129. Need this!

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  130. Lori Morgan1/17/15, 4:37 PM

    Hope to be a 'chicken lady' soon, and i want to make sure i am prepared before i get my babies! I love all the info i am collecting!

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  131. As a relatively new back yard chicken chick, I was so glad to find this website. What a huge help!!!

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  132. Lots of good reading!

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  133. Michele Rutter1/17/15, 6:25 PM

    I love Vetericyn & will never be without it. We use it on our chickens & used it when a cyst burst on our black lab, it is truly amazing! Last week I cut my thumb while making dinner, my hubby sprayed it with Vetericyn & put some band aids on it. We couldn't get the bleeding to stop though. Finally hubby put some non stick gauze on it & wrapped my thumb with vet wrap, that stopped the bleeding! Thank you Chicken Chick for introducing us to these amazing products that we (& our chickens) could not live without!!!

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  134. Would love to win the Vetricyn!! Thank you!!!

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  135. Melanie Dulin Reeser1/17/15, 7:34 PM

    This would be great to win, thank you for all your chicken wisdom.

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  136. I think it would be a good idea to add thus to my first as I'd box

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  137. Laurie Trautwein1/17/15, 9:01 PM

    Always useful

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  138. charity hendrickson1/17/15, 9:34 PM

    I borrowed this from a friend once. It worked great. I would love this kit for my own chicken medical kit.

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  139. Nana Rominger1/17/15, 9:52 PM

    My bottle froze solid stored in the coop. Is it still good?

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  140. Annie Cornish1/17/15, 9:56 PM

    New to the blog and new to chicken keeping. Need all the help I can get.

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  141. Would love to have this on hand! Everyone is fine at the moment, but you never know; and with pets, like children, they always get sick or have a problem at the worst possible time!

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  142. Marcia Little1/17/15, 10:36 PM

    Would be a very good thing to have on hand, thank you for the possibilities and all the great info.

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  143. Miranda Gallegos1/17/15, 10:44 PM

    Commenting to win!

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  144. I would love to win this package

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  145. Denise Slay1/18/15, 1:29 AM

    Girls need to have their Doctor bag updated...need Vetericyn asap

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  146. Katie Brown Stafford1/18/15, 1:43 AM

    My girls could use this!

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  147. Cassandra Rowland1/18/15, 5:59 AM

    Amazing! Would love this to add to my first aid chicken kit.

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  148. Thanks for all the 'getting ready' ideas, from getting my first "batch" of chicks to hatching chicks from my chickens!! You are one of my favorite resources!! I love your chicken-life!!

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  149. Melanie Jones1/18/15, 6:43 AM

    In the process of building my kit. Just a few more supplies. Evergency housing done!

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  150. So excited to expand our flock this year. This kit would be a huge help. Thanks for all you do!

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  151. Dawn E. Sarver1/18/15, 8:17 AM

    Vetericyn, the go to for wound care ! Hope to win

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  152. I'd love to win this. I use these products for all my animals. They are great

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  153. Danielle Cornum1/18/15, 8:50 AM

    Would love a win ;) love your photography, memes, and great advice!

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  154. Sherry Pullicar1/18/15, 9:34 AM

    I took your adviceand put together a first aid kit for my chickens. I would love to add some Vetericyn

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  155. Nancy Miller Jones1/18/15, 10:58 AM

    Good stuff

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  156. Kelly Miller1/18/15, 11:02 AM

    Would love to win.Thanks.\

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  157. I love all these articles. It's definitely helped me with my girl. I have some medical supplies, but would love to win one of these Vetericyn giveaways.

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  158. Amy Conner Hewitt1/18/15, 1:01 PM

    This would be great!! Pick me!!

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  159. Melissa Walker1/18/15, 1:06 PM

    Hope I can win this for my babies :)

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  160. Carolyn Domingue Heineken1/18/15, 3:29 PM

    I have heard nothing but good things about Vetericyn

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  161. Julie Thielke1/18/15, 4:33 PM

    I would LOVE to add this to my chicken care kit. It is currently very limited.

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  162. Tammy Triplett1/18/15, 7:45 PM

    med kits are great to win!

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  163. Would love this! Can never have too much!

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  164. Joyce Huddlestun Steber1/18/15, 8:35 PM

    Always wonderful information.

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  165. Kelly O'Malley1/18/15, 8:43 PM

    This will be so nice for someone...maybe me :)

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  166. Lori Edmison1/18/15, 8:52 PM

    As always - very good information. Thank you. How's Doc doing?

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  167. Cheryl Ortiz1/18/15, 9:04 PM

    babies, babies every where

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  168. Hello getting new chickens in spring..love this sight...

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  169. Kim Carrington Auge1/18/15, 9:16 PM

    I would love to win for my babies. :)

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  170. Here you go, Linnea: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/01/chicken-first-aid-kit-sick-bay-be.html

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  171. You can buy it online too, Peggy. Amazon carries it.

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  172. Rebecca Ashley1/18/15, 9:31 PM

    I'm glad I read yor post on first aid kits. I've needed mine a couple times. Thanks for all the good info!

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  173. She's getting ready to lay eggs this week, Rebecca! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/02/when-will-hen-begin-laying-eggs-what-to.html

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  174. Millie Ferrin1/18/15, 11:32 PM

    Would love to win for my chickie girls and my roo!

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  175. Kelly Kanedy Schwindt1/18/15, 11:44 PM

    Getting more chickies soon! This would be great to win!

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  176. Cheryl Baker1/19/15, 12:55 AM

    I love the articles and the information. Thanks.

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  177. Gloria Rumple1/19/15, 1:45 AM

    your info is the best i have learned so much from your blog and the prizes are just a plus a nice plus :)

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  178. Tammie Marsh Grant1/19/15, 6:47 AM

    Awesome advice on both the first aid kits and for things to know when getting chicks:)

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  179. Amber Barkley1/19/15, 8:47 AM

    We have gotten chicks every year now for 3 years. Your blog has been so helpful. I credit it for my success. I have followed your advice to a T and so far had no problems, but I am prepared and informed, thanks to you, as well. Thanks for your great advice!

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  180. Linda Bilger1/19/15, 8:52 AM

    Thanks for all the great information including first aid items to have on hand.

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  181. Those chicks are super cute!

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  182. You can never have to much Vetericyn!

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  183. Love your website. I have learned so much. A first aid kit is a definite must have.

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  184. Vetericyn worked like a charm on my chicken's eye infection. Great stuff!

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  185. would love to win

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  186. Liz Cresswell1/19/15, 1:41 PM

    this is a must have.. wowow.. wish I had some of this when I got my babies last spring. well new ones coming soon. so this would be a must have this time. if I do not win I will check out what is in this basket and go get a basket and fill it up ... thank you for the info.. I hope to win and be prepared this time around.. yippee and good luck to all chick owners. new and old... Happy chicken day....

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  187. Sheryl Sorrels1/20/15, 9:11 AM

    I love chickens :)

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  188. marisa nadeau1/20/15, 9:14 AM

    We are new to chicken children but love out hens so much. We have a small urban farm and they are the perfect addition. I love to see you love your chicken children as much as I do! They are just the best!

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  189. spazzdancer1/20/15, 9:14 AM

    Prepared and informed, as always. Thank you Chicken Chick :-)

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  190. Great opportunity! Thanks Kathy.

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  191. Would love to win this product!

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  192. I love your blog and all the information you share. I would like to win the chicken first aid kit.

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  193. If I don't win, need to get my first aid kit ready for spring chicks....my first!

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  194. Great giveaway - thanks Kathy

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