Storey Publishing Chicken Basket Giveaway!

| 3/19/2012 2:39:40 PM

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 Storey Chicken Basket  

Want to win this fantastic basket full of chicken goodies from our friends at Storey Publishing? Just post a comment here telling us why you love chickens AND your email address, and we'll select a winner at random!

The winner will be notified via email on Tuesday, March 20. Don't forget to post your email address, or you won't be able to win!

This giveaway has ended, and the winner has been notified via email. Thank you for participating!

henry holub
3/28/2012 3:49:56 PM

I love the layers i've got. They keep ticks off my dogs and me, contribute to and turn over my compost heap so I don't have to, and provide loads of entertainment as they run around the yard. I also like having a dozen or so at any given time in my brooder where they provide a small extra source of income since people around here seem to want to skip the chick-raising part.

suzi thomas
3/27/2012 9:19:41 PM

We love our girls! The princesses Jasmine and Ariel the red heads and the impeccable Ms Lola our buff polish are so much fun. They run to greet us when we get home. I like to think that they are excited to see us but its probably more likely they know they are going to get some kind of treat! They are so spoiled! I think its only fair for all the entertainment we get out of watching them not to mention the fresh eggs!

jen payne
3/26/2012 5:18:16 PM

chickens are such great pets! they give you eggs, take care of bugs, fertilize, entertain, and even rid your yard of snakes! i have raised them since i was 8 years old and can't wait to pass the fun on to my daughter!

danielle jensen
3/20/2012 8:31:42 PM

I'm busy building an area for raising chickens for my 2 children with autism that I homeschool. I use a nature-based system that's part Montessori and text that's very hands-on and sensorial. DaniJul29@aol.

phyllis lawson
3/20/2012 7:18:06 PM

One of my most fond memories was the chickens mt family raised on the farm.It is so wonderful to continue the tradition!

betty jo jarvis
3/20/2012 6:48:32 PM

I love my chickens. They are an endless source of amuzement, fertilizer, food, and company. They follow my family while we are outside and come whenever we call them. We also have guineas so it is fun to watch while the chickens let them know they are the boss. We just started the incubator, so it has been fun learning about their growth and anticipating the hatching day. We all have our favorite breeds and try to get at least 12 a year to keep us in eggs. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful prize.

katlyn koester
3/20/2012 4:07:25 PM

Don't have any chickens yet, but I can't wait to get some. Hopefully soon. Looking forward to fresh free range eggs, their pest-control abilities and the garanteed entertaiinment of having a flock.

stephanie johnson
3/20/2012 3:47:20 PM

Bright yellow scrambled eggs and Hollandaise sauce...the black earth compost that comes from keeping a tidy coop...a year long multi-hued celebration of Easter in the carton in my refrigerator..the invitation to contemplate infinity - which came first?

amber locke
3/20/2012 2:51:42 PM

oops! and my email is

amber locke
3/20/2012 2:50:30 PM

We love watching then chase bugs, turn our compost, and tease each other...It's better than TV!!

laurenne foskett teachout
3/20/2012 2:03:00 PM

Chickens have such unique personalities. They are all different. I also love their colorful eggs. Beautiful shades.

laura eldridge
3/20/2012 1:19:31 PM

hi- wonderful tour. thanks for including me in the drawing. Our chickens add some much life to our family. We are pleased that we decided to go for it about a year ago. They have taught us a lot. And the eggs are a bonus! Laura

the refreshments
3/20/2012 5:23:38 AM

I have heard the story my entire life about how each spring my grandfather ordered 2,000 baby chicks for his 5 acre farm in Ysleta, TX. My mother would go with him to the train station in El Paso, TX to pick them up then carry them back to their farm in Ysleta. The stories about raising the chickens were told over and over and I still laugh at them to this day. Stories like the time the irrigation ditch broke and all the chickens were floating in the water; nights when the electricity would go out and my grandmother and grandfather had to go out to the chicken houses to keep the the chickens from smothering each other; my mother candling the eggs and putting their tiny little ValRioEggs on each one; the stories go on and on. Last Christmas my mother found the Texas trademark application for ValRioEggs that was registered by my grandfather, Dr. W.W. Lake. Nothing would mean more to me than renewing his legacy and leaning how to raise chickens.

nn grossi
3/20/2012 3:49:13 AM

There is so much to love about my chickens. Here are a few things: the obvious gift of eggs every day (never thought I'd be trying to find people who want our extra eggs!), the super-compost by the coop-ful is well-known as one of the best for the garden, they are great at ridding the yard of those "icky" bugs, and just sitting and watching them is somehow relaxing and energizing at the same time. nic27ct(at) yahoo [dot] com

jill bong
3/20/2012 3:38:24 AM

They are the funniest creatures ever!

ben wolf
3/20/2012 3:00:49 AM

I enjoy watching the chickens run around the yards of the houses I drive by while driving to see my parents. Dad swore off chickens long ago but I plan on having a few someday! can't wait

danny ludlow
3/20/2012 2:55:28 AM

I love the self sustainability of chickens. They provide the garden with perfect soil, eat the bugs and spiders, churn the soil in the off season, and keep the weeds under control. They also provide my family with the freshest most organic eggs I can access and a first hand account of raising food. Every night our family goes outside and put the chickens to bed, so I love the family bonding that has occurred over the chickens. I also love their personalities. Each one of my chickens is different. Ive got an escape artist, a motherly hen, a bully, a sissy, a little piggy, a lazy one, and a neurotic one! I love giving my neighbors and friends eggs, and I love building the girls stuff. Ive built their coop, nesting boxes throughout the yard, their jungle gym, and their covered run. I cant explain how much I love chickens and how much they have influenced my life. Thanks! email is

megan hersey
3/20/2012 2:27:29 AM

Who knew that when I walked into the feed store for cat food 6 months ago, Id be walking out with a different life. I came home with 5 baby chicks and told my boyfriend to get building on the coop. From the moment they came home I loved chickens. I loved how they comforted each other, and greeted me. I loved when they turned into pullets and would run around endlessly for hours, learning to use their wings and legs. Now that they are laying I love their eggs. I love letting them out every morning and I love how they insist to try to follow me back into the house. I love their complex social system and language. I love that they have introduced me to online blogs and a national chicken community. I could go on for hours but I think you all get the point! My email is

amy cardwell
3/20/2012 2:24:53 AM

Cheaper than therapy, better food for our family, more entertaining than most things on television, teaching our daughter responsibility... what's not to love about our flock?

rita caffey
3/20/2012 1:10:00 AM

Every so often i have people ask "why keep Chickens " ( mostly my city freinds) And I respond why not keep chickens ? Thy're more reliable then other pets ( even tho my are not just pets ) Really the basic reasons are those lovely, simple orbs that give such pleasure to my family and friends, from the first to last bite of whatever culinary treat they become. We have many animals on our farm, but i would say a fram without chickens just isn't a a farm. I LOVE CHICKENS !

joseph shenal
3/20/2012 12:24:07 AM

We love our chickens! They are better than an aquarium, and our pets make us breakfast!

steven ringler
3/19/2012 11:58:19 PM

Fresh eggs! Love them.

cindy clark
3/19/2012 11:46:51 PM

I enjoy sitting on my back porch each morning, drinking my coffee, and watching my chickens. It is a great way to start my day! :)

mary clements
3/19/2012 11:18:52 PM

A long, tough day at work. Life has been kind of rough since my husband had a stroke. Way overwhelmed at times. I thought one of my little Welsummers had flown the coop and been lost to the perils on the other side of the fence. What a sad loss. But-no! She was hold up in a tiny spot, sitting on 16 eggs. I thought, “Well, I’ll let her sit for 2 weeks, then clear out the eggs. They can’t possibly be fertile.” Then- peep, peep, peep. One tiny head peered from under her wing. Next day, a second tiny head. Seven sweet peeps total! Friendship, comedy, fresh eggs, fertilizer, morning wake up call, renewal of life. What’s not to like from the feathered kids. Thanks.

casie duberstein
3/19/2012 11:15:13 PM

It's spring and that means I'm itching to get more chicks! dcduber at gmail dot com

gloria briscese
3/19/2012 11:02:59 PM

I love having a fresh, healthy supply of eggs only a few steps from my back door, not to mention getting to watch all sorts of chicken antics.

christine layne
3/19/2012 10:43:49 PM

I love my chickens for so many different reasons! They are a joy to watch (and it's relaxing) while they free range. My 2 year old loves his "bok boks"

gracia roemer
3/19/2012 10:32:50 PM

I love my chickens' beautiful feathering and the way they think up clever ways to escape their run. They are so intelligent and fun!

rachel elson ockwell
3/19/2012 10:26:39 PM

I love chickens! Having ours has helped our garden, given us breakfast, fun pets, and helped educate friends on the benefits of poultry.

eric slatt
3/19/2012 10:02:30 PM

For me, it's the joy of doing our part in educating people about the wonderful heritage breeds. I love watching our Dominique hens strolling through the barnyard with a clutch of chicks in tow. or

patricia schmidt
3/19/2012 9:51:35 PM

Grew up with chickens. Now that I have my own house and property enough, I have built my first chicken tractor and started my first flock. Being mostly ovo-vegetarian, I love being able to have eggs from chickens I know are humanely raised and living the good life. :)

amy companioni
3/19/2012 9:45:25 PM

What I love about chickens? Their eggs! and I love their personalities and how they are each so unique

dana betz
3/19/2012 9:42:16 PM

I love my chickens because they love to run enthusiastically, eating greens. The daily egg is an added bonus.

sarah rumbaugh
3/19/2012 9:34:39 PM

Chickens have enriched my life so much and I just adore them! Entertainment, garden help, fertilizer, and food all from one handy, adorable little bird! What more can a gal ask for? :)

kevin margo
3/19/2012 9:30:43 PM

Chickens are awesome for pest control. I enjoy hand feeding stink bugs to them.

michele harris
3/19/2012 9:28:30 PM

You can't beat fresh eggs and the entertainment!

kim loucks
3/19/2012 9:27:49 PM

I like their poop-nitrogen-pure and simple!

rebecca wassam
3/19/2012 9:21:24 PM

What is there to not love about chickens?! Our family treats our chickens like our favorite pets. They reward us with tasty eggs and plenty of humor. I love how they keep the bug/tick population down in the summer time. I am especially worried about this summer with the mild winter we have had. I'm glad we're getting 10 more little babies in a few weeks! They will definitely help with the bugs! And our family, friends and neighbors are looking forward to us having plenty of eggs to share! We're also trying our hands at meat birds this year! Wish us luck! Thanks for this fun contest!

jennifer anderson
3/19/2012 9:14:51 PM

Sorry forgot the email address! Opps! Let's try again! I love chickens for thier eggs, meat, and pest management. They are a very veritile animal. A homestead isn't a homestead without chickens!

jennifer anderson
3/19/2012 9:12:05 PM

I love chickens for their eggs, meat, and pest management. They are a very vesitile animal. A homestead isn't a homestead without chickens!

margaret coyle
3/19/2012 9:05:23 PM

What I love about chickens? Well that would be everything... it would be easier to say what I don't like about them... LOL My chickens brighten my day. The other great thing about chickens is all of the wonderful people we have met online who are also chicken lovers... it is a wonderful community that I am happy to be a small part of. Thank you, Margaret at

brittany jones
3/19/2012 9:05:09 PM

I'm not gonna lie...I love chickens because they taste good when they're fried up! :P Also, I really do like knowing where my food comes from...! :)

laura gerlich
3/19/2012 8:48:59 PM

we just got our first golden comet chickens! and we are so excited to watch them grow. We are running an Adult Program for individuals with disablities and we are using the chickens as a therapy tool and to teach were your food comes from. our clients love seeing the chickens everyday and learning how to care for them.

doug tatham
3/19/2012 8:46:25 PM

We have had chickens for 20 years. They take me back to the 1950's when my grandfather would let me feed his chickens out of my hand. It sort of hurt 4-year-old hands but I thought it was wonderfully cool.

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