Friday, March 30, 2012

Randall Burkey Company



Many of you who have been following my blog and facebook page know that my grandparents had a chicken farm. They sold the meat and eggs to support their family all through World War II and right through the early 1970s.

I grew up across the street from their farm, in a house that my grandparents built for my parents as a wedding present. They also built them a chicken house that was at least three times the size of the house...

and as you can see in this photo, came fully furnished with chickens !

But I digress.....
 I have been around chickens almost my whole life.  My brother and I raised chicks when we were young in our homemade cardboard box brooder and then collected their eggs wearing oven mitts so we wouldn't get pecked by the broody hens !  We had a rooster named Bojangles who used to chase us.  We never kept a lot of chickens, and in fact the ones we had as kids lived in a smaller 'brooder' house that was behind our house.

 Living right across the street from my grandparents, I naturally spent a lot of time with my grandmother especially.  I remember spending rainy afternoons lying on her bed flipping through the Randall Burkey Company catalog, marveling at the cute chicks and all the other chicken-related items they have sold since the company started in 1947.   My grandparents always seemed to have a copy of the catalog lying around.

Of course the products have changed over the years and the company has grown. I doubt my grandmother was ordering her hens treats or fancy feeders or waterers.  She certainly wasn't buying any cute little coops or signs for the run, but I bet she placed orders for chicks over the years and maybe even medications for them. 


So imagine my delight when Randall Burkey Company said they would be interested in sponsoring my blog!   Randall Burkey is a company that I have grown up with. Their catalog is the very first one I ordered after we got our first chicks here in Virginia in 2009.  My grandmother died last year, but I just know she is smiling down on me having Randall Burkey as a sponsor. She never understood the way I spoil my chickens, taking photos of them and naming them all, but she always understood quality and practicality - and Randall Burkey Company offers both.

Randall Burkey also sent a box of 'gifts' for my girls.  Although my chickens are very familiar with Mealworm Frenzy, they had never tried the Sunflower Sensation. So I loaded up their hanging treat feeder and let them at it.
It was a HUGE hit as you can see.

A few of the girls seemed interested to learn the ingredients (psst, girls - it's a blend of assorted sunflower seeds, sunflower kernels, oats, oat groats, peanuts, and raisins).

There was also a treat ball in the box. 
  

Since my girls already have one, they decided they wanted to give it, 



along with the Mealworm Frenzy, to two lucky winners !

GOOD LUCK ! And be sure to check RANDALL BURKEY COMPANY for all your chicken needs from chicks to supplies, feed to instructional videos and book

CONGRATULATIONS TO RADISH GIRL THYMES AND LINDA MOFFITT WHO WERE CHOSEN AS THE WINNERS!

42 comments:

  1. Our girls would go nuts LOL What a fun give-a-way!

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  2. My chickens would love the mealworm frenzy!!!
    amydaisy1975@yahoo.com
    Love reading your stuff!!!

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  3. My girls would love either the meal worms or the treat ball! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My flock would <3 the mealworm frenzy!
    My email is: vanegas_massie@htmail.com

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  5. Sorry I my email is: vanegas_massie@hotmail.com

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  6. My girls would love this ball and i can just see them pecking at the bell to hear it ring.
    miller.sandra91@yahoo.com
    Sandra Miller

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  7. My Girls would love the mealworm frenzy ...

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  8. My chickens would love the Mealworm frenzy!!!
    carlasandra72@yahoo.com

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  9. My girls (and boy) would love the treat ball!! They have had Mealworm Frenzy and love it, but they definitely "need" the treat ball! :-) As always, thanks for the cool blog posts, awesome knowledge sharing, and the opportunity to win fun stuff.

    Susan Smith-Patterson
    ssp373 at gmail dot com

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  10. Hello! I think that my new to come baby chicks will like both! I like the idea of filling the treat ball with healthy greens and veggies...they would like the idea of the convenient little meal worm treats (quick to gobble up!). Thanks for hosting such a great contest!

    Tina Anderson
    t.tack.anderson@gmail.com

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  11. I just got my first chicks and ducklings last week, but I've been reading your blog for almost a month. I love all the tips and fun facts that you post, and I'm sure my chickens would love those treats. :)

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  12. We'd love to treat our chickens the way you treat ours!

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  13. Mealworm frenzy of course! I love your blog and FB page . you are a wealth of knowledge as i start sharing my life with chickens. Tryne7@optonline.net

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  14. Mealworm Frenzy. My ducks and chickens go crazy for mealworms.

    cobreeze@hotmail.com

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  15. Definitely the mealworm frenzy, unless I put a mealworm cake into the treat ball!

    Christine
    clayne317@gmail.com

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  16. My ladies would love the Treat Ball. Love your blog, I have learned so much from it. Sweetshoppehoops@yahoo.com
    Linda Moffitt

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    1. Congratulations Linda Moffitt- you are the winner of the Treat Ball !

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  17. I think they would like the meal worm frenzy. Our ladies LOVE meal worms.
    sarasweatman@gmail.com

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  18. My chickens would like either one! If I HAVE to choose, I'd say the treat ball because it lasts longer! The mealworms are consumable and would be gone soon.....

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  19. I love you blog. I would say that the treat ball would be the choice my hens would pick. Then get to free range alot, but a toy would be fun.

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  20. Wow, that treat ball is so neat! Love your blog...it's helped me get our new baby chicks through their first few weeks! :)
    Brit868@yahoo.com

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  21. Randall Burkey knows a good blog when they see one! Love your posts and my hens would love the treat ball! I enjoyed the photos of your grandparents GIANT chicken barn.

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  22. The treat ball is adorable!! Thanks for my daily dose of chicken cuteness!

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  23. My gals love mealworms!!!! Mealworm frenzy wooohoooo!!!
    June Gibbs

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  24. My little ladies sure would love a treat ball! Thanks for the opportunity!

    houseofpope@hotmail.com

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  25. My girls LOVE the Meal Worm Frenzy and would LOVE even more to have a treat ball!! thanks for your fun contests!!

    Kelly Schwindt =)

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  26. My girls would love the Mealy Worm Frenzy. Nice of you to do this :)
    radishgirlthymes@gmail.com

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    1. Congratulations Radishgirlthymes ! You are the winner of the Mealworm Frenzy ~

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    2. Thank you...will take lots of photos when they get the frenzy :)

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  27. My girls would love both! I think the treat ball would be the best! Love your blog. We have 3 hens and are getting 5 eggs to hatch today:)

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  28. My girls would love the Meal Worms I am sure (yuck) kharramba@frontier.com

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  29. My girlz- and boyz would LOVE the mealworm frenzy!

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  30. Treat Ball would be most practical. My hens have an unlimited supply of meal worms. I keep a "mini" meal worm farm for their enjoyment (and mine)

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    1. email: apurons@qwestoffice.net

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  31. webugn2@bellsouth.net
    My guys would like the treat ball I could fill with good stuff. I have a small hair salon at my home. The chickens come down to the shop and hang out. My clients love it! The treat ball could get them to the shop quicker ;)

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  32. My Baby Girls Would LOVE the Meal Worms!
    -Jared, rhodeislandredchickens@gmail.com

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  33. Brava.....Your blog is one of the most informative I have found!!! Randall Burkey Company found a great blog to hook up with. My girls go wacky for the Mealworm Frenzy!!!!
    kwynot@frontier.com


    (Had to delete and fix my spelling!!!)

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  34. I think mine would like the sunflower mix the best :)
    Mandi sevenruns@dishmail.net

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  35. My little piggies will eat whatever is put in front of them!

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  36. I signed up for the newsletter :)

    My girls would love either!! They are very fond of the mealworms :)

    chrisandmaranda (at) gmail (dot) com

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