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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chicken Scratch Poultry Field Trip

Suzanne and her kids recently visited Chicken Scratch Poultry (our wonderful sponsor who supplied us our hatching eggs and chicks this past spring) to pick up some new pullets for their flock.

Chicken Scratch Poultry is a NPIP-certified specialty breeder located in Illinois, owned by Larry and Angie and McEwen, that specializes in unusual and rare breeds that lay gorgeous colored eggs.

Suzanne lives not too far from the farm, so she decided to pay them a visit.  She and the kids got a personal tour which included seeing the new barn being built as well as the professional incubators.


The kids had a great time looking at all the chicks and chickens of various breeds and ages.





It looks like Wyatt drives a hard bargain! 

It seemed like the kids were leaning more towards chicks, but Suzanne already knew what she wanted...


and they loaded a variety of Ameraucanas, Marans and a coveted Coronation Sussex pullet into the car. 


Of course the kids wanted to peep in on their new family members once they got them home and settled! 

Chicken Scratch Poultry welcomes visitors to stop by to pick up hatching eggs, chicks or pullets and also ships hatching eggs, day old chicks and pullets.

Suzanne said that Larry and Angie are really wonderful people who couldn't have been more pleasant to spend the afternoon with. I can tell by my own communication with Angie that they are breeders who really care about their flock and breed preservation. We are thrilled to call them friends!



159 comments:

  1. Julie kharramba@frontier.comSeptember 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Love the Blue Copper Marans

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  2. I love the Marans. Doesn't matter which ones, blue, black, wheaten. I love the rich dark eggs the girls lay! The blue laced red wyandottes (I have 3 myself and they are the sweetest). Lav orps. I have a splash and she is the fluffiest, friendliest girl.

    clayne317@gmail.com

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  3. You know I am all over this!!!! Ohhhhh CROSSING MY FINGERS for these beauties!! What a great contest! EEEEEE!!!!!! :)))))

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  4. i love the olive eggers.. if i was to chose my favorite they are all so beautiful.

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  5. I love, love, love Welsummers. Would love to have one of my own.

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  6. Lavender orps...please count me in for the giveaway...I would live to get to use my new incubator...:-)

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  7. I have to say I love Marans. I have Cuckoo Marans and one Black Copper Marans. I would love a few more. I also have Americaunas. They are my most reliable layers and the eggs are spectacular.

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  8. my favorite breed that they raise are the Black Copper Marans!!! :)

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  9. I can't wait until they start selling the chocolate orps, so excited about their coming soon chickens! My favorite that is currently offered is the Lav Orp! They have the fluffiest butts and best temperament!

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  10. I love the olive eggers and the Ameraucenas! I really hope I win this, could use some variety in my small flock
    Robin Fallot

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  11. Love the French Blue Copper Marans

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  12. welummers? blue marans? coppper marans?olive eggers? oh my do i have to choose? i love them all!!!!!

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  13. Robert from OklahomaSeptember 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I love my chickens...but would love to have some Sussex or Marans...and the Olive Eggers would be GREAT...

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  14. My favorite breed they raise is Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. I would love to get a rooster along with some pullets! Just might order some from them anyway.

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  15. I am ready for more chickens! Olive Egger would be fantastic.

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  16. Marans and Ameraucenas!! Can I just say all of them? I love chickens! I would love to win these eggs... I just had a bad hatch (2 happy healthy chicks out of 14 eggs set) It was iffy anyway, I had just bought the laying hens and was told they were in with a rooster and I should save some eggs.

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    1. Actually I think I will go with the Coronation Sussex!

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    2. I would love to add Marans to my group. Love my Ameraucenas

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  17. I love their blue copper madams and lavender orps!

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  18. I love the lavender Orps. I originally wanted those when I ordered my babies, but had to "settle" for Buffs... I have 2 and they are so friendly.

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  19. I would love a Maran-like Martha Stewart!!

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  20. What a fun giveaway!! I happen to raise Olive eggers and Marans as well, both beautiful fun breeds!

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  21. Omgosh! I can't decide between the Lavender Orpingtons and the French Blue Copper Marons! I've only had chickens for a month and I think I'm addicted! Oh wait... the Blue Laced Red Wyandote is pretty neat too but then again it would be fun to have a pink egger! Or an olive egger! Oh the agony! I can't pick just one!

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  22. Lavender Orpingtons!! I had a Buff Orp but she passed away - Daisy was my favorite hen ever.

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  23. I'm a newbie at raising chickens and I get excited about any breed that lays a unique colored egg or has beautiful plumage!

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  24. I would like a Coronation Sussex to go with my Speckled and I'd like an Olive Egger. Gotta love the different colored eggs and the different personalities of the different breeds.

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  25. I Love the lavender orphingtons! I am also so looking forward to some Marans for those big beautiful chocolate eggs!

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  26. I have Ameraucanas, but would LOVE a few Marans, Opingtons and whatever else..

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  27. Of all the breeds that I have had, the orphingtons are the most personable. But, I would love some olive eggers!

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  28. I would LOVE some eggs! my incubator just arrived yesterday and i need some eggs to hatch!

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  29. Your farm looks fantastic!

    Nan in FL

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  30. I like the Ameraucanas that lay the blue eggs, but all are a delight to have!
    Betsy@lazyaranch@centurytel.net

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  31. Buff orphington and Cunas are my favorite but we have may and mixed breeds all colored egg layers.
    Dick pocold@centurytel.net

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  32. love Ameraucanas and Buff Orphs.all chickens are beautiful to me..love ur page and would love to win this giveaway..sheilahlocklear@sc.rr.com

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  33. Araucanas!
    Theresa h
    Hennesseyt3@yahoo.com

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  34. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful contest. Some blogs seem to hold contest after contest just to 'collect' fans but your contests always tie in to a great blog post and your prizes are always WONDERFUL! My favorite breed is the Black Copper Marans. Diane B. blueoysterllc@gmail.com

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  35. It's really a tough choice between the Blue Copper Marans and the Olive Eggers, they both are pretty birds that lay beautiful eggs! I do have 2 Black Copper Marans, a Blue Copper Marans, & a Splash Copper Marans that I hatched from Chicken Scratch Poultry this summer and I am very pleased with them.

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  36. It has to be either the Blue Copper Marans or the Olive Eggers! I will definitely be getting a couple of each of these this spring. It will be exciting when those eggs start coming in at the end of the summer next year. : D
    Julie Liberti, angelflyerjdl@yahoo.com

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  37. I would have to say Olive Egger for the awesome eggs! I love them all, I want two of each!! :) For the bird themselves, I would pick French Blue Copper Marans. Very beautiful birds!

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  38. I follow the Fresh Eggs Daily Blog...please enter me in your wonderful giveaway!

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  39. I follow Chick Chit Chat Blog, please enter me in the egg giveaway.

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  40. I like Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook. Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks

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  41. I like chicken Scratch Poultry on facebook..please enter me in your giveaway and thanks..

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  42. I love the fact that Chicken Scratch Poultry have a breed I have been wanting to own...My favorite would have to be the Rumpless Tufted Araucana...Thanks for the giveaway! I love chickens...give them all names they are pets to me....

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  43. I love the Olive Egger!!

    Paula L
    mamasita4dex@comcast.net

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  44. I have dealt with Chicken Scratch Poultry....excellent business !!!

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  45. I Love Olive Eggers, Marans, Buff Orphs are so sweet tempered, welsummers lay such beautiful eggs I like them all.

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  46. welsummers are the breed I daydream about!

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  47. I love the Sussex! though I'm also partial to the lavendar orpingtons and welsummers.

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  48. I love Welsummers but I really hope I'll get some Easter or Olive Eggers someday!

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  49. I love the Marans but I haven't seen a chicken yet I couldn't love.

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  50. Wow. Its hard to pick a breed as they are all so gorgeous and have desired qualities. I think my favorites would be the welsummer for their gorgeous looks combined with beautiful egg color, and the French Black Copper Marans for the same reasons. I don't have any layers giving those colors of eggs so they would be a great addition to my flock.

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  51. My favorite bird is the Blue Lace Red Wyandotte but my favorite egg is the Blue Layer.

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  52. I'm a Buckeye girl myself... but I would love to have some Olive Eggers or Ameraucana!

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  53. Suzanne Askew RingerSeptember 6, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    I love the lavender orps...

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  54. My dream is to have a Marans one day, so I will say that one is my favorite (but love them all!)

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  55. I love the Blue and Black Copper Marans and will be waiting for the Chocolate Orpingtons to become available.

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  56. I love the lavender orpingtons and have been daydreaming about getting some. I also love the Wyandottes.

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  57. I REALLY want an Oliver Egger!

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  58. Would love some of Chicken Scratch Poultry's Ameraucanas! Would wonderfully complete my flock of living lawn ornaments!

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  59. I love Welsummers! The eggs are beautiful!!

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  61. I have a welsummer that I love. So pretty! Fingers crossed on this contest!

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  62. I love the eggs my Ameraucanas lay, but my favorite chicken is a beautiful yellow girl who also lays blue/green eggs. Not sure what her breed is, but she is friendly and a great layer.

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  63. I love the light sussex chickens! I think they look great and would love to add some to my flock one of these years! I so hope I win this one!

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  64. I love my Jersey Giants! I have splash, blue and black. I love your page and all the great information you provide daily!

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  65. I am currently choosing the breeds I want and I just really would love those gorgeous chocolate-colored eggs so beautifully provided by the Blue or Black Copper Marans.

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  66. We love our Jersey Giant. She always has something to say..

    Kujosmom914@yahoo.com

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  67. I love the olive eggers. but also think the welsummers are great thats what I'm raising right now. love the dark brown eggs with speckles.

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  68. I have 20 chickens and I love them all. They are so different from each other. My newest is a Black Copper Maran. She's beautiful.

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  69. I love them all - I would love to have an olive egger. My favorite of yours would be Ameraucanas or Marans

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  70. We are very luck in this area to have such a great farm and hatchery. Angie has a great set up and if youve ever meet her is one of the friendliest people you could deal with.My personal favorite of her breeds is Light Sussex they are beautiful birds and lay gorgeous eggs.

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  71. My favorite are the blue laced red wyandottes. When I have more space I will definitely get some of those!

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  72. I love the French Black Copper Marans!

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  73. I am in love with the Jubilee Orpingtons.

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  74. Variety is the spice of life. I love them all. Lavender Orpington would make a wonderful addition to my flock.

    Myrna
    mjponylady@yahoo.com

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  75. The light sussex pink egg layer are my favorite!
    Ann

    sammiep1013@aol.com

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  76. Ameraucana "Blue egg layer" are my favorite.

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  77. THANK YOU for showing me Chicken Scratch Poultry's page; they have some gorgeous birds! I'd love to get some of the Lavender Orpingtons and I have to have the French Black Copper Marans - they're stunning and the egg color is unreal!

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  78. I am all about the eggs, so Welsummers are on my list and I have to get some Marans, and Olive eggers to round out what I already have!!!!

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  79. What a great giveaway, thanks :)
    I absolutely love the Marans, no matter what color. I also like Welsummers and Wyandottes. Don't have any of these yet, though I do have an assortment of Light Brahmas, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Auracanas, Buff Orpingtons, Blue Andalusians, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and Red Stars, just 2 and 3 of each.

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  80. This is the first blog I ever subscribed too and I love love love it!!!! I must confess I even stalk you on facebook :)

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  81. I just love French Black Copper Marans. They are gorgeous and those dark eggs are to die for.

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  82. I have Black Copper Marans, and I love their personalities and eggs. Therefore I'm curious about the French Blue Copper Marans. I also am curious about the Lavender Orpingtons. They are such pretty birds.

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  83. I love the Ameraucanas. They are so beautiful and fluffy and have gorgeous blue eggs!

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  84. Just an FYI to those looking into getting an incubator, the Brinsea Mini Eco on Brinsea's website is on sale for $69.99 before the $7 is taken off with coupon code FRESH. This is a much better deal than if you search for it on ebay where it is selling for at least $95.

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  85. Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
    They are so pretty

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  86. I love the Olive Eggers. Admittedly, the Chocolate Orpingtons have caught my eye!

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  88. I love my ameraucanas! Would love to have marans and olive eggers also.

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  89. So pretty! I love the rumpless Auracanas and the olive eggers.

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  90. Well, I want some of each but I think I first would get some Marans. I see a lot of expanding in my flock and coops next spring! Love every chicken!

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  91. I would love to add black marans and olive eggers to my brood of girls

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  92. My favorites are French Black Copper Marans or the Olive Eggers! Gorgeous eggs!

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  94. I love all the Marans but I think my favorite ones are the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. Awesome birds!

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  95. The Coronation and the Light Sussex lay a pink egg! My girls would love that!! And then to round it out for my boys, to have the Ameraucana Blue egg layers!
    I have not heard of the Olive Egger before. Those eggs truly look like large green olives! Beautiful chickens! Beautiful eggs! Hard to pick a favorite. I guess if I had to pick just one, I would have to pick the Lavender Orpington. I love Orpington's because they are such a friendly and lovable breed! Great contest!

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  96. My fav breed they raise is the Lavender Orpington. They're absolutely adorable chicks!

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  97. My breed favoriteS are Lavender Orps, Ameraucanas, Blue & Black Copper Marans.

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  98. I think the breed I love the most that they raise is the Lavender Orpington.

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  99. Our favorite breed would be cochins, barred rocks, & rhode island reds.

    Heidi :)

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  100. While I love all the breeds that Chicken Scratch Poultry has, I have to say that my new favorite breed is the French Blue Copper Marans. I would love to win these hatching eggs so that I can hatch my own... how cool would that be?? The FBCM's, Olive Eggers and Lavender Orpington, as well as their other breeds would be icing on the cake! :) Oh, how I would love a rainbow assortment of eggs! :)
    aussiedogs4 @ aol.com (remove spaces)

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  101. How do you pick just one?!? I'm hoping to add Olive-Eggers to my flock. There's something so gorgeous about those big olive colored eggs!

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  102. Jennifer Anderson CodySeptember 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Lavender Orpingtons are just beautiful and my favorite!

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  104. Blue Copper Marans, olive egger OR BLRW....any or all would be welcomed additions here, though truthfully I haven't met a chicken I didn't like. Thank you for the chance to add to our daily eggs :)
    Kassandra Hinds

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  105. I am partial to Wyandottes as I have some myself. It is like an extenstion of the family. But really I have a mixed flock an love them all. The are all different with their own antics. It is quite fun. I never knew I would enjo chicken farming as much as I do. Thanks for being a resource.

    Jason Mullins

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  106. I like the Ameraucana "Blue egg layer" and the French BLack Copper Marans, French Blue copper Marans, LIght Sussex, Chocolate and Lavender Orpington.

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  107. I like the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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  108. For the eggs, I like the Welsummer and the Olive eggers, For the grown birds, I think the prettiest are the Blue Laced Wyandottes. In my own flock,next spring (We ar trying to enlarge our coop), I hope to add in Blue Copper Marans, B L Wyandottes and Lavendar Orpington.
    Nini2033a@yahoo.com

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  109. Where do I start?! Love the wellsummer roos most! I love lavender orps, blue laced wyondotte, americaunas (green and blue eggs, how can you not?!), and the Hubby loves the blue lace silver wyondotte. Crossing my fingers for this!!!

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  110. We are planning on purchasing some marans to add to our flock this fall. Does anyone have a suggestion or experience with copper marans compared to cuckoo marans? Or, is there another variety that would better suit a small family homestead? Thanks!

    Sonja from http://lallybrochfarms.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have both. They are all basically the same except the Black and Blue Coppers lay much darker eggs. The hens are about the same size tho for all three varieties.

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  111. I like them all! I guess, if forced to choose one I don't have and would love to obtain it would be an olive egger. I don't have one, and didn't know (until now) where to go to get them :)

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  112. That question is soooo not fair :( I seriously LOVE them ALL..... About the same :) "BUT" if I have to choose (and really this is only for the egg color) I would pick French Black Copper Marans. But I dont necessarily feel that those are the prettiest birds.... I would be THRILLED to have ANY of them :)

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  113. I like Welsumners and I have a Giant incubator ready to go!

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  114. I like them all but I'd love the see the eggs of the French Black Copper Marans in person.

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  115. Blue Copper Marans. Love the dark dark brown eggs.

    NicholasSummersellgmail.com

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  116. Light Sussex! and the blue egg layers are my favorites!

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  117. My favorite breed that I've raised so far are Partridge Rocks. I would like to try Welsumners next.

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  118. Debbie D.
    I would like to tray the Olive Egger. I don't have that breed.

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  119. The French Blue Copper Marans are beautiful♥

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  120. Black copper Marans r my fave!!!

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  121. Buff Laced Polish!...and gold cuckoo marans

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  122. I am looking for a place to buy light sussex chicks ! anyone know where I can purchase a couple at ?

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  123. I love my Black Sex-Links!
    Looking forward to some Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, Golden Buffs and Rhode Island Rocks to be added to our flock this spring.

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  124. I love the Olive Egger
    Dark Green Egg Layer
    Tim Kerley
    tkerley15@att.net

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  125. So many beautiful breeds and I love them all. But, if I must choose, I like the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, Lavender Orpingtons
    and the Olive Eggers.

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  126. I love them all but the French Black Copper Marans are tops on my list!

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  127. Love the Americaunas!

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  128. Marans and Olive Eggers please!!!!

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  129. I have 9 teenage chickens from Chicken Scratch! I think my Ameraucana and Wyandotte are my favorites! Would love to add to the flock!

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  130. We love them all! But if I had to choose..it would be our Buff Orpington that adores our 5 year old daughter! The two are best buddies.
    bshively@dejazzd.com

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  131. I love them all but I think the Olive Eggers are my favorite.

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  132. I love a colorful egg basket. I would love to add some French Black Copper Marans, Olive Eggers, and a few more blue/green egg layers.

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  133. I'm all about a beautiful egg basket. Marans and Olive Eggers would finish off my basket of colors!

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  134. I really love the looks of the Lavender Orpingtons.

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  135. I love variety & beautiful friendly birds... Wellies, Americanas, Marans... decisions, decisions... I cannot choose just one!!!

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  136. I love The copper marans. beautiful dark eggs.

    earleneleytham@ gmail.com

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  137. Absolutely the Americanas, blue egg layers!

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  138. I like the olive eager best. They are al really cool.

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  139. Oh man, this is a hard decision, but the Black copper maran and olive egger eggs are amazing.

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  140. My favs are the ameracaunas!

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  141. My favs are the ameracaunas!

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  142. I love the copper marans and Welsummers!

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  143. Congrads Janna H. As I did not win I guess I will have to order some!

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  144. I love, love the light sussex. They are so gentle and are great egg layers!!!

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