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Alabama Competes in National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational
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Henry County’s Tessa Dimick wins 4-H Southern Regional Horse Show Championship in Dressage
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we would like to get information on your horse club please.  Thank you
  
4-H Family Remembers Dalta Garrett
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Nice Post, in a such a small age, doing a good job. Impressive work!! Keep Going

  
2013 Chick Chain
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Hello My name is Sierra, I am 12 years old, and in the Blount County, Ala Chick Chain 2013 program. I am very excited about animals and farming, I have stated a "Blog" page on Face Book about my Chicks and the my progress in the Chick Chain 2013! Please come and visit Facebook site and see all my pictures!

https://www.facebook.com/Sierras2013BlountCoAlChickChain2013?ref=hl

Thanks,
 Sierra
  
State Champs Ready for National Archery Championship
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You know our folks can shoot some bows! Good luck kids!

http://www.alabamafishingforum.org
  
Alabama 4-H Dives into Clean Water
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You guys are doing great stuff! These programs are absolutely necessary! Thanks.
  
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A new chick chain year is coming up very soon. I have already signed up has anyone else?
  
4-H Enrollment Has Begun; Youth Find Programs Diverse; Fun
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My son is 8 years old, we live in Warrior, AL and he would like to becomea4- H'er.

Can you please send me some information?
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4-H Records Significant Increase in Membership Statewide
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Good to see this. Maybe all the efforts to promote 4-H membership actually paid off from billboards to the enewsletter, to feature articles and all the good articles by Janet McCoy. It takes time for such efforts to soak in on folks. All the best.
  
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One of my chickens laid an egg for the first time yesterday, so maybe the other ones will start soon too.
  
4-H Enrollment Has Begun; Youth Find Programs Diverse; Fun
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I need more information for my join to join and participate in 4H please.
  
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 I have lost two bardrocks and one black australorp. I have also been feeding our quail and bannies everyday even if they dont need it. I think it is good to check on them anyway. Alright thats it i'll see you all at the fair.
  
4-H Family Remembers Dalta Garrett
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It's too sad to hear about that news, she was too young.
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Well here we are right before the show and auction and last night when I was feeding and watering my chickens. I checked my laying boxes and I had 2 eggs. I was so excited I posted pictures on my facebook page of me and the eggs. I hope everyone is enjoying this project as much as I am and I wish everyone lots of luck at the show and auction.
  
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No signs of illness or mortality in my chickens.....but one was a Guy :)
  
Five Gardening with Children Educational Workshops Set Across Alabama
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Is it to late to enroll my grandson in first grade 4-H @ McDavid Jones elementary school in Citronelle Al. ?

What is the proceedure to do so ?
  
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We moved the chickens into a bigger pen that on the ground. They are huge. We have 37 pets/animals. 8 puppies, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 5 kittens, and of course the chickens! We have a whole barn yard we are only missing the cows. But school has started  so i wont post as often.Bye!
  
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Things are going great and my chickens are growing so fast. I got a rooster in my batch he is a Silver Lace Wyndotte and I have named him "Rockadoodle" I call him Rocky for short. I can't wait to see how everyone has done with their projects at the auction at the end of September. Good Luck.
  
Alabama Team Places 2nd at National 4-H Forestry Invitational
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Way to go Alabama! We love your videos. The competition was exciting and we enjoyed getting to know Alabama!
  
Alabama Team Places 2nd at National 4-H Forestry Invitational
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Congrats to the Alabama team and to all the other teams that competed!  I was proud to be a member of the 1995 National Champion team from Alabama along with Jerry Hinnen, Rod Hanby and Rhett Hanks!  4H was so good to me when I was growing up and I hope that one day my daughter is fortunate enough to experience some of the wonderful things that I did!
  
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I really enjoy the  chick chain and I hope every one does 2.
  
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I relly enjod chick chain and I hope every one dose 2.
  
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It took me a while to find anything about the chick chain on this site. I got a little scared. I had to search the history to find this. anything new going on???  how is everyone?
  
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I hope everyone is enjoying the Chick Chain Project!  We are going to start visiting some of you in the next couple of weeks.  We can't wait to see how much your chicks have grown.  Remember if you ever have questions, feel free to give us a call.
  
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I can't wait for all this mucky and rainy weather to be done with.
  
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My chicks got really big so I have moved them into a little chicken house and its not so little. Its outside but my dad leaves a radio on outside to  scare away predators.
  
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Everyone-if you are having any trouble finding the example fo the achievement portfolio that was provided for you or ifyour disc is not working propoerly, please do not hesitate to contact your local County Extension Office to get waht you need.  Also, please feel free to ask questions....we are here to help.  We are in the process fo scheduling home visits now as we speak.. that would be a great time to ask those burnign questions that you might have!
  
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Same here.. I will also be looking into the disk that they brought in now. I had looked at all the paper and there was not a sheet in which to write things down on. I am looking through the folder again now that they came home with from the meeting and the only information in it is describing the types of chickens, isolation, traffic control,sanitation,warning signs, terminology, brooding, a 4-H sign up sheet. parts of a chicken. Whomever packed the folders may have missed packed a few. I sure hope I can pull a copy off the disc. I sure hope the disc will work on my computer. if not I believe my son may not get a far shot at the competition.
  
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Hey Amy, I sent you some more pics did you get them? We sent them through an email to your @auburn.edu email address. K i was just wondering. My chicks are still doing great!!
  
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My chickens have really been growing very fast. They have been moved into their new house and chicken run that we are calling the "Bock-Mahal". They really love it and I am really enjoying seeing them grow and change daily.
  
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It has been so hot so I have been taking ice water to my chickens to keep them cool.
  
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I havegotten the disc but I didn't get an achievement portfolio application.
  
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I have gotten the disc but I didn't gotten a achievement portfolio application.
  
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We didn't get a disc or an achievement portfolio appication.
  
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Some of the chicks got out through the holes in the bruder. I found out when i checked on them one was standing under the bruder  I caught it and put it back in the bruder .I fixed it with some cardboard
  
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No problem Shannon!  We cant wait to see them in person!
  
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All the chicks are doing well. They are growing fast. My mom talks to them like they are babies. Another one got out of the cage. We have no idea how though.
  
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Mr. Miller,
Not that I have noticed.
  
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Thanks for posting my pics!! My chicks are getting so big and doing really well.
  
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Gage,
Is that one chick still pecking itself?
  
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Mr. Miller, it is just 1 chick. We checked them for mites and bugs but didn't see any but we went ahead and treated the are and the chickens just in case.
  
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Gage,
I can't think of a reason for this to happen at this stage of the production. Is it isolated to the one chick or is others doing it as well? Have you noticed any small bugs or mites on the chicks?
  
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Luke,
We have had really good luck with these chicks in the past. This year the losses have been a little higher and mostly from the barred rocks. The hatchery we use is in Texas. The chicks may have been under more stress during hatching and shipping than in the past. Most of the losses have been from the Barred Rocks. The past years the losses seldom were over one or two per project. This year we have had losses of 4 to 6 per project. We are very sorry for this. It is probably nothing that the 4-Her's are doing wrong.
Those stress loses should have only occurred during the first two weeks of the project. If you are having losses at this time of production you need to make sure that you are not overheating the chicks with supplemental heat. Also you need to make sure that the chicks are well ventilated. You should make sure that the air is stirring in the brood area by placing a fan over the area.
If losses continue please contact one of the Extension Agents to discuss and/or examine the birds.
  
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All of them are still doing good eating and drinking
  
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One of my chicks is pick its own tail feathers out. What would cause this.
  
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I have lost one.  When I got them home I got them to eat out of my hand.  They are all healthy and looking good.  The one that died was a buff
  
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My dad would like to know what is the percentage of loss out of 24 chicks  before there checking for problem?
  
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This is my 1ST year to participate in the Chick Chain and sadly to say I lost my 3rd chick today.  I think the others are ok because they are running everywhere.
  
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My chicks are doing great. I have really enjoyed this project.  I will send some pictures, including ones from the first day until the ones taken yesterday.
  
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As of today all of my chicks are living and doing well.  I am having fun with my project!
  
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Hannah,  I am sorry to hear that you have lost 2 of  your chicks.  Sadly that is part of raising animals.  The chicks were hatched in Texas and had a long trip in mail trucks.  That was a lot of stress on them so I am sure that is part of what may have happened.  I hope that the rest of your chicks have settled down by now and are doing good.  Keep us informed.
  
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We hear reports that chicks are starting to grow and looking great!
  
Military Kids Enjoy Camping and Ball to Celebrate Month of Military Child
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My boys are military kids, and I was wondering is there any events for kids ages 5 and 7. Their dad is station right now in Fort Rucker, Alabama. But also I wanted to know where I can buy the sling bookbags that has operation military kids, they got one two years ago when their dad was station in Fort. Bliss, but I am willing to pay whatever price for it. They love those bags!
  
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Only 22 chicks left.  They were both Barred Rocks. The last one died while I was asleep they were both small. Today didn't hold much hope but maybe tomorrow will be better.
  
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Hope is dead. I want to cry but i have to be streong for Hope. Only 23 chicks left. Today i feel rushed and tired and sad. Don't know what tomorrow holds(hopefully no dead chicks). I did get Hope's beak open. I grinded up a small piece of chick feed and put some in Hope's mouth then put some water in a medicine dropper thing and squirted one small drop in Hope's beak. Gonna go to bed and get rest for tomorrow. I will post later. Bye! :(
  
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23 chicks left. Maybe. 1 chick was pushed againset the side of the feed bowl. It is still breathing but has it eyes closed, still moves some. I named it hope because thats al it has left. My dad said that it probably won't live. My brother was upset to see it was the first to go. My brother said come pray with me Hannah. My dad said it won't eat or drink. I'm scared it can't open its beak and is just giving up. I gently tried to open its beak to some water in it but it wouldn't budge. I'm already etionally attached to them. We also found a run away. We have no idea how it got out but i went into the garage and heard a loud chirping. I found it in  the corner with a few cobwebs on it's head. Well i got to go will post more tomorrow
  
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Our chicks are trying to fly the coop as well. We put a lid on our brooder when we built it and looking back that was a very smart idea. My chicks almost have all of their new feathers in and are in the "ugly stage" but I still think they are cute. We are now getting their coop/chicken run built this weekend and I hope to have them in the coop within the next 2 weeks. I have posted pictures and short videos on the Etowah County 4-H Facebook page if anyone wants to see them.
  
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Got the chicks home. All settled. I stayed with them awhile. I named 2 of them. Chubs Man and Chubby. I didn't know they were all girls till after I named them. So Chubs Man has became Chubs Woman.
  
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The chicks are active, cherping and busy in their boxes. The participants that have picked up so far are really excited!
  
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THE CHICKS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!
  
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I sent my pictures to Mr. Miller Monday and he had told me that he would post them for me.
  
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I received confirmation from the hatchery late yesterday that the chicks have been shipped and are currently in route!  We hope that everyone is ready.  Check with us Thursday Morning to see if they have arrived.
  
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I am happy to see my picture here. My chicks are 2 weeks in this picture. I have new pictures posted at my facebook page for week 3. and Dad found a good feed at the tractor supply store for the chicks that have more than enough percent in it. you should go there. thanks. and thank you.
  
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Thank you Mr. Miller, I didn't know that my mom already got it from you. She is sending pictures now.
  
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I hope everyone has recieved their full order.
  
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Gage,
We are working on that right now. We hope to have a solution soon. I would very much like to see your pictures. For now you can email them to me. My email is dsm0001@auburn.edu
I will try to get them posted for you.
  
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Wish there was a way that we could post some pictures.
  
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Thanks for posting this information
  
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The Chicks for Clarke and Washington County are scheduled for delivery on Thursday June 14th or June 15th.  Check our county website, Here at the Chick Chain Blog or call the Clarke County Office at 251-275-3121 to find out if they have arrived on Thursday morning.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone when the chicks arrive.  Don’t forget to bring a container to haul your chicks home in and to have feed and water ready when you get them home.
  
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I post pictures of my progress with my chicks on my facebook page. I still havve all of my chicks and they seem to be doing great.
  
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everything is still going good. today all of my baby chicks had flown out of the baby coral we had made. It was made in a corner of the bigger chicken pen for them. they are so cute. they love to sit on me and are so easy to put up. I also have a page on facebook you can go look at.

 https://www.facebook.com/AndrewsChickChain2012BlountCountyAlabama4HProject 
  
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The chicks I got last. The replacement ones are still the same size. Is anyone elses slow growing? And 3 of the older ones, the biggest ones too, have necks that look bad. Feathers are missing and stuff is sticking out like part of the inside where the feathers grow. Is anyone elses doing this or do i need to do something defferent? If I could put pictures on here I would so everyone can see what I am talking about.
  
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Amy Latta -
I too (like Danny) would like to see the facebook page and "like" it. Communication between the parents & 4-Hers is a GOOD thing. :) We also are trying to do something similiar on our family facebook page: the country jungle. Please, share your page name Amy. THANKS!!!
  
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Latta’s (Andrew and Amy)
I am glad to see your comments and glad to read that they are now doing well. I would like to see that Facebook Page.  I am very pleased that you are finding it enjoyable.
  
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Kyle,
I am sorry that it has taken so long to answer this comment. We are working through a few problems with the blog page.

Unfortunately some of the chicks were under stress from shipping. Blindness is rare but not completely unheard of. Regardless of whether it was blind or not the lack of movement and loss of appetite is a definite sign that something was wrong. There was probably nothing that you could have done to prevent that loss.

High ammonia levels can and sometimes do cause blindness. It is always a good idea to keep the chicks in a well-ventilated place on clean bedding. You should change out the bedding regularly to avoid ammonia buildup. Although ammonia buildup cannot always be detected with the nose, in this project I have found smell to be pretty accurate. If you smell ammonia then you need to change the bedding.
  
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I have hand sanitizer right where I keep my chickens and I use it before and after I take care of them each day then when I go in the house I was my hands with soap and water to make sure that my chicks don't get sick and neither do I. If we are all careful it won't be a problem.
  
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We had one of ours do the same. It layed around as well. I do not believe it was blind because it did move its head around to noise. I believe it was just not a going to make it regardless. we give our chicks 6 drops of vetRX in 2liters of water for their drink and have not had anymore  pass. they are all doing wonderful. I will not guarantee in the same success but am passing along what we are doing here. best of luck with your chicks Kyle Langley... We have started a Facebook page too to help people get a better Birds eye view of what fun we are having with our chicks.. they are a blast.. so tame too... (this is the Mom writing too not Andrew He is just 10and at ball practice..)
  
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Me and my family enjoy raising my chickens. I had one pass and we wash our hands before we go in every time. We have other chickens and we do not wear the same shoes in the pens either. My baby chicks enjoy playing football with me. they chase the pine shaving in my hand and grab it and then chase each other after it. they are now jumping up on the fence dividing them from the rest of the pen and perching on my shoulder. I love my baby chicks.
  
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Very good point Jesse. Thanks for your comment.
  
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I am raising my chicks at my grandmothers farm and she breeds very rare chickens so she won't let any of us near her chickens and peacocks until we wash up really good and use hand sanitizer too.  I know that chickens could make us sick but we can make them sick too if we bring germs to them on our hands.  We have a rule that we do the same amount of clean up BEFORE we handle the birds as we do AFTER we handle the birds.  I just wanted to mention this because it seems like spending that little bit of extra time is better than being sorry for not doing it later.
  
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Ok so first week of the project is done and I lost one more  silver lace wyandotte on the third day I had them. We had to really watch the weather last weekend over the holiday because it got so hot. Last night we had to use an extra light because it got so cool even though it was time to decrease the temperature by 5 degrees. All of the others that I have are doing great and getting so big. They have begun to get feathers on their wings, sprouting tail feathers and starting to get combs on the tops of their heads. It is amazing how much they have all changed in just one weeks time. I am also posting pictures of my chicks on my facebook page to let my friends and family know how my project is goin.
  
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Already, one of my chickens died from starvation. All the others have survived and, we figured that the one that died was blind. This was because when it was alive we saw it had only spent its time laying down and not doing anything else.So, how can we tell if another chicken is blind or slow on development.
  
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Chicks are getting sooo big!
  
AU; 4-H Partner in National Anti-Bullying Summit
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It is so nice to see CTSO and University groups partnering together to combat the bullying issue in the US. As a <a href="http://www.ScottBackovich.com" title="">youth motivational speaker</a> , my job typically entails working with students to combat these issues where they start-- at homes, on school campuses, and in communities around the country.

While many groups can focus on "stopping" the problem, it takes true leadership to encourage others to lead through kindness.

I randomly stumbled upon this article when checking out some events online. Wishing you the best of luck with your conference this summer!
  
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This is my first year doing the chick chain too and I love my chicks. Sadly, I have lost a third chick, but the rest are doing very well. My dad says that it's an acceptable mortality rate (whatever that means) for the number of chicks we have.  I cannot believe how fast they are growing and they have feathers now on their wings. They are eating and drinking well and are ful of energy. We are having fun raising our little chicks! This is an awesome project! Good luck!
  
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I got 20 chickens from the office there all doing great I love taking care of these chickens there all so cute and there getting so big can't wait till they get older they'll be so cute they get water and food every day and I see a difference in growth every day there getting so big I'm so excited
  
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Love my baby chicks! They are growing so fast. Still have all of them. :) They are already getting their feathers and they eat alot!! I am really enjoying this project!!
  
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I am so glad to see all the good comments.
We have reordered the chicks that were short and are expecting them in the offices by thursday. If you did not get your whole order please call your extension office on Thursday morning.
Remember that these chicks need fresh water and feed in front of them all the time. Also it is important to follow the proper tempertature schedule. Over the next few days you will need to make sure that you are not providing too much heat during the day. The chicks should be in a shady area.
Please continue to use this blog to keep updated and share you experiences with others. We all learn together.
  
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Savannah Ray Ann Beasley: We are so proud of you undertaking the raising of these chicks. We know they will receive the best of loving care. Love, Grandma and PomPom
  
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My baby chicks are doing great! We have not lost any at this time! They are eating and drinking very good. I am really going to enjoy this project!
  
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This is my first year to participate in the chick chain project. I have lost 1 of my silver laced wyandottes so far but the other seem to be ok. I am really enjoying watching them but the rhode islad reds are a little bit on the bossy side. I hope that everyone enjoys this as much as I have so far. Good Luck!!!
  
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This is my first year doing the chick chain and so far I really like it. My chickens are doing good and seem very playful.
  
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When I got my chickens they were fine and playful.  They are all drinking and eating.  None of them are showing any sign of sickness.  There is a very bossy one that may be a rooster or it might just be bossy.  Good luck everyone.
  
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When i got the the 4H office they said we lost so many Americanas in shipping that we could only have 5. I was disappointed because I really like Americanas because the way they look and seeing the eggs from my hens I got last year make me happy with their color. I got Barred Rocks, Americanas and Buff Brahmas this year. One of my rocks died this morning.
  
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I was so excited to pick up my chicks yesterday. They are so cute! Unfortunately, two out of the three that I named, died last night! :0( I was sad to loose those two. One was a Barred and one was a Buff. However the rest are doing really good. They love their sugarwater and they are eating good, too. I don't tink I am going to name any more of my chicks. Good luck everyone!

Elizabeth C.
  
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The 4-H Chick Chain is awesome!