Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway 2018!

Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway 2018!


Tis the season of festivities, copious amounts of food, and gifts given and received. To help with your gift giving (and perhaps receiving), we present our annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaway!

For the young chicken lovers there’s Let’s Hatch Chicks! by Fresh Eggs Daily superstar, Lisa Steele. Let’s Hatch Chicks! tells the story of Violet, a mama hen hatching, raising, and teaching her chicks. But it’s not just a tale of a mama and her babies, it teaches along the way. Interspersed are chicken vocabulary words such as “roost,” “dust bath,” and “pip,” that teach children about chicks, chickens, and eggs. Chances are good that you’ll learn something too!literary-chickens-beth-moon

For chickens lovers of any age, there’s the delightful Literary Chickens by Beth Moon. Three words: Photographs of chickens. Need we say more? Ok, we will. Paired with the photos are literary quotes, passages, and excerpts that round out this beauty of a book. You’ll buy it for someone else, but keep it for yourself.

messy-mildred-chicken-shampooTo keep your Silkies silky and your Polish hens polished, there’s Messy Mildred, a line of shampoos and Epsom salt bath bombs for your (feathered) babies. The scents include always-pleasing Lavender, Lemongrass, and Tea Tree. Imagine your chickens emanating those aromas! Added bonus: The shampoos contain no synthetic fragrances or colors. As Messy Mildred says, “Why would you bathe your omelettes in that garbage?”

green-goo-poultry-first-aid-kitGreen Goo creates fresh and dried organic herb-infused salves, lotions and more for people and animals. Their Poultry First Aid Kit is like a chemical-free medicine cabinet for your flock. The Animal First Aid salve is perfect for preventing combs from frostbite and helping heal wounds and prolapse vent. Green Goo is also a B Corp, which means they take their role in sustainability, employee welfare, and the greater good seriously.

Every year DooKashi ends up on our gift guide. Why? Because coops can be stinky and DooKashi puts a stop to that. Ingredients include wheat bran and blackstrap molasses, which we’re pretty sure our grandma’s muffins called for. This product saves your sniffer. It also speeds up the composting process for chicken manure. As DooKashi says, get no more complaints from the neighbors, only requests for eggs.Organic Coop Confetti

While you’re ensuring your coop is smelling better, our Organic Coop Confetti will be the icing on the cake. This blend of organic herbs and flowers creates an aromatherapeutic haven for your hens. The first breath of a freshly opened bag of Organic Coop Confetti releases the lovely aroma that will create a tranquil and restful space for chickens.

Now that your hens have received the spa treatment and are relaxed in their home, you’re going to need something to collect their eggs. Fluffy Layers creates absolutely adorable and practical egg collecting aprons. The half size holds 10 eggs and the full size holds 15 eggs, and the aprons are so stinkin’ cute that you may even find yourself frolicking and twirling when you wear them.


And now for the giveaways!

Holiday Giveaway #1: We’ll post our giveaway on Facebook on December 3rd, wanting to hear what your chickens’ favorite treat is. We’ll randomly select a winner on December 6th. Here’s what’s included in this giveaway: A Scratch and Peck Feeds tin sign, magnet, and trucker hat, Organic Coop Confetti, a Sprout-Ferment Starter Kit, DooKashi Poultry Brooder & Coop Deodorizer, Organic Lavender Chicken Shampoo from Messy Mildred, and a Poultry First Aid Kit from Green Goo.


Holiday Giveaway #2: Keep an eye out on Instagram the second week of December for the announcement of our second giveaway! Prizes with this giveaway are a Scratch and Peck tin sign, magnet, and trucker hat, a 10 lbs bag of Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed, Organic Coop Confetti, a Fluffy Layers chicken keychain, and DooKashi Poultry Brooder & Coop Deodorizer and EcoPet Natural Cleaner, and a copy of Literary Chickens by Beth Moon (not pictured). We’ll randomly pick a winner on December 13th.


Holiday Giveaway #3: Comment below this blog post with your best chicken keeping tip – let’s share ideas! Everyone who comments before December 19th will be entered to win A Scratch and Peck Feeds tin sign, magnet, and trucker hat, a Sprout-Ferment Starter Kit, Organic Coop Confetti, a Fluffy Layer chicken keychain, Let’s Hatch Chicks by Lisa Steele, EcoPet Natural Cleaner from DooKashi, and Tea Tree Shampoo and Salt Egg Bombs for Chickens from Messy Mildred. The winner’s name will be randomly drawn on Thursday, December 20.



  1. LisaB December 3, 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Haven’t had a girl get bumble foot yet. It’s been 7 years that I have had the oldest ones. I read somewhere to keep the run stone free…so, when I turn over the dirt in the run I pick out the stones. I don’t want them to jump down and land on one.

  2. Suzanne December 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    In addition to a good organic diet, pure essential oils safe for animals in their daily water. Even during the longest and worst rainy weather, our flock of chickens, guineas, ducks, and turkeys are respiratory-issue free and parasite free for almost 5 years now.

  3. Gwenne Baile December 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    When integrating a new hen or hens, put some lavender oil on the back of all the hens necks. Put the new ones in the coop after dark. They will all smell the same and the older hens usually accept them better.

  4. Audrey Morris December 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    To help in keeping coop fresh and clean make a poop board that slides under the roosting bars, sprinkle coop confetti and some shavings on the board and in the coop. Clean the poop board off at least weekly if not more often depending on the number of chickens. If using the deep litter method, weekly mix the pine shavings/litter well to ensure the wet droppings are mixed in with the dry material. Add more coop confetti as needed.

  5. Emily Blythe December 3, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I give my girls a lot of water dense produce during the hot days of summer. It mixed up their diet and provides extra hydration!

  6. Emily G December 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Always plan for chicken math. Start small the flock will always grow.

  7. Cecile Jordan December 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Apple cider vinegar in the chicken water. I started doing this years ago and I swear by it!

  8. Catherine W December 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Put done a layer of construction paper before shavings will make clean up so much easier, just row up the paper with the shavings, no more poop sticking to the floor.

  9. Stacy Benjamin December 3, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Making sure the flock has a dry area to dust bathe during the rainy season is very important to help keep them parasite free. We also do a thorough inspection of each chicken every couple of weeks throughout the winter in order to identify and treat any potential mite or lice problems early, before they have a chance to get too established.

  10. sandphumenansky December 4, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    We plant areas in our yard with rye grass and kale for winter free- ranging. They get greens all year long.

  11. J walker December 4, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I like to keep some sort of entertainment and in the fall, adding leaves is free. They love digging around in them and it keeps them busy for months.

  12. Courtney Retherford December 4, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Adding a roosting bar high in the coop stops the flyers from trying to roost in trees (we have spitzhaubens that LOVE to be as high as they can).

  13. Jen Moore December 5, 2018 at 4:21 am - Reply

    My girls and guys love being entertained! Logs in the run, an old rocking horse, a xylophone, multiple bars to swing and climb on, and treats to peck at keep them happy!

  14. Anne December 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I love doing fermented feed, especially in the summer, when it’s so hot and my chicks aren’t probably drinking enough. I feel like they’re getting extra vitamins, not to mention it results in less waste, Super easy! I also like sprouting the wheat berry seeds from Scratch & Peck in the winter.

  15. Teagen December 6, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

    For me the best tip is to give them treats smartly! Chickens can get chubby just like dogs and cats, which is why keeping their treats to only 5% of their daily diet is the best. Mine love grapes, mealworms, grubs (from Scratch and Peck of course), and apples (no apple seeds). These healthy treats keep them happy and healthy to live out long lives on my city lot.

  16. Heather December 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I have a wonderful crossbeak hen, and to make it easier for her to eat, I took a large dog food bowl, put a large flat rock in the bottom, and fill it with food. It makes it much easier for her to eat, and doesn’tip over when they jump on it!

  17. Brea December 7, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Our best tip is to handle them frequently and often, starting as chicks. That way if they are ill or you need to check anyone out, they are hopefully easier to handle. It also helps to give just a few treats or handful of feed and talk to them to keep their attention.

  18. Christina December 8, 2018 at 4:58 am - Reply

    A tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother), Bragg’s or similar, added to 1-3 gallons or the girls’ water supply. This keeps their digestive systems in tip top shape! Thank you for this giveaway (how darling are the prizes?)
    ~~ Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!! <3 ~~

  19. Teri December 10, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

    We are lucky to have a small herd of dairy goats so in the winter I’ll reserve some of the days milking and soak it in oatmeal for a nice hot meal during winter, or a cold breakfast in summer.

    Also warm whey from cheesemaking is also a wonderful energy boost during the cold winter days, which we also soak with oatmeal.

  20. Gloria Fernandez December 10, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Best tip would be let them out. Free range them. They love it. Try to avoid chemicals, we have so many natural solutions to try and love them they will love you right back. 😍

  21. Melinda December 11, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Make sure to check your flock regularly for lice or mites. Also, don’t buy new chickens that have them as they can give lice or mites to your flock. I have had chickens with mites and I didn’t know they had them until I learned that chickens can get them.

  22. tsukikakushi December 11, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Keep them entertained! Move things around in the run/yard; free range as often as possible; use toys as a healthy distraction. I love buying natural parrot type toys for my ducks & geese. I don’t have to worry about them destroying & ingesting weird things that way.

  23. Nicole Gunderman December 11, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

    For enrichment and nutrients (especially in winter) I give them a head of cabbage or curly endive. To avoid conflict I cut it in half and put a piece on each side of the run so everyone doesn’t have to cluster around one area. They really enjoy pecking and eating the greens!

  24. Ashley Austin December 11, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I feed cluckin’ good grubs to my girls this molt (in moderation from a chicken treat ball) and it was the easiest one yet, the extra protein from the grubs helped their feathers grow back in super fast!

  25. Stephanie Kern December 11, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

    In addition to keeping chickens, I also rehab pigeons and keep a few non-releasables…. I get my pigeon supplies from Siegel’s. Health research on pigeons is vast; and all birds will have the same symptoms for the same issues, so what is true for pigeons is also true for chickens. Prevention, cleanliness and ventilation is vital to bird health. I was impressed with the all-natural (oregano) water additive “Ecol Tonic” for its preventative and treatment for unspecified health issues in pigeons that I have incorporated it into my chicken regime. I’ve not found a better supplement, and I alternate Ecol Tonic 75% of time with ACV 25% of time. Nature has the best medicine!

  26. Anita Lomeli December 11, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Make sure to check your flock regularly for lice and mites. Also, don’t bring in any chickens that have them or they can bring lice or mites to your flock. In the past I made the mistake of bringing home new chickens that had mites so I had to treat my whole flock.

  27. Sheila Burkett December 11, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Adding ACV to water helps with prevention of many illnesses.

  28. JUDY SYX WELLS December 11, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Make sure they are not in the shade all the time and get some sun light.

  29. Anahata Iradah December 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I agree with all the comments above, and in addition to these practical things I find that singing to my chickens and telling them in the morning and evening how beautiful they are, how much they are loved and wanted, and how much they add to my life, really creates an atmosphere of mutual appreciation. Respect flows from my heart to theirs and I believe it makes them feel safe and contented. Usually the singing is spontaneous in-the-moment odes to what ever is happening in that moment, it doesn’t even need to make sense. It is the connection that counts. After all they “sing” and sound all day long, I am just adding my voice to the mix!

  30. Craig Millroy December 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Poop boards definitely make life easier, scrape weekly and change the whole coop maybe once a month. And make sure you size and fill your run/coop appropriately. Too many and it’s a smelly fight club, too few and it’s harder to keep warm winter.

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  32. Stephanie December 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    If you get snow in winter, start shoveling trails with first snowfall and it will be much easier to shovel after each storm. My girls and boys like to play follow the leader through the trails with me in front :). Keeps them entertained and exercised! I’m able to get down to grass by doing this so they can still forage too.

  33. Tiffany December 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Our Western WA it’s beyond wet, and I like to keep my girls as dry as possible! So I use sand inside their house ( not in the nest boxes!) covering the floor., I use a litter box scooper to scoop the poop everyday. The sand has a drying affect with their droppings and i just gently shake any sand out of the scoop. It’s worked well for me for years, AND it helps keep the smell down!

  34. amanda December 11, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Growing tree collards adds to lots of fresh vegetables for the chickens.
    The collards grow tall and last throughout the winter.
    it’s easy to make new starts from the original plants as they get pretty tall and have big leaves lots of food.

  35. Deborah Nelson December 11, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    We’re in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin so even if it warmed up above 40F, which is rare, the ground is frozen and snow covered so no dust bathing. I use a lg cat litter box and fill it half full of dirt we dug this fall and put that in the coop. We have 5 more 5-gallon buckets of dirt to freshen it up. They love it! My second tip is I have a wifi thermometer so from the house I can check the temperature out in the coop to make sure they are kept at a toasty 45 degrees all winter.

  36. Sheri Fogarty December 11, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I’ve put a splash of Apple cider vinegar in their water and also sprout barley as well as soak their scratch and peck feed. Healthy happy chickens.

  37. Kari Behune December 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Treats are a great way to build a relationship with your chickens and to get them eating out of your hand. So many of my skittish hens have come around by seeing the others getting hand fed treats.

  38. Katie Laning December 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    We applied solar panels to the store bought coop run. The birds keep it warm and they get some sunlight. Come spring we’ll pop em off:)

  39. Sarah Hair December 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    My advice as a new chicken keeper is to read, read, read. I’ve realized that I knew so little even though I tried to educate myself significantly before my flock arrived. I’ve dodged some serious issues because I’d read about something new and vital!!

  40. Daina December 11, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Have your chickens help in the garden! Feed them bugs, beetles and caterpillars that eat your produce. Then at the end of the season, let the chickens help scratch up the ground for the next year

  41. Brandy December 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I love spoiling my chickens on a cold winter morning with some hot, fresh oatmeal & berries.

  42. linda.misiura December 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I love teaching the chickens how to come when I whistle!

  43. Glory December 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    My hens free range whenever possible, even in the cold snowy winters of northeastern Illinois. They have sand in their coop and roost on plastic sleds with a 2×4 board and sand and PDZ in the sleds to catch the droppings. Clean up is easy. Their nesting box is a big plastic dog crate with straw. They have straw and hay in their run with their Scratch & Peck feed and get treats of extra fruits, vegetables, grubs and seeds.

  44. Holly Reynolds December 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    In the winter time, we enclose the bottom of our wooden deck with thick plastic sheeting. We place straw under the area as well. This encourages them to venture out of their coops during the winter time as it provides a great, wind-free area. We also have various things to climb on to keep it interesting for them!

  45. Cheryl Bunnell December 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Our hens loves Scratch and Peck feed!

    My best advice is to keep lots of vaseline around to smother those troublesome scale mites.

  46. Charles December 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I hang treats across our property at different heights to keep my birds active and engaged hunting around.

  47. Charles December 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I hang treats in their favorite tree at different heights to keep them entertained.

  48. Missy Hargrove December 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I would love to win this for my little girls. Good luck to everyone who enters!

  49. Tanesha Johnson December 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    To love them. Love them like any other pet. ❤️

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