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!