Purina FLIP Camera Giveaway

Purina FLIP Camera Giveaway

During the past two months, 1840 Farm has been proud to participate in the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge.  I was given the incredible opportunity to share my experience with the readers of the Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine Community Chickens forum.  In fact, I just published the final post regarding the challenge to the forum this morning:

The Challenge Remains

by Jennifer Burcke

I learned a lot during the See the Difference Challenge.  We happily solved our dilemma of how to supplement our chicken’s calcium intake without the use of oyster shell which might trigger my son’s shellfish allergy.  By feeding our heritage breed hens the Purina Layena Sunfresh feed, we enjoyed sixty days of egg collecting without finding even one broken shell.

While improving the strength of the eggs produced in our coop was reward enough, Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to help document our participation in the Challenge.  I was surprised by how easy the camera was to use and find myself using it on a regular basis here on our farm.  In fact, I have posted many videos of our hens and our baby goat kids on FaceBook and Twitter for readers to enjoy.

Here’s the best news for you, Dear Reader.  Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to give away to one lucky reader.  I will randomly select a reader on Monday, November 21, 2011.  The winner will be notified via Email and announced to all of my readers via FaceBook, Twitter, the Community Chickens forum, and on this blog.

If you would like to enter the drawing, simply comment on this post below.  Be sure to include your Email address so that I can contact you if you are chosen as the lucky winner.

Good luck to all who enter and thank you Purina for allowing us to participate in the 60 Day See the Difference Challenge!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your results! And yes, please include me in the Flip drawing…


    Matt Jarvis, Eugene, Oregon

  2. could use the camera. Thank you for writing the blog. Really enjoy reading about you and your family.

  3. We have thrity five laying hens, we average about 25 eggs a day. I wanted our birds to be fatter and better equiped to face our hard winters here in Kansas. Last winter was a trial that I don’t wish to repeat, but if we do I wanted to be prepared.
    So we are also trying the 60 day challenge. I will let you know how it is going, and a camera would help to document!

  4. I have 17 hens and 3 roos and they are all on Purina Sunfresh. I get from 3 to 7 eggs a day and they are all beautiful. In fact, I hate to put them into egg cartons because they’re too pretty to cover up! I’d love to be able to shoot video of my flock — since I so enjoy watching them, I’m sure others would enjoy it too.

  5. Wonderful blog–scrumptious recipes, amazing photos. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Love following it. My 3yr old grandaughter and I started our chicken venture together. She has helped from the very beginning of building the coop to raising our 10 babies to feeding, watering and collecting the eggs. She’s such a good egg.

  7. I just started my own blog today. It’s all about sewing, raising chickens and my awesome family. A flip camera would be a great asset for my blog, oneacrelife.com Thanks!

  8. I’d love to win the camera! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    karlatrx AT gmail DOT com

  9. Thanks for the blog and the chance at the camera. My flock is doing well on the Purina products!

    bbbivens at icehouse dot net

  10. I would love to enter! I have wanted a flip camera forever, and I seriously love your blog!

  11. What a great gift. We have 13 hens, unfortunately, they are molting and we aren’t getting any eggs right now but we have 5 ducks and they are supplying us with eggs daily. We have used Purina for years.

    The Lynns casnlynn@gmail.com

  12. wow, thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  13. Nice giveaway! Thanks for it!

    animasou @ comcast . net

  14. We don’t have any chickens anymore, but our neighbor and some friends do. I would love a Flip camera to ‘shoot’ them when they come into my yard! /Thank you.

  15. Thank you for sharing your experiences and educating the public about how you are living on 1840 farm. Your efforts to restore 1840 have breathed new life into a homestead that had fallen into disrepair. I commend you. I know how much work that can be, but it is very well worth the effort.

    As the number of farmland acres decrease throughout our country, families are realizing the importance of increasing the self-sufficiency of their own homes, and are seeking the guidance you are providing as they begin projects of their own. When you share what you’ve learned, everyone benefits.

    Admin at PattersonFarmPreservation dot com

  16. I’ve enjoyed following you on Community Chickens. We’re getting our first chicks in the spring – can’t wait!


    theharriedhomemaker AT gmail DOT com

  17. Thanks for your fun posts. Our chickens here in NorCal are molting too. It always seems strange they do it at this time of year when the weather turns cold. We are also practicing our patience with the layers – 5 eggs a day from 24 chix gets expensive!

    Thanks so much for the fun giveaway! We’d be thrilled to win and hope to put the flip to use on a family farm blog of our own.

    All the best,


  18. I enjoy reading about your animals.
    Thanks for the drawing.

  19. I have enjoyed reading your blog. About 3 years ago, we started our own chicken flock. We started out with the 14 hens and 1 rooster, and have only lost 2 hens. Our chickens produce more eggs on Purina than any other brand of feed I have tried. I only use Purina brand feed now.

  20. Just found your blog – really enjoy it! Thanks for taking the time. We got “into” chickens 3 years ago as a way of turning our compost bin – a great solution that has done wonders for our gardens as well as putting eggs on the table and giving my son a little pocket change. Please include me in the FLIP drawing.


  21. Reading your chicken experience for the past year reminded me so much of my first year with my chickens. It took all summer to renovate the coop…but was it ever worth it!! I just love my chickens. Thanks for the good read.
    in a warmer than usual Minnesota.

  22. I’m glad to know others feel the same about chickens! I’m on my second ‘batch’ now.. 5 orpington hens & 2 roos (THAT makes life interesting!) My first chickens were silver wyandottes and they changed my outlook on life completely. They’re my best friends AND they make me breakfast. =)
    Thank you so much for sharing, your blog always brings a smile to my face.

  23. Thanks for sharing your experiences. You’ve helped to solidify our long-held desire to keep chickens. Please include my name in the camera drawing!
    Matthew & Julie

  24. Even though I don’t have a farm (okay, even though I live in the city!) it was really neat seeing your results!

  25. We just moved to the country from the city and started with a bang with 25 hens and a surprise rooster, we were having some problems with the eggs being so brittle and started them on the 60 day challenge… WOW what an amazing transformtion no more broken eggs and Hens and Rooster seem to look and act so much better. Love your Blog and your new additon of baby’s looks like it time to add to our faimly as well should be getting our new addition of a Pair of Dwarf Nigerian Goats in Feburary…. Cant wait…. almost as good as chiristmas.

  26. I have 10 hens (now in their second year) and a small garden(for now). I hope to be able to keep chickens till I die.

  27. I was grateful for many reasons to find Community Chickens this summer. I had raised chickens years ago but we were trying it again and needed a whole new system and set up. I started reading your blog which was just starting about the time I discovered the site. We have used the articles, forum and your blog to build a coop and integrate our happy hens and roo into our home. Lots of great tips and insights were incorporated and we recently shared photos on the Facebook page with lots of fun feedback given! Please consider us for the Flip Camera; then we could take videos to accompany our favorite “chicken moment” photos. And best of luck wintering over with your brood!
    Karen and Lee at humhill@yahoo.com

  28. I’m more of a fur than feather person, but chickens are making a significant contribution to our small farm’s bottom line. While I could certainly use the camera to feature our farm critters, I really want it to capture pics of my grand children interacting with our farm animals. I think kids handling and caring for animals is worth more to building their connection with their real world than seeing the Lion King video a 100 times.

  29. I have 45 chickens and I love to take pictures of them to share. Would love to win the camera please include me in the drawing.
    Thanks Chris

  30. Great story, I also have chickens and what they eat is very important to the outcome of the egg production and taste. Thankyou and please enter me in the flip phone contest.

  31. Thank you for sharing your challenge experience with us!

  32. Just got done reading your post on Community Cluckers. It was our first year raising chickens as well, and our Silver Laced Wyandottes look remarkably similar to yours. We also have 7 hens (and one rooster who joined them late in the game) but ours won’t be a year old until February. It is helpful reading about your chicken adventures, finding out what we have in store for us down the road.

    Keep up the good work!

  33. As a first time chicken mom, I also participated in the Purina 60 Day Challenge, and I’m very pleased to say that we have never once had an egg with a weak shell, but we also have beautiful, healthy birds. We live in the high mountains, so winter comes very early for us, and with the high protein content of Purina’s feed (plus some occasional treats for our girls), our girls are still providing as many eggs a day as they were over the summer and haven’t even begun to show signs of molt. It’s great to read about so many others switching to Purina feed and seeing the same great results we have seen — I feel proud to say that Purina is the only food we’ll feed to our girls! Thanks for the great posts and the wonderful giveaway. Meg (and Spirit, Kauna, Roux, Cinnamon, Saffron, Marigold, and Sassybird) at megankpetersen@hotmail.com

  34. I love reading about your farm and chicken adventures! Please include me in the flip camera drawing. Thanks,
    Bonnie Martin

  35. I did the 60 day challanage this past spring and have kept my chickens on it,they are molting really bad right now so I put them on flock raiser because it has the extra protein that they need for there new feather growth.I would like to win a camara.

  36. Please include me in the fLIP drawinf.

  37. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with you readers. I am also a new chicken parent and have learned so much reading your posts. I look forward to hearing if the Purina feed helps during the molt. Keep on keeping on! Brian

  38. We have “Happy Hens” in our coop Thanks to Purnia Layena Sunfresh Recipe! Our young Silkie hens have been producing lots of healthy strong shelled eggs with rich vibrant golden yolks. We are very impressed with the quality and results are chickens achieved on the Purina 60-day Challenge. I would love to share our chicken experiences with others with the chance to be included in your flip camera giveaway. Thank you for giving us readers these fun opportunites and for publishing all these great interesting articles.

  39. Love your blog, and thanks for the chance at winning the camera! We have 4 hens that have not yet begun to lay, but we’re looking forward to having fresh eggs from our girls in the next couple of weeks or so. Your Clementine Marmalade (http://1840farm.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/clementine-marmalade/) speaks to me….I’ll be making that this week for sure.

  40. A year or more ago I started finding posts/blogs/forums on backyard chickens and found yours along the way. I live adjacent to my county’s livestock auction, a weekly affair, but my property is zoned that I cannot “do agricultural activities.” The chickens that escape from their old or new owners on auction day don’t seem to know that law, and have entertained me for more than a decade as they run wild in my yard, hide in my trees and dine in my gardens. I’ve taken tons of pictures over the years! A strange-looking peep arrived in July this year that sent me to investigate just what this thing might be—a White Silky! Learning they need protection in our Central PA winter climate, so my teenage grandson & I began building a small coop/tractor with wood that was left by former owners of my home, or from other repair projects. Neither of us had built anything before–but he had tools! We rolled it out of the garage workshop 11/5 to introduce the birds to it. They now number 8 hens, 1 roo and 1 unknown–but I think it will be a roo too! When we started building, there were only 5 birds!!! So far they are going inside to eat several times a day, but prefer to free range & roost in my tree. None has yet been greatful enough to bless me with an egg in the coop or elsewhere, but I’m hopeful. I put wood eggs in their nest boxes yesterday. At least 2 hens were young pullet chicks when they escaped and now appear full grown, so should soon begin laying. I’m considering Purina feeds for winter, but they currently prefer bugs & weeds. I’d love to have another camera & learn to start blogging my adventure. Gardening Grandma in PA

  41. I love reading your blog about you farm & chickens. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thank you
    Keep writing those articles.

  42. I thank you for sharing your successes and challenges, and the joys of the farm! It’s great to read this open, honest, and optimistic blog and daydream about my own future hobby farm. And thanks also for opening up this contest to your readers! Jennifer

  43. I love reading your blog. I myself have just started raising chickens and I love it. They are such characters. Please include me in the FLIP camera drawing. Tresea

  44. Your posts are awesomely inspiring!!!! With the wonderfull updates and pictures of your farm I find more reasons to feel the love for my own family of feathers and fur. I have ten rabbits, a Rhode Island Red, a buff Orpington, an Easter Egger, A black Frizzle, a pair of Lavender Guineas and a pair of Brown African Geese and their Daughter. They are all quite to adventurous group. I built one 4ft coop with an 8ft run and am building another today for the Frizzle and the Buff ( the others don’t like them much, so they need their own home). I will get more variety of chicks as I provide for the ones I have. So many times I wished I had a camera to document my efforts and the families antics to share with the chicken community. Myfriend and co-worker is an amature film maker and he uses a Flip. He raves and swears by them constantly. He shares his videos on Facebook and I would like to also. If we keep sharing what wonderments are animals give to us maybe we can inspire others to look at them in the same way we do. All to shed a good light on backyard chickens.
    Thank you, Jackie egg2100@hotmail.com

  45. Reading this has just reminded me that I need to go outside and cut the electricity to the house, so I can replace a blown, and broken in the process of blowing out light bulb. When I do that I will be able to see to find my old digital camera. The newest one has died, and I have pictures to take.
    We have new babies hatching today, and by tomorrow the little hen named Ruby will have them out of our sight.
    She is free range, an escape artist and smart. I watched her attack a fox last spring, to get one of her chicks away from it. She won that day, but in later days the fox did take out all the chicks. We captured the fox in a live trap, so that problem should not happen this time.

  46. Thanks for sharing your experiences!
    I would love to be entered in the drawing.

  47. Thank you for sharing your chicken experiance with us ! Us too, have become “farmers” over the past 8 months .. starting with the coop building experiance, the garden design, choosing baby chicks, and now totally enjoying all we have built around us… including 6 amazing hens who make us laugh daily and provide the best eggs I could ever ask for. I could totally use a FLIP video !!! Ohhhh come on farmer karma, give momma a new toy ! 🙂

  48. I swear by Purina feed for my hens. We tried a cheaper feed but the egg quality was not good and then the hens started eating the eggs and that is next to impossible to stop, once started. We have new hens now and will not even try an off-brand feed.

    1. theperrys25 at yahoo dot com

  49. I just found your site through an email sent to my via Mother Earth News. It is wonderful. I am a transplanted New Yorker living on a small farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I have tried my hand at raising chickens and goats. I am an artist and in addition to the benefits of eggs and weed eaters, these critters have provided endless inspiration for paintings.

  50. Ruby has hatched 7 new members of our little Rhode Island Red family, today. She has 4 eggs left, I haven’t checked them to see if they are good, but I will in the morning.

  51. Love your site! I have 5 new “girls” that are providing a steady supply of eggs and 10 older hens in various stages of molt. Their primary contribution to our seven acre wood is bug control. Although they all provide us with countless hours of entertainment it would be fun to film them when they don’t know we’re “watching”. Will keep my fingers crossed for the FLIP drawing.
    Sharon Wilson
    Colville, WA

  52. This is my first experience with chickens, though I’ve wanted them for years, I have 7 hens, started as chicks last spring ,handled them and talked to them, my Golden Retriever thinks they’re hers, and they feel safe to have her around. We have 7 eggs per day and the shells are strong and lovely. The chickens are gorgeous too. Purina has been their feed and I’m very happy with the results of Layena – I love the bags, which I’ll recycle into shopping bags. I call my chickens my “therapy” as they make me laugh and I share the eggs with family and friends..all good stuff. Give the camera to someone else, and thanks for sharing your news of the farm – it’s good American stuff.

  53. Loved reading your blog! Have just started the 60 day Challenge with my 8 Rhode Island Reds and am looking forward to awesome results! Thanks for your inspiration!

  54. Enjoyed reading your post and perusing your blog site. We are developing our farm in Downeast Maine (beyond Bar Harbor) from a hobby farm to a commercial operation. My wife also maintains a blog site about our farm much like you do with yours. I’m interested to know how the Purina Layena feed worked out for you – is it better than others? We’ve used Dumore, Aroostock Milling Company, Nutrena, and we have just started trying the Purina Layena. We have 6 Buff Orpington hens, 6 Plymouth Barred Rock hens, a Plymouth Barred Rock rooster, 4 Americauna Bantams, 4 White Pekin ducks, and 2 turkeys (the turkeys will soon be off to “freezer camp.”

    – Paul B.

  55. Thank you for al the hard work that goes into sharing all this wonderful information and the opportunity to win the Flip camera!…Thanks!

  56. We have been a chicken farming family for almost 2 years now, and have branched out into turkeys and quail. Would love to have the flip camera to document our journey and to share it with family members far away.

  57. Your journey inspired me. I am part of a group of ladies who are bringing Living with nature to improve health and happiness to a group of urban kids. We live along the Galveston Gulf Coast in an area still rebuilding after Hurricane IKE damage. We started with six garden beds. Your posts on the 60 Day challenge are a way to show our kids that our group can raise chickens too. From the ways to ensure that the egg shells are strong to having a respect for safety around the hens( your hospital trip), you open the door to curiosity in our kids. it will be a great adventure for us and the 30 kids that are learning that FOOD does not just come form a Supermarket. BLOG ON

  58. Like you, I never realized I would end up raising so many animals. Our “ranch” is now home to 6 Pygmy goats, 2 Nigerian Dwarves, 15 free-range chickens, 4 dogs, 2 cats, a horse, and I’ll be bringing home a pair of Turkeys this weekend! I get up every morning earlier that I would ever have imagined I could – and happy that I get to go out and feed and care for my animals before I leave for the office! Great job! Keep up the good work!

  59. Thanks for all the great info and for doing this giveaway!

  60. I have 44 hens and all are being fed Purnia, since I took the challenge. It’s a little more than the food that I had been buying, but it is well worth the difference. I will never switch food again!

  61. I raise 18 hens and I love watching them run around and look for food.
    Good blog. Thanks for the chance to win a camera.

  62. Please enter me in the camera give away…thank you!!!!

  63. I am now a fan of your blog. You are living the life I want and will have, I just have to adjust a few things, you know buy a farm and get it started. LOL we really are trying to do that.
    My son and his wife want to raise goats and chickens and at least pull some of their food from the ground when they retire from the Air Force. I’m learning a lot from your posts keep them up.

  64. Love reading your blog. Our family has 8 hens and a drake, mallard and peking duck. I have to say that it has been a blessing to watch our children interact with our small flock. They truly appreciate the fact that they see the results of part of our food. Our hens are all molting right now so of course the eggs have been less and less each day. With winter coming on I know the girls are getting excited about having their heat lamp to warm them and also maybe a bowl or two of some hot oatmeal to get their day going. Thank you for the chance to win the flip camera. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  65. My village just passed an ordinance allowing backyard chickens, cannot wait to get started, Hope to be able to video it as well!!!!

  66. Thanks for sharing your results! I might have to try that for our single Blue Andalusian hen that we have that needs to bulk up a bit for the winter!


  67. Chickens rule on my 10 acre farm! I have an assortment of 60 hens, five roosters, one turkey and five guinea hens. They mingle and range with the sheep and are all guarded by my big dog. Thanks for the fun blog! I would like to write my own blog, because life on the farm never has a dull moment.

  68. We started just this year (June 2011) in keeping backyard chickens. My husband and I enjoy watching the antics of our birds with our dogs and cat. I would like to be included in the give away because taking videos of the bird would be great. We get blue eggs from the birds almost every day. Thats fun too! We are thinking about adding a turkey or two next year for the freezer (unless we become too attached!). LOL! Thanks!

  69. Interesting and beautiful blog as ever. Thanks for doing this

  70. I would love to win the camera! Thanks

  71. Love reading your blog! Thanks and count me in for the giveaway.

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  72. I enjoy your posts, sharing your results and what’s going on around your farm!
    Layena Sunfresh is the Best! My girls love it too! Hope you have a good winter season, and thanks for offering the drawing! Good luck, Everyone! 🙂

  73. Love your Facebook page! Count me in for the drawing!

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