6th Annual Hug a Chicken Day Celebration

November 4, 2016

Wow!  It is hard to believe that six years ago I started this event. It seems like yesterday that I was down in Manhattan with the folks from Country Living Magazine . They encouraged me to start a Facebook page for Tilly’s Nest and enter the realm of social media.  Soon after I started my account, I realized how many chicken lovers were out there. It wasn’t long until I decided to create an event celebrating how wonderful chickens can be on so many levels. There was already a world egg, day but what about those girls that laid them? Chicken hugs are the best. It seemed natural to encourage folks to take a day to honor and thank their flock by sharing a chicken hug with them.  Now in our 6th year, I hope to see over 1000 chicken hugs on the Hug a Chicken Day Facebook event page. You are all invited to join us from your very own backyard. Simply post a photo on the event page and enter all these amazing giveaways from the sponsors of this year’s event. With their generosity, you can enter to treat your flock and you too. It is through their generosity that we are able to make this event what it is!  So take a peek at all these amazing giveaways below and for goodness sakes, give your girls a hug from me!

Celebrate Chicken Hugs!

2016 Official Hug a Chicken Day Merchandise Design


From customizable colored tee shirts, totes, mugs, clutches, and artwork, treat yourself with this special promo. Follow this link for $5 off your order and free worldwide shipping until midnight PST on 11/6/16.

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens- signed copy


Enter to win a copy of my award winning book. I’ll even personalize it for you if you like. If you’d like to purchase a signed copy from me click on the button to the right or check it out on Amazon.

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3 Pounds of Chubby Mealworms


Enter to win a 3 pound tub of Chubby Mealworms from our friends at Chubby Mealworms.

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Tin Sign from Chicken Art


The amazingly talented artist Sarah Hudock of Chicken Art has donated this fun and Chickens Playing Poker sign. Her tin signs are beautiful, durable, weatherproof and  suitable for hanging outdoors on the chicken coop, your barn, or your house. Pretty enough to hang inside your home. Scratch resistant. Will not rust, warp, or fade. Corners are rounded and holes are already drilled for easy hanging. Made in the USA. Sign measures 18.25″ wide x 10.75″ tall.

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Incredible Egg Scale from EggCartons.com


Available from EggCartons.com, The Incredible Egg Scale is a top of the line, grade A, solid steel scale for small farm or home use. It’s vintage design will make an excellent addition to your home/kitchen decor. Weighs egg sizes: Peewee through X-Large eggs in both grams and ounces.

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Fluffy Layers- Cosmetic Bag


Tara Grier, the creative genius from Fluffy Layers has all you need to outfit your farmgirl lifestyle. From her Egg Aprons, Harvest Aprons, and Kid Aprons, to her new Home and Textile products, they add a touch of farm and garden gorgeous to your life, no matter your lifestyle because after all, there is a farm girl in all of us! Enter below to win this darling cosmetic bag.

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Chicken Swing and Love Bug Treats



Jenny from Fowl Play Products spent years designing and creating the perfect boredom buster for your backyard flock, The Chicken Swing! Enter to win a swing for your flock and some Love Bug Treats– the perfect snack for training your chickens.

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Nutrena Chicken Feed Coupons


For over 85 years, Nutrena has been helping people raise healthy poultry with our wholesome, nutritious feeds. Enter to win a bag of your choice of poultry feed from their entire poultry feed line.

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Nite Guard Solar Lights and Repellent Tape

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Practically since the I started keeping chicken, I have relied on these Solar Nite Guards to keep my flock safe. They last for years and work without you having to lift a finger. they are completely automatic, so you can set them up and forget about them. For more information visit Solar Nite Guard.  Enter to win 4 Solar Nite Guards for your coop and roll of Repellent Tape.

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Henny and Roo Hug a Chicken Day Box


This exclusive Henny & Roo November Bonus Box contains a handmade hen saddle/feather protector; a 12 oz. bag of Pumpkin Party! Chicken Treats made with Chubby Mealworms, hulled pumpkin seeds, and cracked corn; a 3 oz. bag of Henny & Roo Nesting Box Herbs, a 4 oz. soy candle, and a set of 6 hen gift tags.

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Difficult Chickens- signed copy from Sarah Rosedahl


Enter to win a copy of the most amazing chicken themed coloring book for adults. This book is fun and whimsical and great fun for all ages.

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Happy Hen Treats


Treat your flock to this 5 Pound Bag Mealworm Frenzy from our friends at Happy Hen Treats. They’re also running a fabulous Hug a Chicken Day special! Enjoy 20% off your order from Happy Hen Treats when you enter the promo code “HUG” 11/5-11/6

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Lay or Bust Care Kit


Check out this fun kit from our friends at My Pet Chicken. The Lay or Bust Kit includes: 20 assorted egg cartons (at least 4 different colors, our choice), Omega Ultra Egg supplement, 4.5 lbs, Egg cleaning wipes and a Stainless egg collection basket (exclusively theirs!)

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Purina Poultry T Shirts

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Share your love of your flock with those around you with one of these Purina Poultry’s exclusively designed t-shirts perfect for the backyard chicken keeper. Choose from “A Fresh Difference” or “Chicks Rule”.

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Treats for Chickens Hug a Chicken Day Box


Treats for Chickens created this exclusive box just for our special day. It includes one- 1lb 13oz bag of Certified Organic Pumpkin Seed Snacks, one- 5oz bag of Certified Organic Nesting Box Blend, one- 2lb bag of Certified Organic Cluck’n Sea Kelp, one- Run Replacer Certified Organic Seed Packet and one- Chick’n Greens Certified Organic Seed Packet.

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Fowl Play Chicken Dress and Diaper Set and Love Bug Treats


3love-bug-treats-300-dpi-4x7For those of you that love dressing up your chickens, check out this darling dress and diaper combination set. You’ll also receive these delicious Love Bug Treats perfect for training your chickens. A fun alternative to the traditional protective aprons.

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Chicken Fountain- Brooder Bottle Caps


Enter to win a set of Brooder Bottle Caps from the Chicken Fountain. The best way to keep your little ones’ water clean!

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1840 Farm Egg Collecting Basket


Enter to win a small fabric egg collecting basket. From a beautiful farmhouse in Vermont, Jen, from 1840 Farm handcrafts each and every basket. Each one is an original work of art and the perfect way for harvesting your eggs. This is Small Egg Basket #0956 which was handmade on July 9, 2016. This basket features a bright and cheerful color palette with fabrics in purple, pink, cream, and multiple shades of green accented by buttercream colored zigzag stitching. This basket was made using snippets from two previous projects, joining each length together as it was shaped and stitched. The result is a truly one of a kind basket with a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors. The finished size of this basket is approximately 4 inches high and has a top diameter of 9 inches. Our small egg basket is sized to safely transport six to eight large eggs fresh from your coop.

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Once Fired Jewelry


Enter to win this gorgeous necklace from Once Fired Jewelry that features a silver nickel-plated 357 magnum shell pendant with a peace sign bail and amethyest Swarovski stone. It hangs on a silver plated chain with a chicken charm.

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Rent the Chicken T Shirt

Considering keeping chickens but don’t want to commit? Rent them! Enter below to win a t-shirt from Rent The Chicken.

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118 thoughts on “6th Annual Hug a Chicken Day Celebration”

  1. So exciting! Thanks for another great year. This is one of my favorite holidays!
    I have a large flock and over 8 nest boxes…we could use some goodies!

  2. All my girls love chubby mealworms. They lay blue pink and blue eggs. My favorite Sarah headaches sign is the Christmas one where the chickens wear scarves. And I think the first chicken to get on the swing would be honey

  3. First chicken to use a Fowl Play swing will be A little barred rock named pepper. She’s already jumping into the little apple tree to feel the sway 🙂

  4. My girls love Chubby Mealworms! They would love to win a huge 3 pound pail!. One girl lays pinkish eggs, one lays brown speckled eggs (once or twice a year) and one girl has finished laying eggs but hers were light brown. My girl Yella would be first on the swing! She would probably never get off it to let Ginger try it!

  5. I’ve used a homemade brooder bottle cap. Worked not too badly, but I’d much rather have the real ones. My guess is they’d leak a bit less. But anything that keeps the water cleaner is a good thing.

  6. The Roosters playing Cards is one of my all time favorites from Sarah !! I have many pieces of her art ! However I dont have that sign !

  7. I am always looking for a great organic chicken feed at the right price that is near where I live. Some companies dont offer their food here and you have to pay High shipping prices !!

  8. Even if I dont win this egg basket I may just have to buy one !1 It is incredible and just what I am looking for !! But I hope I win !!

  9. What is not the best thing about keeping chickens ?? I love how relaxing they are . I love to sit in the run or outside in the sun with them and just watch their antics! I especially love when they want to sit on me and just hang out, It doesnt get any better than that

  10. Breeds I would like to rent?? Frizzled Bathams and breed. I met the the couple who own rent the chicken at Coop Camp in Virginia and they are real nice people !

  11. I couldn’t figure out the blog comments either, but am super excited to be a part of this #2016HugAChickenDay eggscellent event!

  12. yay I entered everything but I could not comment on blogs 🙁 I hope that doesnt kick us out of the entries. Not sure what was going on there. Just love this best hug a chicken day!! 🙂

  13. All the treats above look great and would love to win one for my gals, can’t twitter or tweet but facebooked all. Thank you for the Hug a Chicken day Tillys Nest!

  14. Love all the giveaways!! My girls would love mealworms… especially w the winter creeping up on us!
    Thanks for organizing such a fun event!

  15. Awesome giveaways! Everything looks amazing – would love to win a chicken swing for my restless girl that sits on the water. We have 3 nesting boxes, we’d keep the book if we got it for our kiddos and we LOVE chickens! Happy Hug a Chicken Day!

  16. Would love to win any of the prizes listed here, but especially the swing for my chickies and the tin chicken picture of them playing cards! Everything looks great though!

  17. I’ll answer a few in one post:
    My favorite Chicken art sign? Wow! How can you pick just one? Peace, Love & Chickens
    My chickens lay white, tinted, brown, green, and blue.
    I have a chicken swing and my bantam Cochins love it, I have 9 more pens that would love a chance to swing.
    Nesting boxes, I have 9 in my big coop, but most of the other ones have 3
    I worry about hawks during the day when I free range. I think I have everyone predator proofed well, but capture pictures of raccoons, possums, and skunks regularly.
    I love to dress my Polish up 😉
    All the baskets are beautiful, but my kitchen is full of chickens and sunflowers, so yellow, white, and green?
    Thanks for all the great giveaways! So much fun!

  18. Champagne the hen would be the first in the flock to jump on the Chicken Swing. She loves to perch to get away from those amorous Roos!!!

  19. Predators I worry most about are fox and racoon. There have also been a couple of bear sightings in the last few months!

  20. I’ve never received a Henny and Roo box, but samples of different kinds of dried bugs and chicken toys are always welcome around here.

  21. Never thought about coloring a chicken, but If I had to choose, it would be a Mille Fleur Belgian Duccle. I probably didn’t spell that right lol.
    I like the flavor of fresh eggs and knowing they have not been sitting around for over a month before they get eaten.
    My favorite thing about keeping chickens is how much I have learned in the past 4 years of being a chicken mom. Learn something new every day!

  22. This is such a great give-away – so many awesome prices. Our chickens love treats and living in the woods we do worry about predators all the time. My daughter loves coloring and dressing up the chickens. Thanks

  23. LOve love love this! I have 29 birds, each with wonderful personalities! They love their mealworm snacks! I would love to add some partridge wyandottes to flock soon. Thank you!

  24. Happy hug your chicken day! Thank you for setting all this up, the give-aways are easy to understand and you don’t have to jump through hoops to sign up. And allowing people to post pictures of their peeps…just makes me want a few dozen more 🙂

  25. Excited to have found your site/page/blog! Linked up to some great chicken-related businesses. The predator we worry about the most are foxes – there’s a family that has a den close by and visits VERY often. We have been wanting to make a chicken swing for our girls and we know that Dottie would be the first to use it! The egg collecting baskets are absolutely beautiful – any color would be fantastic! Our daughter is 3 years old and in love with our hens – we would definitely keep the book and share with our friends when they visit. How fun would it be to decorate our enclosed porch with chicken art?! I’ve been looking for unique pieces and any of these would be great! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win some of these amazing chicken items – art, treats, baskets, accessories, jewelry, everything!

  26. My flock consist of 17 hens and 3 roosters. I have mostly Turkens but then a few other random breeds. I also have 3 duck~2 cayugas and 1 pekin.

  27. My favorite thing about keeping chickens is the fun and love I get from watching them develop their amazing personalities!

  28. The predators I worry about the most are hawks because I can’t see them coming. Next would be raccoons. Then foxes.

  29. My little flock consists of three bantam hens tat will be 8 years old in March! I started out with 4, then added a baby white one that only lived a year. Soon afterwards my black Cochin bantam died – I think maybe they got into some poison. Anyway, I have enjoyed these little ones SO much! Every day is a gift.

  30. The first one of my hens to use a swing will be the black-tailed white Japanese – she tries everything first, while the others watch her closely!

  31. I like lots of the Fluffy Layers shop fabrics – 1) Rooster and Hen design 2) Chicken Party scarf fabric and 3) Harvest fabrics!

  32. Sarah makes incredible signs! My answer to which is my favorite changes every season!! Currently, I like the “Life is better with Chickens” flag!

  33. I guess my flock would like to try the Chubby Dried Silkworm Pupae, but they also love “trying” the regular mealworms!

  34. Such an AMAZING giveaway! I’m going to put my answers in one comment (hope that is alright) 🙂
    My chickens would love to try the dried mealworms most
    My flock mostly lay brown eggs
    I love the chicken print bag most
    My hen Cloud would hands down be the first to use the swing 🙂
    Our flock consists of one rooster and 25 hens
    I worry about coyote’s
    and what I love most about fresh eggs is their taste! YUM

  35. Wow! Six years already? Thank you so very much for sponsoring the 6th Annual Hug a Chicken event. It’s so much fun to see everyone and enter in to win one of any of the amazing giveaways. Nothing better than a nice warm chicken hug any time, any day. Thank you Melissa.

  36. fantastic prizes! I loved hearing your presentation at the Mother Earth News at Seven Springs. I came home with your book and it quickly became one of my favorite chicken books (out of the 8 or so I have!). Thanks for all you do!

  37. Thank You so very much for the prizes !!! I am so very eggcited !!! My chickens I am sure will continue to give me regular hugs for sure 🙂


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