Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Life & Leisure Magazine - February 25, 2021

Be sure to check out the spring Life & Leisure magazine published by the Lodi News Sentinel! 
Click on the link above to view it online. 
Many thanks to Kyla Cathey and Bea Ahbeck for putting together such a great article! 
We really enjoyed our photo session at Wilson Family Winery!


  
 





Sunday, December 27, 2020

Get Growing with Fred Hoffman - Links to the Podcasts!

I hope you were all able to tune-in on December 20th!



I buzzed into Barking Dog Studio, in the Abutilon Jungle - to talk winter care of chickens and bees. And, if you did listen live...you might have heard that it was Farmer Fred's last live radio show! He is officially moving over to podcasting full-time, and I was honored to be his very last live guest on KFBK and KSTE radio. 

Be sure to follow Farmer Fred and his work via the podcasts going forward - you can find the interview he did with me on raising chicks and chick care, and there will likely be more in the future!  Visit and like his Facebook page for the latest news, and mention how much you loved the show!


To find the show from Dec. 20th, visit the radio station links above, or listen via the link here:


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Find me on the radio with Farmer Fred this Sunday, December 20th!

I will be swooping
into Barking Dog Studio with Farmer Fred Hoffman to talk winter care of chickens and bees this Sunday! Be sure to listen to the KFBK "Garden Show" and KSTE's "Get Growing" from 9am to 11am...this is a great opportunity to get your chicken and bee questions answered by yours truly.

Fred Hoffman, Lifetime Master Gardener, has two radio programs airing every Sunday:

The "KFBK Garden Show" on 1530-AM/93.1-FM KFBK in Sacramento, California (each Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time) is followed by "Get Growing" on Talk 650 KSTE  (from 10 a.m. to Noon). At noon, it's the KSTE Farm Hour. You can listen to all the shows, live, via the KFBK.com and KSTE.com websites.

If you can't listen while it airs live or via internet streaming, be sure to check back here for the links to the podcasts! You can also find links to everything on Fred's web site, http://farmerfred.com/ or on his Face Book page.

 




Monday, May 25, 2020

Keep Those Chicken Cool!

Here in the central valley, we are gearing up for a whopping summer which includes many days of temps over 100 degrees! Here are some things you can do today that will help your chickens survive as the temps get hotter this summer:

  • DON'T WAIT....get the water bottles in the freezer so you'll be able to alternate (have one extra that is freezing while the other one is being used). Use the frozen bottles of water to give the chickens something cool to stay near when needed. Make sure your chickens have shade, and have a box fan ready to turn on to keep the air flowing (a timer works great).
  • DON'T FEED....hold back on the feed until either the late evening or early morning hours when its cooler. Avoid all scratch or corn when it's in the 90's or higher. Carbs create more body heat when digested, so help your feathered friends during the heat wave by staying away from the snacks.
  • COOL DRINKING WATER...is a necessity. Change the water in your waterers frequently and use cool, fresh water with electrolytes or baking soda (1/4th cup per gallon) to help increase the blood pH "buffer" of your flock when they are at risk for heat stress.
  • WATCH....for signs of heat stress in your flock. They will naturally start moving less, drinking more, holding their wings from their body, and panting. A normal chicken's body temp runs around 106 degrees, and they do not have sweat glands - so when the air temps increase they have a tough time regulating their own body temp. Do what you can to help them keep cool using what I've suggested above - before their temps reach dangerous levels (if their core body temp reaches 115 degrees, they will likely die).                                                                                                                       

Here is a quick video with some tips!







Sunday, April 26, 2020

Upcoming Online Classes

Since we can't meet in person, lets meet online!
Three virtual classes have been added - go to the links below to register or click on the "classes" tab for more details.

Thursday, April 30th - Free Chick Care Class (mini webinar, 30 minutes)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/103615169762

Sunday, May 3rd - Extended Chicken 101 Class with live Q&A (one hour webinar)
$35 Class Fee
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/103616355308

Tuesday, May 12th - Free Chick Care Class (mini webinar, 30 minutes)
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/103615169762



Did you hear the show live? If not, here's the podcast!


If you missed today's garden chat on KFBK and KSTE radio with Farmer Fred, here are the podcasts link! Be sure to visit and like his Facebook page, and mention how much you loved today's show!







Sunday, April 19, 2020

Listen on Sunday!

Mark your calendar! Find me on the radio with Farmer Fred this Sunday, April 26th!


I will be a "virtual" guest on the KFBK "Garden Show" and KSTE's "Get Growing" from 9am to 11am this Sunday! Because the studio is basically closed to in-studio guests during COVID 19, Fred and I will be chatting via the good 'ole fashioned telephone.

I'm super excited to be chatting again with Fred Hoffman, Lifetime Master Gardener, on his two radio programs!

The "KFBK Garden Show" on 1530-AM/93.1-FM KFBK in Sacramento, California (each Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time) is followed by "Get Growing" on Talk 650 KSTE  (from 10 a.m. to Noon). At noon, it's the KSTE Farm Hour. You can listen to all the shows, live, via the KFBK.com and KSTE.com websites.

If you can't listen while it airs live or via internet streaming, be sure to check back here for the links to the podcasts! You can also find links to everything on Fred's web site, http://farmerfred.com/ or on his Face Book page.

We'll be talking about everything from the pro's and con's of raising backyard chickens, summer chicken care, chick care, flock maintenance, and bio-security. This will be a great taste of what we will discuss at our chicken classes each spring (go to the Classes tab for more information).