Saturday, January 7, 2017

Planning for Spring Chicks

If you've been thinking about raising backyard poultry, now is the time to start thinking about some of the basics! Things like how many chickens you want to have, your coop-set-up, and what you'll need to have on hand are important to consider when raising chickens for the first time.

Ask yourself...
  • How many eggs do I need each week?
  • Do I want ornamental chickens or more functional chickens? Or both?
  • What kind of animal feed will I need?
  • Where will I put the coop? Will I build it myself or buy one pre-made?
  • Do I need an enclosed chicken-run or will they free-range?
  • Are there predators that I need to protect my chickens from, such as dogs, raccoons, hawks?
  • What kind of climate and weather conditions factor-in where I live?

If you need help with answering some of these questions and developing your chicken plan, please contact me and check out my consultations.



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lice and Mites, Oh My!

Have you ever checked your chickens for two common pests, lice and mites?
Here is a video I put together a while back to help poultry owners know what to look for:








Sunday, February 28, 2016

Live Broadcast With Farmer Fred!

I had the privilege this Sunday (Feb 28th) of being an in-studio radio guest for Fred Hoffman (a.k.a. "Farmer Fred"), which aired live on Talk Radio KSTE 650 and KFBK 1530 from 9:30 to 11am.

The KFBK Garden Show and Get Growing happen each Sunday morning in the greater Sacramento region, and I've been an avid listener for many years! So it was a huge deal to me personally to be on the show. It was great to see the behind-the-scene activities of a radio show, and Fred was a gracious host! We talked about bringing home new chicks, took phone and email questions, and had a blast.
My husband took pictures, so here's a look:









In case you missed it live, there are podcasts! Woot! Woot!

The podcast link to the first half (on KFBK) can be heard here:
http://kfbk.iheart.com/media/play/26768179/

The link to the second half (on KSTE) can be heard here:
http://kste.iheart.com/media/play/26768230/

ITunes Users:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-kfbk-garden-show/id271150038
and
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/get-growing/id281910939


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hear me on the radio this Sunday, February 28th!

Hear me on the radio this Sunday, February 28th, with Farmer Fred!

I will be an in-studio guest on the KFBK "Garden Show" and KSTE's "Get Growing" from 9:30am to 10:30am this Sunday. I'm super excited to be chatting with Fred Hoffman, Lifetime Master Gardener, again 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!

We'll be talking about everything from the pro's and con's of raising backyard chickens, chick care, to flock maintenance and biosecurity. This will be a great taste of what we will discuss at the two classes coming up at Robinson's Feed, on March 19th and April 23rd (see below for details).