Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tune In - Friday, May 26th at 11am (PST)!

Have you heard of the "Chicken Whisperer", Andy Schneider? He is the host of the popular online radio program "Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer®, on Blog Talk Radio. I've been invited to participate in the show's radio panel on Friday, and I hope you will check out the show "live" or later as a recorded podcast! We'll be talking about backyard chickens and how to manage chickens during the summer.

"Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer® is an internet broadcast radio show all about keeping backyard poultry, show poultry, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Each week the Chicken Whisperer® welcomes special guests from all around the nation to talk about keeping backyard poultry, show poultry, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Guests include authors, certified avian veterinarians, poultry scientists, magazine publishers, hatchery owners, feed company representatives, poultry product representatives, FFA members, 4-H members, poultry club members, and the who's who in the backyard poultry and self-sufficient lifestyle industry".

Tune in by going to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/backyardpoultry
and sign-up to listen to the show as it happens. You can also join in on a live chat with others listening to the show! The podcast will also be available afterwards online.

 



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