Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hear Me on KSTE - Get Growing with Farmer Fred, February 18th

Mark your calendar! Find me on the radio February 18th, with Farmer Fred!

I will be an in-studio guest on the KFBK "Garden Show" and KSTE's "Get Growing" from 9:30am to 11:30am February 18th. 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 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, winter chicken care, chick care, flock maintenance, and bio-security. This will be a great taste of what we will discuss at our chicken classes this spring (go to the Classes tab for more information).

Monday, January 29, 2018

Chicken Classes This Spring!

February 10, 2018 - 11am - sponsored by Farmer's Feed, Stockton 

"Raising Backyard Chickens - Baby Chicks 101"
This free class, hosted by Farmer's Feed in Stockton, is perfectly designed for those considering raising their own chickens or for those who would like to brush up on their poultry knowledge.

We'll talk about:
  • How to set-up a brooder and care for your baby chickens in a way that keeps them healthy and safe!
  • How to tell if your chick is sick - learn the signs of illness and what is normal and what isn't. Being able to identify a sick chicken quickly is an important skill of every backyard chicken keeper!
  •  Getting ready for your pullets to move into the big chicken coop
  • Other common chick concerns such as brooder temperatures, bio security, Coccidiosis, and feeding

Friday, January 26, 2018

Free Egg Contaminant Testing

This is a cool service! If you live in or have a poultry operation in the following counties, you may qualify for free egg contaminant testing provided by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCD SVM): 
·         Alameda
·         Butte
·         Contra Costa
·         El Dorado
·         Fresno
·         Imperial
·         Kern
·         Los Angeles
·         Lake
·         Mendocino
·         Napa
·         Nevada
·         Orange
·         Placer
·         Sacramento
·         San Benito
·         San Diego
·         San Bernadino
·         Santa Barbara
·         Santa Clara
·         Shasta
·         Solano
·         Sonoma
·         Tulare
·         Ventura
·         Yuba

UC Davis is testing eggs for two different types of contaminants, depending on what county you live in....

Fire Contaminant Testing

For: BACKYARD CHICKENS in Butte, Lake, LA, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Ventura, and Yuba counties.
Due to the fires, there is concern about backyard chickens ingesting contaminants from the ground and transmitting these to their eggs. UCD SVM is interested in testing eggs from these backyard flocks for various contaminants such as heavy metals, building materials, chemicals, etc. 
Results will be shared individually with each owner, and cumulative results will be summarized and made available to the general public. 

Heavy Metal Contaminant Testing

For: COMMERCIAL or BACKYARD CHICKENS in Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, LA, Napa, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Bernadino, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, and Tulare counties.
Due to observation of high lead levels in the environment, there is concern that commercial and backyard chickens are being exposed to a level that could pose a public health risk. UCD SVM is interested in testing eggs from these birds for various contaminants such as Pb, PCBs, and PBDEs. 
Results will be shared individually with each owner, and cumulative results will be summarized and made available to the general public. 

Contaminant Testing Instructions

If you are interested in submitting eggs, please ship up to 6 eggs from your flock inside a carton and wrap the carton with bubble wrap and/or ship in a box with packing peanuts. For more detailed instructions and examples of how to pack your eggs, please watch this video.
Please include the following information and ship to the address below:
Requested information to include:
Address where hens reside
Number of hens in flock
Date eggs were collected
Ship eggs to:
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
1 Shields Drive
Bldg VM3B Room 4007
Attn: Dr. Maurice Pitesky
Davis, CA 95616

Special thanks for this being shared on California Chickens!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Chicken Classes - Oct 14th and November 4th

We have some GREAT free fall classes coming up in October and November!

October 14th, 1:30 pm - "Keeping Chickens Healthy - What to Keep in Your Flock's First Aid Kit", sponsored by Farmer's Feed.

We'll talk about:
  • How to tell if your chicken is healthy and well  - everyone wants healthy, happy chickens...but how can you tell if they are doing well and productive?
  • How to tell if your chicken is sick - learn the signs of illness and what is normal and what isn't. Being able to identify a sick chicken quickly is an important skill of every backyard chicken keeper!
  • First steps to take if your chicken might be sick - if you have a sick chicken, what do you do first? What are good bio-security techniques to use so you can protect the rest of your flock?
  • Common chicken concerns such as wounds, Coccidiosis, Fowl Pox, Infectious Bronchitis, external parasites

November 4th, 1:30pm - "Setting-Up & Winterizing Your Coop", sponsored by Farmer's Feed.
We'll talk about:
  • What your chickens need during the cold & rainy months to stay protected from the elements
  • If your chickens REALLY need a heater in their coop  to stay warm at night
  • What to watch-out for, and common red-flags when the weather turns stormy, such as feed issues, health issues, and egg issues
  • Common tips and tricks - what kind of coop you need and how big! Set-up options and what to consider when deciding on a coop lay-out
 So come on down to Farmer's Feed these two Saturdays, and learn something new about backyard chicken keeping! Farmer's Feed is located in Stockton, on the corner of Alpine and Miner. Contact them for questions at (209) 465-5739.

'Have a topic you'd like us to cover in the future? Send me an email!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Time for a poll!
I'm excited to be a part of a national Poultry Advisory Council facilitated by Dr. Brigid McCrea of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System!

Those on the Advisory Council have been asked to take a poll of their clients and followers about what they typically use to treat coccidiosis. I would love to hear from you!

What do you use (or have you used) to treat coccidiosis in your backyard chicken flock? Please reply in the comments below with 1) what you've used, 2) what you would like to try, and 3) what you've heard "works".

Or, send me an email with your answers!

Thank you for participating! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Did you hear us talking "chicken" on the radio?

I had the privilege of spending my Sunday morning (July 2nd) with one of my all time favorite radio hosts - Fred Hoffman (a.k.a. "Farmer Fred"), as an in-studio guest on the KFBK Garden Show and Get Growing!

These two live radio programs happen each Sunday morning in the greater Sacramento region, and I've been an avid listener for many years! So I was super excited to be back on to talk "chicken". We took phone calls and email questions, and had a blast.

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

The podcast link to the first half (on KFBK) can be heard here - I come on at about 34:10 minutes:

The link to the second half (on KSTE) can be heard here: