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:
http://kfbk.streamon.fm/listen-pl-22


The link to the second half (on KSTE) can be heard here:
http://ksteam.streamon.fm/listen-pl-33





Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chicken Classes This Summer!

Chicken Classes!
'Happening this summer at Farmer's Feed in Stockton!
Sign-up in their store, located at 1302 E Miner Ave, Stockton. Space/seating is limited! 
Classes are from 9am-10am. I look forward to seeing you there!
  • July 22nd ~ Keeping Chickens Cool in the Hot, Hot Summer - The heat here in the valley can be deathly to your backyard flock! Learn the important steps needed keep your chickens cool as we make it through the summer.
  • August 5th ~ Getting the Best Eggs -The spring chicks you brought home are now ready to lay those fresh eggs you've been waiting for! Learn how to keep your laying hens healthy, happy, and laying the best eggs ever.
  • August 26th ~ Keeping Chickens Healthy - Learn how to recognize health concerns in your flock and what to keep in your Poultry First Aid Kit at home.
  • September 16th ~ Setting Up The Coop - Not sure what kind of coop you need or where it should go? Looking at designs but can't decide? Come learn what coops are best when it comes to bio-security, protection from predators, and protection from the elements.

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.