Chicks, raccoon drama, chickens rolling, and nesting boxes are all on the table for today’s episode of What The Cluck?!

In today’s podcast, I answer your questions, and we got some great ones this week.

Like you, I’ve run to the feed store to buy some chicks, so it seems appropriate that most of this week’s questions are all about them!

Around here, they just stock very basic breeds, such as sex links, production reds, industrial strain Rhode Island Reds, you get the picture.

They’re so cute, it’s impossible to not leave with some – I’m sure you know what I mean! (And your spouse is probably rolling their eyes just as loudly as mine is!)

But they’re impossible to resist, aren’t they?

Anyway, in this podcast….

You’ll learn:

  • Why keep chicks in the house is important to their health
  • How to tell whether a raccoon or an opossum has killed your chicks
  • Why chickens roll in dirt (and it’s not just about bugs)
  • How heat lamps are critical to your chick’s health
  • Whether chicks need to be trained to use nesting boxes

Links we discuss:

Where to buy decoy eggs

Nesting boxes I recommend

Free instructional videos about chickens


Coming soon!


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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