There’s a lot of funky information out there about medicated chick starter vs. non-medicated chick starter – so that’s the main topic of today’s podcast!


Essentially, both feeds are the same, with one significant difference. 


If you’re not sure which is for you, then be sure to listen!


But naturally, it’s not the only question we discuss! Roosters are becoming more of a hot topic, and we had a couple head-scratchers about the male side of the coop.


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Of course, we also had plenty of questions about incubating eggs, since hens are laying again and everyone wants homegrown chicks.


In this episode…


You’ll learn:


  • The difference between medicated and non-medicated chick starter (and what that medication really is)
  • Why it’s a bad idea to remove manure before incubating eggs
  • Whether breed makes a difference to flock dynamics
  • The best age to butcher roosters (and why it’s breed-dependent)
  • Ideas to re-purpose extra roosters that are both humane and self-sufficient (and why your neighbors might thank you)


Links We Discuss:

Healthy Coop Boot Camp

My favorite brand of chick starter

Butcher kit I recommend

Incubator I use

I’d like to hear from you!

What do you think is a good age to butcher a rooster? Leave a comment below!


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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