The Big Chill: How To Keep Your Hens Hydrated Over Winter [Podcast]

The Big Chill: How To Keep Your Hens Hydrated Over Winter [Podcast]

Winter is well on its way…which means keeping your hens flush with water will get a little bit harder.

 

You can always use an electric water heater….but I know most of you don’t have electricity out to your coop.

 

In this podcast, we cover how to provide water when the mercury dips, as well as key items you should have on hand to keep your flock’s water from freezing.
 

 

You’ll learn:

 

  • My favorite hacks to keep water from freezing (and which work and which don’t)
  • The best type of hose to use
  • Why hot water is critical to keeping your flock hydrated
  • The experiment I’ll be running this winter
  • What the cisterns in Istanbul have to do with your backyard chickens

 

 

Links we discuss:

Manna Pro Poultry

Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock

How to make your own automatic waterer

How to keep your flock’s water from freezing article

 

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I’d like to hear from you!

What are your favorite tips to keep your hens hydrated over winter? Leave a comment below!

Worming Your Backyard Chickens: Facts & Fiction [Podcast]

Worming Your Backyard Chickens: Facts & Fiction [Podcast]

Let’s face it. If you have chickens, you probably have worms as well.

 

When it comes to livestock, worms and a worming program are just a natural part of life.

 

There’s a lot of information out there, so in this episode of What The Cluck?! we talk about the different traditional options, as well as natural ways to worm a chicken with a butt load of worms.  

 

We also debunk some myths, and look at what options REALLY work…and which are myth.

 

You’ll learn:

  • Why a worming program is necessary for your flock
  • How to tell if your hens are wormy
  • Natural options you can try out
  • The one product on the market that I think is total BS

 

 

** Note: The information provided in this podcast is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed vet, and the information in this episode is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure your chickens. None of the statements in this episode have been evaluated by the FDA. You are ultimately responsible for the decisions you make. Happy listening!

Links we discuss:

Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock

 

I’d like to hear from you!

How do you worm your chickens? Leave a comment below!

Keep Your Chickens Safe On Halloween! [Podcast]

Keep Your Chickens Safe On Halloween! [Podcast]

Halloween is a great time for humans, but it can be downright scary for backyard chickens.

 

Kids, dogs, and candy can wreak havoc on your carefully-raised and tended hens, and possibly lead to a reduction in egg production. In some cases, you might lose your entire flock.

 

In this episode of What The Cluck?! we talk about how to keep your flock safe when trick or treaters come rolling around.

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

 

  • The one thing you NEED to do on Halloween to make sure your flock stays safe
  • Why predators are a bigger concern during this time than any other
  • How to make sure your flock stays out of the candy and away from wrappers

Links we discuss:

Manna Pro Poultry

Chickens: Naturally Raising a Sustainable Flock

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I’d like to hear from you!

What are your plans to keep your flock safe on Halloween? Leave a comment below!

The Deal With Dust Bathing + Recipes! [Podcast]

The Deal With Dust Bathing + Recipes! [Podcast]

Dust bathing is natural and even healthy for your flock.

 

Your chickens NEED to dust bathe – it’s good for ’em physically AND mentally.

 

BUT….all dust baths aren’t created equal.

 

In this week’s podcast, I dish all about why chickens dust bathe, how to create a better dust bath, and how to keep them rolling in dirt even when there’s slush and snow on the ground. 

 

You’ll learn:

  • Why chickens need to dust bathe
  • What exactly they’re doing when they’re tossing dirt
  • Why the size of your dust bath matters
  • Why I use diatomaceous earth instead of wood ash
  • Why you shouldn’t bother including charcoal in your flock’s bath

 

Links we discuss:

How to Build A Dust Bath in 5 Minutes

Manna Pro Poultry

Where to Buy Diatomaceous Earth

 

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I’d like to hear from you!

Did you learn anything from this podcast? If so, leave a comment below and tell me what it is!

Molting Mania: Dealing With Feather Loss & Winter Care [Podcast]

Molting Mania: Dealing With Feather Loss & Winter Care [Podcast]

Ahhh….molting. It’s a crazy annual event that can definitely freak you out if you’re new to backyard chickens.

 

While molting is a totally natural process, if you’ve never experienced it, you might wonder how best to support your flock while they regrow their feathers.

In this podcast, you’ll learn:

  • Why you should never handle your chickens as they’re molting
  • How to best feed your flock so they stay healthy while they grow new feathers
  • How to keep them warm when the temperatures turn cold and they’re naked
  • The specific pattern you should look for when your chickens molt

 

 

Links we discuss:

Molting checklist

Manna Pro Poultry website

Where to buy Calf Manna

Where to buy Manna Pro Organic Layer Pellets

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I’d like to hear from you!

Have you ever dealt with a chicken molting? Did it totally freak you out? Leave a comment below!