198: All About Chickens
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I recently asked on social media: Hey, what are some things that you guys want to know about when it comes to raising chickens? In today’s episode, I dig into some of those chickeny things you asked about.
Note: I did not do a blog post/transcript with this episode because it was so long. Seriously, none of you would have read it. However, in the future, I will break this episode down into shorter, single topic blog posts and videos for those of you who don’t listen to the podcast.
Questions answered in today’s podcast episode:
- How to choose a good chicken breed?
- Should I start with chicks or mature layers?
- How many birds should I start with?
- What should I feed my chickens, and how do I know they are eating enough?
- Do you feed medicated feed? Chick starter?
- What about making your own feed?
- Should I free range my birds or not?
- How do I condition them to return to the coop at night?
- Your thoughts on supplemental heat for adult chickens in the winter?
- Regarding chicks, is a heat lamp or a brooder plate better?
- How do I know when my chicks are big enough to go outside?
- Should I use supplemental light in the winter?
- How do I keep their water unfrozen in the winter?
- How do I handle “problem children”?
- Should I get a rooster or not?
- Common chicken illnesses? Should I take a chicken to the vet?
- Pros and cons of hatching my own chicks vs. buying them?
- Predator protection?
- Options for coop litter
- How do I introduce new birds to an existing flock?
- Do I need to separate a mom with newly hatched babies from her adult coop mates?
- Should I get the chicks first or the coop first?
If there are any other chicken questions you’d like me to answer in a future episode, let me know in the comments!
— Amy Dingmann, 3-29-22
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