198: All About Chickens

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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