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41 minutes | Jul 18, 2017
Letting a Cat Sleep in the Chicken Coop – Will the State Disease Test Your Flock for Free? – Does NPIP Mean Birds Are Disease Free?
Don & Suzy share stories about extension cords and Dwayne caught in a net, discuss whether a cat could sleep in the coop with the chickens, and talk about getting the state to disease-test your birds for free, and discuss whether NPIP certification means birds are disease free.
37 minutes | Jul 6, 2017
Using Pond Water to Ferment Feed – Big Salmonella Outbreak – What Causes Rubbery Eggs?
Don & Suzy talk about their recent efforts two merge to flocks, discuss whether you should use pond water to ferment feed, share news of a recent salmonella outbreak, and talk about what causes hens to lay rubbery eggs.
54 minutes | May 31, 2017
Vegan Groups Try a New Strategy – Dealing with the Pains of Summer
Episode 73. Don & Suzy share a story of Della the Delaware becoming bold, discuss an article about a new strategy being used by vegan groups, and then share some strategies for helping your flock deal with gnats, flies, mosquitoes and the heat of summer.
47 minutes | May 2, 2017
Keeping Your Flock in Your Yard – Can Baby Chicks Crow? – Can Chickens Get Salmonella from Dogs?
Episode 72. Don & Suzy each share a story about chickens in the dark and then talk about the oldest person in the world and how she ate three eggs every day. Then we answer listener questions about keeping your flock out of your neighbor's yard, whether baby chicks try to crow, and if it is possible for chickens to get salmonella from dogs.
51 minutes | Apr 12, 2017
Why Do Hens Stop Laying Eggs? – Does Facebook’s Livestock Policy Promote Cruelty to Chickens?
Episode 71. Don & Suzy talk about reasons a hen stops laying eggs and then get on their soapbox to talk about how Facebook's livestock ban might not be the best thing for animals.
43 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Are Eggs Really Gluten Free? – Rise of the Chicken Concierge – Can Store Bought Eggs Become Baby Chicks?
Episode 70. Don & Suzy discover Don's love language, explore a new chicken business idea, and answer questions about whether store-bought eggs can become baby chicks, the medicated feed withdrawal time for meat birds, and whether eggs really are gluten free.
43 minutes | Mar 30, 2017
Hi-Tech Chicken Nuggets – What’s the Best Bedding Option? – Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?
Episode 69. Don & Suzy talk about acquiring new breeds and hanging an xylophone in a coop, then discuss hi-tech chicken nuggets in the news, and answer questions about bedding material for chickens and whether chickens and ducks can live together.
50 minutes | Mar 14, 2017
Is Avian Influenza Back? – Did the FDA Make Medicated Feed Illegal?
Episode 68. Don & Suzy discuss Don's new chicken coop idea, talk about Avian influenza in Tennessee, try to figure out where all the medicated feed went, and answer a question about whether factory chickens lay three eggs a day.
55 minutes | Mar 7, 2017
Can Chickens Raised on Medicated Feed Still Get Coccidiosis?
Suzy may be going broody, we share a story of family visiting from up north, and we dedicate the full episode to one of the most common and misunderstood poultry diseases: Coccidiosis.
46 minutes | Feb 13, 2017
Reintegrating Sick Chickens with the Flock – When Can Chickens Start Free-Ranging?
In a special Valentine's Day episode, Don shares a story about love. Then Don & Suzy talk about a man sailing the world with his pet chicken, discuss the issue of allowing sick birds back into the flock, and talk about when you can start free-ranging your chickens.
45 minutes | Feb 7, 2017
Integrating Mature Hens and Pullets – Choosing Which Eggs to Hatch
Episode 65. In this episode, Don & Suzy share why they have been away from the microphones so long, talk about Brooke becoming helpful with the chickens, discuss whether KFC marketing people are crazy, get philosophical about hatching eggs, and talk about mixing mature hens with pullets.
46 minutes | Aug 10, 2016
Hatching Eggs Without a Shell – Perdue Rethinks Meat Birds – Helping Hens Be Less Broody
Episode 64. In this episode, Suzy tells a story about Gordo going after the chickens, we talk about a Japanese class who has cooler science projects than we did in school, we share the story of Perdue rethinking the use of the Cornish Cross, and we give some advice for helping a hen be less broody.
54 minutes | Jun 28, 2016
Treats for Chicks – DE – Helping Chickens Deal with Heat
Episode 63: In this episode, Suzy shares her recipe for crepes, we talk about giving treats to baby chicks, discuss whether diatomaceous earth is a cure-all, and give some suggestions for helping your chickens deal with the heat of summer.
52 minutes | Jun 7, 2016
A Hen Who Watches TV – Helping Dogs Get Along with Chickens
Episode 62. In this episode, we talk about how shockingly stubborn Gordo is, share the story of a hen who watches TV, ponder an alternative to pine shavings, and discuss how to help dogs get along with chickens.
52 minutes | Mar 24, 2016
Treating Scaly Leg Mites
Episode 61. In this episode, we figure out why our Wyandottes go through water so fast, talk about a new law for chicken-killing dogs in Virginia, brainstorm Don's new idea for truck-driving chicken keepers, and share a few ideas for getting rid of scaly leg mites. Oh yeah... and there's bloopers.
47 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
Coping with Scissor Beak – Should City Slickers Be Allowed to Raise Chickens?
Episode 60. In this episode, we share the story of a young Barred Rock rooster who had his life flash before his eyes, ponder coping with scissor beak, wonder of chicken nipples freeze in cold winters, and then discuss whether city slickers should be allowed to raise chickens.
57 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
Do Backyard Chickens Have More Parasites? – Do Chickens Belong in School?
Episode 59. In this episode, we talk about Max the escape artist, share our thoughts about a new study that finds backyard chickens have more parasites, answer a listener's question about whether chickens are healthy and then discuss whether chickens belong in school.
43 minutes | Feb 9, 2016
My Hens Won’t Use Nipple Drinkers – Can You Hatch Only Female Chickens?
Episode 58. In This episode, we help a listener figure out why her hens won't use nipple drinkers, and then discuss if it is possible to hatch only female chickens.
52 minutes | Dec 21, 2015
Don & Suzy Learn a Costly Lesson
Episode 57. In this episode, we talk about a new chicken restaurant concept in the UK and share a costly lesson we learned last weekend.
47 minutes | Dec 7, 2015
Fake Chicken Meat – Exploring More Common Chicken Myths
Episode 56. In this episode, we talk about sweaters for chickens, share a few ideas on the quest fake chicken meat, and explore a few more chicken myths.
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