S2-7 How to prepare for your chicks arrival

SHOW NOTES:

HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST EXPERT: Maat  van Uitert, TheFrugalChicken.com

How to prepare for your chicks arrival. This episode is part 3 of the series titled “Selecting and Raising Happy, Healthy Heritage Chicks”.

It includes information on:

  • How-to talk to your post office, so they are prepared for your chicks arrival.

  • How-to set up your brooder, heat lamp, bedding, and lights,

  • Plus how-to select the right feed & water dishes.

eFowl-one of the most trusted sources of live poultry and supplies for small-to-mid sized farmsWe’d like to thank our sponsor eFowl.

As a special bonus eFowl is giving you 10% off your entire live poultry purchase. Just go to www.efowl.com/podcast and enter the discount code: HBCHICKS.

 

Maat TheFrugalChicken

MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST EXPERT: Maat van Uitert is a poultry, livestock, and homesteading expert and author who teaches people how to raise chickens, learn traditional skills, and become more self-sufficient. She also speaks at summits and seminars both online and in person, and shares her knowledge on podcasts and radio shows for the homesteading community. Plus, she is the author of Chicken Nutrition: Feeding Your Hens From Chick To Layer.

You can learn more by going to her website at http://thefrugalchicken.com

 

 

 

S2-6 How Heritage Chicks get from the Hatchery to your House

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HOST: C  S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST: Alan Stone

 

eFowl-one of the most trusted sources of live poultry and supplies for small-to-mid sized farmsThis episode shares great information on how the heritage chicks get from the hatchery to your house. See how they are packed and shipped, especially when weather is an issues, discover how many chicks can safely be packed in a box, and learn about how they drink and eat on their travels. This 3 part audio & video series titled “Selecting and Raising Happy, Healthy Heritage Chicks” is sponsored by eFowl.

When you’re ready to add more Heritage Breed Chickens to your farm family, we highly recommend you check out www.efowl.com/podcast and as a super special for our listeners, eFowl is giving you 10% off your live poultry purchase. Just enter the discount code: HBCHICKS Also visit HeritageBreeds.org to access additional episodes of this show.

 

 

 

S2-5 How to Select the Heritage Breeds Chick that’s Right for You

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HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST EXPERT: Jeannette Beranger

eFowl-one of the most trusted sources of live poultry and supplies for small-to-mid sized farmsA super thank you to eFowl (one of the most trusted sources of live poultry and supplies for small-to-mid sized farms) for providing the funding so we could create this 3 part audio & video series titled “Selecting and Raising Happy, Healthy Heritage Chicks” for you. In this episode you’ll discover how to select the heritage breed chicken that’s right for you.

Plus, when you’re ready to add more Heritage Breed Chicks to your farm family, we highly recommend you check with www.efowl.com/podcast and as a super special for our listeners, eFowl is giving you 10% off your live poultry purchases. Just enter the discount code: HBCHICKS

 

 

S2-4 Five Heritage Chicken Breeds our Grandparents Kept

SHOW NOTES:

HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST: Maat van Uitert, The Frugal Chicken

5 Heritage Chicken Breeds our Grandparents kept with C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl and Maat van Uitert poultry, livestock, and homesteading expert and author who helps everyday people achieve independence by teaching fans how to raise chickens, learn traditional skills, and become more self-sufficient.

BIO:

Maat TheFrugalChickenMaat van Uitert is a poultry, livestock, and homesteading expert and author who helps everyday people achieve independence by teaching fans how to raise chickens, learn traditional skills, and become more self-sufficient. She is the founder and editor at her website FrugalChicken, which gives homesteading and livestock advice. As a sought-after chicken and homesteading expert, Maat speaks at summits and seminars both online and in person, and shares her knowledge on podcasts and radio shows for the homesteading community. In 2015, Maat published her first book, Chicken Nutrition: Feeding Your Hens From Chick To Layer. Based on the popularity of that book, she began formulating an online course about chicken nutrition titled Feeding Your Hens Right, which is due out in January 2016, and has already pre-sold many copies. With her ever-growing flock of poultry, as well as her herds of goats, pigs, rabbits, and horses, Maat is kept busy on her 10-acre rural homestead. You can catch up with Maat on her website FrugalChicken, as well as on her weekly chicken-centered podcast What The Cluck?!: Raising Chickens For Fun & Self-Sufficiency available on iTunes now.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: www.TheFrugalChicken.com

Blog Post: www.TheFrugalChicken.com/heritage-chicken-breeds

 

 

 

 

S2-3 Perennial Roots Farm – a biodynamic farm raising heritage breeds

SHOW NOTES:

HOST:  C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST: Natalie McGill

PERENNIAL ROOTS FARMPerennial Roots Farm is a biodynamic farm in Virginia that raises a variety of heritage animals including Heritage Gulf Coast Native Sheep and Mulefoot Hogs plus many others. As a biodynamic farm, they believe in a holistic way of farming: long-term sustainable practices, heritage breed animals, heirloom fruits and vegetables and soil health are all integral to this.

 

BIO:

529825_524836742116_418093545_nIn 2010 Natalie McGill and her partner, Stewart Lundy started Perennial Roots, a biodynamic farm in Accomac, Virginia. They began as a homestead, two kids fresh out of college, concerned foremost with reducing waste and providing enough food for their own needs; out of this surplus they began to sell locally as well. As a biodynamic farm, they believe in a holistic way of farming: long-term sustainable practices, heritage breed animals, heirloom fruits and vegetables and soil health are all integral to this. Pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys are kept on pasture and rotated, which allows them to fertilize the soil, improving the land instead of depleting it.  Compost piles, perennial plants, trees, animals and yes, even the weeds are all part of this process. Nothing goes to waste at Perennial Roots; whether it is the vegetable scraps that we turn into compost or the manure that the animals are constantly putting back into the soil, everything here is part of an intricate cycle that leads back to the fertility of the land itself.

Since they started farming in 2010, Natalie and Stewart have grown and learned a lot. While their practices have always been organic, they first introduced biodynamics on their farm three years ago and found a way of seeing animals as more than meat, plants as more than food and the farm as more than a business. This spring, Natalie and Stewart are looking forward to adding Pineywoods Cattle to their farm.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

http://www.facebook.com/perennialroots/

http://www.instagram.com/perennialroots/ 

http://www.perennialroots.com/ 

S2-2 Pig Tales by Barry Estabrook

SHOW NOTES:

HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

GUEST: Barry Estabrook

“An eye-opening investigation of the commercial pork industry and an inspiring alternative to the way pigs are raised and consumed in America.

PIG-TALES-Cropped-cover-newBarry Estabrook, author of the New York Times bestseller Tomatoland and a writer of “great skill and compassion” (Eric Schlosser), now explores the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his keen investigative reporting, Estabrook shows how these immensely intelligent creatures are too often subjected to lives of suffering, sustained on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight, then killed on mechanized disassembly lines. It doesn’t have to be this way, and Pig Tales presents a lively portrait of those farmers who are taking an alternative approach, proving that it is possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America. Provocative and richly informed, Pig Tales is bound to generate conversation at dinner tables across America.” From the Publisher of Pig Tales.

WEBSITE: http://politicsoftheplate.com

 

27: Dr. Joseph Schallberger, Native Dual Purpose Polled Shorthorns

SHOW NOTES:

HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Dr. Joseph Schallberger, Whispering Hills Farm

Dr. Joseph Schallberger of Whispering Hills Farm has a goal to stabilize the population of the “Native” Dual purpose Polled Shorthorns and then use their skills as stock persons and Veterinarians to upgrade both the genotypic and phenotypic characteristics that once made Shorthorns the most popular cattle breed in the world.  Through a lot of historical research he has been able to develop a firm grasp on what those characteristics were.  With the interest in more “natural” food production he believes Heritage Shorthorns are uniquely qualified to contribute to this positive trend.  whisperinghillsfarm.com

 

26: National Heritage Breeds Week

SHOW NOTES:

Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Ryan Walker, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Livestock Conservancy

It’s an important week in the animal world as we celebrate National Heritage Breeds Week and discuss why it’s so important for more people to get involved with protecting these heritage breeds from extinction.

National Heritage Breeds Week is time to raise awareness, get the media involved, launch press releases, write magazine articles, have farmers hold educational events, get the school kids involved. All with the mission of coming together for breed conservation.

25: Welsh Harlequin Ducks from Spotted Meadows Farm

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HOST: C S Wurzberger, Conservation Girl

GUEST: Megan Ritterpusch, Spotted Meadow Farm

Flock Welsh Harlequin DucksMegan Ritterpusch from Spotted Meadows Farm shares the story of moving from suburbia Pennsylvania to a small, fixer upper farm in rural, northwestern Wisconsin in 2002. The family enjoys the adventure of having a small farm, raising and showing ducks, goats, and horses. Today’s conversation focuses on the joy they receive by raising Welsh Harlequin Ducks.

 

Sean and Delwyn (Pretty Boy)

Sean and Delwyn (Pretty Boy)

Megan is one part of a family that is exploring the adventure of having a small farm, raising and showing ducks, goats, and horses. She and her husband grew up in suburbia in Pennsylvania and  moved to a small, fixer upper farm in rural, northwestern Wisconsin in 2002. They started with old line Foundation Appaloosas and Muscovy ducks, and then began researching goats and ducks a couple years ago to expand the farm. They added Welsh Harlequin ducks, Australian Spotted ducks, and Myotonic goats last year, and are planning on adding Cayuga ducks this year. They show ducks and goats through 4-H (Megan in open class at the county fair!) and also show at Myotonic Goat Registry shows and open poultry shows. They run this small farm as a family, raising their two children to love and care for these animals as they do. They love the direction our farm has gone in the last 2 years and are excited about where it is headed!

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Website: www.SpottedMeadowFarm.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spotted-Meadows-Farm/139328672779621?fref=ts

 

 

 

24: Welsh Harlequin Ducks with LaDonna Foley

SHOW NOTES

Host: C S Wurzberger, the Conservation Girl

Guest: LaDonna Foley

LaDonna Foley lives in Wyoming on her family farm and she has been raising Welsh Harlequin ducks since 2005. She also volunteers with several livestock and poultry organizations in addition to 4-H, the county fair, and local farmer’s markets. And I love this part, Her teenage children never complain of boredom since LaDonna can always find projects in need of free family labor.

 

Bio for LaDonna:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been a member of The Livestock Conservancy since the mid 1980’s. I have a BS and MS in Animal Science from UCDavis, so I have always been interested in animal genetic although I didn’t become involved in ducks until 2005. I have been raising ducks for about 9 years, my family became involved with poultry through y children’s 4-H projects. Our first WH ducks were “hatchery quality” and were not good representatives of the breed (APA standard) , however we took the best male down to a showmanship clinic put on by the Rock Mountain Feather Fanciers (the local poultry group) and met Clair Shier, one of the people instrumental in getting this breed admitted into the American Poultry Association Standard.

A few years later when we wanted to concentrate on the WH breed we bought show quality breeding stock from Clair, she has been incredibly helpful over the years in what to select for and management/hatching. I strongly encourage everyone who is raising animals to find long time breeders and ask questions! My children are older now and they no longer raise poultry, however I fell in love with the WH breed. I maintain a flock of WH ducks and sell eggs and feathers at the local farmer’s market. The number varies between a low of 5 ducks to about 120 ducks depending on the year. (I was taking care of an ill family member in another state so currently I only have 6 ducks at home, I’m planning to hatch out about 60 this spring!). WH are very nice breast meat ducks also, currently we keep the meat for our own use as the closest USDA inspected slaughterhouse for waterfowl is to far. I sell ducklings to 4-H students and local producers in addition to volunteering with local 4-H, county fair, school, farmer’s market and cooperative extension programs.

 

Website: http://ladonnafoley.wix.com/foleyfarms

 

 

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