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Adam Parks: How To Select & Prepare Sustainably-Raised Meats

A ranch-to-table primer
Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:15 PM

What specifically should you look for when choosing a provider to buy your meat from?

Additionally, most folks don't realize how important the butchering process is to how well meat tastes. What qualities are important to look for in a butcher?

Former rancher and current meat-repreneur, Adam Parks, joins us for this week's podcast to give practical guidance on these questions, as well as recipe and cooking tips for how to get the most out of the meats we eat. After all, if you go to the trouble to select the healthiest product and get the best butchering, you want to ensure the meals you make from it are prepared well, too. » Read more

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How to Make a Chicken Waterer

In 5 Minutes for $15
Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:31 PM

I use overhead chicken waterers that my chickens cannot foul. I am going to describe how to build your own in less than five minutes for between $13-$16. These waterers work great to deliver clean water to your flock. A 2 gallon waterer will last about a week for six chickens. I use (2) for my flock of twelve. The plastic bucket will last longer if kept in the shade. In the winter you may have to switch out the buckets when frozen, and when really cold, you will need a heated water bucket. » Read more

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8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden

Great ways chickens can help out
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:49 PM

If you are contemplating the idea of getting started with backyard chickens, here are a number of great ways chicken can help in your garden and build better soil.

Also check out the Backyard Chicken Group for other ideas and interesting conversations. » Read more

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How to Treat an Egg Bound Chicken

Care tips to save a hen in need
Friday, May 2, 2014, 2:15 PM

I had a problem with one of my laying hens the other day. Denise noticed that she was sitting and looked lethargic, with her eyes slowly opening and closing. Normally, the hens are very active, scratching and pecking anything that moves. When I came over to look at her, she looked like she was trying to lay. Her tail feathers were going up and down like she was trying to get it out, then she would sit frequently on the ground like she would if she were trying to lay an egg. She was walking kind of gingerly, like she was in pain, and waddling a little bit like a penguin. » Read more

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5 Simple Tips For Spotting And Treating Common Chicken Illnesses

Understanding the signs
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:10 PM

Learn about some of the more common ailments that can arise in your backyard flock and how to identify them.

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Carole Morison, Industrial Chicken Farmer From 'Food, Inc.' Switches To Sustainable Farming

Change in the right direction
Friday, August 10, 2012, 3:30 PM

Good to see people can change and move towards using more sustainable methods and be healthier and happier because of it.