In today's episode, we talk about how to get your "green fix" in the winter. I love green! I can't wait for the spring time and the winter seems to drag by. So here are some things that I have found helps me get by until spring arrives.
Plant Winter Gardens. There are hardy perennials that can stand cold weather well.
I did not mention it in the podcast but there are several plants like carrots, spinach, leaks, and collards that can stand cold-weather better than kale..
You could also build a greenhouse to start plants earlier in the season. Cold frames will help you extend the growing season further into the fall as well. Keeping indoor plants is a nice way to bring nature inside. Citrus trees for instance, have very nice smelling blossoms, tasty fruit, and green foliage. There are also varieties of bananas that can be grown indoors all year long. They will even produce edible fruit!
Now's a good time to start your garden plans, buy seeds, spread more mulch, and otherwise prepare your garden.
If you have ideas on how to survive the winter please leave them in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for listening.
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In this episode we talk about common ailments/pests that are common to chickens, and egg incubators.
Vigilance is the key to maintaining good Flock health. But some of these most common ailments and pests can be easily avoided.
can be prevented by use of diatomaceous earth in their dust baths and if the outbreak is severe permethrin powder can be added to the dust bath.
most common in small chicks, but is easily correctable with electrolyte supplements and dissolving/loosening buildup with water.
comes from eating long pieces of grass/hay/straw. If caught early can be corrected with deep tissue massage. Olive oil has been known to help lubricate the crop. If it is not caught in time it can lead to the chicken dying of starvation.
The Incuview egg incubator is what we use. Can be found for $175 on the Internet from incubator warehouse. I really like the see-through lid. We have had good results from using this incubator
Some of the websites I mentioned are:
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This episode is dedicated to everything I know about chicken feed.
The first things we cover are the three main types of chicken feed: starter, grower, and layer.
We cover the following types of chicken feed: crumble, scratch, pellets, medicated versus non-medicated, table scraps, insects, plant material, fermented grains, and grit.
We also cover whether to add calcium to feed, and if diatomaceous earth is worth giving to your chickens.
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Some websites that I mention are
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