260 Raising Chicks and Hens

Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

07-04-2023 • 49 mins

Easter egg season is here, and many of you may be thinking, "Why bother painting those eggs? After all, there are breeds of hens that lay beautifully colored eggs. So, Let’s just get some baby chicks, raise the hens, and gather the colorful eggs. Plus, we’ll save money on omelettes!"
Many farm supply stores now have those baby chicks in stock. Today, we back up a step or two and talk about what you should have on hand before you buy those baby chicks.  You’ll learn about:

• What do you feed a baby chick? (9:00)

• Why you don’t want to use pine shavings or newspaper as the flooring for your baby chicks. (11:49)

• Why you should only offer warm water for baby chicks. (18:00)

• Precautions on using heat lamps around your chickens. (27:30)

• How to Pick a chick that isn’t a rooster. (31:29)

• What are the best breeds of chickens for small children? (34:29)

It’s all in today’s episode 260, raising backyard chicks and hens. Brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. Let’s go!

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Pictured: Cherie and Colorful Chicken Eggs

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Flashback Ep. 65 What is a Consulting Arborist?

3 Books and a NYT Newsletter for Raising Backyard Chickens:
Story’s Guide to Raising Chickens
Raising Chickens for Dummies
City Chicks
New York Times/Wirecutter Article:
“The Best Chicken Coop and Accessories

Chick Waterer
Chick Brooder
Radiant Heat (non-lamps) for Chicks

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