Pastured Poultry Talk

Hosted by Mike Badger, Pastured Poultry Talk aims to inspire pastured poultry producers to build better businesses, solve problems, and integrate new ideas.

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Hosted by Mike Badger, Pastured Poultry Talk aims to inspire pastured poultry producers to build better businesses, solve problems, and integrate new ideas.
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2019-05-04 18:53
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2019-05-04 11:20
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How to use email marketing for small farms

Email marketing for small farms is one of those things that people have strong opinions about. Either you recognize the value, or you have limiting belief about why you shouldn’t send email. In this episode, I take the stance that email is the second h...
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10 Tips to Improve Your Farm Website SEO

In this episode I discuss the foundation principles required to improve farm website SEO (search engine optimization). Farm website SEO helps you be found by people who are looking for the products and services you sell; that's why it's a critically i...
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How to Pick A Chicken Plucker

After listening to the episode on learning the art of scalding, listener Chad asked if I could explain how to pick a chicken plucker. I happy to help. Quick disclaimer: While the advice in the episode is general purpose, the examples use the Poultry Ma...
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Latest Greenwashing craze - pasturewashing poultry

Pasturewashing is the latest marketing craze where traditional poultry integrators want to capitalize on the success of pasture-raised chicken and eggs without following the principles of production. It's a form of greenwashing. Greenwashing describes ...
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Pastured Poultry Talk Update on Ideal Customers, Planning, Speaking, and Greenwashing

In this episode, catch up with Mike as he sets the 2019 pastured poultry production goals at Badgers’ Millside Farm, talks about pasture-raised greenwashing, and sets a vision for the show. Pastured Poultry Speaker Traveling, planning, attending, and p...
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Backyard Chicken Business with Lauren Salatin

Chick farmer Lauren Salatin joins the podcast to discuss her backyard chicken business. She buys chicks from Murray McMurray, raises them until they're ready to lay, and then sells them. She finds her chickens enjoyable to be around and happy. This epi...
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Selling Duck Eggs with Travis Salatin

In this Kids in Commerce episode, Travis Salatin of Polyface discusses his Khaki Campbell duck business. Travis' advice to other kids who are starting a business: "start slow." Resources: Polyface Yum Premiere 1 Supplies
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Raising Sheep with Andrew Salatin

In this Kids in Commerce episode, Andrew Salatin joins the podcast to talk about his goals with raising sheep and what the enterprise has taught him. This episode was recorded live at the Fertrell open house. You can contact Andrew about lambs through ...
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PPT078: Pastured Poultry since 1998 with Jonathan Coulimore

John Coulimore, a long time pastured poultry producer from Washington, joined the podcast for a quick chat. Jonathan is another community member who has taken up the dual role of growing pasture-raised broilers and eggs while fullfilling an important p...

Empowering People through Pastured Poultry with Todd Morrison

Todd Morrison of Dawson Gap Farms joins the podcast to discuss how the farm approaches pastured poultry for consumers and other farmers. They operate a farm supply business in addition to direct-to-consumer products. This interview was recorded live at...

We're Better Together: Interview with Daniel Salatin

  Following Daniel Salatin's talk at the Fertrell open house, I caught up with him to ask what he means when he says, "We're better together." The subject of this talk was acknowledging the reality that the pastured poultry community is interconnected...
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Bringing Ready-to-Lay Pullets onto Your Farm

Ready-to-Lay pullets, also called started pullets, are an economical way for pastured poultry producers and family egg flocks replace their laying hen flock. By buying started pullets, you typically pay less for each bird than it would cost you to prod...
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Preparing your poultry farm for high winds, water, and hurricanes with Mike Marchand

Michael Marchand joins the show from the coastal plain of southeast Texas to talk about preparing your pastured poultry farm for the wind, water, and disruption of a hurricane.  As we record, Hurricane Florence is days away from landfall in the Carolin...
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Exploring the intersection of podcasting, pastured poultry, farming, and business

Many farmers listen to podcasts as they do chores, make hay, deliver product, or pick up supplies. Direct-to-consumer farmers have a lot of windshield time, and it makes sense that podcasts continue to fill more of that time as a way to be entertained ...
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Cracking the performance problems of soy-free poultry feeds with Fertrell

Episode 72 takes on the soy-free poultry feed for your chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Up to this point, if you’ve fed soy-free feeds to your chickens, then you’ve likely experienced slower growth, more expensive feed, and improperly feathered birds, jus...

How to perfectly grill chicken barbecue for family and groups

In Episode 71, learn how to grill chicken barbecue that's flavorful and moist. Email questions to As this episode drops, the United States will be in full-on summer picnic mode with the fourth of July. It’s a perfect plac...

How to calculate the margins of a pasture-raised broiler business

Episode 70. Beginning pastured poultry farmers have a common question: "What are the margins in raising pastured poultry?" In other words, "will it work?" The margins in your pasture-raised broiler business is what's left over after you pay for expense...

Buying Ready to Lay Pullets and Understanding the Competitive Advantages and Opportunities for Pastured Egg Flocks

Ready-to-lay pullets, sometimes called point-of-lay, are one of the pastured egg farmers best competitive advantages, but it's not all upside. This episode discusses the advantages, disadvantages, and opportunities for farmers to save money on replacem...

Troubleshooting Chicken Health Problems During Processing

[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignright" width="300"] Plucked chickens ready to be examined along with healthy hearts, liver, and gizzard.[/caption] Episode 68, I help you identify poultry production problems from your gutting table. When your ...

Learn the Art of Scalding Chickens: How Long Should I Scald?

[caption id="attachment_1076" align="alignright" width="300"] Mike Badger shows you how to check for the perfect scald on a chicken during on-farm processing.[/caption] In this episode, Mike Badger goes beyond the talking points and gives yous some pra...

The Art of Scalding Chickens: How Long Should I Scald?

In this episode, Mike Badger goes beyond the talking points and gives yous some practical advice on how to scald chickens, turkeys, ducks, and really, anything you find in your pot of hot water. We’ll talk about equipment selection, getting the perfect...

Chad Ward shares accounting tips to make tax time easier for your farm business

In an episode of The Fighting Farmer, Spence mentioned that one of his processing customers is a book keeper and tax preparer. Then Chad Ward popped up and answered a tax question in the Pastured poultry Talk Facebook group. So I decided to catch up w...

Advantages and cost analysis of on-farm chicken processing

On-farm chicken and turkey processing holds a special place in my heart. It paid the mortgage. It introduced us to great people with great farms. It created speaking opportunities. Perhaps, most importantly, on-farm chicken butchering  has been demysti...

The Fighting Farmer: community based pastured poultry and analyzing the costs of switching feeds

In this episode of The Fighting Farmer: Debriefing the APPPA Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference. It'll either be a smashing hit or a spectactular failure. Trading chicken processing for tax services. Across the Creek Farm has Farm Mana...

The Fighting Farmer Takes on Fake Organic

Certified organic is a systems based certification; it doesn't actually certify the product through testing. As a producer, the current system bugs me because consumers are paying for something they think is different and often times, the only differen...

Does the failed organic livestock and poultry practices regulation matter to pastured poultry?

Customers who want poultry raised differently need to shop harder to ensure they get that difference. In December 2017, the Trump administration nixed the proposed final rule of the organic livestock and poultry practices regulations that were supposed...

The Fighting Farmer on Profitable Ducks, Point of Lay Pullets, and Propane Heaters in the Brooder

It's a winter wrap-up at Across the Creek Farm: The meat duck and broiler production has finished for the winter season. We reflect on the profitability of the meat ducks on pasture. It's time to think about replacing your laying flocks with ready to ...

PPT063: Matt Brechwald discusses off farm income and selling what you know

Matt Brechwald publishes the Off Farm Income podcast and farms in  Kuna, Idaho. Like many people, Matt had a "good job" with good pay, good benefits, time off, and reliability. And like many people he was not satisfied. Before he knew it, he spent 15 y...

FF004: Living the Fairy Tale Farm Life

When people look into a farmer's world, it often looks like a fairy tale life, and in many respects, that's true. In this episode of The Fighting Farmer podcast, we cover some of the things that challenge the wonderful life. Topics in this show: Pushi...

PPT062: Joel Salatin talks about the marketing and business of craft foods

Joel Salatin joins the show and we use his recent book Your Successful Farm Business (Amazon)as the back drop to the conversation. High points of the discussion: Your Successful Farm Business dives into the people, the marketing, time and motion stud...

FF003: The Fighting Farmer on Christmas, chicken for cooking schools, alternative fish meal sources, and peat moss

Update from the farm: The Christmas ducks are out on pasture in the unseasonably warm fall weather and doing well. A buyer from a cooking school visits the farm. Across the Creek Farm supplies this school already, and the buyer said they needed to sour...

PPT061: Don't be intimidated by marketing; get help | Interview with Tim Young

Tim Young of Small Farm Nation joins the show to discuss business, marketing, and farming. Tim is one of those guys who left a successful corporate career to farm full time. After successfully building that business, he's made yet another transition t...

FF002: Cooking ducks, remembering friends and castrating pigs

On The Fighting Farmer, Spence goes into mouth watering detail about what makes pasture-raised duck different and provides some helpful tips on cooking it up. Sorghum glazed duck and duck fat roasted potatoes, anyone? The processing facility has been a...

FF001: Welcome to the Fighting Farmer Podcast with Terrell Spencer

Terrell Spencer (we just call him Spence) joins the Pastured Poultry Talk network to chat about farm life. Spence is a full-time pastured poultry farmer at Across the Creek Farm near Fayetteville, Arkansas. The “Fighting Farmer”is rooted in the fact th...

PPT060: Interview with David Hale About the Pastured Poultry Better Way Forward Video

Today, I bring you the audio portion of APPPA's "Pastured Poultry: Better Way Forward" video and then I talk with one of the video's main characters, David Hale of Windy Meadows Farm. The video differentiates pastured poultry from all the other options...

PPT059: Using Email to Find Leads, Market Solutions, and Build Relationships

In this show, I take some momentum from episode 58 and  talk about prospecting for new customers using email cold calls and email marketing services. There's a quick technology detour as I introduce Mozilla Thunderbird, which is how I do all my day-to-...

PPT058: Interview with Charlotte Smith | Building Relationships with Farm Marketing from the Heart

Farmer, marketer, and author Charlotte Smith joins the podcast to talk about relationship marketing, or as she puts it, farm marketing from the heart. The farm's signature product is raw milk with diversified offerings of eggs, chicken, and turkey. The...

PPT057: Interview with a USDA Scientist About Pastured Poultry Food Safety and (non)Pathogenic Bacteria

Dr. Michael Rothrock of USDA joins the show to discuss bacteria on pastured poultry. He overviews his research into the common food safety bacteria: campylobacter, salmonella, listeria, and E. Coli. He's not trying to figure out how pastured poultry co...

PPT056: Designing Movable Shelters for Pasture Raised Broilers and Layers with Pastured Life Farm

Today, Dave shares a new 300 broiler design that scales up the typical small-batch design of the Salatin shelters, but falls short of the size found in large scale mobile housing, such as the Mobile Range Coop. I’'s a great middle ground design for tho...

PPT055 Interview with Dave and Ginger Shields - A Journey from Urbanites to Homesteaders to Pastured Poultry Entrepreneurs

On this episode, I’m joined by Dave and Ginger Shields of Pastured Life Farm in O’brien, Florida. Dave and Ginger started their life as urbanites in Jacksonville, but it was their preschool aged son that made them leave the city and the suburbs in sear...

PPT054: Interview with Paul Greive of Pasturebird: It started with 50 chicks

Paul Greive from Pasturebird joins the show. Paul is a partner in the southern California farm that started just five years ago from 50 chicks. And their rising quickly. A $2000 investment among 4 guys started as experiment. There came a point when the...

PPT053: Feeding People and Creating Jobs with New Roots Farm

Nick Stolberg is just beginning his career as a pastured poultry farmer in Cap Haitian, Haiti where he’s using pastured poultry to feed people and create jobs. Raising pastured poultry is the latest stop on his long-term mission, and I use his Haitian ...

PPT052: Pastured Poultry Set Me Free

Show updates and a Mike's personal story of how pastured poultry was the change agent in his life; it's the thing that facilitated an independent lifestyle. He also forecasts the next month's scheudule of guests, as well as drops hints of several big p...

PPT051: Pat Whitaker Breeds Black Australorps for Utility

Pat breeds Black Australorps in the Asheville, NC area. Her birds are becoming well known for their high lay rate of 80%+. The choice to use heritage birds is riddled with challenges, but there's also unmet opportunities. Breeders like Pat lay the foun...

PPT050: Grady Phelan on the Necissity of Friends, Making Deals, and One Thousand Reps

Grady Phelan, Farm Manager at Cobb Creek, joins the podcast as an interview. Cobb Creek raises broilers on pasture in 600 bird batches and process in their own-farm Texas state inspected slaughter plant. Grady shares the highs and lows of the last ten ...

PPT049: Caroline Owens Talks Time Management for Pastured Poultry Farmers

Caroline Owens discusses her book, Time Management Tips for Farmers. Buy the book. Caroline and family raise sheep, Tamworth pigs, pasture-raised broilers, turkeys, and honeybees on their Sunbury, Pennsylvania farm. In this episode Caroline shares the ...

PPT048 Pat McNiff Goes from Cocker Spaniels and Hamsters to Professional Pastured Poultry

In this episode, I profile Rhode Island pastured poultry farmer Pat McNiff of Pat's Pastured. At the time of this interview, Pat raised 11,000 broilers, 600 turkeys, 1,800 laying hens, 250 laying ducks, 150 meat ducks, and 50 quail, in addition to hogs...

PPT047: Cultivating Customers with Simon Huntley

Simon Huntley, founder of Small Farms Central and author of Cultivating Customers: A Farmers Guide to Online Marketing joins the podcast to talk about online marketing. Buy Cultivating Customers (and support this podcast with the commission Amazon pays...

PPT046: On a Sustainable Poultry Mission to Cameroon with Jim Adkins

In early December 2016, I will join the Global Poultry Initiative on a mission trip to Cameroon as an instructor in the five day Institute of Sustainable Poultry. Jim joins the show for his second appearance (third podcast) to discuss what GPI is and h...

PPT045: Mike Takes Pastured Poultry on the Road

I'm reloading the podcast, and more information will come out about that. For now, take advantage of these training opportunities: Raising Pastured Poultry for Food and Profit Workshop in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, ...