Online Chicken School Podcast

Whether you have been keeping chickens for years or you are just thinking about getting started; have a big flock out in the country or just a few urban chickens in the city; chicken tenders Don& Suzy share their knowledge, experience and opinions to help you get the most out of your backyard chicken flock.

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Whether you have been keeping chickens for years or you are just thinking about getting started; have a big flock out in the country or just a few urban chickens in the city; chicken tenders Don& Suzy share their knowledge, experience and opinions to help you get the most out of your backyard chicken flock.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2017-07-19 02:52
last episode published
2017-07-19 01:05
publication frequency
15.61 days
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Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
76
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19.07.2017

Letting a Cat Sleep in the Chicken Coop – Will the State Disease Test Your Flock for Free? – Does NPIP Mean Birds Are Disease Free?

Don & Suzy share stories about extension cords and Dwayne caught in a net, discuss whether a cat could sleep in the coop with the chickens, and talk about getting the state to disease-test your birds for free, and discuss whether NPIP certification...
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7.07.2017

Using Pond Water to Ferment Feed – Big Salmonella Outbreak – What Causes Rubbery Eggs?

Don & Suzy talk about their recent efforts two merge to flocks, discuss whether you should use pond water to ferment feed, share news of a recent salmonella outbreak, and talk about what causes hens to lay rubbery eggs.
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31.05.2017

Vegan Groups Try a New Strategy – Dealing with the Pains of Summer

Episode 73. Don & Suzy share a story of Della the Delaware becoming bold, discuss an article about a new strategy being used by vegan groups, and then share some strategies for helping your flock deal with gnats, flies, mosquitoes and the heat of s...
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3.05.2017

Keeping Your Flock in Your Yard– Can Baby Chicks Crow?– Can Chickens Get Salmonella from Dogs?

Episode 72. Don& Suzy each share a story about chickens in the dark and then talk about the oldest person in the world and how she ate three eggs every day. Then we answer listener questions about keeping your flock out of your neighbor's yard, whe...
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12.04.2017

Why Do Hens Stop Laying Eggs?– Does Facebook’s Livestock Policy Promote Cruelty to Chickens?

Episode 71. Don& Suzy talk about reasons a hen stops laying eggs and then get on their soapbox to talk about how Facebook's livestock ban might not be the best thing for animals.
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
7.04.2017

Are Eggs Really Gluten Free?– Rise of the Chicken Concierge– Can Store Bought Eggs Become Baby Chicks?

Episode 70. Don& Suzy discover Don's love language, explore a new chicken business idea, and answer questions about whether store-bought eggs can become baby chicks, the medicated feed withdrawal time for meat birds, and whether eggs really are glu...
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
31.03.2017

Hi-Tech Chicken Nuggets– What’s the Best Bedding Option?– Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?

Episode 69. Don& Suzy talk about acquiring new breeds and hanging an xylophone in a coop, then discuss hi-tech chicken nuggets in the news, and answer questions about bedding material for chickens and whether chickens and ducks can live together.
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15.03.2017

Is Avian Influenza Back?– Did the FDA Make Medicated Feed Illegal?

Episode 68. Don& Suzy discuss Don's new chicken coop idea, talk about Avian influenza in Tennessee, try to figure out where all the medicated feed went, and answer a question about whether factory chickens lay three eggs a day.
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8.03.2017

Can Chickens Raised on Medicated Feed Still Get Coccidiosis?

Suzy may be going broody, we share a story of family visiting from up north, and we dedicate the full episode to one of the most common and misunderstood poultry diseases: Coccidiosis.
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14.02.2017

Reintegrating Sick Chickens with the Flock– When Can Chickens Start Free-Ranging?

In a special Valentine's Day episode, Don shares a story about love. Then Don& Suzy talk about a man sailing the world with his pet chicken, discuss the issue of allowing sick birds back into the flock, and talk about when you can start free-rangin...
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
8.02.2017

Integrating Mature Hens and Pullets– Choosing Which Eggs to Hatch

Episode 65. In this episode, Don& Suzy share why they have been away from the microphones so long, talk about Brooke becoming helpful with the chickens, discuss whether KFC marketing people are crazy, get philosophical about hatching eggs, and talk...
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11.08.2016

Hatching Eggs Without a Shell– Perdue Rethinks Meat Birds– Helping Hens Be Less Broody

Episode 64. In this episode, Suzy tells a story about Gordo going after the chickens, we talk about a Japanese class who has cooler science projects than we did in school, we share the story of Perdue rethinking the use of the Cornish Cross, and we giv...
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29.06.2016

Treats for Chicks– DE– Helping Chickens Deal with Heat

Episode 63: In this episode, Suzy shares her recipe for crepes, we talk about giving treats to baby chicks, discuss whether diatomaceous earth is a cure-all, and give some suggestions for helping your chickens deal with the heat of summer.
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7.06.2016

A Hen Who Watches TV– Helping Dogs Get Along with Chickens

Episode 62. In this episode, we talk about how shockingly stubborn Gordo is, share the story of a hen who watches TV, ponder an alternative to pine shavings, and discuss how to help dogs get along with chickens.
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25.03.2016

Treating Scaly Leg Mites

Episode 61. In this episode, we figure out why our Wyandottes go through water so fast, talk about a new law for chicken-killing dogs in Virginia, brainstorm Don's new idea for truck-driving chicken keepers, and share a few ideas for getting rid of sca...
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9.03.2016

Coping with Scissor Beak– Should City Slickers Be Allowed to Raise Chickens?

Episode 60. In this episode, we share the story of a young Barred Rock rooster who had his life flash before his eyes, ponder coping with scissor beak, wonder of chicken nipples freeze in cold winters, and then discuss whether city slickers should be a...
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17.02.2016

Do Backyard Chickens Have More Parasites?– Do Chickens Belong in School?

Episode 59. In this episode, we talk about Max the escape artist, share our thoughts about a new study that finds backyard chickens have more parasites, answer a listener's question about whether chickens are healthy and then discuss whether chickens b...
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10.02.2016

My Hens Won’t Use Nipple Drinkers– Can You Hatch Only Female Chickens?

Episode 58. In This episode, we help a listener figure out why her hens won't use nipple drinkers, and then discuss if it is possible to hatch only female chickens.
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
22.12.2015

Don& Suzy Learn a Costly Lesson

Episode 57. In this episode, we talk about a new chicken restaurant concept in the UK and share a costly lesson we learned last weekend.
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8.12.2015

Fake Chicken Meat– Exploring More Common Chicken Myths

Episode 56. In this episode, we talk about sweaters for chickens, share a few ideas on the quest fake chicken meat, and explore a few more chicken myths.
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
2.12.2015

7 Tips for Buying Chickens Online

In this episode, we talk about Gordo's recovery from getting spayed, giving first aid to General Tso, a new website that gives poultry brands an animal-welfare score, and we give seven tips for buying chickens from an online hatchery.
Don& Suzy: Backyard& Urban Chicken Tenders author
24.11.2015

Vaccinating for Coccidiosis– Is the Float Test Foolproof?

In this episode, we talk about Gordo getting ready to be fixed, share a recipe for chicken'n' dumplings, talk about vaccinating for coccidiosis, and discuss what the float test really means about your eggs.
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17.11.2015

Is It a Bad Idea to Buy Hatching Eggs?– Is Don a Biosecurity Hypocrite?

Episode 53 - We talk about Max's flea allergy, help a listener with a predator issue, discuss whether it is a bad idea to buy hatching eggs, and try to figure out if Don is a biosecurity hypocrite.
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8.10.2015

Getting Rid of Unwanted Roosters in an Ethical Way

Episode 52 - We talk about a possible new logo design, our young and crazy Delaware flock, and give some advice on how to get rid of an unwanted cockerel or rooster without them ending up in the hands of slimy cock-fighters.
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28.09.2015

What if the Chickens Don’t Come Home to Roost?– Simplifying Our Chicken Ranch

Episode 51. In this episode, we talk about what to do when your chickens won’t go to bed, answer whether you can ferment medicated feed, and look at simplifying their chicken ranch.
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16.09.2015

Prosthetic Legs for Chickens– Storing Eggs for Winter

Episode 50. In this episode we share the story of a young hen who is getting a prosthetic leg and then talk about saving eggs for winter. A Wet Month The rain presents some interesting challenges for us in August and September every year. For one thing...
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5.08.2015

Do Battery Hens Have a Place in Your Backyard Flock?

Episode 49. In this episode we talk about the extra care required for rescued battery hens and whether they have a place in your backyard flock. New Hen Apron Pippa, one of our Barred Rock hens, has been sporting a standard hen saddle for a little whil...
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14.07.2015

Why Should You Quarantine New Chickens?– How Do You Evaluate a Chicken Coop Before You Buy It?

Episode 48. In this episode we discuss why it is important to quarantine new chickens, and then talk about how you evaluate a chicken coop before you buy it. Duck Emergency! Last weekend, I was working in my workshop in the back of our property when Su...
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3.07.2015

What Happened to Shep?– Is It a Good Idea to Rent Chickens?

Episode 47. In this episode we talk about the passing of our Australian Shepherd, Shep, and discuss whether it is a good idea to rent chickens.
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3.06.2015

Is Bird Flu Avoiding Backyard Flocks?– Are Snakes Dangerous to Chickens?

Episode 46. Today we take another look at the bird flu with special guest Joel Salatin, and ask why the avian influenza outbreak seems to be focused in commercial chicken growers and mostly leaving backyard flocks alone. We also take a look at snakes a...
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22.05.2015

In Search of a Better Broiler– Celebrating One Year of Podcasting

Episode 45 Show Notes Fermented Feed Update The fermented feed experiment is under way – at least partially. Our latest batch of baby chicks has been snacking on fermented feed for just over a week. We decided to delay the implementation with the adult...
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7.05.2015

Can Hens Be Vegetarians?– Is it Safe for Chickens to Eat Dog Poop?

Episode 44 Show Notes Back from Vacation! We are back home from a week spent in Las Vegas with Suzy’s parents. I wasn’t sure how the trip was going to go since neither Suzy or I gamble, but we had a great time at the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and ju...
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24.04.2015

Is Fermenting Feed a Good Practice for Your Flock?

Episode 43 Show Notes Shortage of Chicken Sexers The poultry industry in the United Kingdom announced that it has a critical shortage of chickens sexers, the people who separate male and female chicks at chicken hatcheries. Apparently, this is not an o...
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16.04.2015

Hens Behaving Badly: Egg Eating and Bullying

Episode 42 Show Notes Happy Eggs Benedict Day! Today is one of the most important, yet under-appreciated, holidays of the year. Yes my friends, it is Eggs Benedict Day. To celebrate, here is a link to the Eggs Benedict recipe Suzy uses. What Do You Do ...
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9.04.2015

Dealing With a Chicken’s Broken Leg– Introducing Your Dog to Chickens

Episode 41 Show Notes Dealing With a Chicken’s Broken Leg One of our good hatchery customers had an incident last week when she was moving her chicken tractor. One of her hens got her leg caught under the tractor and her leg broke. A broken chicken leg...
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26.03.2015

Inheriting a Chicken Coop– The Delaware Chicken Breed

Episode 40 Show Notes Okay.. We Are Lazy We have been pretty well knocked out with allergies and the flu for many weeks, which turned us into two very lazy podcasters. Fortunately, we are both on the mend and back into our normal workflow. Lots of Work...
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26.02.2015

Natural Chicken Keeping with Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily– Are Bantams a Good Choice for Your Flock?

Episode 39 Show Notes Shep is Now One Year Old Our cute little Australian Shepherd / Catahoula mix, Shep (named for astronaut Alan Shepard), turned one year old the last weekend. We like talking about the dogs on the podcast because they are an importa...
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17.02.2015

Which Hens Are Laying and Which Ones Are Slacking?

[hr] Episode 38 Show Notes Our Second Chicken Emergency in Two Weeks Cluck Norris, our Rhode Island Red rooster, has a favorite hen. Her name is Scarlett Crowhansson and being the object of Chuck’s obsession is not easy. Recently, she began developing ...
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10.02.2015

Dust Bathing– Best Coop for Broilers

[hr] Episode 37 Show Notes Welcome to the World, Brody! Suzy’s youngest sister had a cute little boy named Brody. This is our second nephew, and this one lives not too far down the street, so we are pretty excited to put him to work on the chicken farm...
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28.01.2015

Can You Mate Sibling Chickens?– Which Predator Killed My Chicken?

[hr] Episode 36 Show Notes The Giants Aren’t Too Bright Last week, we came home a little later than expected and it was already dark. Earlier, we have allowed the Jersey Giants some free time out in the yard while we were away. Normally, chickens will ...
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14.01.2015

Tips for Buying a Chicken Coop Online– A Bunch of Questions About Eggs

[hr] Episode 35 Show Notes Lt. Tso to the Rescue! Suzy was attacked by George, our Barred Rock rooster with an attitude problem, and Lt Tso, who is one of our Golden Laced Wyandotte Roosters, came to her rescue…. twice! Tips for Buying a Chicken Coop O...
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6.01.2015

2014 Year in Review– Are Egg Prices Going to Rise?

[hr] Episode 34 Show Notes 2014 Year in Review Don& Suzy take a look back at what happened on the little chicken ranch in 2014.
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18.12.2014

Saving Your Flock from a Neighbor’s Dog– A Hatching Chick in Distress

[hr] Episode 33 Show Notes Next Week is Christmas! Next week is Christmas, which means we will be starting our yearly ‘staycation,’ where we take the week off and just be in holiday mode around the ranch. We will take next week off from the podcast, bu...
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4.12.2014

Caring for a Chicken with Frostbite– Watch Out for Backyard Hazards

[hr] Episode 32 Show Notes Bird Flu is Back! Craig sent us a message with a link to a HobbyFarms.com article about how bird flu has been found in flocks across Asia and Europe. Craig wondered if we should be concerned here in the United States. This st...
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26.11.2014

Should You Caponize Your Roosters?– Choosing the Right Breed for You

[hr] Episode 31 Show Notes Meat Bird Update After processing The Colonel, our one-year old Light Sussex rooster, he let him rest in the refrigerator for five days and then Suzy used a pressure cooker to prepare him. Despite being a year old, he was ver...
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21.11.2014

Our First Chicken Processing Experience– The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

[hr] Episode 30 Show Notes Email from Ryan in Texas Ryan sent us an email through our website, and he says: I’m looking to raise chickens for the first time. What is the recommended age to get them at and now that it’s November and winter is upon us, i...
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13.11.2014

Common Mistakes Made by Chicken Keepers

[hr] Episode 29 Show Notes Happy Veteran’s Day! This week is Veteran’s Day, so we offer a heartfelt thank you for every man and woman who has served out country in the military. e appreciate the sacrifices that you and your families have made. Chicken ...
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7.11.2014

Frozen Chicken! How to Get Your Flock Ready for Winter

[hr] Episode 28 Show Notes Crazy Week! It all started with the time change last weekend, which means that by the time I get home from work, it is already dark. Add in election day this week, which wasn’t strenuous but definitely throws a small wrinkle ...
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29.10.2014

How Can You Go On Vacation When You Have Chickens?

[hr] Episode 27 Show Notes We Are Back! Suzy and I are back from vacation, and sadly we were not able to put out an episode last week. Unfortunately, the reason for missing an episode is not because we were on vacation. No, we diligently produced an ex...
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15.10.2014

The Days Are Getting Shorter… Should You Add Lights to Your Coop?

[hr] Episode 26 Show Notes Happy Eggtoberfest! October means Octoberfest in our household, so this month Suzy will highlight German recipes that use eggs. This week we talk about my favorite noodle… Spaetzle! It’s basically a short stumpy egg noodle, b...
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