Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

Mar 06 2020 12.7k

Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey. Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop, beehive and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, being self sufficient, permaculture, food preservation, bees, beekeeping and even fence mending.

086 A deposit based farming business model, dual purpose chicken breeds, Chicken processing in China
Sep 12 2013 63 mins  
This weeks updates on the farm include our ongoing saga of selling pork sausage :) Want some? We als otalk pre-deposits and our business model as well as some of the lessons learned in appraoching farm sales with a deposit model. We have turkey orders coming up as well on the last day of the 2013 CSA! Ohh, and there was an areal predator strike on one of our chickens too... but she's fine! Hey - if you haven't visited yet and shopped their great selection of items - now is the time. By using the promoton code (listen to the episode for the code) when you check out you can save $25 on an order of $75 or more... and to help you do that we spend some time in this episode talking baout some of the great FarmTek poultry products we use on our farm. In the CoopCast Community we answer a pair of questions from Scott and Maggie about dual purpose chicken breeds and telling if a gilt is pregnant. In the "In The News" segment we talk about the USDA decision to let US grown chicken leav the country, head to China, get processed and then sent back to the US as a food product. Sounds like another well thought out government program to us! Chicken from China reading includes:

066 Pasture chicken orders, Diagnosing a sick pig, Disease resistance and breeding
Apr 18 2013 56 mins  
This weeks farming updates include a lot of rain and finally a little warmth. We were about to get the snow fence down and watch the pastures start to turn a little green. We started allowing customers to pre-order pastured chickens this week and we are almost already sold out. We found a dead chicken in the coop... looks like a heart attack. In the green house we have been potting up tomatoes and making soil blocks.The Farmers Choice segment this week answers the question we posed in CoopCast 065 about how do manage a sick pig. In the segment we:Follow up on pig illnessShare some of the thoughts our listeners had like call vet, ask Walter, check poopShare what the farmers did which included emailed Walter, posted on boards, called who we bought from, talked to large animal vetWe found that the Pigsite and Merck vet manual were quite helpfulPenicillin and tetracycline - when antibiotics and the farm work together.In a Farm U segment we talk about the notion out there that you can "breed resistance" to disease into your animals and how that's not really accurate.Resistance to disease/ building a better herd has a role in breeding but genetics isn't the whole story. The stauts of host- Nutrition, stress, normal flora, etc all impact the likelihood of an animal getting sick when exposed to the pathogen. In most cases it's less about genetics and "resistance" and more about infectious dose of the organism.

030 Dual duty pastured turkeys, marketing your farm, building a root cellar
Jul 24 2012 47 mins  
Fertilizing the lawn with pastured turkeys, We have the barn back and are busy drying garlic, 9 weeks and less than .25" of rain, TOTAL, Nugget, Snowflake and nameless are growing up, Hermione is in heat again and piglets are ready for a move, We eat good: Bruschetta recipe 1 loaf fresh baguette or Italian bread 2-3 different fresh picked tomatoes 2-3 T good olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic (mashed) 3-4 springs each of fresh oregano, basil and parsley all chopped fine Fresh cracked black pepper and salt to taste (optional) fresh grated hard Italian cheese (your choice) In a bowl combine all ingredients and stir together. Cut bread into slices. Spray with olive oil and place on a medium hot grill until grill marks appear. Spray exposed side of bread with more olive oil and flip. Immediately place heaping spoonfuls of tomato mixture on the bread and close the grill cover for about 2-3 minutes. Remove and consume with beer, wine or cold ice tea! In the CoopCast community: Lisa asks about managing problems with raccoons in corn, Austin is interested in our methods of marketing and growing our small farm, Melanie has a BUNCH of farm business questions which we touch on but will cover more of in the future, Another question about starting a CSA. On this episodes Farm U: Building your very own root cellar is a lot easier than you think Building Location, location, location Humidity Temperature Storage Options

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