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PPT081: Backyard Chicken Business with Lauryn Salatin

Chick farmer Lauryn 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 episode was recorded live at the Fertrell open house. Resources: Polyface Farm Murray McMurray


PPT080: 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


PPT079: 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 Polyface.


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 part of the supply chain for other farmers as a Fertrell dealer. This interview was recorded live at the Fertrell open house in October 2018. For more information: Beerite Sales (Jonathan Coulimore). Scratch and Peck Feeds


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 the Fertrell open house in October 2018. Learn more about Dawson Gap at their website.


PPT076: 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 and has matured to the point where there is a deep support staff. You don't have to be an expert in everything. Topics by Timestamp Resources web pageFacebookAPPPA ConferenceThe Fertrell Company


PPT075: 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 produce it, and you eliminate up to 17 weeks of risk from disease, depredations, and management. When I hold pullet days through Badger's Millside Farm, I find myself answering many questions about bringing pullets into lay and acclimating them to...


PPT074: 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 Carolinas, and the projections are for a lot of water and wind. Mike has seen significant flooding events on his farm over the last three years, including Hurricane Harvey. Mike says that two days is a lot of time to focus and prepare as best you can....


PPT073: 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 and informed. But why aren't more farmers podcasting for their customers? That's the question this episode explores in the context of a trip I made to Podcast Movement, an annual meeting of podcasters from all over the world. We'll use some...


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, just to name a few problems. Jeff Mattocks from The Fertrell Company joins the show to discuss the problems of soy-free poultry feed, the solution, and then discuss Fertrell’s response. Jeff has developed a new soy-free feed ration using 5...


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 place to showcase pasture-raised chicken. In a bad cook’s grill, however, it’s a great opportunity to for a tough, dry, and poor eating experience. Mike talks about some of the biggest challenges to eating chicken: bland chicken and grilling. Mike...


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 expenses. The margin is the profit that goes back into the business. Mike Badger answers that listener question in this episode by showing you how to calculate the cost of the raising a broiler. This question has been answered before by Mike and Grady...


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 replacement pullet costs. It also calls out an unmet demand in the pastured layer community for a diversity and quantity of birds. Pastured Poultry Headlines [caption id="attachment_1140" align="alignright" width="300"] Look at the beautiful beak on...


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 chickens are laying on your table naked and unafraid, they hold no secrets. It's the perfect time to observe them as a way to identify production problems. This episode examines the scratches, bruises, hearts, livers, gizzards, green muscle...


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 scald, scald time by bird, the plucker’s role, and we’ll wrap it up with ways to check your scald.


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 with Chad, who is a pastured poultry farmer from Oklahoma who also happens to prepare taxes and keep books at an H&R Block office. Pastured Poultry Headlines Poultry WorldAntibiotic use in US poultry production is 3 times higher than the...


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 demystified and I think it's one of the keys to unlocking a self sufficient life. In this episode, I share some reasons to process on-farm, talk through why I believe the scalder is the single most important purchase you should make, and provide some...


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

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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 difference is feed. Even that difference can be questionable and uncertain. The real question for consumers is, "Do you really want something different, or are you ok with being lied to?" In other news, we've got Ready To Lay pullets available in NW...


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 to improve animal welfare. Instead, we're left with more of the same. Mike discusses the impact and politics from a pastured poultry perspective. Resources: Badger's Millside Farm