On the thirteenth episode of the Root Simple Podcast we talk to chicken expert and author Terry Golson. Terry fields chicken questions from all over the world through her blog hencam.com where, as the name implies, you can watch her hens live through the interwebs.
One of the main points Terry makes during the podcast is that chickens have not really been bred to live long and that they start to get health problems after two years of age. When I solicited questions for this podcast, sure enough, most of the questions were related to health. By the way, I think I managed to ask Terry all the questions–many thanks to the listeners and blog readers who sent them in.
During the interview Terry mentions:
- Her blog post on why she does not go to a Vet to treat her chickens.
- Keeping antibiotics on hand as well as other things you should have in your chicken first aid kit.
- Terry’s “spa treatment” she uses to deal with egg binding.
- Doing a chicken necropsy.
- Why Terry doesn’t keep roosters.
- Where to source chicks and pullets.
- When and how to euthanize a sick chicken.
- I mention free necropsies provided by the University of California Extension Service for California residents.
- What Terry thinks about those rooster rings that supposedly keep roosters from crowing (hint: she doesn’t like them!).
- Terry answers Root Simple podcast listener questions.
- What to feed your chickens.
- Corn and soy in feed.
- A brief mention of Terry’s post on training animals.
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