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Pastured Poultry Talk

Mike Badger

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Pastured Poultry Talk

Pastured Poultry Talk

Mike Badger

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Mike Badger dives into the the production, the processing, the marketing, and the business of farming pasture-raised poultry. Pastured Poultry Talk is THE podcast where raising chickens, turkeys, and poultry on grass meets real life opportunities, solutions, and farmers. The podcast helps you raise healthy, profitable birds for your family, your community, and your customers.

Latest Episodes

Maintain Production with All In/All Out Rotation for 5,000 laying hens

Listener Chris asks how to utilize an all-in/all-out pullet replacement strategy without duplicating infrastructure while maintaining egg production. To help answer the question, I share insights from Mark Harrison and Dave and Ginger Shields. The simple answer to the Chris' question is that infrastructure is required to maintain production. Listen in as I discuss the details.

19 min1 w ago
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Maintain Production with All In/All Out Rotation for 5,000 laying hens

Feed Management Tips to Reduce Waste & Maintain Egg Production

In Pastured Poultry Talk episode 110, farmer Matt Steinman discussed how he used fermented feed as a solution to waste and fines. While fermentation can be a viable solution for some people, it's not the only way to deal with fines. This episode unpacks those options.

11 min3 w ago
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Feed Management Tips to Reduce Waste & Maintain Egg Production

Is Fermented Feed Worth the Time for 1,000 hens?

Farmer Matt Steinman (Foothills Farm in Sedro-Woolley, Washington) and Dr. Louisa Brouwer (technical advisor on the trial) share the results of a SARE-funded trial that sought to understand the economic impacts of feeding fermented feed to laying hens. The trial compared a dry feed, wet feed, and a fermented feed and then determined the net difference across to the bottom line.

50 minSEP 17
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Is Fermented Feed Worth the Time for 1,000 hens?

Community Q&A PIus a Heritage Poultry Monologue

I close out the pastured poultry training series with a live streamed Q&A between Terrell Spencer from The Fighting Farmer and myself. We went live on Facebook and fielded questions from our listeners, and this episode of the podcast includes an edited version of that conversation

70 minAUG 22
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Community Q&A PIus a Heritage Poultry Monologue

Perspectives on Pastured Poultry Shelters and Pasture Management

When you put chickens or turkeys out on pasture, there are two fundamental questions you need to consider. Why pasture and how do you house the birds? If you fully grasp the why of the pasture model, you won't take shortcuts in your housing and implementation. I'm primarily talking about the foundational principle of movement to fresh pasture approach that pastured poultry requires. If you choose to build a strong foundation on the principles of pastured poultry, then your system becomes healthier and more capable of surviving challenges. There are a lot of companies that compromise the pastured poultry model today where fresh forage is replaced with access to more space. I spend a lot of time working through these issues in the podcast episode because it's important to start off with a clear vision, and that vision will inform your shelter approach. Pasture Shelter Considerations There are a near infinite number of designs and modifications you can make to a pastured poultry shelte...

77 minJUL 23
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Perspectives on Pastured Poultry Shelters and Pasture Management

Successful Brooder Management for Chicks & Poults

The Pastured Poultry Training series continues with brooder management. Those first days in the brooder are critical to the long term health and productivity of the flock.

57 minJUL 6
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Successful Brooder Management for Chicks & Poults

9 Practical Tips for Feeding Your Pastured Poultry (PPT106)

Feeding your pastured poultry is a huge topic, and it can quickly overwhelm you. As a beginner to pastured poultry, I provide nine tips for feeding your flock that can help you get off to the right start. I'll cover universal feeding advice as well as specific information for meat birds, layers, and turkeys. All this advice can summed up into a larger objective statement. Buy the highest quality (not the cheapest) feed you can and make it a mission to understand the nutrition requirements of each type of poultry you raise based on it's age. The episode covers the beginner level approach to selecting feed and doesn't dive into the actual nutrient levels. Request your Feed Guidelines Cheat Sheet at this link, and it will be emailed to you. The cheat sheet referenced in the podcast episode outlines how you can feed your flock. It primarily matches the feed type and protein level by the poultry species and age. Don't buy cheap feed Pasture's role in feeding your birds Tips for Sourcing ...

68 minJUN 10
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9 Practical Tips for Feeding Your Pastured Poultry (PPT106)

Evaluating Breeds for Pastured Poultry and Understanding Genetics, Performance, and Cost

Get the reference guide for this episode here: https://mailchi.mp/1c477b60f7a2/ppt105. The episode examines key production metrics for popular meat birds and laying hens and then compares all the data showing you how much it costs to feed and take care of each breed. You might be surprised by some of the analysis.

64 minMAY 5
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Evaluating Breeds for Pastured Poultry and Understanding Genetics, Performance, and Cost

Pastured Poultry Training: Planning & Discovery

This episode has a downloadable worksheet to help you apply the concepts discussed in the podcast episode to your situation. Get it by email (https://mailchi.mp/da97fcb780f4/ppt104). One of the biggest mistakes pastured poultry growers make is that they make impulsive decisions, which often go like this. Based on personal experience.... I think I'll raise some chickens, so I go to the nearest chick days and find some birds based on what the store employees tell me. Next thing I know, I'm trying to sell them

43 minAPR 13
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Pastured Poultry Training: Planning & Discovery

103: Catching Up on Corona Virus from a Pastured Poultry Perspective

I've shared some Covid 19 corona virus updates via the APPPA channels in recent weeks, so I thought it was time to circle back to the podcast with an update. I cover a lot of ground, including how the Badger family is affected, how the pastured community is responding, supply concerns, and a few featured news items. In the face of any trial, crisis, and disruption to the norm, the defining moments for each of us come based on how we recover and how act during the crisis. Many leaders, such as Greg Gunthorp, think we have an opportunity to shape the future based on a resilient local food production model. I agree, and that's where we should be placing an increasing amount of energy. Topics in this episode Badger Family Update Ready-to-Lay Pullet Demand Explodes Broiler demand is high Don't panic buy feed (or TP) Holding prices steady despite overwhelming demand Egg prices up nationwide Joel Salatin wants corona virus How you communicate on your platform matters How we respond is our ...

33 minMAR 30
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103: Catching Up on Corona Virus from a Pastured Poultry Perspective

Latest Episodes

Maintain Production with All In/All Out Rotation for 5,000 laying hens

Listener Chris asks how to utilize an all-in/all-out pullet replacement strategy without duplicating infrastructure while maintaining egg production. To help answer the question, I share insights from Mark Harrison and Dave and Ginger Shields. The simple answer to the Chris' question is that infrastructure is required to maintain production. Listen in as I discuss the details.

19 min1 w ago
Comments
Maintain Production with All In/All Out Rotation for 5,000 laying hens

Feed Management Tips to Reduce Waste & Maintain Egg Production

In Pastured Poultry Talk episode 110, farmer Matt Steinman discussed how he used fermented feed as a solution to waste and fines. While fermentation can be a viable solution for some people, it's not the only way to deal with fines. This episode unpacks those options.

11 min3 w ago
Comments
Feed Management Tips to Reduce Waste & Maintain Egg Production

Is Fermented Feed Worth the Time for 1,000 hens?

Farmer Matt Steinman (Foothills Farm in Sedro-Woolley, Washington) and Dr. Louisa Brouwer (technical advisor on the trial) share the results of a SARE-funded trial that sought to understand the economic impacts of feeding fermented feed to laying hens. The trial compared a dry feed, wet feed, and a fermented feed and then determined the net difference across to the bottom line.

50 minSEP 17
Comments
Is Fermented Feed Worth the Time for 1,000 hens?

Community Q&A PIus a Heritage Poultry Monologue

I close out the pastured poultry training series with a live streamed Q&A between Terrell Spencer from The Fighting Farmer and myself. We went live on Facebook and fielded questions from our listeners, and this episode of the podcast includes an edited version of that conversation

70 minAUG 22
Comments
Community Q&A PIus a Heritage Poultry Monologue

Perspectives on Pastured Poultry Shelters and Pasture Management

When you put chickens or turkeys out on pasture, there are two fundamental questions you need to consider. Why pasture and how do you house the birds? If you fully grasp the why of the pasture model, you won't take shortcuts in your housing and implementation. I'm primarily talking about the foundational principle of movement to fresh pasture approach that pastured poultry requires. If you choose to build a strong foundation on the principles of pastured poultry, then your system becomes healthier and more capable of surviving challenges. There are a lot of companies that compromise the pastured poultry model today where fresh forage is replaced with access to more space. I spend a lot of time working through these issues in the podcast episode because it's important to start off with a clear vision, and that vision will inform your shelter approach. Pasture Shelter Considerations There are a near infinite number of designs and modifications you can make to a pastured poultry shelte...

77 minJUL 23
Comments
Perspectives on Pastured Poultry Shelters and Pasture Management

Successful Brooder Management for Chicks & Poults

The Pastured Poultry Training series continues with brooder management. Those first days in the brooder are critical to the long term health and productivity of the flock.

57 minJUL 6
Comments
Successful Brooder Management for Chicks & Poults

9 Practical Tips for Feeding Your Pastured Poultry (PPT106)

Feeding your pastured poultry is a huge topic, and it can quickly overwhelm you. As a beginner to pastured poultry, I provide nine tips for feeding your flock that can help you get off to the right start. I'll cover universal feeding advice as well as specific information for meat birds, layers, and turkeys. All this advice can summed up into a larger objective statement. Buy the highest quality (not the cheapest) feed you can and make it a mission to understand the nutrition requirements of each type of poultry you raise based on it's age. The episode covers the beginner level approach to selecting feed and doesn't dive into the actual nutrient levels. Request your Feed Guidelines Cheat Sheet at this link, and it will be emailed to you. The cheat sheet referenced in the podcast episode outlines how you can feed your flock. It primarily matches the feed type and protein level by the poultry species and age. Don't buy cheap feed Pasture's role in feeding your birds Tips for Sourcing ...

68 minJUN 10
Comments
9 Practical Tips for Feeding Your Pastured Poultry (PPT106)

Evaluating Breeds for Pastured Poultry and Understanding Genetics, Performance, and Cost

Get the reference guide for this episode here: https://mailchi.mp/1c477b60f7a2/ppt105. The episode examines key production metrics for popular meat birds and laying hens and then compares all the data showing you how much it costs to feed and take care of each breed. You might be surprised by some of the analysis.

64 minMAY 5
Comments
Evaluating Breeds for Pastured Poultry and Understanding Genetics, Performance, and Cost

Pastured Poultry Training: Planning & Discovery

This episode has a downloadable worksheet to help you apply the concepts discussed in the podcast episode to your situation. Get it by email (https://mailchi.mp/da97fcb780f4/ppt104). One of the biggest mistakes pastured poultry growers make is that they make impulsive decisions, which often go like this. Based on personal experience.... I think I'll raise some chickens, so I go to the nearest chick days and find some birds based on what the store employees tell me. Next thing I know, I'm trying to sell them

43 minAPR 13
Comments
Pastured Poultry Training: Planning & Discovery

103: Catching Up on Corona Virus from a Pastured Poultry Perspective

I've shared some Covid 19 corona virus updates via the APPPA channels in recent weeks, so I thought it was time to circle back to the podcast with an update. I cover a lot of ground, including how the Badger family is affected, how the pastured community is responding, supply concerns, and a few featured news items. In the face of any trial, crisis, and disruption to the norm, the defining moments for each of us come based on how we recover and how act during the crisis. Many leaders, such as Greg Gunthorp, think we have an opportunity to shape the future based on a resilient local food production model. I agree, and that's where we should be placing an increasing amount of energy. Topics in this episode Badger Family Update Ready-to-Lay Pullet Demand Explodes Broiler demand is high Don't panic buy feed (or TP) Holding prices steady despite overwhelming demand Egg prices up nationwide Joel Salatin wants corona virus How you communicate on your platform matters How we respond is our ...

33 minMAR 30
Comments
103: Catching Up on Corona Virus from a Pastured Poultry Perspective
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