Previous Issues

Raise Them Up Right  The latest issue of Chicken Whisperer Magazine is now ready, to help you start your flock right this spring. This edition’s informative topics include:
  • Understanding avian influenza
  • Natural spices can help maintain flock health
  • Identify breeds according to their combs
  • The potent little powerhouse that is the quail egg
  • How Delawares stack up against modern broilers
  • Install an electric anti-predator fence
  • A review of the BriteTap Automatic Chick Feeder
  • And a reminder that chicks are not just a throw-away Easter decoration
Rising Up for ChickensIn the spring issue of Chicken WhispererMagazine, we announced our Spring Flock Contest.When the contest was over and a winner waschosen, I tried to contact the sponsor to arrangeshipment of the prize: a new chicken coop. To mysurprise and disappointment, I found the companyhad gone out of business. Their phone had beendisconnected and their website was deleted. Theywere nowhere to be found.I reached out to other companies that carriedtheir product, and they, too, had experienced thesame outcome. This put me in a bit of a pickle: I needed to make good on a prizethat had already been promised, but no longer existed.I consulted with my associates at Heartland Communications Group, Inc., thecompany that publishes this magazine, and we decided to reach out to anothercoop company sponsor to see if any of them would be willing to rise up and turn abad situation into a good one.I knew exactly who to contact: Urban Coop Company in Dripping Springs,Texas. I met these great folks on my spring book tour. They wanted their coopsto be “Chicken Whisperer Approved” and carry our logo. After spending the daywith them, touring their production facility, inspecting...
Blog BustersTwenty four years ago, I was just out of college and purchased my first baby chicks. At that time, there were no blogs or forums about chickens, and chicken related books and magazines were thin on the ground. Today, it seems like information about chickens is everywhere. While you can find useful information, there is, unfortunately, a lot of bad information out there that could harm or even kill your chickens.We have all heard the term “buyer beware” when making a purchase, but with the number of chicken related blogs and forums out there, we should also be mindful of  “reader beware.”Chicken Whisperer Magazine contributors Dr. Brigid McCrea, Ph.D.; Peter Brown, aka The Chicken Doctor; and I often deal with this topic on my web radio show. People call in to discuss their chicken’s health issues, and we often learn that the caller relied on an ineffective or even harmful treatment sourced from a chicken-related blog or forum. Even when the treatment isn’t outright harmful, this delay in starting an effective treatment resulted in the death of their birds.An example of an ineffective treatment that comes to mind is feeding a cup...
As the national spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Biosecurity For Birds program, I have a responsibility to educate backyard chicken keepers nationwide on the importance of implementing good biosecurity practices. When I mention the term biosecurity on a blog or forum, people will often respond with the question, “What is biosecurity?” This tells me that the backyard chicken industry—myself included—needs to do a better job at getting this information out to the people who need it most: backyard chicken fanciers. So what, exactly, is biosecurity? It is any and all things you can do to prevent disease. Many people who have heard of biosecurity often only mention washing hands. While that’s a good start, there’s much more to it than that. Many of the following suggestions might seem extreme, but the more proactive you can be to prevent disease, the better: Keep your distance – Limit access to your birds, especially from other backyard chicken keepers. Minimize—or eliminate—your flock’s contact with wild birds.Don’t haul disease home – If you have been near other birds or bird-owners, such as at...