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Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

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Rank #67 in Personal Journals category

Society & Culture
Personal Journals
Philosophy
Science
Natural Sciences
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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.

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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.

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808 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Very entertaining!

By tjistle - Jun 24 2019
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Currently on episode 83 and am still entertained. Wish I would have discovered this podcast when it was current so I could have contributed to requested audience participation. I constantly laugh out loud while listening. Thanks!

Fabulous

By psychopixy - Jul 16 2017
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If you like to think, dream, laugh, or cry...this is for you.

iTunes Ratings

808 Ratings
Average Ratings
740
47
6
7
8

Very entertaining!

By tjistle - Jun 24 2019
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Currently on episode 83 and am still entertained. Wish I would have discovered this podcast when it was current so I could have contributed to requested audience participation. I constantly laugh out loud while listening. Thanks!

Fabulous

By psychopixy - Jul 16 2017
Read more
If you like to think, dream, laugh, or cry...this is for you.
Cover image of Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

Updated 5 days ago

Rank #67 in Personal Journals category

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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.

Rank #1: 0158 Vegetable seed order, country of origin of meat and Star Wars

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From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars
Links that matter include : 
We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!)
http://www.burpee.com/?cid=coopcast
Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meats
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nancyhuehnergarth/2015/12/21/quashing-consumers-right-to-know-congress-repeals-country-of-origin-labeling-for-beef-and-pork/
Local Harvest:
http://localharvest.org
Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!
https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4959509
Jan 07 2016
52 mins
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Rank #2: 0145 Early chickens, planting the garden and other updates

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I this episode we talk about where we have been the last 2 weeks and why we haven't coopcasted.  We share the story of the chickens arriving early this year and their bad attitudes.  We talk about the moved pig, planting the vegetable garden and what's going on in the greenhouse (like fresh strawberries).
May 28 2015
28 mins
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Rank #3: 0153 Farm updates, sugar addiction and bowhunting tips

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We return with pig, chicken, bee and vegetable garden updates.  We then talk a bit about a discovery about the stiffness of your arrow and the placement of a broadhead shot (yeah - giggle if you want) as it pertains to archery / bowhunting.  And the nwe conclude with some listener emails and a discussion about a sugar free diet.
Sep 23 2015
49 mins
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Rank #4: 0154 Processing a pig and people's feelings, bow season, bees and honey

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After posting that we were taking a pig to the processor and hurting some folks feelings...  we decided we didn't really care.  Toughen up folks.  So we make fun of them.
Then we talk about the deer season to date and update people on the honey harvest from our first year of bees.
In general - it's a bunch of farm updates.
Nov 05 2015
41 mins
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Rank #5: 002 Annual "Farm Meeting", injured chicken, and antibiotic resistance

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On this coopcast:

Discuss the latest happening on the 'frigid' farm,
'Weazy' the chicken,
A rehashing of the annual Farm Meeting. 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

How to check a chickens health, 
Discussion about antibiotic resistance
Jan 06 2012
39 mins
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Rank #6: 025 Moving broiler chickens to the pasture, bolting vegetables in the gardens (gardening in the heat), stress of farming

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This week’s updates around the farm and gardens:

First batch of broiler chickens moved out to pasture,
Pig updates,
Turkey updates,
The new garden shed,
Summer heat in spring and its impact on the gardens and the CSA.

This weeks Rumination:

Stress of the "uncontrolled" world of farming,
How to manage the unexpected and being overwhelmed.

This week on Farm U:

Moving broilers to the pasture,
Getting the chicks comfortable in their new environment,
Tips and tricks to making the move to pasture easier and less stressful on the chickens.
Jun 19 2012
49 mins
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Rank #7: 0146 Gardening, pig, chicken and beekeeping updates from the farm

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This episode sorta wanders all over in terms of updates.  Farmer Andy started a new way of eating and by cutting sugar out of his diet he's found a whole new way to live life.  We discuss some of our favorite wines (from boxes) and other cocktails...  then we move into the farm updates.  We talk about the chickens (broilers and layers), a exciting night with a critter in the coop, the pig getting ready to farrow, the greenhouse, beekeeping and more.
It's a lot of updates - but we have a log of farming activites to update you about!
Jun 03 2015
53 mins
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Rank #8: 0157 Farm updates, listener questions and a few of our favorite things

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This episode is the last broadcast for 2015.  So Merry Christmas everyone!
We talk a bit about update around the farm and how it's a bit strange to not have so much "farm" to worry about.  We also answer some Facebook listener questions about the trees we planted, the fields, the berry patch and other things left unsaid around the farm.
Then we conclude with a mention of a few of our favorite things - things for the farm, things in our personal life and favorite wines and spirits.
Farmer Kelli's list includes offering this signup referral to any and all listeners who want to try out her new favorite service - https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4959509
Dec 18 2015
50 mins
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Rank #9: 073 Hog heritage on the farm, starting the CSA, managing the garden and succession planting

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Updates this week include a discussion about the new piglets and the genetics / lineage in them and what decisions we migth be making in the comming months.  We talk about the Cornish X broilers and the efforts to line up chicken helpers for the July processing day.  The heritage turkeys are doing well in the brooder and Farmer Andy loves the chick wagon - dreaming of a farm of all mobile wagons.
In the Veggie Patch segment we wander all over the gardens - from the greenhosue to the pasture to our haying operations.  We also share some of Farmer Kelli's tips and tricks; like using a whiteboard for lists, using an iPhone for lists, using scraps of papers for lists and then making lists of lists of things to put on lists on the farm!  Things like using a pencil to write on old mini-blind tags, the usage of mulching and how we are going to try and maximize our broiler fertilizer this year.
This coopcast is a little crazy - just like life on the farm!
Jun 05 2013
52 mins
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Rank #10: 0156 Pork cuts, a deer season story and a Farm U on E. coli O157:H7

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After the Thanksgiving turkey wore off we decided to get back to the farming podcast...  and we talk about the most recent pork cuts we picked up.  We then talk about some of the food we made for Thanksgiving and deer season and Farmer Andy shares the Thanksgiving morning story of his big buck!
We wrap up the episode with Farm U on E. coli O157:H7, what it is, where it comes from and Dr. Farmer Kelli shares a resource (cdc.gov) to learn more about infectious diseases and foodborne diseases.
Dec 04 2015
43 mins
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Rank #11: 021 Heritage turkeys on the farm, sustainable farm energy, planting gardens and vegetables under row covers

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This week’s updates on:

"Limpy" the piglet is getting better, 
Ollie or AI discussions continue,
 Turkeys have arrived!, 
Gardens going in under row covers, 
Roadside stand seems to be a success!

In the Farmers Choice:

“What are your thoughts on alternative energy / sustainable farm solutions?”: 

Why we selected geothermal over solar or wind, 
Rain water collection systems, 
Making sustainable decisions for your farm - slowly.
In the CoopCast Community:

Shelby from TX asked about pigs and what they do to a pasture, 
Amber asked about controlling worms in a flock of chickens,
We discuss some of the fun reviews and other feedback, 
Melanie wanted to know if when we go out to eat, are we difficult?, 
And Mike was inspired by Nugget and used his own broody hen to hatch out his own clutch of 7 chicks!
May 19 2012
49 mins
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Rank #12: 062 Washing farmstead eggs, managing pigs in the mud and new farm questions

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This weeks farming updates include our final decision on how we are managing our turkey order of midget white and Bourbon reds in the coming farming season.  We talk about moving a pig feeder to get it out of the swampy mud the spring has brought and finally we are starting some seeds for the vegetable garden.In the CoopCast Community we answer a question about washing eggs.  We also followup on the geothermal system and how it's been working through the first real winter it's been online.
Finally we spend some time on the farm with a rumination pertaining to the questions we often get from new farmers.We often are asked about advice and information with regards to getting into farming.  One thing that we have seen very often when talking with upstart farmers is sometimes they ask questions that they don't want the answer to.
Mar 21 2013
49 mins
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Rank #13: 034 Greenhouse gardening and soil fertility, growing livestock feed on your farm, preventing Botulism when canning vegetables

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A update light week on the farm with:

No poultry pens to move,
Normal weather for a change on the farm,
Turkeys and layers doing well,
Pigs have their first weigh in.

In the Veggie Patch we talk:

Greenhouse soil fertility and design,
Low tunnel greenhouses you can build,
End of garden season discounts.

In the Coopcast Community:

On a listeners suggestion Andy is trying Oral Ivy.
Sheree asked about growing grain for chickens and supplementing them with veggies/greens from the garden.
Brice suggested we invest in some livestock guardian dogs.

In this weeks Farm U we learn about the science behind preventing Botulism when canning vegetables.The bacteria lives in all soils and we talk about terms relating to it and defeating it when canning:

Spores
Anaerobe
Soil
Pressure and temp
pH
Aug 20 2012
50 mins
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Rank #14: 0137 Favorite garden seeds, tractor implements and swine AI

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In this episode we discuss the crazy weather around the world and give our hopefull update on the AI situation with our gilt.
In the Coopcast Community we discuss a new tractor and what implemnts we reccomend for that tractor.  Frontend loader, tiller and rotarty mower come to the top of the list...  but that's not it.
In the Veggie Patch we circle back around to the Rowboat of Goodness from our listeners and list off some of the explicit varites we have selected.
Mar 04 2015
48 mins
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Rank #15: 003 Lessons learned on the farm and being prepared on the farm

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On this coopcast:

A followup on “Wheezy” the chicken; 
An excited boar and lessons learned; 
Being prepared on the farm. 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

What products do we keep handy on the farm; 
Best ways to be prepared on the farm for the unexpected.
Jan 13 2012
41 mins
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Rank #16: 026 Growing cold weather crops in summer heat on the farm, predators in chicken pasture, common sense and research in farming

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Updates around the farm and gardens:

How to keep cool weather crops happy when it's always over 90F,
Keeping broilers cool in the pasture with box fans,
Predators and pastured poultry,
Still weaning the pigs,
Thinking about moving the turkeys out sooner.

This weeks DOUBLE FEATURE Farmers Choice:

Conventional farming isn't all bad so don't treat it that way,
The difference between researching and just confirming your opinion.
Jun 24 2012
46 mins
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Rank #17: 060 Farm finances (income and expenses), a listener helps pigs farrow, chickens have been ordered

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Farming updates this week:

Our Facebook page hit 1000+ fans - thanks so much!
Chicken orders done for the 2013 farming season
Turkey decision still pending

In the CoopCast Community:

Mark sent us some seeds!
Josh helps a neighbor pig rescue in his farming adventures
Suggestions posted on FB - for pasture pen plans
Kelli's visit to CSA fair

Ruminations continue about farm finances:

Farm finances continued as we discuss some of the specifics of expenses and income on the small farm
Using QuickBooks and a farm credit card
Feb 28 2013
58 mins
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Rank #18: 027 Weaning pastured pigs (mistakes and success), a dry farm is looking for rain, questions about chickens, hens and a rooster

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A very Happy 4th of July to all our listeners (or Canada Day), folks listening in the UK...  sorry :)
Around the farm:

Not normal weather for sure.

Very hot but the gardens are surviving
Rabbits under hoop the hoop

Chickens on pasture get processed in 2 weeks
Chicks and turkeys in the brooders are doing well

Pigs - a very special weaning story

What we did that was wrong in terms of setup, planning and moving large animals
What we did that was right and that we would do again when weaning piglets
What we did that was desperate and stupid
What we would never do again because being smarter would let us avoid that

CoopCast Community:

An iTunes review where a listener is going to make some simple changes for healthier chicks and pigs
Stewart Homestead likes Andy's humor (and thinks this should be a comedy podcast, ok, not really, Andy added that) but they ARE going to try Cornish chickens and their own pigs
Plants between the rocks said this podcast is a "Skillful blending of planning implementing and evaluating", and we decided they are listening to another podcast and accidentally commented on us!
MikeE on Facebook posed a question about a rooster when his neighbors are not fans.
A plea to remind us of topics we said we would talk about but have forgotten about!
Jul 01 2012
48 mins
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Rank #19: 024 Picking local farm grown strawberries and preserving, ice for chicken processing, vegetable CSA has begun!

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This week’s updates around the farm and gardens:

CSA started and the veggies look great,
More unexpected hot weather,
Chicken-scaping the front pasture,
Preparing to move the Cornish Cross (Cornish X) out to pasture this year,
Weaning piglets,
Enjoying strawberries pasture to plate.

In the Coopcast Community:

A listener with guinea keets,
Zach processed his first birds and Chad offers a tip on ice for processing,
Someone listened to us and bought a geothermal system!
Eddie is looking for tips on getting started.

This week on Farm U:

The magic in preserving strawberries,
General food preservation discussions (Kelli's favorite website for preserving food : http://pickyourown.org/allaboutcanning.htm)
Jun 10 2012
49 mins
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Rank #20: 004 Winter hoophouse, Ordering seeds (heirloom and hybrids) and About Eggs

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On this coopcast:

Winter weather has arrived with a big windstorm,
Managing a winter hoophouse, 
Ordering seeds (where, what and how). 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

Eggsactly what does egg labeling mean; 
Brown eggs vs white eggs; 
What would you buy or how should you label if you sell eggs.
Jan 21 2012
40 mins
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