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David Sparks Ph.d Urban Chickens
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: June 01, 2018

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Back in 2015, I interviewed Tisha Vanderweil, a kindergarten teacher. I just love all animals but I think chickens are particularly cute they have such cute little personalities. Now that we have a farm we have room to have them. We eat a ton of eggs to so it is beneficial to our family and I would rather have farm fresh eggs than buy them at the store. Where did you get your starter chickens? I teach kindergarten and so every year I go to Dunlap Hatchery and I get the eggs and we put them in an incubator and we catch them in my kindergarten class. I have had to give them to parents before. Whenever we catch the chicks I had to give them away but now that I have a farm I get to keep them. I understand that you put in some sort of herbal mix. It is called a nesting box blend that I got from this company online. It is a totally organic herb mix and I put a teaspoon in each of their little nesting boxes. We were getting 8 to 10 eggs per day and after I put the herbs in there we got 12 eggs in the first day, 14 the next day and 17 the next. It’s supposed to make the hens calm.

Now I receive an email describing a new book. Owning chickens has become a metropolitan trend. Chickens are a path to sustainability, responsibility, and good old fun! At least, author and chicken owner Martin Gurdon's hilarious memoir Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance makes it sound quite fun! 

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