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LH 138: Seasonal Backyard Chicken Care

Busting Myths About Backyard Chicken Care

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to keeping backyard chickens or you’re a seasoned veteran – there’s always more to learn!

With each change in the weather, comes a whole new set of considerations about their care.

And dealing with extreme cold, extreme heat or even molting can make us worry about them…a lot!

To help us get a handle on seasonal care of adult chickens, I brought on Kathy Shea Mormino – better known as The Chicken Chick®.  She gives it to us straight when it comes to what’s essential in backyard chicken care and what she thinks we should NOT be doing at all.

Her recommendations might surprise you!


You will learn:

  • How to know if your coop is too cold or too hot
  • If you should ever heat your coop in winter
  • The best ways to add ventilation in the summer
  • The best way to break a broody hen
  • The truth about food-grade diatomaceous earth
  • Should we ever add vinegar to the chicken waterer
  • Tips for helping your chickens through their molt
  • And more…


Kathy Shea Mormino:Kathy Shea Mormino on

Affectionately known internationally as The Chicken Chick®, Kathy Shea Mormino shares a fun-loving,informative style to raising backyard chickens. Her practical approach, down-to-earth style and sense of humor allow her to connect, educate and share an appreciation for chickens as pets with chicken enthusiasts everywhere.

An attorney by trade, accidental photographer, backyard chicken-keeper, and beekeeper, Kathy is the founder and one-woman creative force behind her blog, The Chicken Chick®, and her wildly popular Facebook page and social media network. She is also the producer and host of Happy Hour With Hens LIVE™ on Facebook Live.

Kathy has also appeared on many radio programs, podcasts and local television shows.


Resources & Links Mentioned:The Chicken Chick's Guide To Backyard Chickens by Kathy Shea Mormino on

The Chicken ChickKathy’s website

The Chicken Chick’s Guide To Backyard Chickens * – Kathy’s book

Lifestyles of the Chicken Famous * – Kathy’s second book


Related Episodes You Might Like:Lifestyles of the Chicken Famous by Kathy Shea Mormino on

Episode #129: Understanding the Behavior of Backyard Chickens

Episode #32: Gardening With Chickens – Interview with Jessi Bloom

Episode #12: Choosing the Best Backyard Chickens

Episode #08: Backyard Chicken Keeping



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.