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LH 166: Backyard Chicken Keeping Hacks

LH 166: Simple tips and tricks to make backyard chicken keeping easier

On today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about chicken keeping hacks. To me, a hack is a handy hint, or something that will help you do things faster or better. It usually involves reusing or re-purposing something that you already have on hand.

Sounds fun, right?

I brought on Lisa Steele from the popular blog Fresh Eggs Daily to share some of her favorite ways to “hack” chicken keeping so you can keep your flock healthy and happy – but with less work from you.

You will learn:

  • What the first step is when you want to keep backyard chickens
  • Why adding herbs to the nesting boxes helps reduce the pests & smell
  • What the benefits are of fermenting your feed
  • The simple trick for increasing your chicken’s water consumption
  • How to preserve eggs through winter
  • The ninja trick for peeling FRESH eggs
  • Can eggs be cooked on a grill
  • How to track the age of your fresh eggs
  • A great holiday gift idea using scratch & a Parmesan cheese lid
  • And SO much more…

Lisa Steele:Lisa Steele Chicken Hacks -

Lisa Steele is a top-selling poultry author, 5th-generation chicken keeper, Maine Master Gardener and avid DIYer. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, the popular natural chicken keeping site, and the author of several books including Fresh Eggs DailyGardening with Chickens and her latest book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks. 

She writes for several publications including Chickens Magazine and Farmers Almanac and has been featured in magazines and newspapers nationwide, including the front page of the Washington Journal. She has also appeared on the Hallmark Home and Family Show and various local morning news shows.

From her small farm in Maine, she inspires her readers with her easy, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and more bountiful harvest using fresh herbs, edible flowers and up-cycled and re-purposed items around the coop, home, and garden.

She tours the country giving talks and seminars of natural chicken keeping and recently launched her own private label line of poultry feed supplements under the Fresh Eggs Daily® brand.

Homemade Scratch Mix:

Lisa shared her homemade scratch mix recipe with us!

Just click the box below to download her full recipe as a printable PDF.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

101 Chicken Keeping Hacks* – Lisa’s New Book101 Chicken Keeping Hacks -

Gardening with Chickens*

Fresh Eggs Daily*

Duck Eggs Daily*

Lisa’s Website

Related Episodes:

Raising Backyard Ducks



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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.