Pastured Poultry Talk

Hosted by Mike Badger, Pastured Poultry Talk aims to inspire pastured poultry producers to build better businesses, solve problems, and integrate new ideas.
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Sep 25, 2015

Grady and Mike discuss the USDA's Fall 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. The plan mandates a 24 hour depopulation requirement from the time the flock tests positive, and it authorizes ventilation shutdown as a way to suffocate and kill the surviving birds in the barn.

We then spend some time talking about Avian Influenza and its risks, which leads us to the ultimate questions. Is AI exposing the vulnerability of industrial chicken production? Forget sustainable. Is mass produced poultry production even stable enough to feed us?

At the end of the episode, Grady announces that his Texas state inspected facility ( is ready for business, and he shares some great advice about pouring concrete to handle his waste water, which he collects for reuse. We'll take up the rest of the conversation in episode 23.

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Sep 20, 2015

For the first time in public, Mike ( announces that he is retiring the mobile processing service. That sparks a conversation between Grady and Mike on enterprise analysis in general.

Grady draws on his Ranching For Profits education while Mike draws on a transformational concept of "quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers," Seth Godin.

We kick around the idea of quitting, which Godin argues is not only ok, but it's important to know when to quit. You can read all about quitting in The Dip, a book by Godin.

Grady is still looking for an intern for Cobb Creek Farm. If you're interested in becoming a part of a growing pastured poultry farm, contact Grady (

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Sep 12, 2015

A listener asks about the regulations of selling eggs at market. It's different by state of course, but we cover the hightlights of what's required in the context of Oklahoma, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Important questions arise from this discussion, such as "will your market support your expected volume of egg sales and exactly how clear are those regulations anyway?"

In the second half of the show, we talk about planting cover crops for poultry. This is a wildly popular question. Is there a good answer?

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Sep 5, 2015

Grady opens his Texas slaughter house for business, and he's looking for a new apprentice. Apprentices, can go to Mike's been processing with a group of chefs-in-training at a local-to-him college. So it seems appropriate to spend time answering some really great processing questions from the Pastured Poultry Talk audience.

  • Do you put anything between the crates to keep the birds from pooping on each other during transport?
  • Feed withdrawal times and manure consistency.
  • How many birds do you scald before you change the water in the scalder?
  • Check that water level in the scalder.
  • What are the lime green tips on the wings that I see when butchering? We take a tangent to Deep Pectoral Myopathy (green muscle disease).
  • A listener asks about plucker selection for a USDA facility and about the logistics of opening a facility.
  • The value of HACCP consultants.

Need processing equipment? Contact Mike ( or Grady ( directly. Mike is a dealer for Poultry Man and Featherman while Grady is a Featherman Dealer.

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