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On Air

October 9th, 2012

Mr Chiots has been itching to start a Chiot’s Run podcast. It’s not really my cup of tea, but I figured I’d give it a go (remember Sunday’s post about fear).

The plan is to record a podcast every Sunday and publish it on Mondays (oops, today is Tuesday, but I already had my Monday post planned). This week the theme is “Why?”.

The podcast was posted as a separate post just before this one, you can listen there. We’re still working out the kinks, so let us know if you have any problems. If you have any questions you want answered on the podcast, ask away, here or on any post. It will be up on iTunes shortly, so you can subscribe there if you’d like.

Do you like to listen to podcasts or talk radio? Any questions you’d like answered in a podcast format?

12 Comments to “On Air”
  1. Canned Quilter on October 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    So nice to hear voices and I am looking forward to your journey with the new farm. Like the blog I am sure I will try to catch the podcasts regularly.

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  2. Maybelline on October 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Podcasts are loaded to my ipod to listen on my pond walks at work. Will you be available on iTunes?

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    • Susy on October 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Yes they will. You have to submit one first to get approved, then they will pop up there every week.

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  3. Emily on October 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I never listen to podcasts. I can read faster than I can listen; podcasts suck up bandwidth; and I’m much more a visual person than auditory. I hope you continue to write! I love your work but I just don’t do audio for this sort of thing.

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  4. John on October 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I listen to podcasts at work, all night long. Can’t wait to hear yours.

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  5. Lynn on October 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Normally, no, I don’t listen to podcasts. Usually the flow of discussion is poor and people are difficult to understand. I just listened to yours and the transmission was clean and the discussion enjoyable..I’ll be listening to was great to have the voices.

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  6. amy on October 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love this idea and so enjoyed the podcast. I really like being able to apply a voice to the faces now:) Have been reading this blog for so long….It is just so wonderful to have watched the progression of your lives and your job interest and your passion for all things wholesome. Kudos, A

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  7. KimH on October 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I loved your first Chiots Podcast! I enjoy listing to podcasts but dont much anymore, mostly because I dont have time to be sitting still. I used to have an iPod I loaded them on and listened to when I was exercising, but I got out of the habit. I make time if I really want to hear something. ;)

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  8. DebbieB on October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I subscribed on iTunes – now it will automatically download for me. Looking forward to the next episode!

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  9. Pamela on October 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    OMG I loved it!!!!

    I have been a terrible lurker for a long time. I guess I didnt realize how long until you mentioned how long you have had the blog in the podcast.

    I never have listened to many of these, only because I dont know how to get to them.
    I know that I will have to get an ipod or something to start listening for them.

    To me, this just opened up so much realism to your life and how things happen. This will sound contradictory, but I am a magazine editor and I all the photography for the magazine (self taught) and I am a terrible reader. I read so much copy for the magazine, I dont read things like novels. If its a how-to or cooking, then I am there. The rest I wait for the movie.

    So you doing Pod casts is wonderful for me. Thank you so much for doing this!!!! I LOVED it.

    Good luck with the egg hatcher!


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  10. Erika on October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Suzy and Brian,

    I think you did a great job and no you didn’t ramble my 2 teens and I listened to it while we were canning dry beans inbetween school work. We all enjoyed and my teens are 18 and 16 and they commented on all the things you said…good comments. Looking forward to more.

    You talked about your chickens and I commented on another post saying I wanted to say something about broody hens and I am just now getting the opportunity.

    I am no expert but my experience is 20 yrs of chickens and other livestock and daily I am learning more. But with our hens that get broody the best way to get them out of it for us has been to collect eggs twice a day so they don’t have something to sit one and the chances of them getting broken lessens. Hens love to share nests so the eggs are constantly being jostled you don’t know which are fresh or not and its hard for a hen to keep a set of eggs for 28 days with all the other ladies trying to lay in her nest.

    When we want a hen to hatch we will let her set in the house for a couple of days to make sure she is actually broody and then put her in a separate pen. We have one that is off the ground with an enclosed house and a run that our barn cats, snakes, foxes whatever can’t get in. She feels safe and the house we fill with hay she will get all settled and then daily we’ll add eggs to the amount we want or like our banties what will fit under her. When we put her in the house we make sure she has at least one egg that she can settle and make comfy while she moves the hay around etc keeps her focused on why shes there.

    When they hatch we give her and the babes a few days in the pen to match sure all are ok and it gives all the eggs a chance to hatch. Then we move them to the house with all the other chickens. Sometimes we leave her in the house since we have a fox that loves chickens. He tried to run off with one of our meat chickens yesterday.

    Chickens are fun and we love them not all breeds will hatch eggs they’ll get broody and then they forget while they were broody in the first place. Our biggest success have been with bantams and cochins. I have cochins now just for hatching my laying hen’s eggs. They are such good mothers though not so good layers. Bantams are great layers and mothers we had one that ran loose but all year long she had babies in different stages of growth the fox was hard on them though and we could catch them to save.

    I hope this helps and isn’t to much info on top of what others have sent.

    Erika @ all good things formally at Homegrown Family

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    • Susy on October 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Great info, we started collecting the eggs two days ago and she quit sitting on the nest today. I’ve been researching chickens and have read about the breeds that do best raising young, we’ll definitely get a few of those next spring.

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