276: Andy Schneider on Living the Chicken Dream
Meeting the first ‘Poultry Personality’ of Backyard Poultry.
Better known as The Chicken Whisperer, Andy has become the go-to guy for anything chicken related. He has helped countless people start their own backyard flocks and has assisted in changing more laws around the country to allow backyard chickens than anyone else. He is a well-known radio personality as the host of the Backyard Poultry with The Chicken Whisperer radio show, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Whisperer Magazine, the National Spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Biosecurity for Birds Program, and author of The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens.
Andy travels around the U.S. educating people through science-based, fact-based, and study-based information about the many benefits of keeping backyard chickens and how to ensure they stay healthy and free from disease. He also works with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during Salmonella outbreaks as well as throughout the year teaching Salmonella awareness and prevention. He has been featured on many major news stations (CNN, HLN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR), as well as in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and many other local and national publications.
In This Podcast:
His hobby of raising chickens developed into helping others succeed in raising their own. This led Andy Schneider into becoming the first well known “poultry personality” in the world of backyard poultry and eventually running a business that he loves. He uses this notoriety to help correct misinformation through science and fact.
Listen in and learn about:
- Taking something he enjoyed and turning it into the American Dream
- Raising chickens in an urban setting
- Becoming a resource for others who wanted to learn
- An Atlanta meetup group about chickens that grew to 2200 people
- Becoming known in other cities and states
- The genesis of being the Chicken Whisperer
- Fighting misinformation on his Fact or Chicken Poop podcast
- Working with the USDA to educate
- The realistic tips to help prevent the spread of diseases
- What to test chickens for
- Why you should not kiss you chickens
- Education during tough times
- Predators and proofing the coops
- Top two essential features of chicken coops
As well as:
His failure – Creating a great product before people were ready
His success – Besides his family, taking a hobby and creating a business
His drive – Wanting to get the right information out to people
His advice – Research, research, research!
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