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Bred to Perfection is a podcast that will help you to master the art of selective breeding, and become a master breeder of chickens and gamefowl. The podcast is hosted by Kenny and Nancy Troiano. Kenny Troiano has more than 40 years of experience, and has authored two books on the subject of breeding. If you are interested in creating, maintaining, and improve your strain, this is the place for you.
 
Join Kenny Troiano, and his co-hosts, Frank Bradley – Master Breeder, Jeff Mattocks – Poultry Nutritionist, and Dr. Rachel Potter – Veterinarian, as they talk about various subjects concerning breeding, feeding and health care, and the raising of gamefowl and chickens. They will also address many issues that Breeders like you are dealing with every day.
 
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I’m a firm believer that it’s better to create your own strain, then to rely on others to do it for you. Anytime you purchase new birds, you are taking a chance, because the fact is, there are more peddlers than true breeders, and most of the birds available are not pure, they are nothing more than hybrid crosses or mongrels. To make matters worse,…
 
Ep22 – The Live Show – The New Blood Syndrome In this episode we address a belief many breeders share, and that is, “it’s better to introduce new blood rather than to create their own strain.” Listen in as we discuss why adding and infusing new blood is not the answer, and that there is a better way. There are many misconceptions that breeders use …
 
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a true breeder? Or, whether you are a true breeder right now? The truth is, there is a big difference between a true breeder and someone who breeds. Do you think of yourself as a true breeder? This can be subjective, depending on who you talk to. Actually, not everyone is a breeder, or shou…
 
In this episode, Kenny Troiano and his co-hosts, Nancy Troiano, Jeff Mattocks, and Frank Bradley are going to talk about why the "Age" of your brood fowl is so important for the viability of your strain. And, why you should always make sure to breed to youth. If you are in favor of breeding your stags with your pullets, or breeding your old cock wi…
 
Join us for a very special bonus episode of Bred to Perfection Live. We are celebrating our 100th Episode of Bred to Perfection with you, our listeners and followers. I have to say, this has been a fantastic journey. Wow, 100 episodes! But we didn’t do it alone. We had some amazing contributors, from our members of the Breeders Academy, to some of …
 
Join Kenny Troiano, Jeff Mattocks and Frank Bradley as they discuss ways to beat the heat, and help you and your chickens nutritionally get through the hot Summer months. As you know, Summer is almost here, and the heat is on the way. This is a challenging time of year for us breeders. We’re dealing with the heat and humidity, the stress and diseas…
 
How Do We Change Our False Beliefs About Breeding and Feeding? In this episode, we are going to challenge many of the Superstitions and Old Wives Tales that tend to hold many breeders back from creating a true strain. Join Kenny Troiano, and his co-hosts, Frank Bradley – Master Breeder, Jeff Mattocks – Poultry Nutritionist, and Dr. Rachel Potter – …
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we will have a special guest to talk with us about ways to improve our soils on the farm that will benefit our chickens. Sage Dennis is an Agronomist at Fertrell. If you are interested in improving your soils and improving the health of your chickens, this show is for you. I know you will enjoy this episo…
 
This is going to be a great episode. Today we are talking with Peter Brown, known as the Chicken Doctor. We are going to discuss the Most Common Diseases most backyard breeders face. There are many pathogens, viral and bacterial that threaten our fowl. I thought it would be a good idea to quickly address as many of them as possible, so that the bac…
 
Join Kenny Troiano, and his co-hosts, Dr. Rachel Potter – Veterinarian, Frank Bradley – Master Breeder and Jeff Mattocks – Poultry Nutritionist, as they talk about the breeding and raising of gamefowl and chickens, and the issues that affect breeders like you. In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we will talk about the “7 Needs to Knows” tha…
 
In this episode, we are talking about the practice and importance of biosecurity. Most Breeders don’t understand biosecurity, and the importance of keeping your birds safe from the exposure of disease. Some of us have strains that we’ve been keeping for over 30 years. What we are going to talk about, if you follow it, will save your flock, and prot…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we will talk about the importance of selection and culling, and how to improve the quality of your strain by practicing a Zero-Defect Policy. We had a great time getting together, and I hope you enjoy the show. It was lots of fun, and we had many laughs. This episode is packed with great information, and …
 
Join us for a very special conversation with Matt Hemmer, who is a breeder of the Erminettes. This is a very unique breed, both in a historical sense and as a genetic phenomenon. In fact, the Erminettes are the only breed of chicken where the color of plumage is based on a co-dominant factor. No other breed of chicken has this trait. Matt is going …
 
Ep13 – The Live Show - The 85 Percentors – Breeder or Multiplier - Which one are you? In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we will talk about the 85 percenters, who they are and ways of improving them, and why some will succeed and others will fail. Then we will break down the 85 Percentors into 4 separate categories, such as: The Ignorant B…
 
In this episode, we are talking with Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo from UC Davis. He will talk about their new Gamefowl Wellness Program, which is designed to help backyard breeder, specially, breeders of American Games, to raise and breed heather birds, and to protect their birds from future outbreaks of Newcastle’s Disease. There’s a lot of good informati…
 
Ep11 – The Live Show - THERE ARE 4 TYPES OF BREEDERS - Which one are you? Welcome to Bred to Perfection Live, a show for the serious breeder. Join Kenny Troiano, and his co-hosts Frank Bradley and Jeff Mattocks, as they talk about the breeding of gamefowl and chickens, and the issues that affect breeders like you. Saturdays at 12pm PST and 3pm EST.…
 
Join us as we discuss the truth about breeding programs, and why they are so important in the creation, improvement, and maintaining of a strain. Everyone knows about outcrossing, backcrossing, inbreeding, line-breeding, and infusion. But, no one knows why they are doing it, or when they should do it. They think those methods are the means to the e…
 
I’m a firm believer that it’s better to create your own strain, then to rely on others to do it for you. Anytime you purchase new birds, you are taking a chance, because the fact is, there are more peddlers than true breeders, and most of the birds available are not pure, they are nothing more than hybrid crosses or mongrels. To make matters worse,…
 
Join us for a very special conversation with Douglas Bruce. In this episode we talked about the education side of the hobby, and the challenges we face when teaching the modern-day breeder. We also talked about the differences between breeders here in the US and breeders in the Philippines, as well as the importance of using a proper breeding progr…
 
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a true breeder? Or, whether you are a true breeder right now? The truth is, there is a big difference between a true breeder and someone who breeds. Do you think of yourself as a true breeder? This can be subjective, depending on who you talk to. Actually, not everyone is a breeder, or shou…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we will talk about the 6 matters of importance all breeders need to know before beginning their breeding programs. Join us at the Breeders Academy, where we teach breeders like you how to create, improve, and maintain your pure strains. And, where we show you how to produce the highest quality hybrid crosses.…
 
In this episode, we will discuss the most common disease and the most common problems every backyard breeder faces. We will dive into topics related to breeding, nutrition and health care, as well as poultry husbandry practices. Join Kenny Troiano, Frank Bradly, Jeff Mattocks, and the newest member of the team, Peter Brown, also known as "The Chick…
 
There is a lot of confusion in this area of breeding. So much so, that many breeders are not able to produce high quality strains. They purchase birds from a reputable breeder, and are confused when the fowl they produce are not like the original breeder’s fowl. We’ve all seen it, strains change when they’re moved to different locations. The questi…
 
Join Kenny and Nancy Troiano, along with co-hosts Frank Bradley and Jeff Mattocks, as they discuss the pros and cons of breeding for Purity of Blood or for Hybrid Crosses. This is a topic that can be very controversial. Some say that breeding to create a pure strain is a myth. Some say only peddlers use crossbreeding. Who's right, listen in and mak…
 
Breeding can be a challenging undertaking, but with a basic knowledge of selective breeding, not to mention lots of patience, progress can be made. Join Kenny and Nancy Troiano as they discuss the importance of practicing a zero-defect policy. As many of you probably know, gamefowl and chickens are incredible animals, but are known to have numerous…
 
Have you ever wondered if you were wasting your time trying to create a strain? You’re not seeing the results you are looking for, or you’re not seeing progress from year to year? Well, this is a discussion you do not want to miss. There are many challenges when creating a strain. And, it can take some time to make significant progress, but there a…
 
Here’s a few tips that will help you to get through the Summer Months in great shape. Join Kenny Troiano and Peter Brown as they discuss ways to beat the heat, and help you and your chickens get through the hot Summer months. As you know, Summer is almost here, and the heat is on the way. This is a challenging time of year for us breeders. We’re fi…
 
How to improve fertility, hatchability and the quality of your chicks In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we are going to talk about “Breeding Feeds.” If you ever wondered why your fertility or hatch rate was low, this show is for you. We will be talking about what formulates as a good breeder feed. And, how to improve your strains' hatchab…
 
Here’s a few tips that will help you to get through the Summer Months in great shape. Join Kenny Troiano and Jeff as they discuss ways to beat the heat, and help you and your chickens nutritionally get through the hot Summer months. As you know, Summer is almost here, and the heat is on the way. This is a challenging time of year for us breeders. W…
 
This is going to be a great show. Not only will Kenny Troiano be hosting the show, and Frank Bradley will be co-hosting the show, but Nancy Troiano will be joining us. The Three of us will talk with John Anthony Marks about “Educating Future Generations of Breeders.” There are many struggling beginners, who are having difficulty getting good, relia…
 
Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions that Hold us Back This episode is about “The Misconceptions about Breeding.” These are popular misconceptions that tend to hold most breeders back. And can prevent you from creating anything special or superior or great. When I talk with the average breeder, I find that they are very reliant on “Old Wives Tales” a…
 
In this episode, we will discuss the most common disease and the most common problems every backyard breeder faces. We will dive into topics related to breeding, nutrition and health care, as well as poultry husbandry practices. Join Kenny Troiano, Frank Bradly, Jeff Mattocks, and the newest member of the team, Peter Brown, also known as "The Chick…
 
Bred to Perfection Live welcomes Poultry Nutritionist, Jeff Mattocks. We are going to talk about “Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition.” Next to Breeding and Health Care, Nutrition is one of the most popular topics, and we have the top Poultry Nutritionist on the show. For more information about the Bred to Perfection Live Show and the Breeders Academy Mem…
 
Join us for a very special bonus episode of Bred to Perfection Live. We are celebrating our 100th Episode of Bred to Perfection – the Podcast, with you, our listeners and followers. I have to say, this has been a fantastic journey. Wow, 100 episodes! But we didn’t do it alone. We had some amazing contributors. From our members of the Breeders Acade…
 
Join Kenny and Nancy Troiano, along with co-hosts Frank Bradley and Jeff Mattocks, as they discuss the pros and cons of breeding for Purity of Blood or for Hybrid Crosses. This is a topic that can be very controversial. Some say that breeding to create a pure strain is a myth. Some say only peddlers use crossbreeding. Who's right, listen in and mak…
 
In this episode, we are celebrating our 100th Episode of Bred to Perfection. When we asked our listeners their thoughts on how to make this episode special, the response we got was they wanted to hear more about us, Kenny and Nancy Troiano. Well, our 3 daughters, Megan, Samantha, and Tawny grabbed the mics and did it for us. They talked about our l…
 
Have you ever wondered if you were wasting your time trying to create a strain? You’re not seeing the results you are looking for, or you’re not seeing progress from year to year? Well, this is a discussion you do not want to miss. There are many challenges when creating a strain. And, it can take some time to make significant progress, but there a…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection Live, we are going to talk about “Breeding Feeds.” If you ever wondered why your fertility or hatch rate was low, this show is for you. We will be talking about what formulates as a good breeder feed. And, how to improve your strains' hatchability and improve the quality of your chicks.…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we will talk about the 3 most dangerous breeders. These are breeders who use breeding practices that are detrimental to the breed as a whole. These include those who believe in combining the traits of two separate and distinct “breeds”, such as American Games and Aseels, each having contrasting characteristics…
 
This is going to be a great show. Not only will Kenny Troiano be hosting the show, and Frank Bradley will be co-hosting the show, but Nancy Troiano will be joining us. The Three of us will talk with John Anthony Marks about “Educating Future Generations of Breeders.” There are many struggling beginners, who are having difficulty getting good, relia…
 
You cannot breed and perpetuate a strain, if you are feeding your birds poor rations. The problem is, many of the feeds we use are insufficient, and our mixes are incomplete. There’s no wonder that our fowl are nutritionally deficient. In this episode, we will talk about the nutritional deficiencies that exist, and the consequences. If you get one …
 
Bred to Perfection Live welcomes Poultry Nutritionist, Jeff Mattocks. We are going to talk about “Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition.” Next to Breeding and Health Care, Nutrition is one of the most popular topics, and we have the top Poultry Nutritionist on the show.By Kenny Troiano
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we are discussing Genetic Drift, and the effect it can have on our strains. Genetic drift is a force of nature that contributes to the evolution of species, but can also have an effect on the evolution of our strains. In fact, it can change the direction of your strain with a blink of an eye through a sudden c…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we are talking with Dr. Gallardo about Infectious Laryngotracheitis, otherwise known as ILT. This is an extremely contagious virus that affects chickens and other poultry. The virus attacks the cells of the trachea (windpipe), leading to bleeding and difficulty breathing, and ultimately death. This is maybe on…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we will talk about how some believe they are breeders, but don’t know how to breed properly. We will talk about the 4 types of breeders that exist today, and how they affect the breed as a whole, this includes: Master breeders, Apprentice breeders, and the 85 percenters. You can decide which one you are. We wi…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we are talking sublines, and why they are so important for the creation and improvement of your strain. We have mentioned sublines in our podcasts many times, but we still get questions about sublines and why they are so important. Let’s see if we can shed some light on this very important practice. The use of…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we are talking with Peter Brown, also known as the Chicken Doctor, about the most common mistakes made by backyard breeders. We cover a great number of topics that are aimed at helping our struggling beginners. It is our hope that by listening to this episode, you can keep from making these same mistakes. Thes…
 
In this episode of Bred to Perfection, we are talking with Dr. Rachel Potter, who is a member of the Breeders Academy. Rachel is a breeder of Old English Moderns Bantams, and breeds a number of varieties, such as Birchens, Silver Blues, and Splash, and she’s looking to create strain with each variety. We talk about where in the Founders Program she…
 
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