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17 Heritage Breed Hens: Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Brahma Bantam, Dominique, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Mottled Cochin Bantam, Silkie Bantam (Buff and Black), Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Welsummer
I grew up in Shawnee, Kansas. More than a decade ago, three generations of my family made the decision to move to New Hampshire. Now we live on a farm that dates back to the 1840s and is located 100 miles from the dairy farm that my great grandparents called home. Each year, we find ourselves producing more of our own food. In 2010, we added a flock of heritage breed hens to our farm and built our own chicken coop. In 2011, we added a herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and a French Angora rabbit to our barn. In 2012, we added bantam chickens to the landscape of our farm. Stay tuned to see what kind of adventure next year might bring!
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared that the heritage breed hens here at 1840 Farm were deep into their annual molt cycle. A few weeks have passed, but not much has changed on that front. They are fewer feathers accumulating in the coop each day and the girls are beginning to look like […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke The leaves are dry and crunching underfoot here at 1840 Farm. The weather has turned cold outside and the pellet stoves are roaring inside. Gardens have been put to bed for the winter and the animals are preparing for the cold weather. Our French Angora Rabbit is ready with his thick, […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI like to eat seasonally. Doing so allows me to enjoy fruits and vegetables at their absolute best. When in season, these fruits and vegetables taste so delicious that I can prepare them simply and still produce an amazing dish for our family table. This pear clafouti is exactly that type of recipe. Fall […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm Fall is in the air Earlier this week, we had a frost warning here in New Hampshire. Thankfully, the mercury stayed above 40 degrees and both the garden and our hens were unfazed. While it is a bit early for us to be heeding frost warnings, I know that fall […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke During the summer growing season here at 1840 Farm, I spend a few minutes each day trying to decide the best way to make use of our daily harvest. Some days, Mother Nature doesn’t give me many options, on others, she grants me an embarrassment of riches. Now that we have finally started […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Here at 1840 Farm, we produce as much of our own food as possible. From winter’s maple syrup to summer’s garden harvest, we’re always trying to produce something farm fresh for our family table. During the summer, the garden dictates what direction our dinner plans take. When it is finally heirloom tomato season, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I would be publishing a series of posts that invited you to join in by sharing your opinions and comments. I am always interested to learn from the experience of other chicken keepers. I have been sharing my challenges and creative solutions for almost three years […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeMy mother discovered this handwritten recipe on a rainy spring day earlier this year. She was organizing a scrapbook filled with photos and recipes from her childhood. It was filled with pictures and recipes from my Great Grandparent’s dairy farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My Great Grandparents raised dairy cows on […]Read more »
By Jennifer Burcke Last month, I shared with you that several of the hens at 1840 Farm were deep into a broody period. Many of you were having the same experience. You shared your broody stories on my post and on the Community Chickens Facebook page. Many more of you shared advice for dealing with […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It has been nearly three years since we first welcomed chickens into our lives. The daily task of tending to our flock and collecting fresh eggs are such an integral part of our daily lives that it is difficult to imagine a time before we were chicken keepers. It’s also hard to […]Read more »