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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 So, you’ve decided to enter the world of chicken keeping. Congratulations and welcome to the club. We don’t have jackets. Instead, we have chicken coops in every size, type and color. I think that you’ll agree that a coop is a much more useful. Let’s face it, chickens don’t wear jackets. As […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Asking questions, gathering information, and educating yourself are all important parts of the chicken keeping experience. At the onset of your chicken keeping experiment, there seem to be more questions than answers. Should we use a stationary chicken coop or a mobile chicken tractor? Do we want to keep a rooster or […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In the course of everyday life, I interact with a lot of companies. As a consumer, sometimes it is merely through the products that a company brings to market. Other times, I find myself corresponding directly with a representative via email or telephone. In the case of my relationship with My Pet […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke The welcome sign is always out on the coop at 1840 Farm. It usually welcomes guests to our farm. This week, it will be welcoming our new batch of day-old chicks. The big day has finally arrived! Today is the hatching day for our new chicks. We’ve been waiting for this day to come […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Three generations of my family call 1840 Farm home. While we sometimes have differing views on a variety of topics, this month we’re all in agreement when it comes to the excitement that is waiting right around the corner. In fact, the date April 30, 2012, is circled on the calendar in […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI’m still trying to recover from the disappointment of my failed natural Easter egg experiment. I had been counting on using these unique and beautifully colored hard-boiled eggs to decorate our Easter table at 1840 Farm. That was, until I removed the eggs from their naturally colored liquids and found dreary, gloomy eggs […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I had big plans for this post. I spent hours researching and preparing for this story just in time for Easter weekend. In fact, I even enlisted the help of my children. They donned their aprons and spent a few hours in the kitchen assisting me. We eagerly awaited the fruits of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke So much can change in a year. At first glance, 365 days can seem like such a long journey. Yet somehow, when I look back on the last year, I can’t believe how quickly it passed and how much changed as the calendar pages fell by the wayside. One short year ago, […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeA foot of snow fell at 1840 Farm on Thursday of last week. It was a cruel reminder that winter is not yet ready to release us from its icy grasp. It seemed incredibly harsh, given that we had enjoyed such warm sunshine only two days before. Nevertheless, by the end of the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared the horror of finding two frozen and cracked eggs waiting for me in our coop on a frigid January morning. I removed their shells and placed them in a bowl in the hopes that they would defrost and be usable in a baking recipe. After they […]Read more »