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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 I hold a wide array of positions here at 1840 Farm. In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to fill the role of teacher, mother, cook, handyman, gardener, and farmer all in one day without ever leaving the driveway. Lately, I’ve also been the resident ice queen. No, I am not referring […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeEggs are a very precious commodity here at 1840 Farm. It has been almost a full year since our flock of heritage hens began laying eggs, yet the excitement of discovering an egg in the nest box hasn’t diminished at all. In fact, we still bring each egg into the farmhouse to weigh […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke When I wrote my last post regarding the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge FLIP Camera Giveaway, I had no idea just how many of you would enter for a chance to win! Over 90 readers entered for a chance to win a FLIP camera. Last Monday, we assigned each entry […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s official: The Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge has come to an end at 1840 Farm. At least the 60 day part. Farming and raising food for my family is a journey of the never-ending variety. Sixty days may come and go, but the challenge remains. During the 60 days, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Autumn is here. I’ve been trying to ignore its arrival, but I can no longer pretend that summer will go on forever. The nights are cooler, the days are shorter. It’s time to face facts and admit that the progression of the seasons is marching on with or without my blessing. I […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeWe’re halfway through the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge here at 1840 Farm. I am already seeing a difference in our flock of heritage hens and I’ve managed to overcome a chicken keeping challenge in the process. Up until four weeks ago, I was at a loss for how to fix […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I’d like to tell you that I had spent the days since my last post announcing 1840 Farm’s participation in the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge enjoying a little rest and relaxation. I’d like to, but it would be far from true. Instead, I spent the time trying to prepare […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I must admit to being a self-competitive person. I’m always trying to improve on my method of doing something. How can I grow earlier, bigger heirloom tomatoes? Can I improve my family’s favorite recipe for granola bars? How can I encourage our seven heritage breed hens to lay more eggs? While I’d […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke We’re having a heat wave and the animals (and farmers) living at 1840 Farm are not amused. Come on Mother Nature, we chose to relocate more than 1,400 miles away from our original home in Kansas to our farm in New England because we wanted to avoid days of 100 degree heat […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I told my tale of creating a three-dimensional chicken cake for my daughter’s birthday. I also promised to share the chicken-themed crafts that were preparedfor the birthday girl. It’s only fair that I follow through on that promise. As my daughter’s chicken birthday celebration approached, I decided to […]Read more »