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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 We are deep in the holiday groove here at 1840 Farm. For weeks, the trees have been lit and decorated. Cookies have been baked and eaten. Handmade gifts have been unwrapped from under the tree. Christmas is behind us and New Year’s is staring us square in the face. The chicken coop […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Come closer, Dear Reader. I have a confession to make. I am about to tell you my deepest, darkest chicken-keeping secret. You already know that I raise chickens. What you don’t know is that I don’t eat chicken. No, I don’t mean that I don’t eat chickens that I raise. I mean […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeIt’s moving day here at 1840 Farm. No, not for the humans or even the miniature schnauzer. The chickens are on the move. That’s right, our little chicken babies are all grown up. Well, maybe not all grown up, but they’re ready to take a giant leap in that direction. They arrived here […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It was an idea that seemed simple enough. We would build a chicken coop next to our existing barn and add a few chickens to 1840 Farm. How hard could it be? As it turned out, incredibly hard. First we needed to decide what kind of structure to build. Chicken ark? Chicken […]Read more »