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This Breed Profile is proudly brought to you by The Livestock Conservancy! The Crèvecoeur chicken is one of the oldest of the standard-bred fowls of France. The breed gets its name from Crève-Coeur en Ange, a small town in Normandy, France. The breed’s name translates as “broken heart” as in the romantic sense. Little is […]Read more »
We’ve raised French Black Copper Maran for about 10 years. It started with my husband Zach, who was on a quest for dark brown egg layers. We had heard of the Kuckoo Maran, a breed who is also known for dark eggs, but not quite as dark as the French Black Copper. After a month-long […]Read more »
CAMPINE CHICKEN This Breed Profile is proudly brought to you by The Livestock Conservancy! The Campine is an age old Flemish breed of poultry. How old? Julius Caesar is also said to have taken Campine chickens home with him after he had completed a spell of looting in Belgium. Campine chickens are non-sitting fowl that […]Read more »
Years ago when I was entering the world of backyard chicken keeping, I pondered the vast variety of chicken breeds to choose from… I knew I wanted a breed that would be winter hardy, a good egg layer and also “family friendly”. After searching through hatchery websites, online chicken forums, and poultry magazines – I decided […]Read more »
My favorite breeds of chickens are Jersey Giant and Buff Orphington. I like big chickens and I can-not lie. But like many of you out there, we don’t just keep two breeds of chicken. We have a variety. A confetti of feather colors, patterns and plumage that is as different to each bird as is […]Read more »
I remember the first time I saw a Polish chicken. It was a White Crested Black, or a Top Hat as they’re more commonly called. The rounded display of feathers on it’s head was both hilarious and beautiful! It opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for me when it comes to chicken breeds. […]Read more »
by Wendy EN Thomas of Lessons Learned from the Flock Now that the spring chicks have hatched and are well on their way to the hen houses, some people are starting to realize that while they may have hatched some great chicks, they may also very likely run into some trouble down the road when […]Read more »
by Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick When assembling a new flock of chickens, the enormous array of breeds available to choose from can be intimidating, but it’s important to make an informed decision in order to avoid disappointment for the chicken keeper as well as unnecessary challenges for the chickens. Some breeds do not […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I thought I liked chickens… until I raised turkeys. And while chickens will always have a special place in my heart, if I had one piece of advise to give to people who are wondering if they should raise turkeys, my answer would be YES! They are wonderful! If you’ve been following […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeAs a person who proudly defines herself as a chicken keeper, I find myself answering a lot of questions regarding our flock. The first question is usually in regard to how many chickens we keep. The second question almost always involves what breeds of chickens live at 1840 Farm. We currently have 17 […]Read more »