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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 Photos by author 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 […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author As 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. […]Read more »
Rebecca Nickols Photos by author This past week, my husband and I headed for our local county fair, the Ozark Empire Fair. My main objective was eating lunch at Rudy’s BBQ; a family operated restaurant that’s been a regular fixture at the fair for over 60 years. This is not your typical fair-food; it’s slow-cooked authentic barbecue that’s […]Read more »
By Harvey Ussery and Mother Earth News editorial staff From time to time, you may want to add some birds to your flock. I suggest that you not introduce the newest “superhybrids” to your backyard flock just because that is what is on hand at the local farm store. Select one of the reliable older breeds, […]Read more »
by Nancy Farrell Well, it is time to start thinking and planning our flocks for 2011. The e-mails have started telling us that spring orders for chicks may now be placed. If you’ve read some of my past posts you’ll know that for 2010 we got a variety of chicken breeds to see which of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Kendall Many people have heard of heirloom seeds, vegetables and fruits, but did you know there are heirloom breeds of livestock and poultry. Often referred to as “heritage,” these animals once roamed America’s pastoral landscape, but today they face the threat of extinction. Modern agriculture’s focus on increased yield and production has led […]Read more »