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By Meredith ChilsonThis is the time of year that hatchery catalogs arrive, and just like the seed and garden catalogs that also clog our mailboxes, these “wish books” become well-thumbed, with corners turned down and photos circled. At least, that’s the way it is at my house. I pore over the glossy pages, dreaming of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Thanksgiving is in full swing here at 1840 Farm. Three generations of my family will gather around our farmhouse table today to enjoy a delicious collection of family favorites. There will be a wonderful selection of traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and our favorite artichoke and sage dressing. I will also make […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Fall has arrived at 1840 Farm. The temperatures are becoming cooler each evening. The daylight hours decrease each day. Dusk is settling in earlier with every day that passes on the calendar. I find it more difficult to embrace fall and the resulting winter season each year. I understand that the purpose […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In the past, when someone mentioned the word “caviar,” beautiful appetizers immediately came to mind.I pictured a cocktail party with champagne in glass flutes and fine china as far as the eye could see.It seemed impossible to imagine anything short of an elegant setting. Did you notice how I mentioned that this was […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeOver the last two years, I have shared my family’s journey to become chicken keepers with the readers here at Community Chickens. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience during an exciting time in my adult life. In two short years, my family has experienced everything from the arrival of our first batch […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared my experience supplementing my flock’s diet using My Pet Chicken’s Chickie Puffs.The chicks are now juveniles and no longer need a supplement made specifically for young chicks.They have become members of our flock and are just beginning to lay eggs in the nest boxes. Once all […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeChickens have been decorating the landscape at 1840 Farm since our first chicks arrived in 2010. I always believed that chickens were beautiful. Becoming a chicken keeper has only served to deepen that feeling. I now find myself surrounded by chickens. My friends and family all know how proud I am to be […]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 »
by Jennifer Burcke Chicken coops are like snowflakes: no two are exactly alike. They come in every imaginable size, shape, and color. If you don’t believe me, visit the Coops and DIY Pinterest board for Community Chickens. There are over 230 coop and coop related pins there and the number seems to grow every day. […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols 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 only available […]Read more »