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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 »
by Jennifer Burcke Imagine that you live in a small one room apartment without indoor plumbing. Living with you are your closest friends. You dine together in this space. You sleep in this space. You go to the bathroom, when necessary, in this space.It’s not the prettiest of mental pictures, is it? Yet, I’ve just […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeEarlier this summer, I shared with you Five Features To Incorporate Into Your Coop. It was easy for me to decide which features I would be sure to include in the design of a new chicken coop if I ever found myself constructing one. While I don’t have any plans to build a […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeBefore I became a chicken keeper, I made two decisions. First, I wanted to keep heritage breed hens. The interesting stories behind the history of each breed drew me in. They spoke to my fascination with the history of American agriculture. Choosing breeds from a bygone era somehow made me feel more connected […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke If you read the Community Chickens e-newsletter on a weekly basis, you’ve probably seen the great collection of posts that discuss gardening with your chickens. Fellow contributor Rebecca Nickols wrote a four-part series that includes a wealth of information regarding the subject. I have enjoyed reading the other contributors’ accounts of their […]Read more »
In my recent post “How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding,” I shared my method of providing heat when brooding our first batch of baby chicks. We used a heat lamp and successfully raised those heritage breed hens. We are reaping the rewards every day when collecting fresh eggs from the nest boxes. When we […]Read more »