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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 »
by Jennifer Burcke Brooding a batch of chicks is akin to bringing home a newborn child. No matter how many books you have read or people you have talked to, the best experience you gather will come firsthand. Caring for a tiny living being that counts their lifetime in hours or days instead or years […]Read more »
By Harvey Ussery and Mother Earth News editorial staff — Photographed by Irina Igumnova 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 […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Last Wednesday, the first day of summer officially arrived at 1840 Farm. In New England, bidding a final farewell to the previous winter and the mud season that follows is an annual tradition. I normally feel the need to celebrate the arrival of the heat. Without the hot summer temperatures, I would […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI don’t know who originally coined the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” While I’m unsure of its origin or inspiration, I am willing to make a bold statement about its application. I believe firmly that Necessity must have been a chicken keeper. I pride myself on recycling, repurposing, and reusing tools, […]Read more »
by Christine Heinrichs and Don Schrider — Photographed by Lynn M. Stone Buckeyes Buckeyes, from the “Buckeye State” of Ohio, are one of the most-endangered American breeds ofchicken. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, developed the breed while seeking a cold-tolerant and active fowl that could withstand the cold Ohio winters. Lustrous red Buckeyes are very […]Read more »