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by Jennifer BurckeWe’re halfway through the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge here at 1840 Farm. I am already seeing a difference in our flock of heritage hens and I’ve managed to overcome a chicken keeping challenge in the process. Up until four weeks ago, I was at a loss for how to fix […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I’d like to tell you that I had spent the days since my last post announcing 1840 Farm’s participation in the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge enjoying a little rest and relaxation. I’d like to, but it would be far from true. Instead, I spent the time trying to prepare […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I must admit to being a self-competitive person. I’m always trying to improve on my method of doing something. How can I grow earlier, bigger heirloom tomatoes? Can I improve my family’s favorite recipe for granola bars? How can I encourage our seven heritage breed hens to lay more eggs? While I’d […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Our hens have lived at 1840 Farm since last September. They made their long transition from day-old chicks to egg-laying hens over the course of their first five months living here. They endured an extremely harsh winter in New England and emerged relatively unscathed. Within minutes of emerging from their shipping box, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Chickens are a lot more like toddlers than I could have ever imagined. They like shiny objects and can be distracted by a meager peace offering of dry cereal. They like to play and sometimes even fight with each other. If left alone too long without something to keep them busy, they […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s official. Spring has finally arrived here at 1840 Farm. It’s about time that the winter that wouldn’t end finally ended. We do live in New England, so I am always hesitant to audibly declare that we have made it through another winter. Believe me when I tell you that I’m certain […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke This Easter will be the very first at 1840 Farm to include eggs from our own hens. Somehow, coloring these eggs seems a little extra special and worthy of a celebration. This year, a grocery store egg dyeing kit just won’t do. Luckily, we’ve been making our own egg dye for a […]Read more »
Lands at Hillside Farms visit by Kimberly Furry We all have been busy thinking and talking about the chickens. The girls checked out pictures online of various breeds. Ara loves Silkies, as do I. We saw them on one of our fall ventures to the Lands at Hillside Farms. Silkies have amazing temperaments, according to […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Fried eggs, broiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs, Eggs Benedict, omelet, deviled eggs, egg salad. I could go on, but I’m quite sure that I’ve had my moment. You know the one. The one where I become my own version of Bubba from the movie Forrest Gump. I can’t help […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke During the last few months, I have found myself in a chicken conundrum. After tending to the needs of our seven chicks all week, they force me to do the unthinkable. I shudder to tell you of my poultry-keeping horror. This terrible deed requires me to gather my inner strength and do […]Read more »