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by Margaret E. Kellogg I have had great experience with incubating some eggs. I had the delight of having a duckling, a chick and then a batch of chicks. With the first couple, I tried something new to me: I put them in with a companion. For the duck, this worked well, although I think […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Q: I’m wondering if one can get a hen to go broody and hatch eggs that one might order online. Does anyone know?— Rachel A: This is a great question, Rachel, and one that others might be wondering about on these “thinking about spring” days.The most honest answer to this is, however, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I’ve officially crossed over to crazy chicken lady status. How do I know? Easy. I found myself standing at the stove this morning chopping apples and cooking oatmeal for the seven chickens who live at 1840 Farm. What has become of me? It’s been dreadfully cold here in the past week. So […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke “Now is the winter of our discontent.” So begins Richard III by William Shakespeare. No, I won’t turn this into a post about iambic pentameter. However, I will tell you that here at 1840 Farm, the year 2011 began in much the same way as Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece. We are deep in […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The thing I love best about raising chickens, is that there is always something new to learn. Especially when it comes to breed diversity. In 1994 I was watching a show all about chickens on Canadian television, sadly, I can’t remember the show’s name. The program featured a chicken that laid a […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Hi there, my name is Jennifer Sartell and it is a pleasure to begin this new adventure in blog writing for Community Cluckers. My husband, Zach, and I run a small hobby farm where we raise Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits and, of course, chickens. We call it Iron Oak Farm. “Iron” because […]Read more »
Guest post by Claire Culver If you are reading this article it’s a fair bet that you’re interested in chickens. Perhaps you’re considering adding a few feathered friends to the family. Or maybe it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and, bolstered by enthusiasm and insomnia, you’re about to go to the first hatchery you find […]Read more »
by Jennifer Kendall Chickens are omnivores with simple stomachs. They can and will eat both animal and vegetable products. In addition to foraged plants and insects, it is important to provide them with adequate protein in a form that is easily digested. Heritage Chickens need more protein than is in rations prepared for commercial chickens. […]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 »