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by Meredith Chilson Once upon a springtime, there was a fluffy chicken named Mrs. Feathers. Mrs. Feathers wanted to be a mother. She laid an egg every day in her nest of shavings and straw, and she even lined the nest with soft, downy feathers. Mrs. Feathers did not like to be disturbed by anyone […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell It’s that time of year again. Each morning I drink my coffee and look out on our pond to see that the ice has once again reclaimed the surface of the water. As the sun comes around the side of the house, its rays reflect brilliantly across the surface, and warms the […]Read more »
by Joy Currie Against my better judgement, we named our chickens. It was hard to not give them names when we got to know their personalities. And all the drama of them trying to establish a pecking order was better than watching a made-for-tv-mini-series. Since we are huge Harry Potter fans, the rooster was dubbed […]Read more »
Guest post by Candice I made one of my famous spur-of-the-moment decisions (with the encouragement of friends and relatives) to raise a small batch of Cornish Cross meat birds this fall. I thought you might be interested in how it all turned out and what it cost. I’ve always said I would keep track of […]Read more »
By Eric Guel Shortly after my wife Brandi and I got our first flock of chickens (circa July ’09) we obtained a few Muscovy ducks as well. We had heard that Muscovy hens are good mothers and they have no problem going broody—we were not disappointed. As soon as spring hit this year, our Muscovy […]Read more »
by Nancy Farrell In honor of this week being Bird Health Awareness week (Nov. 1 – Nov. 7, 2010) we’ll be fixing up our poultry first aid kit and doing a detailed exam of all our birds. To keep up on the health of our birds, we visually check the birds twice daily, looking to […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols After the coop was complete, the only thing missing was the occupants! When I started researching chickens, I couldn’t believe the amount of options that were available! Did I want a colorful, fancy variety, a good egg layer, big or small, roosters or not … I read a lot of info and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s moving day here at 1840 Farm. No, not for the humans or even the miniature schnauzer. The chickens are on the move. That’s right, our little chicken babies are all grown up. Well, maybe not all grown up, but they’re ready to take a giant leap in that direction. They arrived […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson My feathered ladies appear to be gentle souls. They are wonderful mothers, and to listen to them chat as they settle down for the evening or visit as they investigate garden clippings, one would never suspect that they have a dark side to their nature. If you’ve been around chickens much, you’ll […]Read more »
Guest post by Sandi Hopper I live out in the country. I’m talking “country” here as in the closest traffic light is 20 miles away and the electricity is almost as reliable as Christmas mail service. I can see the next door neighbor’s house only through binoculars and animal control has been defined to me […]Read more »