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My Rooster Stew by Meredith Chilson In the spring, I always seem to have some little chicks around. Some of those little chicks turn into “my girls”—the hens that I nurture and keep for eggs. The others—well, I keep them for a while, too. Those are the ones that grow the magnificent tail feathers and […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I have two awesome teenage daughters, Lydia and Grace, and I now have 4 pullets—or teenage hens. The similarities between chicks and girls are more prevalent than you might expect. At least some of the quotes and phrases related to chickens that I’ve heard for years, now I can actually understand. I […]Read more »
There’s not much else like watching my little chickens in the snow. Poor little things without any shoes, eating smashed grains—cereal, essentially. Yeah, they’ll eat anything, and their grains provide all they need, but they’re animals who eat living things; they’re omnivores just like the people who keep them … trapped under a cold, depressing […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke We are deep in the holiday groove here at 1840 Farm. For weeks, the trees have been lit and decorated. Cookies have been baked and eaten. Handmade gifts have been unwrapped from under the tree. Christmas is behind us and New Year’s is staring us square in the face. The chicken coop […]Read more »
by Joy Currie I just came in from morning chores. It is that cold, dry kind of morning when the snow is squeaky under your boots, and the sky is a clear, cloudless blue. It’s the kind of morning when the temperature gauge says 6. It’s the kind of morning where the husband makes lots […]Read more »
Guest post by Candice Last Saturday, my son, daughter, and granddaughter all came over to help decorate the “real” Christmas tree. Since the back half of our property is sand, we grow our own. We all hiked back to the field and looked over this year’s selection. Hubby climbed under the branches and sawed off […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger In preparation of our Thanksgiving dinner, we went unconventional and roasted chicken. But, not any old chicken. No ma’am. We went local. This last summer, I had the unique opportunity to attend a workshop meant to take those interested in having a hand through every process of a meal from kill […]Read more »
Guest post by Pam Baker Chickens are fun. Ask anyone who has them. Well, fun is a relative term; you can’t take them to the movies or play cards with them, but many chicken keepers will tell you that they spend enjoyable hours watching their antics.Some make pets out of them, give them names and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The shopping season is upon us again. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for things. Thing we need, things we must have, things we can’t live without, things, things, THINGS! The stuff of life can clutter our closets, our basements, our attics and worst of all, our brains. It can spill out […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I’m not able to let my chicks free range … too many wild and domestic predators. Some threats are obvious: foxes, hawks, raccoons, etc. And then there are the less inconspicuous dangers, namely Buddy and Sugar, the border collies, and the five chicken-hungry hunting cats. I don’t think the dogs would purposely […]Read more »