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by Jennifer Burcke Chicken coops are like snowflakes: no two are exactly alike. They come in every imaginable size, shape, and color. If you don’t believe me, visit the Coops and DIY Pinterest board for Community Chickens. There are over 230 coop and coop related pins there and the number seems to grow every day. […]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 »
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 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 Jennifer Burcke I’m not sure where the last month has gone. It seems like I blinked and it was over. As I sit here writing this post, I can hardly believe that our latest batch of baby chicks aren’t really babies anymore. It’s true. While they are only five-weeks old, they barely resemble the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke One of the most difficult decisions involved in the chicken keeping experience is also one of the first to be made. Choosing which breed of chickens to live in your coop is a daunting task. In my last post, I wrote about selecting the best breed for your backyard flock. While I […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Asking questions, gathering information, and educating yourself are all important parts of the chicken keeping experience. At the onset of your chicken keeping experiment, there seem to be more questions than answers. Should we use a stationary chicken coop or a mobile chicken tractor? Do we want to keep a rooster or […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In the course of everyday life, I interact with a lot of companies. As a consumer, sometimes it is merely through the products that a company brings to market. Other times, I find myself corresponding directly with a representative via email or telephone. In the case of my relationship with My Pet […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke The welcome sign is always out on the coop at 1840 Farm. It usually welcomes guests to our farm. This week, it will be welcoming our new batch of day-old chicks. The big day has finally arrived! Today is the hatching day for our new chicks. We’ve been waiting for this day to come […]Read more »