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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 Sartell We recently gave our chicken coop a flooring renovation. Our coop floor is constructed of 3/4″ plywood. When we originally built the coop I gave it a good two or three coatings of shellac, hoping that would protect the wood floor and act as somewhat of a barrier against moisture and rot. […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I told my tale of creating a three-dimensional chicken cake for my daughter’s birthday. I also promised to share the chicken-themed crafts that were preparedfor the birthday girl. It’s only fair that I follow through on that promise. As my daughter’s chicken birthday celebration approached, I decided to […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Original birthday cakes are a tradition at 1840 Farm. I sometimes spend weeks preparing a cake’s blueprint and gathering the tools, both edible and not, to assemble the masterpiece in time for the big celebration. I’ve made three-dimensional poodles, polar bears, dinosaurs, and even a Flying Ford Anglia inspired by the Harry […]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 »
Dad being silly! by Kimberly Furry I purchased a few books and searched for some books at our local library about building chicken coops. Unfortunately, they weren’t what I imagined. I’ve searched the Internet endlessly and the Community Cluckers blog. I have some ideas and great pictures, but nothing concrete with regards to actual plans. […]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 Kimberly Furry This has been a constant and long-standing request: “Mama, I want baby chicks!” Each time my daughter Ara asks for them, I cannot help but roll my eyes, thinking, “Fools rush in …” The excitement at the idea of chicks crashes over her 5-and-a-half-year-old mind like an ocean wave. Her face lights […]Read more »