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By Jennifer Burcke Last month, I shared with you that several of the hens at 1840 Farm were deep into a broody period. Many of you were having the same experience. You shared your broody stories on my post and on the Community Chickens Facebook page. Many more of you shared advice for dealing with […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It has been nearly three years since we first welcomed chickens into our lives. The daily task of tending to our flock and collecting fresh eggs are such an integral part of our daily lives that it is difficult to imagine a time before we were chicken keepers. It’s also hard to […]Read more »
By Meredith Chilson For years, I thought there were only two breeds of chicken. White Leghorns—which laid white eggs and pecked your hands hard enough to draw blood, and Rhode Island Reds –which laid brown eggs and were so affectionate they would sit right down in front of you when you wanted to pet them. […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeWe’re into our third spring as chicken keepers here at 1840 Farm. We’ve encountered all sorts of challenges during that time. We’ve dealt with the death of day old chicks, heat waves, hurricanes, and unending winters. One experience we have not dealt with is outwitting the natural instincts of a broody hen. We […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Thanksgiving is in full swing here at 1840 Farm. Three generations of my family will gather around our farmhouse table today to enjoy a delicious collection of family favorites. There will be a wonderful selection of traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and our favorite artichoke and sage dressing. I will also make […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Fall has arrived at 1840 Farm. The temperatures are becoming cooler each evening. The daylight hours decrease each day. Dusk is settling in earlier with every day that passes on the calendar. I find it more difficult to embrace fall and the resulting winter season each year. I understand that the purpose […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Last September, Hurricane Irene came roaring into the lives of everyone here at 1840 Farm. We sustained major damage to our farmhouse. I shared with you our experience living for a week without electricity while our electrical service was repaired inside and outside our home. It was an experience that we will […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In the past, when someone mentioned the word “caviar,” beautiful appetizers immediately came to mind.I pictured a cocktail party with champagne in glass flutes and fine china as far as the eye could see.It seemed impossible to imagine anything short of an elegant setting. Did you notice how I mentioned that this was […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI chose to become a chicken keeper for a host of reasons, but the same two are always at the top of my list. First, I wanted to connect to the generations of my family that had come before me. They were farmers and I wanted to continue the family tradition of raising […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeOver the last two years, I have shared my family’s journey to become chicken keepers with the readers here at Community Chickens. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience during an exciting time in my adult life. In two short years, my family has experienced everything from the arrival of our first batch […]Read more »