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The first six weeks of your chick’s lives need to be especially safe and warm. For our young chicken keeper’s, here are instructions for creating the perfect brooder for new chicks. After you determine which breeds you would like to raise and know when they will arrive at your home, it’s time to make a […]Read more »
I have been busy traveling around the country sharing my new book, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, with many newbie chicken keepers and older chicken keepers alike. I have had a blast doing presentations for a variety of audiences, but my favorite chicken keeping questions still come from the kids. Today I thought that […]Read more »
Illustrator Lora Lee and author David Tang have teamed up to create the beautiful new book, A New Friend for Sally, a children’s book that explores the unlikely but lasting relationship between a young girl and her new pet hen. From the book’s Kickstarter campaign: “A New Friend for Sally tells the story of a […]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 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 Kimberly Furry The quintessential reason that I blog is to chronicle our journey as a family with backyard chickens. A close second is being able to inspire others. Teaching is a noble profession and one I highly revere. Each month, from November to April, I lead a program with my fellow Master Gardeners at […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared the horror of finding two frozen and cracked eggs waiting for me in our coop on a frigid January morning. I removed their shells and placed them in a bowl in the hopes that they would defrost and be usable in a baking recipe. After they […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeEggs are a very precious commodity here at 1840 Farm. It has been almost a full year since our flock of heritage hens began laying eggs, yet the excitement of discovering an egg in the nest box hasn’t diminished at all. In fact, we still bring each egg into the farmhouse to weigh […]Read more »
by Margaret E. Kellogg I’m sure that many of you have heard the various things children want for Christmas. But, have you ever heard a child tell Santa, “I want a chicken for Christmas?” Usually, it’s the latest hand-held game, doll, puppy or kitten, but not a chicken. I’m so happy that I’m a crazy […]Read more »
by Kimberly Furry We only hatched one, lone Delaware chick from our first round of incubation a couple of months ago. Of the 12 eggs, only two fertilized and the one little guy never made it out of the egg. I figured it would be a good time to hunt for some Silkies, so our […]Read more »