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by Meredith Chilson As a “seasoned” hen keeper, I can tell when it’s beginning. It’s partly the change in the temperatures from summer to fall and partly the evenings that arrive earlier and mornings that don’t brighten quite as early. Those are reminders. It’s the first hen that doesn’t join in the usual henny activities […]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 Sartell I opened the garden gate the other day with a little tinge of sadness. I wasn’t going in to pick a delicious fruit or vegetable, but instead, rallied the chickens toward the door. The rusty horseshoe that we found while plowing has kept the gate closed to the chickens and other prairie […]Read more »
By Sara MorrissetteIn every flock there seems to be the innate understanding of a pecking order. Once the order is set you can begin to catch glimpses of a society. If you watch even closer, you can learn the quirks, moods and habits of each individual chicken. I’m convinced that within the basic pecking order […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell A couple of years ago we went to The Grandpa Tiny’s Chicken Show. It’s a spectacular display of beautiful and rare poultry. The finest of the finest in our mid-Michigan area. At the show, I remember passing a cage among the junior entries with a Silkie in it. This Silkie was among […]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 Rebecca Nickols I’m going into my second winter of chicken-keeping, but this is the first molt I (or my chickens) have experienced. What I have observed is a splotchy, tousled appearance, and it may be my imagination but it seems that they’re more nervous, panicky and fearful of everything. However, the most apparent observation […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke When I wrote my last post regarding the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge FLIP Camera Giveaway, I had no idea just how many of you would enter for a chance to win! Over 90 readers entered for a chance to win a FLIP camera. Last Monday, we assigned each entry […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s official: The Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge has come to an end at 1840 Farm. At least the 60 day part. Farming and raising food for my family is a journey of the never-ending variety. Sixty days may come and go, but the challenge remains. During the 60 days, […]Read more »
by Meredith ChilsonMost of the girls in my flock were 3 years old in May. The Buff Orpingtons and the Rhode Island Reds started laying eggs in September 2008. In 2010, I added three more birds … a Silkie and a couple of mixed breed ladies. They are healthy birds, good winter layers, curious and […]Read more »