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by Meredith Chilson I’m a bird watcher. Chicken watcher in particular, but I also watch wild birds at our feeders, in the yard, and on my walks with the dog. On the very cold mornings we had last week, little birds on tree branches and big chickens on coop roosts had similar shapes. They were […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell It’s January. Against my better judgement, I’ve been suckered into the cliche “diet” resolution…among others. Well, maybe not dieting per say, but at least trying to be healthier. We bought a juicer…I know, I know, but it all happened so fast. I felt my internal thumb raise, like an eager hitchhiker, as […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I posed a question to the community of readers at Community Chickens. I asked you to share your creative solutions for keeping the fresh water flowing in your coops during the coldest months of the year. You delivered and shared an entire collection of ideas from the simple […]Read more »
by Meredith ChilsonThe snow arrived on the first day of winter. It made me think of those old cartoons that showed time passing with an arrow pointing to the seasons—when the arrow clicked over to WINTER, the ground was covered with snow and icicles hung from eaves. That’s just about how it happened here. A […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s winter in New England at 1840 Farm. The temperature has dropped and snowflakes were falling when I walked from the farmhouse to the coop this morning. It’s only a matter of time before my least favorite harbinger of winter will appear. I know that any day now, I’ll open the coop’s […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The leaves are at their colorful peak right now, and the bright, bright blue skies with the fluffy clouds make it pleasurable to be outside doing chores. Our cellar way is filled with buckets of potatoes, baskets of apples and squashes; braids of onions and garlic dangle from the rafters next to […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author A foot of snow fell at 1840 Farm on Thursday of last week. It was a cruel reminder that winter is not yet ready to release us from its icy grasp. It seemed incredibly harsh, given that we had enjoyed such warm sunshine only two days before. Nevertheless, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author I hold a wide array of positions here at 1840 Farm. In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to fill the role of teacher, mother, cook, handyman, gardener, and farmer all in one day without ever leaving the driveway. Lately, I’ve also been the resident ice queen. No, I […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author Autumn is here. I’ve been trying to ignore its arrival, but I can no longer pretend that summer will go on forever. The nights are cooler, the days are shorter. It’s time to face facts and admit that the progression of the seasons is marching on with or without […]Read more »
It’s our second year raising chickens in Minnesota and I have figured out a few strategies to make chicken care during the frigid winter a little bit easier. When it rarely gets above freezing, the biggest challenge is providing water for livestock. In the summer, I use both metal and plastic poultry founts for watering […]Read more »