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by Jennifer Burcke Last Wednesday, the first day of summer officially arrived at 1840 Farm. In New England, bidding a final farewell to the previous winter and the mud season that follows is an annual tradition. I normally feel the need to celebrate the arrival of the heat. Without the hot summer temperatures, I would […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI don’t know who originally coined the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” While I’m unsure of its origin or inspiration, I am willing to make a bold statement about its application. I believe firmly that Necessity must have been a chicken keeper. I pride myself on recycling, repurposing, and reusing tools, […]Read more »
by Christine Heinrichs and Don Schrider — Photographed by Lynn M. Stone Buckeyes Buckeyes, from the “Buckeye State” of Ohio, are one of the most-endangered American breeds ofchicken. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, developed the breed while seeking a cold-tolerant and active fowl that could withstand the cold Ohio winters. Lustrous red Buckeyes are very […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I’m not sure where the last month has gone. It seems like I blinked and it was over. As I sit here writing this post, I can hardly believe that our latest batch of baby chicks aren’t really babies anymore. It’s true. While they are only five-weeks old, they barely resemble the […]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 Jennifer Burcke So, you’ve decided to enter the world of chicken keeping. Congratulations and welcome to the club. We don’t have jackets. Instead, we have chicken coops in every size, type and color. I think that you’ll agree that a coop is a much more useful. Let’s face it, chickens don’t wear jackets. As […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Asking questions, gathering information, and educating yourself are all important parts of the chicken keeping experience. At the onset of your chicken keeping experiment, there seem to be more questions than answers. Should we use a stationary chicken coop or a mobile chicken tractor? Do we want to keep a rooster or […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In the course of everyday life, I interact with a lot of companies. As a consumer, sometimes it is merely through the products that a company brings to market. Other times, I find myself corresponding directly with a representative via email or telephone. In the case of my relationship with My Pet […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I had big plans for this post. I spent hours researching and preparing for this story just in time for Easter weekend. In fact, I even enlisted the help of my children. They donned their aprons and spent a few hours in the kitchen assisting me. We eagerly awaited the fruits of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke So much can change in a year. At first glance, 365 days can seem like such a long journey. Yet somehow, when I look back on the last year, I can’t believe how quickly it passed and how much changed as the calendar pages fell by the wayside. One short year ago, […]Read more »