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  1. Hello, I’m thinking about joining the 60 day challenge and they ask if I have a promo code, and it can be from Purina, or from a “friend referral” and I would love to give you the credit, if you have one, could you please post your personal promo code? Thanks. Christine Greene

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      Christine, I am so glad that you asked and appreciate you taking the time to send me your message. My referral code for the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge is 20110816-66-06496620 . I would love for you to share how your flock responds to the switch. I know that you are new to chicken raising, but in the year since we became chicken keepers the most important lesson I have learned is that other chicken keepers are the best resource for learning. Most of them (like me) can’t stop talking about their chickens and love to share what they have learned.

      I hope that you will keep reading and share your experience with me and the other readers. Thanks again, my day was off to a bumpy start, but your random act of “farming kindness” has brightened up my morning! Don’t forget to follow 1840 Farm on FaceBook or Twitter to learn how you can enter the giveaway for a Purina FLIP video camera!

  2. I an new to raising chickens

  3. love the look of your hoop house—–do u have plans on how to make it—–would love to see step by step instructions—-thanks

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      I am actually working on a post that details how we constructed it and what we have learned while using it this summer. The tomato plants we have in there are at least three weeks ahead of our plants out in the traditional garden. Now if I could just figure out where to put another one! Once I publish more information about the hoophouse, I will send you a link to the post via Email.


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      Thanks! I hope that you see the same great results that I have. I’d love to hear about your challenge experience-let me know what differences you see in your flock!

  5. What an awesome site. I love the baby goat pictures. We are chicken farmers and too love the fresh eggs.

  6. What an awesome site. I love the baby goat pictures. We are chicken farmers and love the fresh eggs. Just built a new chicken coop, any suggestions on how to get the old chickens into the new coop?

  7. Jennifer:
    We had a similar problem with the water freezing. I took my heating lamp and hung it 24 inches above the water container and 95% of the time that kept the water from freezing. I used a timer plug set-up that allowed for the ceiling light to stay on a specific amt. of hours this time of year and there are extra plugs on the device that allow for 24/7 electrical current. I like the hanging light vs a heated water base with straw and flameable material in the coop.

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      Thanks for the great idea. I will give it a try. Ironically, it is 50 degrees and sunny here today. I plan to enjoy every minute of the warm weather, but I’m glad to know that I’ll have your suggestion at the ready for when the cold weather inevitably returns.

  8. I am a person who had chickens but alas my health does not let me keep going out there to the little chicken house. So they went to a friends this winter. But, I thought I would share with you what my girlfriend had told me, a many year chicken person, that you cannot give them a heated water supply. She told me if there is ever something that could shock the chicken from the bowl, the chicken will then die of thirst. will never go by the bowl again. Which I found rather sad. So keep that in mind. Cora my friend raised chickens all her life. Even worked at a chicken slaughter house. She knew it all. but it shocked me that they would die of thirst before they would allow themselves to get shocked again.

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      Thank you for sharing. I can believe that a chicken would choose to go without water to the point of their own peril for fear of being shocked. I agree that it is sad to think of a chicken choosing to die of thirst out of fear. I’ll certainly keep your story in mind when preparing our coop for winter next year!

  9. Jennifer, I just read your story on frozen eggs. If your barn electric is strong enough to run power tools in the summer it should be strong enough to run two lightbulbs.
    I built my first water heater with an invertdr clementine box and a shop light. This year I attached a grounded light fixture to an inverted plastic container (one with slits in the side.) I started with a 60 watt light bulb but found it necessary to advance to a stronger one as it got closer to zero. I use one flourescent bulbs for sun replactment and turn them both off for a few hours every night. They are on timers so they do this automatically. I had 8 birds that weren’t laying and now I’m getting 6 eggs a day!

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      Fantastic idea. We use clementine boxes for all sorts of things here, but I had never thought to use one as a water heater! Thanks for sharing your idea. I’m happy to hear that your girls are back to laying for you. Winter seems a little more bearable when you have fresh eggs on the table at mealtime!

  10. Hi Jennifer, Just read your great article, followed it to your site and see that we are almost neighbors – I’m in Barrington NH, also keeping chickens (dominiques) and just 6 months into Nig Dw goat ownership! I also keep bees, garden using permaculture methods, etc. I’d love to connect more with you… maybe share some info, tips, resources. I’m not sure how to do that here… maybe you’ll be able to see my email even though the rest of us can’t?
    Anyway, hope we can connect further!

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      It really is a small world, isn’t it? I’d love to share-we’ve also been Nigerian Dwarf herd owners for six months. I’d love to learn more about your bees. They’re next on my list for animals to add to 1840 Farm!

      1. You must have gotten pregnant does then? Because I see you already have babies! We started with doelings, so we haven’t even bred them yet. That will be an adventure coming up soon! Where did you get your girls?
        I do love the bees… they are harder to do then years ago, but they are so fascinating – and, oh, the honey!! I actually teach beekeeping classes through the Seacoast Beekeepers Club in Lee NH and also the Seacoast Permaculture Group… so, I’m always happy to talk bees!

  11. I was reading your post about watering the chickens in the winter and just wanted to recommend that you buy a solar shed light like I did, to provide the needed light. Then you can use the outlet for a heater! A word of advice …. the light needs to have at least 3 leds in each fixture to be bright enough. I have used this light for several years here in Michigan very successfully.

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      Thanks for sharing. We did try solar lights, but they were not strong enough. The hens didn’t even seem to know that they were there. I’ll have to look and see how many leds they have, but I’m guessing that it is less than 3!

  12. What breeds of chickens do you have? I see pictures of what I think are Barred Rocks, but what others?

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      Kyle, We currently have two Plymouth Barred Rocks, two Silver Laced Wyandottes, two Golden Laced Wyandottes, and one Black Australorp. The new chicks will be arriving during the first week of may and there will be several new breeds to share photos, videos, and information about!

  13. I came across your site from a suggestion of Fresh Eggs Daily. Loved looking at everything and am planning on subscribing to your newsletter. We live on a farm where we raise cattle and I have chickens. I’m looking forward to ordering your “three sisters” and the “pollinators garden.”

  14. Hi, I was searching your site, but didn’t see where you show how to get that nice twist on the top of the breads.

    1. Kay, I believe that the pattern you are referring to is made by slashing the top of the dough before I leave it to rise in the pan. Many bakers prefer to slash right before placing a loaf in the oven, but I have better results if I make the slashes before allowing them to rise. As the dough rises, it naturally makes a lovely pattern between the slashes and also is able to rise fully because of the reduced tension on the top surface of the loaf.

  15. HI Jennifer,

    Great article in Real Simple about you and your cute family! Wish you could have told
    the world about your beautiful baskets. I have several…remember the large custom purple
    basket you made me? I love it and I use the coaster everyday. THANK YOU for inspirimg me. I have 9 undeveloped acres
    and need to figure out what to do. Thank you again, Debbie Myers

    1. Of course I remember your basket! I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying it every day. I’m even happier to hear that you’re drawing inspiration from my family’s adventures. I feel so fortunate to be able to share them with The 1840 Farm Community and spend my days talking to wonderful people just like you who inspire me!

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