Tag Archive: Grit Magazine

A Backyard Rabbit Giveaway

This is Herbert Menninger our French Angora Rabbit.  We first met him in the spring of 2011.  It was a casual meeting at a small family farm.  When I say casual, I mean that I casually mentioned how beautiful he was to the farmer who owned him.

We weren’t looking for a rabbit to add to our barnyard.  Instead, we had come to visit this farm to meet a pair of dairy goats we were considering purchasing.

It seemed harmless enough to mention that this rabbit was strikingly handsome.  He simply was.  Within moments, the farmer mentioned that they were hoping to find several of their rabbits new homes.  Then she went the extra step and suggested that this rabbit could come home to live with our family if we wanted him to.

We hadn’t gone to visit her farm expecting to see a rabbit, much less agree to bring one home.  As we left,  I told her that we would consider her kind offer just as we were considering the dairy goats she had available.  As I drove home, I came to a powerful realization:  we needed to make room in the barn for the most adorable rabbit I had ever seen.

As I said, we weren’t expecting to add a rabbit to our farm.  I had been poring over books about dairy goats and reading blogs written by goat keepers.  I had been putting myself through a crash course in preparation for adding a few goats to our farm.  Now I needed to get ready to bring this fluffy little guy home to live with us.

I had a rabbit as a child, but the world of fiber rabbits was new to me.  We started out by gathering information from our favorite homesteading publications along with the tools and supplies that would help this rabbit make himself at home.  A few weeks later, he did indeed take a car ride and come home with us.

In moments, he had surveyed his hutch, tested his water bottle, and settled in for a nap.  As we watched him, I came to another realization:  we had just brought our 170 year old barn back to its original purpose.  Our barn was no longer simply a place to store the tractor, workshop, and potting shed.  It was a shelter for the animals that helped turn our home into a working homestead.  Our barn had come back to life with the simple addition of this small rabbit.

Within days, we had renamed this handsome rabbit and had fallen in love with his gentle demeanor.  From the moment he arrived, he has been sweet and gentle.  Watching Herbert enjoy a sunny day outside is my favorite way to end a long day spent working in the garden.

A month later, our first Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats came home to join Herbert in our barn.  That was almost three years ago.  The barn is full of life and it is nearly impossible to imagine a time when it wasn’t.  I hope that it will always provide shelter for animals that call our farm home.

This year, GRIT Magazine published their annual Guide to Backyard Rabbits.  The issue is filled with a collection of useful articles covering topics from preparing to care for your first rabbit by gathering the necessary supplies and tools, helping your rabbit handle the summer heat, and exhibiting at rabbit shows.  It also includes something very special:  a photo of 1840 Farm’s very own Herbert Menninger!

Sure enough, you’ll find Herbert in a gallery of adorable rabbit photos on page 8 and 9 in this year’s issue.  Seeing his photo in GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits seemed like a moment to celebrate.  So, we’ve invited a few of our favorite rabbit loving companies to participate in a giveaway for all of you who keep rabbits in your life or may be adding new rabbits this spring.

Our Backyard Rabbit Giveaway is a fantastic collection of our favorite rabbit keeping tools.  Two lucky winners will be randomly selected and win:

Here at 1840 Farm, we look forward to receiving our issue of GRIT Magazine each month.  You might say that it is a family tradition that goes back at least three generations.  My Great Grandfather read his GRIT Newspaper each night after the day’s work was done and the dairy farm had been put to bed for the evening.  I find myself reading it over 50 years later to gather new ideas and information for tending to our family farm each month.

We have been using Blue Seal Feeds since we became chicken keepers in 2010.  Our chickens are fed Organic Life throughout each their lives.  Our goats love their Caprine Challenger feed and have maintained excellent health and lactation levels.  We love using Sunshine Plus as a nutritional supplement to provide beneficial yeast cultures and vitamins and minerals for our dairy goats and rabbit.

We do our best to keep a well stocked medicine cabinet in our barn.  While I would like to think that our good husbandry practices are enough to ensure that our animals will always be in good health, I know that some accidents and illnesses are far beyond my control.  For the unexpected moment when I find that one of our animals isn’t in top form, I find comfort in knowing that our medicine cabinet will have exactly what I need to help them fully recover to good health in a timely fashion.

We always keep VetRx on hand in each formula for our animals here at 1840 Farm.   Our medicine cabinet wouldn’t seem complete without VetRx formulas for our dog, chickens, goats, and rabbit.  I have found each formula to be incredibly effective at treating a host of ailments.  It’s no wonder that these formulas have been available for over 100 years!

I hope that you will take a moment and enter for a chance to win The Backyard Rabbits Giveaway.  We’ll contact the two lucky winners via Email on Friday, April 5th.  Good luck to all who enter!

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Giveaway ends Thursday, April 10th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only.  Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.  Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will be given 72 hours to respond to notification Email before a new winner is selected. The products are offered for the giveaway free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway.  The information you provide will be kept private and will not be shared and will not be used for any purpose other than to contact the winner.

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Share Your Story on CommunityChickens.com

I love interacting with the members of The 1840 Farm Community.  Your stories inspire me and I look forward to each message you send, each recipe you share.  In fact, I enjoy hearing about your daily adventures as much as I love sharing mine.

Now it’s time for me to help you share your unique story with the thousands of readers at CommunityChickens.com.  I hope that you will submit your story using the form below.  When the time comes for me to share, I will contact you to gather more information so that our readers can get to know you a little better.

Thank you for sharing your story with me.  I can’t wait to read each submission and then start sharing your stories with the loyal Community Chickens readers.

 

 

 

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New Community Chickens Post: A Playground for Chickens

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Product Review: Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder

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New Community Chickens Post: Independent’s Day

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New Community Chickens Post: How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding – Part One

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How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding – Part One (click to continue)

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New Community Chickens Post: How to Keep Your Flock Cool This Summer

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New Community Chickens Post: Necessity and Invention

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Two Essential Chicken Keeping Tools:  Necessity and Invention

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New Community Chickens Post: A Year In the Life at 1840 Farm – Month One

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A Year In the Life at 1840 Farm – Month One

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New Community Chickens Post: Coop Planning

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Coop Planning:  Five Features to Incorporate in to Your Coop

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New Community Chickens Post: The Best Breed of Chicken for Your Flock

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The Best Breed of Chicken for Your Flock

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New Community Chickens Post: My Pet Chicken (and Yours)

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My Pet Chicken (and Yours)

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New Community Chickens Post: A Naturally Beautiful Celebration

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A Naturally Beautiful Celebration

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Nesting Instinct

The Easter table at 1840 Farm will have a touch of whimsy this year:  at least for a few moments.  I know that my son’s white chocolate nest place card with candy coated eggs won’t stand a chance.  The eggs will be history in a matter of seconds.  Then the nest will fall prey to a six-year-old who loves both white chocolate and coconut.

I can almost picture his plate with only the small flag remaining where the nest used to be.  I won’t mind a bit.  I’ll be happy to have made something that brings beauty and deliciousness to our table in the same bite.

I shared the instructions for making these chocolate nests on CommunityChickens.com  for the publishers of Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine.  For a family that holds its flock of heritage breed hens in high regard, they seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring to our farm.  To learn how you can make these adorable and delicious place cards for your Easter table, read “Welcome to the Easter table at 1840 Farm.”

In a matter of weeks, the newest batch of day old baby chicks will make 1840 Farm their home.  For the first time ever, we’ll be adding a few fancy bantam hens to the mix.  After they arrive, there will be an unending supply of adorable baby chick photos and videos to share along with product giveaways and money-saving offers.  To make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, follow 1840 Farm on Facebook to get the daily news from the coop.

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New Community Chickens Post: Welcome to a Year in the Life at 1840 Farm

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Welcome to a Year in the Life at 1840 Farm


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New Community Chickens Post: Cue the Sun (or a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb)

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Cue the Sun (or a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb)

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Purina FLIP Camera Giveaway

During the past two months, 1840 Farm has been proud to participate in the Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge.  I was given the incredible opportunity to share my experience with the readers of the Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine Community Chickens forum.  In fact, I just published the final post regarding the challenge to the forum this morning:

The Challenge Remains

by Jennifer Burcke

I learned a lot during the See the Difference Challenge.  We happily solved our dilemma of how to supplement our chicken’s calcium intake without the use of oyster shell which might trigger my son’s shellfish allergy.  By feeding our heritage breed hens the Purina Layena Sunfresh feed, we enjoyed sixty days of egg collecting without finding even one broken shell.

While improving the strength of the eggs produced in our coop was reward enough, Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to help document our participation in the Challenge.  I was surprised by how easy the camera was to use and find myself using it on a regular basis here on our farm.  In fact, I have posted many videos of our hens and our baby goat kids on FaceBook and Twitter for readers to enjoy.

Here’s the best news for you, Dear Reader.  Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to give away to one lucky reader.  I will randomly select a reader on Monday, November 21, 2011.  The winner will be notified via Email and announced to all of my readers via FaceBook, Twitter, the Community Chickens forum, and on this blog.

If you would like to enter the drawing, simply comment on this post below.  Be sure to include your Email address so that I can contact you if you are chosen as the lucky winner.

Good luck to all who enter and thank you Purina for allowing us to participate in the 60 Day See the Difference Challenge!

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New Community Chickens Post: The Birth of a New Season

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The Birth of a New Season

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New Post: Wondering How to Overcome a Calcium Challenge?

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Wondering How To Overcome a Calcium Challenge?


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New Post: A Lesson Learned from Hurricane Irene

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A Lesson Learned from Hurricane Irene

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