Animals

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Let me tell you the story about the time we had a r-e-a-l-l-y slow hatch. It might calm your nerves about your eggs that don’t hatch on the exact day they’re “supposed to”. Towards the end of one particular April, we set up two incubators. […]

For the love (and butchering) of animals

For the love (and butchering) of animals

Around butchering time, I usually find myself in this conversation: Someone: You seem to really love and care for your animals. Me: I do. Someone: And you can still…butcher them? Me: I can. Someone: How? I’m not sure what it is about human nature, but […]

How to Butcher a Pig at Home

How to Butcher a Pig at Home

At Clucky Dickens Farm, we take care of all our own butchering and processing. People are always interested to hear how we go about the whole process of butchering our pigs at home. First disclaimer: This blog post is full of pictures that include blood, […]

How to Butcher a Pig: Cuts of Meat

How to Butcher a Pig: Cuts of Meat

Welcome! If you’re looking for information on the first part of the pig butchering process (dispatching, skinning, gutting, halving, and hanging) you can find that by reading my post How to Butcher a Pig. Processing a hog at home certainly takes time, but it’s not […]

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

It’s one of those controversial chicken raising topics: do you assist a chick that is struggling to hatch? Some say yes, it’s your duty, while others say you should let nature take its course. It’s hard to know what to do. If you’re looking at […]

Help! Can I Open The Incubator During Lockdown?

Help! Can I Open The Incubator During Lockdown?

How exciting! You’ve got eggs set to hatch in a few days and you’re very (im)patiently waiting. Lockdown has hit…and now, for some reason—oh no!—you need to open the incubator! But what are you to do? All the books and blogs and forums have told […]

Three Reasons We Don’t Use Chick Starter

Three Reasons We Don’t Use Chick Starter

In true rebel farm(ish) girl style, I thought I should let you in on a little secret: We don’t use chick starter at our farm (for chickens or pheasants) and we haven’t for the last four years. Wondering why? Pull up a chair. You can […]

Dealing With A Surprise Hatch

Dealing With A Surprise Hatch

You’re going about your business on the homestead and suddenly one of your hens proudly appears with chicks following behind her. Wait. What? Where did those chicks come from? Well, if you’ve got a rooster and your chickens are free range, it’s completely possible that […]

When Pigs Get Out: A Farm Drama

When Pigs Get Out: A Farm Drama

    I love pigs, y’all. They’re my favorite farm animal. But I’ve got to tell you about what happens when little pigs get out. It’s quite the farm drama. Oh, sure. Looking back, it seems like a farm comedy. But at the time the […]

5 Things I Didn’t Know Before Raising Pheasants

5 Things I Didn’t Know Before Raising Pheasants

My husband has always wanted to raise pheasants. Since we are usually game to try anything once, we started our research, prepared their space, and ordered some pheasant chicks. But there were many things I didn’t know before raising pheasants that were made abundantly clear […]