Animals

4 Reasons Why You Should Raise Pheasants

4 Reasons Why You Should Raise Pheasants

We’ve been raising pheasants here at Clucky Dickens Farm for a few years now. If you have room and the inclination, here are four reasons to you might want to raise pheasants on your homestead or farm. Raise pheasants to release them into the wild. Many […]

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 Make Cuts of Meat: Butchering a Pig at Home

How to Make Cuts of Meat: Butchering a Pig at Home

Processing a hog at home certainly takes time, but it’s not difficult. We process all of our home-raised meat here at the farm. A common question we get when doing large animals is how do you know what cuts of meat come from where on […]

Why You Should Sit With Your Chickens

Why You Should Sit With Your Chickens

Back when I was brand new to chicken keeping, my flock was the most entertaining and inspiring thing I’d ever invested in. I devoted way more time than I should probably admit to watching them, discussing them, researching them, sitting with them, talking to them, […]

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

It’s one of those controversial chicken raising topics: should you help a chick 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 a chick who has […]

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 […]

We Don’t Use Chick Starter: Three Reasons Why

We Don’t Use Chick Starter: Three Reasons Why

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 […]