Homesteading

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

Since we raise pheasants here at Clucky Dickens Farm, we are often asked about our experience. We get a lot of questions having to do with the actual incubating and hatching of the pheasant chicks themselves. Here are a few of the things I’m asked […]

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

It’s that very real part of homesteading that no one really likes to talk about much. Dealing with animal death on the homestead is a touchy subject, but it’s one that really can’t be ignored. If you have animals on your homestead, you will, at some […]

The 3 Biggest Challenges You Will Face as a Homesteader

The 3 Biggest Challenges You Will Face as a Homesteader

Life as a homesteader is awesome and rewarding and I wouldn’t want to live any other way, but there are a few challenges you will face when you  decide to live the homesteadin’ life. Here are the three most common… Homesteading Challenge #1: Time There […]

How to Build a $50 Round Pen

How to Build a $50 Round Pen

Note: We haven’t had horses at Clucky Dickens Farm for a few years. Because of that, I had taken this post off my site. But since nothing actually ever leaves the internet, I often get emails from folks asking where the article is. Pinterest and backlinks from […]

When You Get The Life You Wanted

When You Get The Life You Wanted

I wake up sore from spending the previous day weeding and harvesting, cleaning stalls, moving hay, hauling water, shifting bags of feed, jumping fence. But it is a good sore. I pull out a cast iron pan and fry an egg from my coop in […]

How to Name Your Homestead

How to Name Your Homestead

I lovingly refer to our farm as Clucky Dickens Farm. But where did that name come from? The name came from standing water in a flooded farmyard and a mix up of letters when someone suggested our chickens needed to turn into ducks and swim around the […]

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. […]

7 Truths To Know About Homesteading Before You Start

7 Truths To Know About Homesteading Before You Start

So. You want to be a homesteader. You want the gardens and the chickens and the whole nine yards. I completely understand! There are a gazillion reasons that people want to get into homesteading. But hold up one second while I share with you seven […]

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 […]

Why It’s Okay to Ask “Dumb Questions” About Homesteading

Why It’s Okay to Ask “Dumb Questions” About Homesteading

“This might be a dumb question, but…” Many farmish adults of today didn’t grow up in farmish families. They did not come from parents who lived as homesteaders. Or back to the landers. Or preppers. They were not raised in a household where everyone knew […]