Homesteading

Good Year, Bad Year: Homestead Failure

Good Year, Bad Year: Homestead Failure

In a perfect homesteading world, gardens would always flourish, barns would always be full of thriving animals, and the kitchen would always kick out a steady supply of wonderful goods to keep everyone going. But since we all know there is no such thing as […]

Homesteaders: How To Do It All

Homesteaders: How To Do It All

I often get asked how in the world I can do “all the things” I do on a daily basis. After all, I run a farm, homeschool my kids, and work as an author. So I thought I’d write up a lil’ something to let […]

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

An acquaintance once asked what I thought about urban homesteading. “I mean, come on,” she said. “Urban homesteading?” The term rolled off her tongue with sarcasm and judgement. She’d grown up on a farm—like her parents and grandparents—and then she’d gone and married a farmer. […]

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

When people think about successful homesteaders, they often think of folks who can raise chickens or grow beautiful gardens. Or maybe people who can skillfully butcher their own pig or make noodles from scratch. And while these are great skills to have, there is one […]

Chicken Butchering Set Up: 7 Things You Will Need

Chicken Butchering Set Up: 7 Things You Will Need

Chicken butchering day is quite an event here at Clucky Dickens Farm. When we butcher, it’s usually no less than 50 birds at a time. I’d like to share with you the open air chicken butchering set up that we’ve come to use after several […]

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 […]