Homesteading

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 […]

How to Name Your Homestead

How to Name Your Homestead

One of the most interesting things about a homestead is hearing how its name was chosen. Are you wondering how to name your homestead? Are you having trouble coming up with just the right name? Let me share with you the story of how our […]

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 […]