Homesteading

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

Friends, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion about something chicken-ish. Ready? Here goes: I think it’s perfectly okay if you don’t free range your chickens. When I first became a chicken mama m-a-n-y years ago, before everyone and their brother was […]

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

We finally raised our first batch of turkeys here at Clucky Dickens Farm—9 Broad Breasted White and Bronze turkeys that I basically fell in love with, and promised we’d have every single year on our farm from now until eternity. Now that we’ve made it […]

Why We Are Homesteaders: 28 Reasons to Homestead

Why We Are Homesteaders: 28 Reasons to Homestead

Why do folks get into homesteading? What is it about the homesteading life that attracts people to it? I asked 28 friends about their reasons to homestead, and their answers were as varied as the homesteads they live on. Reasons to homestead: to live a simple, […]

How to Keep Warm Without Turning up The Heat

How to Keep Warm Without Turning up The Heat

As a Minnesota farm(ish) girl, I’m well versed in the art of how to keep warm. When fall rolls around, it’s time to button up and start the unavoidable descent into colder weather. I mean, we all know winter is coming… Cold temperatures can lead […]

Red Rangers: 7 Reasons We Won’t Raise Them Again

Red Rangers: 7 Reasons We Won’t Raise Them Again

Over the summer, our family decided to do a little experiment with two different kinds of meat birds: the Cornish Cross (which we generally raise) and Red Rangers. Spoiler alert—our family decided we were not huge fans of the Red Ranger bird and are choosing […]

10 Tips for Butchering at Home

10 Tips for Butchering at Home

As a homesteader, there is nothing more satisfying than raising your own food. Are you ready to take the step from raising your own meat to actually butchering and processing your own meat as well? Let me share some things I’ve learned about butchering at […]

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

After several years of raising Cornish Cross chickens as our meat birds, we decided it was time to compare them to another meat bird we’d been hearing a lot about: Red Rangers. So we did an experiment. I bet you’re here because you want to […]

Why You Should Keep a Farm Journal

Why You Should Keep a Farm Journal

I have a farm journal that sits next to my chair in our living room, and I try to write a little something in it every night. It’s full of important things about our farm life and is affectionately referred to as The Almighty Pink […]

Why YOU are a Homestead Expert

Why YOU are a Homestead Expert

As a homesteader, it’s easy to get hung up on all the things we don’t know. We’re always looking for that other homesteader who knows more than us. Because of this, it can sometimes catch us off guard when someone wants our advice. Me? A […]

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 […]